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Elon Musk wants to tackle traffic woes with self-driving vehicles

Elon Musk wants to tackle traffic woes with self-driving vehicles

No one likes being stuck in traffic. I live in the Midwest, so a traffic jam means I might take an extra 10 minutes to get to my destination. However, in larger cities, a short distance can take a very long time to travel, especially during rush hour. Tesla's CEO Elon Musk thinks he has the answer to this problem, however.

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Tesla Model 3 pre-orders reach 400,000

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders reach 400,000

By now you've likely heard that the latest Tesla vehicle, the Model 3, has been in high demand almost immediately since its debut early this month. The first 24 hours saw more than 250,000 pre-orders, over double what Tesla CEO Elon Musk said they expected. Now, almost three weeks later, Musk has provided an updated number on pre-orders: nearly 400,000. All for a car that even the first buyers won't see for another year and a half from now.

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Tesla offers a free month to try out autopilot features

Tesla offers a free month to try out autopilot features

The age of trialware and DLCs has finally arrived for cars. Although firmware updates delivered wirelessly aren't totally new now, especially for Tesla Model S and Model X owners, the idea of trial updates might still be an amusing development. That, however, is exactly what Tesla is doing when it started informing owners of its two production vehicles that they can try Tesla's autopilot features for a whole month for free. And after the month, Tesla will send instructions on how to make that permanent.

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Tesla Weekend Social is Cars and Coffee for the EV set

Tesla Weekend Social is Cars and Coffee for the EV set

Tesla ownership has always been fairly exclusive, but now the electric car company is starting up an official club of sorts, with a series of weekend gatherings. The Tesla Weekend Social is, owners were informed via email this week, a new series of events intended to bring drivers of the Model S and Model X together with product specialists from the company.

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GM exec smacks Tesla over Model 3 reservations

GM exec smacks Tesla over Model 3 reservations

Not content to beat the Tesla Model 3 to market, GM is proving to be liberal with the auto-industry snark as its execs talk up the rapidly approaching Chevrolet Bolt. Though General Motors has been quiet in the aftermath of Tesla's astonishing hundreds of thousands of reservations for the Model 3, set to be the most affordable car in the electric automaker's line-up, one vice president couldn't help a little push back today.

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Tesla has a new entry-level Model X SUV, the 75D

Tesla has a new entry-level Model X SUV, the 75D

Tesla's big news today may have been the Model S refresh, but there's been a quiet shake-up in the Model X line, too, with a new entry-level car. The electric SUV now kicks off in the shape of the Model X 75D, an all-wheel drive truck with a 75 kWh battery.

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The Tesla Model S just got updated: Here’s what’s new

The Tesla Model S just got updated: Here’s what’s new

Tesla has refreshed the Model S, giving the electric sedan the same nose treatment as the Model X SUV, as well as tweaking the interior, charger, and other features. Though Tesla has been aggressive with its software and performance changes, taking advantage of the Model S' standard-fit cellular connectivity to push out over-the-air updates, there are some things that only a hardware switch can achieve.

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Tesla recalls 2,700 Model X SUVs over faulty seat latch

Tesla recalls 2,700 Model X SUVs over faulty seat latch

The last couple of weeks have been great for Tesla. After unveiling the new Tesla 3, more than 325,000 people put down $1,000 to reserve their own. Unfortunately today the company has announced a recall on 2,700 Model X vehicles, due to a potential issue with their third-row seating.

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Model 3 demand spurs Tesla to boost production plans

Model 3 demand spurs Tesla to boost production plans

Tesla was floored by the level of demand for its newly unveiled Model 3 car, and it has stated it is "currently increasing” its production plans to reduce how long customers have to wait for their orders to arrive. Earlier this week, Tesla confirmed it has received more than 325,000 reservations for the Model 3, and it promised the problems that hampered the Model X launch won't affect the latest model.

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Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla's Model 3 could take pole position in a new breed of near-autonomous vehicles, with the EV debuting a new generation of sensors perfect for real-time crowdsourced data. The upcoming car - which is shaping up to be Tesla's most popular to-date, with over 325,000 people coughing up a $1,000 deposit to stake a spot on the reservations list - is the prime candidate for a new, lower-cost sensor array developed by Tesla hardware supplier Mobileye that's said to offer autonomous intelligence hitherto the realm of R&D labs, but at a fraction of what current hardware costs.

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Over 325,000 people have reserved the Tesla Model 3

Over 325,000 people have reserved the Tesla Model 3

It sounds like Tesla Motors will need to step up its Model 3 production plans, with the electric car company announcing more than 325,000 preorders have been placed in just a week. The new, most affordable Tesla isn't expected to begin shipping until late 2017, but that hasn't stopped eager would-be drivers from staking their place in the wait list.

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Tesla: “Hubris” soured Model X launch, but we learned our lesson for Model 3

Tesla: “Hubris” soured Model X launch, but we learned our lesson for Model 3

Tesla Motors has announced its Q1 2016 deliveries were nearly 50% greater than the same quarter last year, with deliveries being comprised of 12,240 Model S cars and only 2,400 Model X vehicles. The auto maker says it is still “on track” to deliver between 80,000 and 90,000 new cars this year, a target all the more necessary given the unanticipated demand for the newly launched Model 3. Whether Tesla can actually hit those numbers is yet to be seen.

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