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Video: Tesla Model X seen in California highway testing

Video: Tesla Model X seen in California highway testing

Tesla’s Model X is a snazzy new SUV that’s set to arrive in the driveways of those who bought one (without even driving it!) later this year. If all goes according to plan, the third quarter of 2015 should see the Model X hit the road, officially. Unofficially, we’ve seen the Model X tested in semi-private locations. Again, unofficially, we’re now seeing the Model X tested in a very public way, as one lucky sleuth caught the Model X on test near Palo Alto, California. On the highway!

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Here are all the cool software changes Tesla made yesterday

Here are all the cool software changes Tesla made yesterday

A benefit of owning a Tesla — aside from being an early adopter in a pretty cool company — is their update cycle. Unlike the car the rest of us own, Tesla updates their automobiles over-the-air, and it’s not just to change the clock for daylight savings. Tesla usually brings significant updates to their cars, and yesterday was no different. Plenty of cool new changes are incoming for Tesla owners, and if you happened to miss it — here’s a tidy little recap for you.

 

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Tesla Model S Autopilot update due in 3-4 months

Tesla Model S Autopilot update due in 3-4 months

Tesla will deliver a bevy of new safety tech for the Model S in an upcoming update, with full auto-driving promised for certain roads in an update that follows. The first update, already in beta with select owners, will add not only the Range Assurance and Trip Planner apps that Elon Musk expects to remove range anxiety, but enable features like automatic braking, blind spot warnings, and side collision warnings as previewed at the P85D AWD launch last year. However, it's software update version 7.0 that's likely to be even more hotly anticipated by Model S owners, which will add Autopilot functionality.

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Tesla’s fix for EV range anxiety is talkative Superchargers

Tesla’s fix for EV range anxiety is talkative Superchargers

Tesla has revealed its answer to range anxiety, though it's not the battery boost many hoped the electric car company would deliver. Instead, a new software update for the Tesla Model S will make hunting down a recharge - and knowing when to do so - more straightforward, adding an always-on app dubbed Range Assurance that will constantly compare remaining range with which Superchargers and destination chargers are nearby. The functionality will also help drivers make smarter decisions as to where to head to get their jolt of free juice.

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Virgin boss teases a Tesla challenger

Virgin boss teases a Tesla challenger

Is the next big battle in automotive going to be Musk vs Branson? Outspoken billionaire Richard Branson isn't exactly coy when it comes to teasing what he's working on, and it seems following Elon Musk into electric cars might be Virgin's next frontier. For the moment, Virgin's EV schemes center on the Virgin Racing team taking part in Formula E, the all-electric branch of Formula 1, but according to Branson that might not always be the case.

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Tesla sees direct-sales victory in New Jersey under new law

Tesla sees direct-sales victory in New Jersey under new law

Tesla's business model involves selling its cars directly to consumers, something the auto maker has said is necessary in order to properly educate potential buyers about what, exactly, the Model S has to offer and other particulars. It, much like we've seen with Netflix, has posed a threat to the established industry by deviating from the norm (in this case, by cutting dealerships out of the picture), and that hasn't gone over well. There has been a push in many states to ban or otherwise limit Tesla when it comes to direct sales, and New Jersey has been one of the auto maker's biggest battling grounds over it.

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Elon Musk says we’ll “take autonomous cars for granted” very soon

Elon Musk says we’ll “take autonomous cars for granted” very soon

Speaking onstage at GTC 2015 this afternoon, CEO Elon Musk made clear the future of autonomous cars. Answering NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang call to speak about the future of cars that avoid crashing on their own, Musk suggested that "we’ll take autonomous cars for granted in a very short period of time." It comes down to safety, of course - and government regulation. "When it comes to public safety, there’s an argument for being quite cautious before there’s a change," said Musk.

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“We don’t have to worry about autonomous cars,” so says Elon Musk

“We don’t have to worry about autonomous cars,” so says Elon Musk

This morning at GTC 2015, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk spoke onstage with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang about car autonomy. Huang began with the "juicy stuff," as he called it. "You were quoted as saying artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons," suggested Huang to Musk, "...like a demon. How do you consolidate and rationalize that with deep learning’s potential?" Musk replied that autonomous cars weren't really in the scope of what he was speaking about - not with his warning about artificial intelligence, anyway.

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Tesla to put Model S “range anxiety” to rest on Thursday

Tesla to put Model S “range anxiety” to rest on Thursday

While electric cars seem almost ideal from an environmental point of view, one of the biggest hurdles to their massive adoption is their range capabilities. Tesla, whose business hedges heavily on EVs, knows only too well what it now calls "range anxiety". So when it promises to calm all those nerves come March 19th, people in the automotive industry, especially its rivals in the electric vehicle market, will definitely await that day with piqued curiosities, if not a new kind of anxiety themselves: Tesla anxiety.

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Tesla’s China troubles lead to job cuts

Tesla’s China troubles lead to job cuts

Tesla has lofty goals, and it has grown its workforce steadily over the last year or so. Still, the Chinese market has proven problematic for the auto maker, and now those troubles are leading to job cuts. That doesn't mean Tesla is giving up on the market -- to the contrary, this "restructuring" is taking place so that the company can continue to operate there, at least according to the auto maker. It isn't clear how many jobs are on the chopping block at this point.

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