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Tesla to limit Autopilot activation to stop crazy stunts

Tesla to limit Autopilot activation to stop crazy stunts

Autopilot features are being implemented not just for the sake of hi-tech fanciness but for safety reasons. In theory, taking humans and their error-prone judgment out of the equation would lead to safer roads and less accidents. As if proving how poor humans are at applying common sense, some videos have surfaced on the Internet using the Tesla Model S' new Autopilot features in ways it wasn't intended to handle just yet. As a consequence, CEO Elon Musk announced that they will be putting some restrictions to the feature soon.

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Tesla Autopilot gets green light for international rollout

Tesla Autopilot gets green light for international rollout

Owners of the Model S in countries outside the US need not feel jealous anymore. Tesla promised long ago that its autopilot features will also roll out to other countries once it has gained regulatory approval. Well, it just gained regulatory approval. Over at Twitter, CEO Elon Musk victoriously shared that the self-driving features can now be enjoyed in all other countries. Well, almost all other countries. In addition, he also announced a minor update already in the works for models receiving the autopilot features.

This is not yet that fabled full autonomous driving, a technology that Musk says is still three years or so in the making. Instead, the Autopilot feature is more focused on things like emergency automatic steering, automatic lane changing, and automatic lane parking. The feature set is meant more to assist rather than replace human drivers.

Tesla rolled out the features in the firmware 7 update last Thursday. That launch was mostly for US models of the Model S with a promise for an international roll out soon. That day has come for almost all country with the lone exception of Japan, where autopilot is still under review. Unlike many car makers, the firmware update can be downloaded directly via Wi-Fi or even cellular data, without the need to go through dealers.

Musk also announced version 1.01 of the Autopilot feature. It won't yet include the promised self-parking feature but is instead a laundry list of fixes for features including curve speed adaptation and controller smoothness. Most notable is the improved fleet learning. With the Autopilot feature, Model S cars are able to learn from each other, so eventually even poorly marked roads will be no problem for the cars. No timeline yet, however, on when the said update will roll out.

VIA: AutoBlog

Consumer Reports gives Tesla Model S reliability a thumbs down

Consumer Reports gives Tesla Model S reliability a thumbs down

After breaking ground and breaking Consumer Reports' scoring system, the Tesla Model S is now breaking its heart. Despite praise for being the best performing car the consumer-centric publication has ever tested, it cannot with a clear conscience give it its "Recommended" mark of approval. That is because, based on a survey of 1,400 owners of the electric vehicle, Consumer Reports determined that while the current Model S tops performance, it flunks in reliability, in some parts even faring worse than the 2013 and 2014 models.

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Overnight your Tesla Model S will learn to drive itself

Overnight your Tesla Model S will learn to drive itself

Today Tesla is enabling software version 7.0 for the Model S, bringing Autopilot and more. This new version of the standard software for the vehicle introduces a number of features, many with "Automatic" right up front and center. Is this the beginning of Tesla's eventual move to an entirely autonomous car lineup? Of course not - they started making that move a long time ago - have a peek at the Model S "D" and its AWD - that's Self-driving Auto-Pilot. With software version 7.0, the Tesla Model S adds automated lane changes, automatic parallel parking, and automatic emergency steering - as well as a new side collision warning.

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Tesla’s Gigafactory is so intriguing, press are committing battery to get photos

Tesla’s Gigafactory is so intriguing, press are committing battery to get photos

Tesla has accused two journalists of breaking into its work-in-progress Gigafactory and assaulting security guards there, allegedly trying to run down staff in an attempt to escape. The incident, which took place last Friday at 11:50am, began when two people were spotted trespassing on Tesla property and taking photos, the electric car company says, but escalated once "safety managers" called the local Sheriff's Department.

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A controversial tax loophole could cut $25k off Tesla’s Model X

A controversial tax loophole could cut $25k off Tesla’s Model X

Tesla probably prefers you to think of the Model X as more than just a humble truck, but that classification could save some owners thousands of dollars in tax breaks. The electric SUV, the first - very few - deliveries of which began late last month, is heavy enough to tip it into a lucrative and controversial tax bracket which some truck buyers have used to save considerably on luxury vehicles.

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Tesla firmware 7 on Thursday, some autopilot features only

Tesla firmware 7 on Thursday, some autopilot features only

It seems that the earlier leaked firmware version 7 for Tesla's electric cars isn't that far away after all. A long time coming, since it has been available for weeks for a select number of testers, the software upgrade will bring the long awaited autopilot features to the Model S sedan as well as the Model X SUV. And all of that will start this coming Thursday. Sadly, not all advertised features will be landing this time around, with some of the more interesting self-driving capabilities reserved for a 7.1 update.

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Elon Musk accidentally reveals there will be a Model Y

Elon Musk accidentally reveals there will be a Model Y

Twitter's (soon to be gone) 140 character limit is both a boon and a bane. In the beginning, it help people condense their thoughts into more precise expressions (without degrading into AOL-speak). Eventually, however, it gave rise to a rapid fire method of expression, with amusing consequences. Like inadvertently saying something you're not supposed to. Just like the illustrious Elon Musk when he "accidentally" revealed that there will be a Model Y, the first time it has ever been hinted at. Good thing for Musk, Twitter has a delete button.

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Tesla Model X firmware 7.0 to bring self-driving, door controls

Tesla Model X firmware 7.0 to bring self-driving, door controls

It was only last week that Tesla finally unveiled the long-awaited Model X, its first electric SUV. But now we're hearing immediately of the car's next firmware, version 7.0, that is going to add a few more bells and whistles to the already fully-loaded EV. Though nothing's official yet, leaked screenshots of the firmware's new interface and features reveal some of the things that Tesla failed to mention its rather criticized mess of a PR event. including some added smarts as well as environmental controls.

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Will Smith gives shout-out to Tesla in first rap in a decade

Will Smith gives shout-out to Tesla in first rap in a decade

This week Will Smith appeared on a rap track - a remix of a song by the name of "Fiesta" - with a shout to Tesla. "No gassin' me, I'm a Tesla," says Smith on the track. Smith is one a number of celebrities that currently own a Tesla Model S, and - as of April 2013 - Smith's son planned on picking one up as well. In a Google+ hangout with a number of "Top Thinkers" including Elon Musk, Jaden Smith suggested that the Model S was "simply fly."

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These are Tesla Model X’s 2 weirdest features

These are Tesla Model X’s 2 weirdest features

The Tesla Model X literally has a "bio weapon defense mode" in it, labeled specifically with the international biohazard warning symbol. You know the one - the sharp edges of blades around a circular target - the same symbol you see in post-apocalyptic films and games. The button is in place on this electric vehicle because the air filtration system in the vehicle is so extremely hardcore, it could potentially fend of an airborne germ attack. The filter the Tesla Model X uses for the air you breath inside is several times as large as any other filter being used on a road-ready vehicle today.

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5 key facts about Tesla’s Model X

5 key facts about Tesla’s Model X

Today we're bringing you a bit of a run-down on some of the most noteworthy facts about the Tesla Model X. This is the vehicle the electric car company unveiled in full last night, and the car that Tesla delivered to the first five earliest preorder customers last night as well. This vehicle is fast, it has far smarter doors than a DeLorean, it's safe to drive, there aren't many of them on the road right now, and if you want one, it's going to cost you a pretty penny.

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