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Tesla Autopilot 8.1 release date revealed to restore missing features

Tesla Autopilot 8.1 release date revealed to restore missing features

Tesla's latest update, AutoPilot v8.1, should begin rolling out in three weeks time Elon Musk has confirmed, good news for those frustrated by what the very latest EVs can actually do. The update will be pushed out as an over-the-air upgrade, taking advantage of the Model S and Model X's integrated connectivity. Still, not every owner will necessarily get it straight away.

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Tesla grabs top Microsoft HoloLens designer

Tesla grabs top Microsoft HoloLens designer

Tesla has snagged one of Microsoft's top designers, with former HoloLens industrial designer Andrew Kim leaving to join the electric car company. Kim will take up the role of Lead Designer at Tesla, his LinkedIn confirms. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, the designer spent three and a half years at Microsoft.

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Tesla and SolarCity revolutionize island with solar and battery tech

Tesla and SolarCity revolutionize island with solar and battery tech

Tesla and SolarCity have revolutionized life on one small island using solar and battery technology. According to SolarCity, life on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa — located 4,000 plus miles from the US’s west coast — was made difficult due to the diesel and generators residents were forced to use. Power outages and the need to ration fuel were common, but thanks to more than five thousand solar panels and dozens of Tesla Powerpacks, all of that is a thing of the past.

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How a combined Tesla and SolarCity make sense

How a combined Tesla and SolarCity make sense

With the Tesla acquisition of SolarCity complete as of today, Elon Musk's vision of an integrated solar energy business is ready to go. The deal, approved by shareholders late last week, sees Tesla's expertise in electrified vehicles join forces with SolarCity's energy generation and storage. In Musk's world, that means not only a cleaner way to live, but the chance for early-adopters to actually make some cash, too.

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Tesla’s SolarCity acquisition closes after investor approval

Tesla’s SolarCity acquisition closes after investor approval

Tesla and SolarCity are now one and the same. Both companies announced this morning that its acquisition of SolarCity has been finalized, completing a process that began back in August. Tesla revealed late last week that its investors had approved the acquisition, removing the final roadblock in merging the two companies.

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Tesla releases self-driving demo video that shows what the car sees

Tesla releases self-driving demo video that shows what the car sees

Tesla is continuing to go all-in with autonomous driving technology, having already promised that all future models, including the upcoming Model 3, will include self-driving features. Now found Elon Musk has shared a new video that attempts to better demonstrate to drivers how the technology works. The demo clip shows what it's like for a Tesla vehicle to drive itself on local, public roads, all while showing the car's point of view of things.

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Tesla solar roof will likely cost less than regular roof before electricity savings

Tesla solar roof will likely cost less than regular roof before electricity savings

Last month, Elon Musk went on stage to unveil the Tesla and SolarCity solar roof, a product that looks very similar to an ordinary home roof, but with each shingle instead being a small part of a large solar offering. Prices weren't discussed at the time, though Musk emphasized the necessity of affordability and suggested the solar roof wouldn't be more expensive than a regular home roof when taking into account electricity savings.

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Tesla and SolarCity shareholders approve acquisition

Tesla and SolarCity shareholders approve acquisition

It appears that Tesla and SolarCity will soon be operating as one company. Shareholders from both companies have approved Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity, which was a necessary step for the two to merge. Tesla's plans for acquisition were announced at the beginning of August, and everything seems to be playing out according to the timeline that was originally envisioned.

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Tesla Model S P100D improves 0-60 times with incoming software update

Tesla Model S P100D improves 0-60 times with incoming software update

It looks like Tesla's Model S P100D, which captured attention back in August for its ridiculous capabilities, is about to get faster. In a tweet today, Elon Musk said that a software update coming next month will shave some time off of the P100D's already impressive 0 to 60 and 1/4 mile times. If there was ever a question before, it can now be laid to rest: Yes, you are indeed living in the future.

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Tesla acquires Grohmann Engineering to boost automation and production

Tesla acquires Grohmann Engineering to boost automation and production

As it prepares to ramp up production with the introduction of its Model 3, Tesla has announced plans to acquire Grohmann Engineering. Based in Prüm, Germany, Tesla plans to use Grohmann's approach to automation to help it increase production. This is also the first step toward Tesla adding 1,000 advanced engineering and skilled technician jobs in Germany over the next two years.

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Tesla reveals paid Supercharging switch in 2017

Tesla reveals paid Supercharging switch in 2017

Tesla has announced some rather significant changes to the way it operates its network of Superchargers. Thus far, Supercharging stations placed around the world have been offered free of charge to Tesla owners on long distance trips, but that's about to change next year. Tesla has announced that starting in 2017, some Tesla owners will be charged a "small fee" to use these stations.

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Model X and Model S vehicles in the wild with HW2 self-driving tech

Model X and Model S vehicles in the wild with HW2 self-driving tech

Tesla announced last month that all of its cars would be produced with self-driving technology on-board. Along with that announcement came some details on what the new Hardware2 or HW2 self-driving technology would entail. The cars are fitted with eight different cameras and a radar ultrasonic sensor and a supercomputer to support image processing and the needed processing for safety.

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