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DVD player in Tesla wreck raises distraction questions

DVD player in Tesla wreck raises distraction questions

The crashed Tesla that collided with a truck while in Autopilot mode, killing the driver, had a portable DVD player reportedly still playing "Harry Potter" inside when witnesses rushed to the scene. Investigators of the May accident, in which the electric car's systems apparently failed to see a tractor-trailer crossing the highway ahead due to lighting conditions and the truck's color, are still examining data extracted from the Model S' "black box" but questions had already been raised about what might have distracted the driver.

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Drivers, not ones and zeroes, the biggest roadblock to autonomous cars

Drivers, not ones and zeroes, the biggest roadblock to autonomous cars

Tesla's Autopilot is in safety regulators' crosshairs after one driver died using the system, but the NHTSA's own research suggests unrealistic expectations and human nature may be the biggest risk to semi-automated cars. The crash, in May 2016, saw Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio die after his 2015 Model S struck a tractor-trailer crossing the divided highway he was using Autopilot on.

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Fatal crash prompts Tesla Autopilot safety investigation

Fatal crash prompts Tesla Autopilot safety investigation

Tesla's Autopilot system in the Model S is the subject of a preliminary investigation by US safety regulators, after a fatal crash by a driver using the semi-autonomous technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed today that it will be making "an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash" in which a driver of a 2015 Model S struck a tractor trailer and was killed.

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Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla wants to put electric cars, batteries, and solar power under one brand roof with an acquisition of the company called SolarCity. Tesla Motors wants to make start-to-finish green energy use a reality. In their vehicles - electric vehicles that is - and in the sun that generates power for batteries, all owned by a single user, all purchased from a single company. At the moment, Tesla does not have every piece of technology they need to make this a reality - but they hope to soon.

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Your Tesla can swim, but Elon Musk is making something even better

Your Tesla can swim, but Elon Musk is making something even better

Your Tesla Model S can double as a boat for short swimming distances, Elon Musk has confirmed, but he's also working on something for those with more serious aquatic ambitions. Though Tesla doesn't recommend it, Musk took pains to point out, the Model S "floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time" if needs demand it.

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Tesla on offensive against NHTSA gag-order allegations

Tesla on offensive against NHTSA gag-order allegations

Tesla has come out fighting against reports that the automaker is trying to cover up car safety issues, and prevent owners from discussing them with federal safety agencies. The accusations came following a report of a broken suspension system in an out-of-warranty Model S, which Tesla offered to help pay for repairs on as part of what the company says now was a "goodwill gesture" to the owner.

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With Model 3 years out, Tesla adds cheaper Model S 60

With Model 3 years out, Tesla adds cheaper Model S 60

Tesla has revealed two new, more affordable versions of its Model S electric car, biding time for those on a budget ahead of the launch of the Model 3. The new cars, the Tesla Model S 60 and Model S 60D, trim battery range in return for lower sticker pricing, kicking off at $66,000 before tax incentives.

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Tesla schedules Gigafactory grand opening for July 29

Tesla schedules Gigafactory grand opening for July 29

Tesla has finally set a date for the official opening of its Nevada Gigafactory, a massive building where the electric car maker will produce the batteries for its vehicles. A ceremony at the facility will be held on July 29th, with certain Tesla owners and VIPs getting invited. This is all despite the fact that the Gigafactory began limited operations several months ago, but as of the beginning of May is only 14% complete.

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Tesla nabs Audi exec Peter Hochholdinger as production boss

Tesla nabs Audi exec Peter Hochholdinger as production boss

Tesla has hired long-running Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as its new Vice President of Vehicle Production. In his role, Hochholdinger will be aiding the auto maker in achieving its-ever growing production goals, ensuring the company is able to deliver on its Model 3 promises while keeping up Model X and Model S production. Before Tesla, Hochholdinger spent 22 years at Audi, where he has roles in ‘the entire production chain,’ helming production for multiple Audi models and more.

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Tesla’s latest Easter Egg makes the charge port a rainbow of color

Tesla’s latest Easter Egg makes the charge port a rainbow of color

Tesla is famous for its Easter Eggs hidden in the software updates for some of its most popular models. Back in February of 2015, it was discovered that Tesla had put an image of the James Bond Lotus submarine in the menus of the Model S EV as an Easter Egg for owners of the car to discover. Tesla also showed off another Easter Egg that Elon Musk claimed would play any song at any time. This week another Easter Egg has been discovered and this one makes the charge port colorful.

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Amazon Alexa learns to summon a Tesla Model S

Amazon Alexa learns to summon a Tesla Model S

The autonomous driving features in the Tesla Model S have allowed the car to be summoned from its parking space for several months now, first via the keyfob, and then with an unofficial Apple Watch app. But now it's time to let another device do the summoning for you — like Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant in the Echo connected speaker. That's exactly what developer Jason Goecke has done, allowing him to tell his car to pull out of the garage with voice commands.

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Tesla’s entire 2018 Model 3 production is almost all taken

Tesla’s entire 2018 Model 3 production is almost all taken

Affordable sedans don't typically find themselves on the "covet" side of the supply/demand curve, but it's looking like the Tesla Model 3 will buck that trend. The most affordable model in the automaker's all-electric line-up has already seen record reservations, and now CEO Elon Musk is warning that those who don't stake a place in line may be forced to wait even longer than initially expected.

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