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Tesla

  • Tesla delivers big Autopilot upgrade with new firmware

    Tesla saw plenty of bad press thanks to a fatal crash in Autopilot mode earlier this year. However, the latest firmware update is heavily focused on improving this department. In a blog post detailing version 8.0 of the Model S firmware, Tesla explained that radar is now becoming the primary control sensor for Autopilot mode. Previously, it was used to feed supplementary data to the camera and image processing system. The company outlined some challenges in using radar as the main sensor. Radar isn't perfect "The radar can see people, but they appear partially translucent. Something made of wood or painted plastic, though opaque to...

  • Oh Tesla, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

    Raise your hands if you, like me, raced to put in your pre-order when you heard the Tesla 3 would be heading to South Africa in late 2017. Within days of the announcement, the Tesla 3 had generated US$14-billion in reservations. It’s the first time that we as South Africans will get to see why Tesla is one of the world’s most popular cars. More interestingly, it’s also the first time Tesla will be shipping to a developing nation -- one where infrastructure and electricity supply are not always constant. So while the stats are impressive, the question lingers. Will the...

  • Tesla wants to build 500k cars a year by 2018

    You can't argue that Tesla doesn't have serious ambitions. In its Q1 update, the California-based electric car maker announced plans to build 500 000 cars a year by 2018. That's significantly more than it's current production capacity, which it says will allow it to deliver between 80 000 and 90 000 new vehicles in 2016. According to Tesla's note, hitting the 500 000 cars a year mark by 2018 would put it two years ahead of its original schedule and is largely driven by the need to meet demand for the Model 3. "In the first week of taking...

  • Tesla Model 3 heading to South Africa

    It's a big day for Tesla and South African electric car fans, as the company announced that its mass-market Model 3 sedan is making its way to our shores. After the car was yesterday unveiled at a press event in the States, the company CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the additional countries that will see the Model 3. One of which is South Africa. Adding several more countries to Model 3 order page tonight. Check for details, but will include India, Brazil, SA, SK, NZ, Sing & Ireland. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2016 Fellow BRICS nations, India and...

  • Tesla to unveil Model 3 on 31 March

    Tesla fans around the world can finally breathe again. The revolutionary electric car company has announced that it will be unveiling the Model 3 on 31 March. The latest car to emerge from Tesla, details around the Model 3 have been thin on the ground -- although there have been plenty of rumours. One thing that is certain is that it'll be more affordable than its siblings, the Model S and Model X. While those cars have appealed mainly to people with fairly large amounts of wealth to their names, the Model 3 is Tesla's first attempt at a...

  • Production problems hamper Tesla’s drive to roll out the Model X

    Innovative electric car company, Tesla Motors, the brainchild of tech entrepreneur Elon Musk bid farewell to 2015 in an upbeat way, tweeting this message and video on the last day of the year. Safest, fastest & full of tricks Model X spread its wings in 2015, hitting roads around the world in 2016 https://t.co/mhZWOP3iud— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) December 31, 2015 But the tweet masked the true nature of some difficult problems that the California-based company is struggling to overcome and which are making some investors nervous. The Guardian newspaper revealed on January 4 that Tesla had only managed to produce 507...

  • 4 rumours about the upcoming Tesla Model 3: which ones are likely true?

    Elon Musk once said that developing a long-range, affordable electric vehicle was at the very top of Tesla’s list of long-term goals. And the Model 3, which the 44-year-old Tesla Motors CEO promises will be unveiled to the no-doubt drooling public in March 2016, is intended to be that very car. So, there’s plenty riding on the upcoming model, which will see the California-based electric car-maker finally move into a volume segment. In fact, it’s this vehicle – along with perhaps the Model X, to a smaller extent – that the brand believes will drive annual sales to the 500...

  • Here’s everything you need to know about the Tesla Model X

    It's been a long time coming, but on Tuesday Tesla finally lifted the lid on the Model X, its six (or seven) seater electric SUV. Given that the concept version of the Model X made its first appearance all the way back in 2012, it's a little surprising it's taken so long for the disruptive car-maker to unveil a production model. Then again, Tesla has a reputation for obsessing over small, but crucial details, so it's unlikely that the delays are anything to be overly concerned about. Still, Tesla's aim with the Model X was to build nothing less...

  • Tesla owners can now Beta test its latest Autopilot update

    Tesla has begun rolling out an update which will allow drivers of its cars to beta test the latest version of it Autopilot software. According to IEEE Spectrum, the blog for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the update is designed to put the system through scenarios which Tesla's engineers couldn't even begin to imagine. If you're thinking you should start avoiding any Teslas you see on the road, it's probably worth mentioning that the update won't suddenly turn drivers into passengers. In fact, the version of the software being tested here is only a slight upgrade from the...

  • 5 things you need to know about the Tesla S 70D

    Tesla yesterday announced the launch of the Model S 70D, the entry level model in its all wheel drive D range. Admittedly it's not the most exciting launch to happen this year. New variants, especially at the bottom of a range, seldom get motoring journalists tapping away eagerly at their keyboards. The S 70D is important though, not least because it makes owning a Tesla an ever-so-slightly more realistic possibility. So what makes it different from the rest of the range, and what are you sacrificing if you choose to buy one? Well, as with so many things in...

  • Elon Musk wants to power your house with Tesla batteries

    No one can put a positive spin on a bad set of quarterly results quite like Elon Musk can. While the Tesla CEO was busy having to explain to investors and journalists exactly how it was that the electric car company missed its delivery targets on the Model S so badly, he pulled a rabbit out of his hat. No, there wasn't a surprise new model announced, nor a crazy new take on a charging network. Instead Musk announced that the company was busy producing batteries that could power people's homes. "We are going to unveil the Tesla home...

  • Elon Musk gets cryptic, tweets about unveiling the ‘D’ and ‘something else’

    Tesla fans, set some time aside on your calendar for 9 October. Why? Well according to a tweet sent out by Elon Musk, the company will announce a new model called the "D" and "something else". The renowned tech innovator sent out the information in a cryptic tweet and refused to be drawn on what exactly he meant by "something else": About time to unveil the D and something else pic.twitter.com/qp23yi59i6— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2014 Of course, there were plenty of jokes around the tweet, nearly all of which Musk seems to have taken in good jest: I love...

  • Saleen’s Tesla-based Foursixteen punishes tyres like a petrol-burner [video]

    Sadly (for petrol lovers, at least), the sound of that tell-tale electric engine whine will become commonplace on roads of the future. With Formula E giving us a taste of high-pitched motorsport this weekend, we thought it would be nice to showcase Saleen's dressed up, faster and more attractive Tesla Model S -- the Foursixteen. Saleen isn't a company to shy away from making daringly different and face-bending modified versions of others' machinery, and the Tesla Model S is the latest victim. Other cars to make the cut include Chevy's Corvette and the previous generation Mustang, and those we're quite...

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