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Tesla: We're Fixing Autopilot

Company says improved radar will result in fewer crashes

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car company is making major improvements to the Autopilot system used by its vehicles, which will dramatically reduce the number and severity of crashes they're involved in, the AP reports. Sunday's news comes in the wake of a May crash involving... More »

Tesla Hits a 'Profound Milestone'

100kWh battery extends range, amps up acceleration

(Newser) - Tesla on Tuesday introduced a car battery that's being hailed for two reasons: its ability to power an electric vehicle 315 miles on one charge, and the fact that it makes a four-door sedan the fastest accelerating production car (with an *; more on that below). The Wall Street ... More »

Report: Tesla Car Was Speeding in Fatal Autopilot Crash

Joshua Brown was going 9mph over the speed limit

(Newser) - The driver killed when his Tesla sedan crashed while in self-driving mode was traveling at 9mph above the speed limit just before hitting the side of a tractor-trailer, federal accident investigators said Tuesday. Data downloaded from the Tesla Model S shows the vehicle was traveling at 74mph in a 65-mph... More »

Harry Potter May Have Distracted Man in Tesla Autopilot Crash

Authorities say they found a portable DVD player in Joshua Brown's car

(Newser) - A man believed to be the first person in America to be killed while his car was driving itself may have been watching a Harry Potter movie at the time, Reuters reports. The fatal crash happened in May but wasn't made public until Thursday. According to the AP , 40-year-old... More »

A 'Tragic' First: Driver Killed in Self-Driving Car Crash

He was using a semi-autonomous mode in his Tesla at the time

(Newser) - For the first time, a driver has been killed in a fatal crash while driving a car in autopilot mode. The accident, which happened in Florida in May but has only now become public knowledge, occurred when the driver was using his Tesla Model S in the semi-autonomous Autopilot mode... More »

Tesla Owner: My Driverless Car Went 'Rogue'

It hit a parked trailer; company blames human error

(Newser) - The owner of a Tesla Model S says his car went "rogue" while nobody was inside it and drove into a parked trailer. Tesla's response: It was the guy's own fault. Jared Overton of Utah says he parked his Tesla in front of a business, behind a... More »

Consumer Reports Yanks Tesla Recommendation

Model S has too many maintenance problems

(Newser) - The ultra hip Tesla Model S tests great, but it seems it might not hold up in the long run, according to a new report published Tuesday by Consumer Reports . The publication gave the electric vehicle its best performance rating ever —a seemingly mathematically impossible 103 out of 100—... More »

New Tesla Model Breaks Consumer Reports' Scale

It initially scored 103 out of 100, prompting a new scoring system

(Newser) - For those who think electric cars will never outperform gas ones, Consumer Reports has something to say. In its latest test drive of Tesla's new Model S P85D , the writers said the all-wheel-drive sedan "performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer ... More »

Tesla Riders Go Nuts Over 'Insane Mode'

Video compilation reveals passenger reactions, lots of cursing

(Newser) - The car everyone is buzzing about is now the car passengers are cursing about in a hilarious new video from DragTimes . Tesla driver Brooks managed to convince friends and family to get into the Model S P85D to test out the car's "insane" mode: a 0 to 60... More »

You Can Sleep in Man's Tesla for $85 a Night

He lists it as a room on Airbnb

(Newser) - Want to drive a Tesla Model S but can't afford to buy one? Well, you're out of luck. But if you'd like to at least sleep in one of the $118,000 electric cars, you can do so for just $85 per night. That's because, as... More »

Hybrid, Electric Car Sales Running Out of Gas

Market isn't living up to expectations

(Newser) - Gas prices have been pretty flat lately, and the automobile industry is responding with its best August sales figures in a decade. But hybrid and electric cars appear to be the casualty, with sales accounting for 3.6% of all vehicles sold thus far in 2014, down from 3.7%... More »

NY Man Drives to Florida and Back, Spends $0

Michael Fritts' trip may make him a world record holder

(Newser) - A former truck driver may have set a new record for driving his electric car from New York City to Miami and back: 58 hours and 15 minutes—and he did it all without spending a penny. Michael Fritts, who charged his Tesla Model S for free along the way,... More »

Consumer Reports Names Best Vehicles

Tesla Model S takes top honors, with Chrysler's Ram 1500 best pickup

(Newser) - Consumer Reports is out with its top picks for 2014 vehicles, with Tesla's Model S taking top honors as "best overall." The pricey Tesla is among four new winners this year, with the others in the categories of midsize SUVs, small SUVs, and pickups, notes USA ... More »

Tesla Model S Sells —for 91.4 Bitcoins

Plus a police chief is now getting paid in the virtual currency

(Newser) - Bitcoin continues to inch toward the mainstream: First a university offered students the option of paying tuition in the digital currency ; now a Newport Beach Lamborghini dealer has opened its doors to Bitcoin business. This week it sold a pre-owned Tesla Model S for 91.4 Bitcoins, delivered via Bitpay... More »

Feds Digging Into Tesla Car Fires

Elon Musk: There's 'no safer car on the road'

(Newser) - Tesla is facing more scrutiny following three car fires in six weeks. First, investors launched a lawsuit; now, the government is getting involved, USA Today reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now investigating two of the fires, both of which occurred after Model S undercarriages hit debris on... More »

After Third Car Fire, Investors Sue Tesla

Class-action suit says company misled on safety issues

(Newser) - Headlines about cars starting on fire tend to do bad things to said car company's stock prices, and investors in Tesla have gotten angry enough to sue. A class-action suit announced yesterday accuses the company of misleading investors on safety issues, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . The suit follows... More »

Coming Soon to Tesla Cars: Internet Access

Tesla partnering with AT&T

(Newser) - Tesla Motors is partnering with AT&T for on-board Internet access in its electric marvel, the Model S. Besides adding the ability to surf the Internet and watch videos in the car, CNET reports the cellular connection, modem, and SIM card will also communicate performance data for remote maintenance. Newsy... More »

Model S Burns, Tesla Stock Dives

Electric car went up in flames after collision

(Newser) - Electric car company Tesla was jolted by a 6% dive in its share price yesterday after a video surfaced showing its all-electric Model S on fire near Seattle following a collision. The driver told authorities that the vehicle caught fire after he struck some metal debris on the highway, the... More »

GM Working on Its Own Answer to Tesla

Technology is there, but expensive batteries are an issue

(Newser) - General Motors is working on an electric car with a range of 200 miles, a feat so far matched only by the Tesla Model S, officials tell the Wall Street Journal . And unlike its critically acclaimed competition, the GM model would come with a more affordable $30,000 price tag,... More »

Tesla Model S Safety Rating: 5.4 Out of 5 Stars

Electric vehicle fares better than any in history of NHTSA testing

(Newser) - Just how well did the Tesla Model S do in government safety tests? The highest score a car can get is 5 stars. The Model S got 5.4. "Yes," writes Travis Okulski at Jalopnik . "It broke the scale." In fact, the electric car did better... More »

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