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NTSB: Tesla Driver Was Playing Video Game During Fatal Crash

'If you own a car with partial automation, you do not own a self-driving car'

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a video game on his smartphone while his vehicle was being controlled by a partially automated driving system. Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the start of... More »

He Complained About Tesla Autopilot, Was Killed in Autopilot Crash

Walter Huang said his Model X veered toward the same barrier that ultimately killed him

(Newser) - An Apple engineer who died when his Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete barrier had previously complained about the SUV malfunctioning on that same stretch of Silicon Valley freeway. His complaints were detailed in a trove of documents released Tuesday by federal investigators in two Tesla crashes involving Autopilot,... More »

Tesla Bears' Refrain: 'I Got My Butt Kicked'

'Wall Street Journal' tallies losses of $8.4B this year for those betting against the company

(Newser) - "Oh damn, I got my butt kicked." That's the lament of private investor Robert Majteles to the Wall Street Journal over the recent meteoric rise of Tesla's stock . The assessment pretty much sums up the story, which explains that Majteles is one of many investors in... More »

Tesla's 'Insane' Stock Run Making a Fortune for Elon Musk

Shares rose 19% Monday and were even higher on Tuesday, making billions for CEO

(Newser) - Tesla's stock had an epic day on Monday with a rise of 19%. Tuesday might end up being even better. CNBC reports that Elon Musk's electric-car company surged as much as 20% in early trading to more than $900 a share. “I just can’t believe this... More »

Autopilot Questions Follow Fatal Tesla Crashes

Safety advocates want automaker to ensure drivers pay attention

(Newser) - Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company's Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk plans to put fully self-driving cars on the road. On Sunday, a Tesla Model S sedan left a freeway in Gardena, California, at a high speed,... More »

Tesla Crash Kills 2

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating

(Newser) - A Tesla crash killed two people in the wee hours of Sunday in a Los Angeles suburb, and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating. The Tesla Model S was speeding, ran a red light, and hit a Honda Civic at the Gardena intersection, killing a man and... More »

Tesla's Share Price Gets Really, Uh, High

It hits Musk's $420 milestone

(Newser) - Tesla shares got higher than they'd ever been before on Monday and while it's not clear whether Elon Musk did as well, the CEO certainly had cause to celebrate. The price hit $420 on Monday, the pot culture-inspired milestone at which Musk said he was thinking about taking... More »

Musk Points Out an Issue With Wikipedia Page

He's no investor, Tesla CEO says

(Newser) - Elon Musk said he looked at his Wikipedia page for the first time in years on Sunday. "It's insane!" Musk tweeted , adding that the page was "a war zone with a zillion edits." Still, the Tesla CEO asked for one more. "Can someone please... More »

Elon Musk Will Have His Day in Court

Tesla CEO to testify this week in trial tied to 'pedo guy' defamation lawsuit brought by British diver

(Newser) - Elon Musk has made at least a few tweets he probably regrets (or maybe not ), but one in particular will see him in court this week for a defamation trial. In October, a judge rejected Musk's attempts to nix the lawsuit brought against him by British diver Vernon... More »

This Police Force Is Getting a Cybertruck

Dubai plans to use in tourist-heavy areas

(Newser) - Police in Dubai apparently aren't too worried about criminals throwing metal balls at their vehicles. The force has signaled that it plans to place an order for Tesla's futuristic Cybertruck, despite a well-publicized window failure during the vehicle's recent unveiling, CBS reports. Dubai police tweeted an image... More »

Tesla Mocked by Surprise Troll on 'Unbreakable' Cybertruck

Lego's vehicle is 'guaranteed shatterproof'

(Newser) - Elon Musk says the orders are pouring in for Tesla's new Cybertruck, despite the onstage demo fail that generated worldwide mockery. Now, a surprise troll is mocking the electric car company with its own debut. Mashable reports that early Tuesday, Danish toy company Lego put up a promo on... More »

Elon Musk: Here's Why 'Unbreakable' Windows Shattered

It was all because of that earlier sledgehammer hit, Tesla CEO says

(Newser) - It was the smash seen round the world. Now, Elon Musk is offering new spin on why the "unbreakable" windows on the Cybertruck he unveiled Thursday shattered when metal balls were thrown at it during a live demo. That cringeworthy moment—Musk can be heard saying, "Oh, my... More »

Orders Are Pouring In for Cybertrucks, Musk Says

Customers have put down $100 for 146K vehicles already

(Newser) - Tesla received 146,000 preorders for its upcoming Cybertruck in the first two days after its unveiling, CEO Elon Musk said. A $100 refundable payment comes with each preorder, the Verge reports, which means the company has already collected $14.6 million for the electric pickup. Production won't begin... More »

Elon Musk Pays $770M for Most Expensive Windows Ever

That's how much Tesla CEO lost in one day after his Cybertruck's windows smashed during demo

(Newser) - Elon Musk's disastrous demo of Tesla's newest electric vehicle wasn't just a PR debacle—it hit his wallet big time. When the company's head designer threw a metal ball at the Cybertruck's window Thursday to show how durable it was, the window smashed; a second... More »

Here's Video of Elon Musk's Demo Fail

New truck's windows not as strong as the Tesla CEO thought

(Newser) - It was going to be spectacular. In his rollout of Tesla's futuristic truck , CEO Elon Musk had a company engineer throw a metal ball at one of its windows. The idea was that the ball would bounce off harmlessly, demonstrating the amazing strength of the windows. Except the window... More »

Elon Musk Unveils 'Cybertruck'

Electric pickup will enter production in 2021

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk is taking on the workhorse heavy pickup truck market with his latest electric vehicle. The "cybertruck," an electric pickup truck, will be in production in 2021, Musk said at the Los Angeles Auto Show Thursday. The pickup, which Musk said will cost $39,900... More »

Brexit Chaos Had an Impact on Tesla

Automaker chose Berlin over Britain for its new factory

(Newser) - One consequence of Brexit: Tesla has chosen Berlin as the site of its first European factory. The UK was under consideration, but "Brexit made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK," CEO Elon Musk told industry website Auto Express after making the announcement Tuesday night.... More »

Suit: Man Died in 'Death Trap' Tesla Due to Door Malfunction

Omar Awan burned in Model S crash after rescuers couldn't get to him: complaint

(Newser) - A 48-year-old anesthesiologist died an unnecessary death earlier this year in a fiery Tesla crash, according to a new lawsuit that claims the car's design was what ended up killing him. Dr. Omar Awan was burned "beyond recognition" after his Model S veered off the road and crashed... More »

Walmart Blames Tesla Solar Panels for 7 Store Fires

Company is suing over 'widespread negligence'

(Newser) - "To state the obvious, properly designed, installed, inspected, and maintained solar systems do not spontaneously combust," a Walmart lawsuit against Tesla states. The retail giant says solar panels installed on store rooftops caused at least seven fires between 2012 and 2018, reports Reuters . The lawsuit filed in New... More »

Starbucks Used to Have a Much Longer Name

Why company dumped Starbucks Coffee, Tea, and Spices, and why other brands changed their names

(Newser) - In a world where our texting shorthand includes "BRB," "LOL," and "K," is it any surprise that we now have brands calling themselves WW, RH, and KFC? USA Today reports on eight companies that have truncated or otherwise modified their original monikers, for various... More »

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