Did Tesla Autopilot predict an upcoming accident before it actually happened?

December 29, 2016 by  
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A recently surfaced dashcam video appears to show a Tesla in Autopilot mode alerting a driver to an upcoming crash moments before it actually happened. According to Twitter user Hans Noordsij , the Tesla used its radar to see “ahead” of the car in front of it, and predict that it was about to collide with another vehicle. In the video, viewers can hear the vehicle’s collision warning system activate as the car’s emergency breaks activate automatically. @elonmusk Finally the right one. pic.twitter.com/2fspGMUoWf — Hans Noordsij (@HansNoordsij) December 27, 2016 So far, Tesla hasn’t commented on the authenticity of the video, so it’s difficult to say if the incredible footage depicts exactly what the original poster claims. Some critics are already claiming that the car did nothing to “predict” a crash that an observant human driver couldn’t do better, pointing out that the incoming collision would have been obvious with or without the Autopilot system. However, even if a driver could predict and react to the oncoming accident as quickly as the vehicle’s AI, the fact that a car is able to see and respond with speed similar to a human is still impressive. Related: Elon Musk announces all new Teslas will be self-driving While the video may be impressive, it’s important to remember that Autopilot it not without its flaws. Back in July, Tesla Motors disclosed that one inattentive Model S driver had been killed when the Autopilot system mistook the bright white side of a truck for the sky and caused the car to collide with an 18-wheeler on the highway. Although Tesla has announced plans to build autonomous capabilities into all new cars produced going forward, drivers should still remain alert at all times and ready to take control of the vehicle if they sense something wrong. Via CNBC Images via Hans Noordsij /Screen capture

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Panasonic investing $256M in Tesla’s Buffalo solar manufacturing plant

December 29, 2016 by  
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Following Tesla ’s recent acquisition of SolarCity, the California-based company just scored another big win. Panasonic will invest more than $256 million in Tesla’s New York solar cell factory. The Japan-based electronics company is already partnering with Tesla to build electric car batteries at its Nevada Gigafactory, and this investment, announced December 27, positions Panasonic more firmly in the automotive industry than ever before, marking the fulfillment of the company’s’s gradual shift away from consumer electronics. Tesla’s production facility in Buffalo is expected to be up and running within just a few months. According to Tuesday’s announcement, production of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules will begin in the summer of 2017. By 2019, the two companies expect to be churning out the equivalent of one gigawatt of solar power modules each year. Related: Tesla taps Panasonic to build solar panels for their Powerwall and Powerpack systems The news of Panasonic ’s hefty investment in the Buffalo manufacturing plant is the first development since Tesla first named the electronics company as its partner in mid-October, which was contingent on the completion of Tesla’s merger with SolarCity . While that initial announcement came with very few details (in part because the merger wouldn’t be finalized for another month), this update illustrates the enormous scope of Panasonic’s commitment to the solar power market. The PV modules Panasonic produces at Tesla’s facility will be used primarily in the Powerwall and Powerpack systems, Tesla’s off-grid power solutions. While Tesla’s “solar roof” is still on deck, there is no word on when production on that line might begin. SolarCity previously promised the creation of over 1,400 jobs at the Buffalo facility and Tesla’s announcement Tuesday reaffirms that commitment and elaborates that the figure includes more than 500 manufacturing jobs—an important footnote for a city that once relied heavily on blue collar industries like steel and automotive manufacturing. Via Reuters Images via SolarCity and Panasonic

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Tesla’s New Solar Roof Is Pretty, But Is It Practical?

November 7, 2016 by  
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Last week, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors spoke before a crowd at the set of the TV show Desperate Housewives. “The interesting thing is that the houses you see around you are all solar houses,” said Musk. “Did you notice?” This news shocked the…

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Elon Musk announces all new Teslas will be self-driving

October 20, 2016 by  
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Today, Tesla finally unveiled the second half its big Model 3 reveal . Shortly after 5 p.m., the company revealed that all new Tesla vehicles will include the hardware needed for full self-driving capacity, effective immediately. While this includes the Model 3, older vehicles like the Model S and Model X will also include the new hardware — in fact, the vehicles are already in production and available for purchase. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbPqIHwSHos In a blog post today, Tesla said: “We are excited to announce that, as of today, all Tesla vehicles produced in our factory – including Model 3 – will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.” The company has received criticism in the past for its Autpilot. Tesla says that they are being cautious to make sure the program is safe. “Before activating the features enabled by the new hardware, we will further calibrate the system using millions of miles of real-world driving to ensure significant improvements to safety and convenience.” All updates to the system will be delivered wirelessly through the company’s over-the-air software updates. The announcement, which launched promptly at what Tesla fans are now calling “Elon o’clock,”  followed days of mystery. With the announcement, we finally know what CEO Elon Musk mysteriously teased about in a tweet just 10 days ago. Originally scheduled for October 17 and then bumped to October 19, the announcement didn’t come with the usual set of hints and clues that Tesla is known for letting out into the wild. The secrecy surrounding this unveiling drove the rumor mill for days, with speculations ranging from the launch of Autopilot 2.0 to “Tesla Glass.” Turns out Tesla fans are pretty smart, since the Model 3 reveal centered around their new Autopilot, which will come with every new Tesla. Related: Tesla slates mysterious product unveiling for October 17 The new vehicles will include eight surround cameras, which provide 360-degree visibility around the car for a range of up to 250 meters. For even greater safety, all cars will include 12 updated ultrasonic sensors, which can detect both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of Tesla’s previous system. Rounding out the hardware is a forward-facing radar with enhanced processing which can see through heavy rain, fog, dust, and even the car ahead on the road. This cutting-edge tech goes far beyond the ordinary senses of a human driver, which the company argues will make the car’s autonomous capabilities far safer than traditional vehicles. The shift appears to be part of a larger strategy to provide on-demand mobility services to those who are unable to drive or simply can’t afford to purchase a personal vehicle. The weeks leading up to this announcement were a little unusual, even for an outlandish entrepreneur like Musk. One day before the original announcement date, the CEO tweeted an update , pushing the Tesla news to October 19. It “needs a few more days of refinement,” he said, without specifying whether he was referring to the unveiling or the product itself. In the absence of any hints from the company about the “unexpected” new product, Electrek conducted a poll of its readers last week and the majority guessed the announcement has something to do with Autopilot 2.0 or some sort of integrated augmented reality technology. In other Tesla news, the company quietly updated the marketing webpage for the upcoming Model 3, the $35,000 all-electric sports car. Musk originally promised that deliveries on preorders would begin in late 2017, but the website has now been updated to reflect that “production begins” late 2017 and “Delivery estimate for new reservations is 2018 or later.” While it seems that this represents a delay in Musk’s original timeline, the company has insisted that it doesn’t, telling The Verge that customers who have already reserved a Model 3 will still receive delivery in 2017, but all future reservations will be fulfilled in 2018 or later. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwD1hjlbhwU + Tesla Images via Tesla Cat DiStasio contributed to this report.

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Tesla is going to sell its electric cars in Nordstrom

June 15, 2016 by  
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At this point, we’re accustomed to hearing all sorts of crazy news from Tesla Motors and knowing full well it should be believed. The latest announcement if pretty juicy and could, if issued a few months earlier, be mistaken for a suave April Fool’s Day joke. The California-based electric car company unveiled plans on Saturday to open a ‘gallery’ inside Nordstrom in The Grove shopping mall in Los Angeles. The high-end department store will take Tesla for a test drive with a 400-square-foot gallery featuring the Model X, Tesla’s falcon-winged all-electric SUV. Unlike most car makers, Tesla doesn’t sell its luxury electric vehicles through dealerships, which has caused the company a slew of problems across the country. Auto dealership associations, with the backing of state laws in many places, have worked hard to block the company from even setting up shop. Although Tesla has been able to successfully negotiate exceptions in a number of states, the company continues to look for innovative ways to reach new customers. This latest experiment is an attempt to do just that, by tapping into a steady stream of shoppers with the bank accounts to back up their high-end taste. Related: Tesla just doubled its already outrageous production goal Tesla’s presence at the Nordstrom in The Grove will span through the end of this year. At that point, Nordstrom officials will decide whether they want to continue the relationship. “We’re focused on listening to our customers and seeing how they respond to this type of differentiated experience,” Nordstrom said in a statement. The retailer has 121 stores in North America, as well as 200 Nordstrom Rack stores. The funny part is, though, that although the Model X will be on display in the Nordstrom store, it’s not for sale there. That is, Tesla is still in the process of securing a sales license so the gallery can operate as a showroom. If a Nordstrom customer gets excited enough to want to purchase their own Tesla, they will have to jump through all the same hoops other prospective Tesla drivers face. Nordstrom employees will help, though, by connecting the interested party with an off-premises Tesla sales associate, or send them five miles down the road to the nearest official Tesla showroom. As a final option, the interested buyer could also do what any of us could do, which is visit Tesla’s website and place an order. It’s as simple as that, until the bill arrives. Via Fast Company Images via Nordstrom and Tesla Motors

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Take a first look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory

December 31, 2015 by  
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After months of anticipation (and one arrest), the world is finally getting its first glimpse at the inside of Tesla Motors’ new Gigafactory in Arizona. Photographer James Lipman has posted the first photo of the interior on Instagram, along with a few shots of the site. There’s some speculation he may be working on a commercial shoot for the company, in which case we look forward to seeing more soon. Read the rest of Take a first look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory

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Striking 1960s bank transformed into retro-chic Durham hotel

December 31, 2015 by  
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Photographer arrested and charged with assault after trespassing at the Tesla Gigafactory

October 14, 2015 by  
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News from the Tesla camp typically centers around a cool feat of electric car technology or the promise of a new clean gadget, but that’s not always the case. Tesla released a statement yesterday describing an “altercation” between the employees of the company and journalists from the Reno Gazette Journal. The reporters were, according to Tesla, trespassing and snooping around the under-construction  Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada, when they were discovered by a Tesla employee. The events that unfolded next sound almost like something out of a movie, landing a photographer in jail facing a charge for assault with a deadly weapon. Read the rest of Photographer arrested and charged with assault after trespassing at the Tesla Gigafactory

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Help make FRED the world’s first 100% sustainable lamp

October 14, 2015 by  
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Are you looking for a truly sustainable cradle-to-cradle lamp? Design duo Van Tjalle en Jasper wants to make you one but they need your help. The designers recently launched FRED —Fully Recyclable Ecological Design—a green lighting fixture on Kickstarter that will become greener and greener as the crowdfunding campaign meets its stretch-goals. The aim is to make FRED 100% recyclable and biodegradable, from the wiring to the packaging, and use zero formaldehyde, chemicals, petroleum, or toxic additives in the process. + FRED Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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The volunteer-run ABARI Foundation is rebuilding Nepal with bamboo and earth

October 14, 2015 by  
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On April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, taking 8,712 lives and injuring thousands. Additionally, 505,745 houses were destroyed and 279,330 damaged, displacing more than 11,100 households. In this critical period, ABARI has been active in serving the needs of Nepal by collaborating with other like-minded organizations to promote the establishment of local entrepreneurs and social enterprises by providing support with business development, seed capital, and skill development for poverty alleviation.  So far, ABARI has constructed 21 community shelters, 2 health posts, 92 transitional schools/ community shelters and 178 transitional shelters in Nepal. ABARI uses workshops and training of local populous to share technology and to learn the lost arts of historic building traditions. This give-and-take dynamic allows them to engage with various communities and provide them with a beautiful earthen structure and information on waste water treatment, solar energy utilization and composting while learning new techniques to share with the world. + ABARI Foundation: Rebuilding Nepal

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