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Two Model S cars were stolen despite Tesla’s advanced tech

Tesla Model S Stolen
You’d have thought that nobody can steal your Tesla thanks to its advanced tracking system. Thieves foolish enough to try to get away with it could be easily caught with the help of the on-board GPS. However, that’s not really the case. Tesla cars are incredibly valuable, which means thieves will do whatever it takes to grab one and leave no traces behind. In fact, at least two such thefts have already been reported in Europe.

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Chris Smith

August 23rd

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Tesla Model S driver blames buggy Autopilot software for highway crash

Tesla Model S Crash
A Model S driver in China who recently got into a minor fender bender is laying blame for the incident squarely on Tesla’s Autopilot software. In a video uploaded to Weibo this week, we see dashcam footage of a Model S cruising down a highway whereupon it just barely scrapes by a presumably broken down car sitting partially on the shoulder and partially on the highway itself. The incident occurred on a Beijing highway and the driver posted both video footage of the incident along with photos of the aftermath. The impact doesn’t appear to be terribly significant, but the photos reveal that more damage was done than suggested by the video.

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Yoni Heisler

August 5th

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Video showcases Tesla’s Autopilot software preventing an accident

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Tesla’s Autopilot software has been in the news quite a bit lately, albeit for all the wrong reasons. When word broke that a Model S with Autopilot engaged was involved in a fatal accident this past May, pundits were quick to proclaim that Tesla’s software was not yet ready for primetime. Not helping matters were subsequent crashes involving Tesla vehicles which only fueled more pessimism and concern surrounding the company’s Autopilot software.

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Yoni Heisler

July 25th

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Everything we know about the fatal Tesla Model S crash

Tesla Model S Crash
Last week, word emerged that Tesla's Autopilot software was being investigated by  the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) in the wake of a tragic auto accident wherein a Tesla Model S crashed into a tractor-trailer, killing the driver of the Tesla in the process. The accident occurred in Florida this past May but was only brought to the public's attention a few days ago.

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Yoni Heisler

July 5th

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Tesla is planning a major Autopilot update following fatal crash

Tesla Autopilot Crash
Tesla continues to change the game, pushing the auto industry away from unsustainable gas-powered tech faster than we ever would have seen otherwise. But it's not just the general electric vehicle market where Tesla is a leader. Elon Musk's EV giant is also at the forefront of exciting new technologies including autonomous driving. Though the company's fast-paced software updates are adored by fans and the tech media, Tesla has also been scrutinized for using its end user base as a mass beta test, so to speak. Those criticisms boiled over recently when Tesla confirmed that its Autopilot software was active at the time of a fatal crash in Florida. Now, the company is reportedly prepping a major update to its Autopilot software following that widely publicized crash.

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Zach Epstein

July 4th

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Images of Tesla Model S crash emerge as investigation continues

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This past May, a driver of a Tesla Model S was tragically killed when his car slammed into a tractor-trailer that had veered into his lane. At the time, the Tesla had its Autopilot software engaged, a fact which has since prompted an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) so that they can  examine "the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash." Recently, ABC Action News ran a news segment that happens to include images of the aftermath of the crash while also providing some new details surrounding what happened before and following the fatal accident.

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Yoni Heisler

July 3rd

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Tesla Model 3: Samsung batteries not included

Tesla Model 3 Samsung Batteries
There’s probably no objective way to quantify the value of tweets, but when the social network is used by execs to express official business-related opinions, tweets can be incredibly valuable. Take Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who recently clarified via Twitter that Tesla is working exclusively with Panasonic for Model 3 batteries. That single tweet is valued at either $580 million or $800 million, depending on whom you ask.

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Chris Smith

June 9th

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Watch a Tesla Model S autonomously drive itself into a parked van

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If you just got yourself a shiny new Tesla and you can’t wait to test its self-driving capability, you really should remember that driverless cars aren’t quite ready for primetime yet and Tesla’s Autopilot features are still in beta. That means you definitely shouldn't fall asleep behind the wheel like this guy, and you always need to be ready to take control if something goes wrong. The following video shows you what can happen with car software that’s not finalized even when the driver is actually paying attention to the road. In it, we see a Tesla Model S crash itself into a van that’s parked partially in the lane the Model S is traveling in.

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Chris Smith

May 26th

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LAPD is evaluating Tesla’s Model S for use in ‘high-pursuit situations’

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When Elon Musk boasts that Tesla doesn't know how to make slow cars, he absolutely means it. Speed wise, Tesla's crowning achievement has to be the Tesla Model S P90D. With Ludicrious Mode enabled, a top-of-the-line Model S can go from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds. At the same time, the Model S is also notable for being one of the safest cars on the road. In fact, a Tesla Model S with 5 passengers recently got into an accident and flew 82 feet in the air. The Tesla was utterly destroyed but the car's safety features managed to save the lives of everyone inside.

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Yoni Heisler

May 12th

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Model S software crashes car, but Tesla blames the driver

Tesla Model S Summon Crash
You may love your Tesla, but that doesn't make it any less prone to accidents than other cars. If you want an example, consider that a Tesla driver in Utah recently found that his Model S loaner had parked itself automatically into the back of a trailer. After analyzing logs, the carmaker told him that he’s the only person to blame for the accident. Apparently, the car’s auto-parking feature was initiated, which is why the car hit the back of the trailer.

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Chris Smith

May 11th

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