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Tesla adds 'chill' acceleration mode for smoother rides

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tesla' 'ludicrous' mode that shows off its incredible acceleration is legendary - but now, the firm has revealed an altogether calmer version. The reduced acceleration feature, called'Chill: a new acceleration,' was introduced to make driving smoother, allowing drivers to reduce their car's performance, or conserve battery life. The latest update also includes a new feature that moves the seat to make it easier for driver's to get in and out. The new reduced acceleration feature, called'Chill: a new acceleration,' was introduced to make driving smoother, allowing drivers to reduce their car's performance, or when they want to conserve battery life. 'Chill makes acceleration more gradual – ideal for smoother driving and a gentler ride for your passengers.'


Tesla's newest driving mode is 'Chill'

Mashable

Tesla streamed out a new software update to its electric vehicles this week; included is a new acceleration mode called simply "Chill." Earlier this week, the car reviewer DragTimes posted a video in which they stumbled upon the new mellow driving option while testing out the latest update in a Tesla Model S, the company's luxury-class electric vehicle. Here's how Tesla, in the settings on its touchscreen dashboard, describes Chill mode: "You can now choose between two acceleration options in your vehicle: Chill and Standard. Chill makes acceleration more gradual – ideal for smoother driving and a gentler ride for your passengers." While experimenting with Chill in the Model S 100D, DragTimes found its acceleration in standard mode hit 0 to 60 in just under 4 seconds.


Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk's mass-market car is a magic carpet ride

Los Angeles Times

Tesla's Model 3 is the most highly anticipated car of the 21st century. It may be the most eagerly awaited car of all time.


Teslas for the robotaxi fleet: With every update, owners feel like they got a new car

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

That's because Tesla has created "the best chip in the world." Imagine if your car could get new features or even become faster or get to farther on a fill-up just while sitting parked outside. To the delight of Tesla owners everywhere, the electric car company continually offers over-the-air software updates to the cars they already have, making it feel as if they are walking out to a brand new vehicle, instead of having to wait a year or so for a new, improved model. And now, CEO Elon Musk is talking about creating a fleet of Uber-like "robotaxis" with just such an upgrade. In March, with the introduction of the base $35,000 Model 3, a Tesla update made all existing Model 3s faster, practically overnight.


Tesla calls petition that its cars spontaneously accelerate 'completely false' in new rebuttal

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tesla is firing back at claims that some of its cars have experienced'sudden unintended acceleration.' In a statement released today, Tesla says that allegations that its cars have been accelerating without drivers ever pushing down on the pedal are'completely false.' 'This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller. We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle's data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed,' says the company, referencing'short-sellers' who hedge bets that the company's stock will decrease in value. 'In other words, the car accelerates if, and only if, the driver told it to do so, and it slows or stops when the driver applies the brake.' Tesla is under investigation after 127 complaints were sent to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) claiming certain models experienced'sudden unintended acceleration'.