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Tesla poaches Apple vet for self-driving job

USATODAY

Panasonic will invest more than $256 million in a New York production facility of Elon Musk's Tesla Motors to make photovoltaic cells and modules, deepening a partnership of the two companies. SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk famously called Apple a "Tesla graveyard" where his failed employees go to toil. That was a nifty bit of Musk-esque verbal sparring in what is a growing talent war between the tech titans. But it seems he's now robbing the graveyard. In a blog post Tuesday, Tesla announced that it was hiring 11-year Apple veteran Chris Lattner, an engineer who was primarily responsible for creating Swift, the programming language for building apps on Apple platforms.


2017 Will Be the Year Tesla Reigns Supreme--Or Finally Flops

WIRED

In its first 13 years of its existence, Tesla Motors made some of the world's biggest, best-known companies look stuffy as it charged electric cars with sex appeal, built a zealous fanbase, set records for performance and quality, and even made its cars drive themselves--all the while dodging bankruptcy and even flirting with illegality to keep up its frenetic pace. Not bad, but this is just the beginning. CEO Elon Musk has long promised to change the world, with an affordable electric car for the masses, one that happens to drive itself--and to make a profit doing it. That's the key to transforming Tesla from a niche player into the company Musk says it can be, one making a palpable, positive impact on people's lives and the planet they share, while keeping shareholders happy. And 2017 is the year Tesla has to pull it off, or lose its dominant position and risk being left behind as one more daring automotive startup that just could't hang.


Are Driverless Cars Safe? Elon Musk Says Tesla Will Roll Out Self-Driving Feature In 'About Three Weeks' Despite Recent Crashes

International Business Times

Drivers heading home for the holidays may be tempted to avoid Tesla vehicles this year, especially on icy roads, as the automaker plans to roll out its self-driving feature late next month. But there appears to be some confusion surrounding the technology's actual capabilities. After his company announced on Oct. 19 that all of its models made after that date would be equipped with self-driving hardware, Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk confirmed over the weekend that the automaker would "incrementally" activate the technology in "about three weeks." The rollout of the "Enhanced Autopilot" feature comes less than six months after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation into the automated system to see whether it led to the fatal Florida crash of a 2015 Model S in May. The investigation prompted watchdog and advocacy organization Consumer Reports to urge Tesla to disable the software and "require drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel."


Tesla car drives through town and parallel parks by itself in impressive video

Daily Mail

All Tesla cars'from here on out' will be built with full autonomous capability - including the Model 3, Elon Musk announced yesterday. The Tesla CEO said'all of the cars we make are shipping with level five hardware with full self-driving capability.' Now, to demonstrate exactly what the technology will be able to do, Tesla has released an impressive video demonstrating the system. The video shows the vehicle leaving someone's garage, driving on a busy road, navigating through a car park and parallel parking itself. All Tesla car being produced, including the Model 3, are now being built with full autonomous capabilities. Model S and Model X vehicles with the new hardware are'already in production.' System will have eight cameras with 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250 metres (820 feet) of range.


Tesla's Elon Musk pushes back 'unexpected product' reveal to Wednesday

Daily Mail

Tesla's much-anticipated new product announcement has been delayed by two days. Elon Musk was due to unveil an'unexpected product' later today. But the Tesla CEO said the big reveal will now take place on Wednesday as the secret product still needs some work. While Tesla is best known for its electric cars, the company has new products on the way. Many people on Twitter have speculated at what the new product could be.


Tesla's Elon Musk says new Autopilot likely would have prevented death

Daily Mail

Tesla boss Elon Musk has said an update to the company's Autopilot self-driving feature could have prevented the death of a man in one of its cars earlier this year. The company has made'major improvements' to the autonomous technology so that it relies upon radar to help it detect other vehicles and obstacles around it. It has also introduced new restrictions on when the feature can be used and will issue audible warnings asking drivers to take back control of the car. Elon Musk (pictured) revealed details of the update to the Autopilot feature in his Tesla Motors cars, which is due to be released in a'couple of weeks'. He said the improvements to the radar could'very likely' have prevented a fatal crash involving a Tesla vehicle earlier this year Tesla claims there are dozens of refinements in its Version 8.0 of its Autopilot software.


Tesla says it's improving Autopilot by boosting radar

FOX News

NEW YORK – 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 in which they are involved. Sunday's news comes in the wake of a May crash involving a Tesla Model S that was using the semi-autonomous mode at the time. The driver died after crashing into a tractor-trailer. On a conference call with reporters, Musk said he thinks that the improvements, which will roll out globally in the next week or two in the form of a software update, probably would have prevented that crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is investigating the crash, said Sunday that Tesla has provided it with information about the changes to Autopilot, which it will review.


Elon Musk promises 'major update' to Autopilot software will be available within weeks

Daily Mail

Elon Musk has revealed the firm is about to release a'major update' to the firm's autopilot software. He says the new system will radically improve the system's use of radar detectors. 'Major improvements to Autopilot coming with V8.0 and 8.1 software (std OTA update) primarily through advanced processing of radar signals,' he tweeted. The software update is set to be made available'within weeks', Musk said on Twitter, claiming it dramatically improves the use of radar data. The upgrade will enable the Model S P100D Ludicrous to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds, making it the world's third fastest production car, behind the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.


Tesla reveals new 'ludicrous mode' that can go from 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds

Daily Mail

The Tesla Model S and Model X have been upgraded with larger batteries - and an even faster'ludicrous mode'. Elon Musk confirmed the arrival of new 100kWh battery packs, an improvement on the 90kWh batteries currently available. The new Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode will be the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. Elon Musk confirmed the arrival of new 100kWh battery packs, an improvement on the 90kWh batteries currently available - and said the firm's ludicrous mode was now even quicker. The upgrade will enable the Model S P100D Ludicrous to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds, making it the world's third fastest production car, behind the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.


Tesla teases mysterious new product: Elon Musk reveals firm to 'make product announcement' today - but won't say what it is

Daily Mail

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday that the company planned to make a product announcement later today. The company declined to offer details before the announcement. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday that the company planned to make a product announcement later today, causing shares in the firm to spike. Shares rose more than 1 percent after the post and were recently trading up 3.69, or 1.7 percent, to 226.62 a share. Internet users have specualted the announcement could be a larger capacity battery for its car, or a new'powerwall' system for homes.