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Elon Musk: Tesla electric lorry to be unveiled in late October

The Guardian

The commercial trucking industry appears interested in Musk's proposed battery-powered heavy-duty vehicle, which can compete with conventional diesels and travel up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel. Tesla's plans for new electric vehicles, including a commercial truck called the Tesla Semi, were announced last year, and in April Musk said the release of the semi-truck was set for September. In August, leaked correspondence with vehicle regulators revealed Tesla's plan to test long-haul, electric lorries that move in so-called platoons, or road-trains, that automatically follow a lead vehicle driven by a human. The Department for Transport announced last month that platoons of self-driving lorries will be trialled on England's motorways.


Tesla Semi Truck To Be Revealed On Oct. 26: 5 Expected Features

International Business Times

Musk called the upcoming vehicle a'beast' and'unreal,' so the upcoming vehicle is expected to compete with large rigs. Tesla has accommodated its battery in place of the regular engine in its cars, but the frame of a truck and its engine are designed differently and Tesla's design is expected to be interesting. But to compete with traditional long haul trucks, the Tesla Semi trucks will need to boost this range to 1,000 miles as regular long haul trucks have a range of 600-900 miles at least. But that brings up a quagmire -- the company will need a larger battery to provide the truck with an extended range, but if the battery is too big, it could actually interfere with the truck's weight carrying capacity.


Elon Musk Wants Tesla to Build a Self-Driving, Electric Semi Truck

WIRED

Assuming Tesla can figure out how to make battery tech work for long-haul trucking (no easy feat), adding autonomy to the equation makes perfect sense. Tesla joins a long list of enterprises working on autonomous long-haul trucking, including Uber, Google spinoff Waymo, Volvo, Daimler, the US Army, and a small horde of startups. The great news is that the technological challenge of making a truck drive itself on the highway is relatively simple. Of Course Google's Waymo Is Building Self-Driving Trucks You Don't Have to Wait for Tesla to Get Your Electric Pickup Truck In the tugboat model, a human drives the truck from the terminal or depot to a staging area on the highway, then turn things over to the computer.


Tesla is developing an electric self-driving truck

Daily Mail

The first commercial delivery run in the US by a self-driving truck took place place in October last year, when an Uber vehicle transported thousands of cases of Budweiser 120 miles (190 km) from Fort Collins to a depot in Colorado Springs. Musk (pictured) first announced Tesla's intentions to produce a heavy-duty electric truck a year ago Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla is headed for bigger things. Several Silicon Valley companies developing autonomous driving technology are working on long-haul trucks, including Uber Technologies Inc and Alphabet's Waymo. The first commercial delivery run in the US by a self-driving truck took place place in October last year, when an Uber vehicle transported thousands of cases of Budweiser 120 miles (190 km) from Fort Collins to a depot in Colorado Springs.


The Tesla Model 3 Is More Than an Electric Car―It's a Landmark in Automotive History

WIRED

The arrival of Tesla's Model 3 signals a new chapter in automotive history, one that erases 100-plus years of the gas engine and replaces it with technology, design, and performance hot enough to make electric vehicles more than aspirational--to make EVs inspirational. It may even steer the world toward a road populated by not just electric vehicles, but driverless cars, and realize that reality faster than anyone--even Google--has managed thus far. Tesla's Model 3 Is Making Electric Vehicles Successful Even Before Its Launch With the Model 3, Tesla promises a smoothly integrated electric driving experience, from generation to acceleration. "What we're seeing is the difference between a technology company that makes cars, and a car company that incorporates technology," says Jeff Miller, a computer science professor at USC.


Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg's understanding of AI threat is 'limited'

The Independent

Without mentioning Musk by name, Zuckerberg called such warnings "really negative" and "pretty irresponsible." The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall ...


The big problem with artificial intelligence

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Hyundai, 2020: According to Forbes, the South Korean motor company is "slated to release highly autonomous vehicles by 2020...and fully autonomous vehicles by 2030," meaning level four and five automation. Dailmer, 2020-2021: The German manufacturer entered into a partnership with engineering company Bosch, and plans to bring both level four and level five autonomy vehicles "to urban roads by the beginning of the next decade." BMW, 2021: Joining with Intel and Mobileye, BMW plans to bring "solutions for highly and fully automated driving into series production" by 2021, meaning level four and five automation. Ford, 2021: Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields told CNBC in January that he hopes to have a level four vehicle by 2021.


Audi takes its self-driving car where others dare not go

Engadget

Like Tesla's Autopilot or Cadillac's Super Cruise, the car can drive itself in specific situations (usually on the highway) but require the human behind the wheel to pay attention and take over at a moment's notice. It's the first production vehicle that'll let the driver actually stop paying attention while the car drives itself. A Level 3 vehicle can also drive itself without the driver paying attention. Basically it's the road most people drive everyday to work.


Tesla hires AI expert to help lead team in charge of self-driving software

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Tesla Inc. has hired a Stanford University computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence and deep learning to lead its efforts around driverless cars. Karpathy is "one of the world's leading experts in computer vision and deep learning," the spokesperson said. Apple's CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed the company's efforts around what he called "autonomous systems," and called driverless cars "the mother of all AI projects." The hire comes as Tesla's lead of Autopilot software, Chris Lattner, earlier this week announced he was leaving the company after six months on the job.


Tesla mechanics rescue a cute kitten that got stuck inside a Model X bumper

Mashable

Of all the things that could possibly go wrong with your electric self-driving car, finding a kitten inside your bumper may be the cutest of them all. After narrowing down the meows to his vehicle, then the rear bumper, the man decided to bring his car into a Tesla service center to get a little help rescuing the cat safely. SEE ALSO: Tesla's Model X gets the first perfect SUV crash rating The technicians were able to remove a small panel from underneath the rear bumper, and after a little coaxing, the very upset orange baby kitten was safely removed. Tesla service rescues a kitten stuck in the bumper https://t.co/qZW7QjuceQhttps://t.co/3jyJseVodm Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted the two clips on Saturday, which is not an unusual move.