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Feds Declare Tesla Autopilot-Tricking 'Autopilot Buddy' Unsafe Because Yeah It's Unsafe Feds Declare Tesla Autopilot-Tricking 'Autopilot Buddy' Unsafe Because Yeah It's Unsafe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a cease and desist letter to Dolder, Falco and Reese Partners, LLC, the company that makes an idiotic and dangerous product called the Autopilot Buddy, a $199 lump of plastic and magnets that fools a Tesla’s Autopilot system into thinking you’re paying…

This Test Shows Why Tesla Autopilot Crashes Keep Happening

The first thing that happened when I drove a Tesla on Autopilot was an instant, unsettling feeling of not being comfortable in the car at all, thinking it’s always a moment away from crashing. Slowly, I got used to it and calmed down, just like everyone else I’ve talked to who has used Autopilot. This video from a…

This Sure Looks Like A Tesla Employee Asleep While Using Autopilot This Sure Looks Like A Tesla Employee Asleep While Using Autopilot

Want to know an interesting factwich about Tesla’s self-driving Autopilot system? Here it is: it’s not really a self-driving system! It’s a start, sure, but it’s a Level 2 autonomous system, which means a moist, fuzzy human being has to be ready to take over at a moment’s notice if the system fails to perform like it…

Will Autonomous Cars Be Able To Sense Bad Drivers? Will Autonomous Cars Be Able To Sense Bad Drivers?

We’ve all had that feeling about another driver on the road—that moment you know they’re going to make a boneheaded move, and you need to be ready. Sure enough it happens, but catastrophe is avoided because you anticipated it. Will our robot cars be able to do the same?

I Can't Believe This Stock Footage Of A Guy 'Sleeping' While Using Tesla Autopilot Is Still Online

For reasons beyond my comprehension, stock photo service Shutterstock offers this footage shot in Slovenia and in Austria early in 2017 of a Tesla Model S on Autopilot in traffic with no one at the wheel, as well as with an actor texting while driving and “falling asleep” in the driver’s seat. Please, take it in.

Consumer Group Says Tesla's Autopilot Is 'Deceptive,' Calls For Investigation Consumer Group Says Tesla's Autopilot Is 'Deceptive,' Calls For Investigation

The consumer advocacy groups Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog called on the Federal Trade Commission today to investigate Tesla for “deceptive advertising and marketing practices and representations” made regarding Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system. The letter specifically points out…

The 'Autopilot Buddy' For Your Tesla Is Insidiously Dangerous And Stupid The 'Autopilot Buddy' For Your Tesla Is Insidiously Dangerous And Stupid

You could consider Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system a bold and revolutionary, if admittedly incomplete, step toward autonomous cars. Or you could think the company has no business giving it that name. Or that human beings are too irresponsible not to use it in exceedingly dumb ways. I actually think all of…

Tesla Model S Driver Says Autopilot Was On Before Crash Into Firetruck: Police Tesla Model S Driver Says Autopilot Was On Before Crash Into Firetruck: Police

The owner of a Tesla Model S that crashed into a parked firetruck in Utah last Friday said she had the car’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system engaged at the time of the incident, police said Monday. More than likely, this crash will lead to yet more scrutiny around Tesla’s driving assistance system, which is already…

Tesla Didn't Add Eye-Tracking And Steering Wheel Sensors To Autopilot Over Cost, Driver Annoyance: Report Tesla Didn't Add Eye-Tracking And Steering Wheel Sensors To Autopilot Over Cost, Driver Annoyance: Report

Tesla had once considered adding additional safety features like eye-tracking technology and steering wheel sensors to its Autopilot semi-autonomous system, like General Motors competitor Super Cruise has, but allegedly didn’t because of cost, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

Tesla Battery Reignited Days After Fatal Model X Crash: Report Tesla Battery Reignited Days After Fatal Model X Crash: Report

Firefighters in California had to put out the smoldering flames coming from a Tesla Model X battery involved in a March fatal crash, even days after the crash, according to a new report from KTVU in California.

Which Car Company Makes The Best Semi-Autonomous Driving System? A Cargument

Okay, okay, so some people might have died while utilizing Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system. It’s still the best one there is. Or it isn’t, because Cadillac’s Super Cruise is also a contender, and one Ryan Felton (wrongly) believes it’s better than Autopilot, plus it hasn’t killed anybody.

Tesla Q1 2018 Report: More Production Shutdowns To Prep For Making 5,000 Model 3s Per Week Tesla Q1 2018 Report: More Production Shutdowns To Prep For Making 5,000 Model 3s Per Week

In the coming months, Tesla plans to shut down production for about 10 days in total, the company said on Wednesday in a letter to investors, as it plans to ramp up production of the Model 3 sedan to 5,000 units per week.

Tesla Owners Would Get $20 To $280 In Proposed Autopilot Lawsuit Settlement: Report Tesla Owners Would Get $20 To $280 In Proposed Autopilot Lawsuit Settlement: Report

Tesla and drivers who filed a lawsuit last year over the delayed rollout of the automaker’s updated semi-autonomous Autopilot system have agreed to settle the case for $5 million, according to Electrek. The settlement, if it’s approved by the court, would require Tesla to pay affected owners between $20 and $280.

Jeep’s Success And Hyundai’s Losses Illustrate Why Ford Killed Its Small Cars Jeep’s Success And Hyundai’s Losses Illustrate Why Ford Killed Its Small Cars

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Tesla Switching To 24/7 Shifts To Push For 6,000 Model 3s Per Week By June, Elon Musk Says  Tesla Switching To 24/7 Shifts To Push For 6,000 Model 3s Per Week By June, Elon Musk Says 

Tesla will operate its assembly plant in California “24/7" as part of an effort to ramp up production of the Model 3 sedan to 6,000 units per week by June, CEO Elon Musk told the company Tuesday, in an email obtained by Jalopnik.

Tesla Accuses Federal Investigators Of Being 'More Concerned With Headlines' Than Safety Tesla Accuses Federal Investigators Of Being 'More Concerned With Headlines' Than Safety

Tesla is known to issue extraordinary press releases, but this one could take the proverbial cake. On Thursday, in response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s formal announcement that Tesla had been removed from a federal probe of a fatal Model X crash, the automaker accused the investigators of being “more…

Feds To Tesla: You Didn't Quit Model X Investigation, You Were Fired (Updated) Feds To Tesla: You Didn't Quit Model X Investigation, You Were Fired (Updated)

Late Wednesday, Tesla said it withdrew from a formal agreement with the National Transportation Safety Board over a provision that says it can’t release details of a fatal crash involving a Model X traveling with the vehicle’s Autopilot system engaged. But today, Bloomberg reports that, in fact, the NTSB kicked Tesla…

Tesla Blames Driver In Fatal Model X Autopilot Crash As Family Considers Legal Action  Tesla Blames Driver In Fatal Model X Autopilot Crash As Family Considers Legal Action 

Tesla has released a statement blaming last month’s fatal crash involving a Tesla Model X in Autopilot mode on the driver who died in the incident following news that his family is exploring legal options against the automaker.

Video Appears To Show Tesla Autopilot Veering Toward Divider At Site Of Deadly Crash

A video appears to show Tesla’s Autopilot system steering a Model X into the divider where a different Tesla Model X crashed on March 23. The driver in the deadly crash was also using Autopilot at the time of the crash, Tesla later disclosed. The new video, filmed by a Tesla Model S owner, suggests that Autopilot…

Tesla Fanboy Writes Online 'Will' To Be Sure No One Sues Tesla If Autopilot Kills Him Tesla Fanboy Writes Online 'Will' To Be Sure No One Sues Tesla If Autopilot Kills Him

I’ve always been a little baffled by the intense brand loyalty some people feel for car companies, but I think this particular expression is far more unsettling than any “rather push a whatever than drive a whatever” hat. I’m talking about a very happy Tesla owner who has posted an update to his will (most likely…

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