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Apple Engineer Involved in Fatal Accident in 2018 Complained About Tesla’s Autopilot

Apple Engineer Involved in Fatal Accident in 2018 Complained About Tesla’s Autopilot

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Boards released documents regarding the 2018 fatal incident involving a Tesla Model X that stated the Apple engineer who died in the accident complained about a possible malfunction with the SUV’s Autopilot system.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-02-16 07:00 PT

Tesla Acquires DeepScale, a Startup Improving Deep Neural Nets for Self-Driving Cars

Tesla Acquires DeepScale, a Startup Improving Deep Neural Nets for Self-Driving Cars

Tesla, which becomes the latest automaker to buy a promising tech startup. The electric automaker announced it has acquired DeepScale, a computer vision startup that spun out of a research project at the University of California Berkeley.

Eric Walz2019-10-01 19:00 PT

Tesla Autopilot Was Engaged in 2018 California Crash; Driver's Hands Off Wheel: NTSB

Tesla Autopilot Was Engaged in 2018 California Crash; Driver's Hands Off Wheel: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday that a Tesla Model S was in Autopilot mode and the driver’s hands were off the wheel when it struck a fire truck in Culver City, California.

FutureCar Staff 2019-09-04 06:00 PT

Electric Automaker Tesla is Offering Auto Insurance in California

Electric Automaker Tesla is Offering Auto Insurance in California

Electric automaker Tesla Inc announced today that the company is offering its own car insurance policies to Tesla vehicle owners in California. Tesla said owners will receive up to 20% lower rates, and in some cases as much as 30% reduction in their current premiums in California.

FutureCar Staff 2019-08-28 14:00 PT

Tesla Reveals Specs of its New AI-Powered Full Self-Driving Computer

Tesla Reveals Specs of its New AI-Powered Full Self-Driving Computer

At the Hot Chips conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Tesla engineers revealed of the details of the chip that will power Tesla’s future Autopilot, Full Self-Driving (FSD) system. Tesla's VP of hardware engineering Pete Bannon said that the new AI-powered chip is 21 times faster that the Nvidia chip it’s replacing and only 80% of the cost.

Eric Walz2019-08-20 17:30 PT

Continental Develops a ‘Road AND Driver’ Camera System for Autonomous Vehicles

Continental Develops a ‘Road AND Driver’ Camera System for Autonomous Vehicles

Global auto parts supplier Continental AG developed what it calls a “Road AND Driver” camera for automated vehicles that monitors both the driver and traffic in front of the vehicle. The dual-camera system continuously detects whether a driver is paying attention to the road, while at the same time monitors the vehicle's surroundings.

Eric Walz2019-08-14 05:30 PT

Tesla Received a ‘Cease and Desist’ Letter From U.S. Regulators Last Year Over Model 3 Safety Claims

Tesla Received a ‘Cease and Desist’ Letter From U.S. Regulators Last Year Over Model 3 Safety Claims

Last October, Tesla received a cease-and-desist letter last year from regulators for making “misleading statements” over crash ratings for the Model 3 sedan, as well as two subpoenas related to crashes involving its cars.

Eric Walz2019-08-07 10:05 PT

Consumer Reports Says Tesla’s Autopilot Performs Worse Than a Human Driver

Consumer Reports Says Tesla’s Autopilot Performs Worse Than a Human Driver

Consumer watchdog organization Consumer Reports (CR) recently conducted its own test of Tesla’s new “Navigate on Autopilot” update and concluded that it doesn’t work as well as Musk claims. In fact, using it could be a potential safety risks for drivers.

Eric Walz2019-05-22 12:22 PT

The NTSB Determines Tesla ‘Autopilot’ Was Engaged Before Fatal Crash in Florida

The NTSB Determines Tesla ‘Autopilot’ Was Engaged Before Fatal Crash in Florida

After a fatal accident in Florida involving a Tesla Model S operating in “Autopilot” mode, the National Highway Safety Board (NHSB) launched an investigation. The preliminary report determined that the driver engaged Autopilot around 10 seconds before crashing.

FutureCar Staff 2019-05-16 15:00 PT

U.S. Reject Tesla’s Request for Tariff Exemption for the Model 3’s ‘Autopilot’ Computer

U.S. Reject Tesla’s Request for Tariff Exemption for the Model 3’s ‘Autopilot’ Computer

Tesla had asked U.S. trade officials for an exemption for the Model 3 CPU from the tariffs on electronics components, but the automaker was denied. The CPU that runs Tesla’s Autopilot automated driving feature is made by Chinese supplier Quanta Shanghai.

FutureCar Staff 2019-05-03 15:00 PT

Cornell Researchers Discover a New Way For Self-Driving Cars to ‘See’ Nearly as Well as Lidar Using Two Cameras

Cornell Researchers Discover a New Way For Self-Driving Cars to ‘See’ Nearly as Well as Lidar Using Two Cameras

Researchers at Cornell University have discovered a simpler method of 3D object detection for autonomous driving vehicles using two inexpensive cameras mounted on either side of the vehicle's windshield, which can detect objects with nearly the accuracy of lidar at a fraction of the cost.

Eric Walz2019-04-25 15:02 PT

Tesla Shares Details of its New Self-Driving Chipset at ‘Autonomy Investor Day’

Tesla Shares Details of its New Self-Driving Chipset at ‘Autonomy Investor Day’

​Tesla held its “Autonomy Investor Day” today at the automaker's Silicon Valley headquarters to provide analysts and investors with updates about the automaker’s autonomous driving hardware.

Eric Walz2019-04-22 18:24 PT

Tesla Updates its Autopilot to Work on Highway Interchanges

Tesla Updates its Autopilot to Work on Highway Interchanges

Tesla models equipped with the latest software version will now be able to navigate freeway interchanges autonomously. The new feature is called “Navigate on Autopilot” and uses the car’s built-in navigation system to guide the vehicle from a freeway on-ramp to the off-ramp.

Eric Walz2018-10-30 11:49 PT

Tesla Model X Veered Toward Highway Divider in Fatal Autopilot Crash

Tesla Model X Veered Toward Highway Divider in Fatal Autopilot Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board issued Thursday its preliminary report for the investigation of the fatal, March 23, 2018, crash of a Tesla on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, California.

Jeremy Carlton2018-06-07 11:29 PT

NHTSA to Probe Tesla Autopilot Crash in Utah

NHTSA to Probe Tesla Autopilot Crash in Utah

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday that it was sending a team to investigate the crash of a Tesla Model S in Utah last week.

Eric Walz2018-05-16 17:28 PT

Elon Musk Announces a ‘Through Reorganization’ at Tesla

Elon Musk Announces a ‘Through Reorganization’ at Tesla

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk told employees on Monday morning the company is undergoing a "thorough reorganization," as it works to solve its production problems with the Model 3.

Eric Walz2018-05-14 12:26 PT

Elon Musk announces updated Tesla Autopilot available in June

Elon Musk announces updated Tesla Autopilot available in June

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Sunday, May 21st to let the world know that a revised version of Tesla's Autopilot software will be available for compatible cars next month. Musk tweeted “A software update coming next month includes a new control algorithm that "feels smooth as silk."

Eric Walz2017-05-23 11:16 PT

Tesla Requests Camera Data from Model S and X Owners

Tesla Requests Camera Data from Model S and X Owners

In its efforts to accelerate the development of self-driving technology, Tesla has started collecting videos from its huge fleet of vehicles as part of a new software update. Tesla says the data will help continue its advancements of vehicles equipped with the second-generation Autopilot (Autopilot 2.0) hardware introduced last year.

Eric Walz2017-05-10 11:39 PT