Tesla Battery Caught Fire Twice After Fatal Crash, Investigation Finds

The battery of a Tesla Model S reignited twice after it was involved in a crash that killed an 18-year-old driver and passenger in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last month, a federal investigation has revealed. The driver was speeding, clocking 116 mph in a 30 mph zone, when he lost control of the vehicle while trying […]

NTSB: Autopilot steered Tesla car toward traffic barrier before deadly crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the March crash that killed driver Walter Huang in Mountain View. The report provides a second-by-second description of the events that preceded Huang’s collision with a concrete lane divider. The report confirms that Autopilot was engaged ahead of the crash, and it appears to […]

Musk hung up on NTSB chief during call about Tesla crash probe

Robert Sumwalt, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, called the feisty builder of new-age cars and rockets on April 11 to tell him that blog posts by Tesla Inc. casting blame on the driver of a Model X for a fatal crash had gone too far. The NTSB had earlier warned Tesla not […]

Sorry Elon Musk, there’s no clear evidence Autopilot saves lives

This week, we’ve talked to several automotive safety experts, and none has been able to point us to clear evidence that Autopilot’s semi-autonomous features improve safety. And that’s why news sites like ours haven’t written stories ‘about how autonomous cars are really safe.’ Maybe that will prove true in the future, but right now the […]

Experts say Tesla has repeated car industry mistakes from the 1980s

Musk is discovering that large-scale car manufacturing is really hard, and it’s not easy to improve on the methods of conventional automakers. And while automation obviously plays an important role in car manufacturing, it’s not the magic bullet Musk imagined a couple of years ago. Far from leapfrogging the techniques of conventional automakers, Tesla is […]

Tesla Doesn’t Burn Fuel, It Burns Cash

Tesla is going through money so fast that, without additional financing, there is now a genuine risk that the 15-year-old company could run out of cash in 2018. The company burns through more than $6,500 every minute, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Free cash flow—the amount of cash a company generates after accounting for […]

Why Tesla is having a harder time than SpaceX

SpaceX debuted a powerful new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, and has successfully launched seven orbital missions. Tesla has struggled to produce its Model 3 electric sedan at promised rates, raising questions about the company’s cash flow and encouraging short-sellers. On March 23, a driver was killed after his Tesla’s autopilot system steered the car into […]

Federal officials boot Tesla from crash investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Thursday that it has revoked Tesla’s status as a party to its investigation of a fatal Model X crash in Mountain View, California last month. Source: arstechnica

Tesla Full Self-Driving Images Leaked

Tesla’s full self-driving autonomous vehicle feature is coming. An image leaked on Tuesday apparently shows the new user interface of a test-car. The image shows how the autopilot software/system views and interprets the world. The view has strong similarities to previous autonomous driving videos released by Tesla, there is now an option called ‘full self-driving” […]