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Seat adjustments still manual, as Tesla shuffles Autopilot execs

Tesla has hired Andrej Karpathy to be the new Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, following the departure of Autopilot software leader Chris Lattner. Karpathy will split his duties on Autopilot with Jim Keller, the head of Autopilot hardware. See Also: Who is responsible for autonomous car regulation? Lattner has only been around for six […]

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Tesla’s enhanced autopilot to arrive before New Year

Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot update should start to arrive on new Model S and X cars before the New Year, according to tweets from CEO Elon Musk. The update provides customers that picked the Enhanced Autopilot add-on, which costs $5,000, with most of the original Autopilot features. That includes an automatic steering, lane change, parking, emergency […]

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Tesla’s AutoPilot mixed signals forced Mobileye to bolt

A few weeks after the first self-driving fatality, in a Tesla Model S, Mobileye decided to sever ties with the electric car company. Tesla quickly piled on the story to make sure it had the narrative, the company said Mobileye couldn’t keep pace with updates and Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, said “parting ways […]

Tesla upgrades AutoPilot — but you still need to pay attention

Tesla Motors will send an over-the-air AutoPilot update to Model S and X owners, which adds radar improvements and additional safety warnings to the semi-autonomous system. To understand the update, it is important to know how AutoPilot previously worked. A rear-view mirror camera, front bumper radar sensor and 12 ultrasonic sensors developed an image of […]

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Tesla blames crash on braking system, not AutoPilot

The first fatality while using AutoPilot, Tesla’s semi-autonomous system, happened in May this year in a 2015 Model S. It has changed the debate surrounding autonomous cars, leading to calls to remove AutoPilot from Model S cars and slow down industry adoption of the tech. However, the New York Times revealed Tesla has moved the […]

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First self-driving auto fatality falls on Tesla

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today said it opened a preliminary investigation into all of Tesla’s Model S cars after a death involving one vehicle while in “Autopilot” mode. According to CNBC, NHTSA noted the accident, involving a 2015 Model S that was operating with autonomous driving features engaged, “calls for an examination of the […]

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Musk to Apple: Maybe just try to keep up, ok?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk cast further doubt on Apple’s autonomous car project during the Code Conference in California, reigniting the tension started last year between the two companies. “I think they should have embarked on this project sooner,” Musk said during the interview. “I don’t think they’ll be in production sooner until 2020.” The comment […]

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Will Tesla go fully self-driving before the Model 3?

Rumors of Tesla’s Model 3 self-driving features have been circling for a few months, in part due to a cryptic tweet from CEO Elon Musk: “Thanks for tuning in to the Model 3 unveil Part 1! Part 2 is super next level, but that’s for later…” Plenty of publications and pundits took that as a […]