How Elon Musk is fixing Tesla Model 3 production problems: More humans

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After Tesla failed to hit its goal of producing 2,500 Model 3 electric cars a week, CEO Elon Musk says he’s figured out what went wrong: robots.

Yes, robots, which are designed to help build lots and lots of Tesla’s electric vehicle at an insane speed, are to blame for why customers who pre-ordered the Model 3 still haven’t gotten them yet.

In an interview with CBS Good Morning, Musk said the Model 3 is in “production hell” because Tesla used too many robots. 

“It’s worse than I thought,” Musk said. “We have this crazy complex network of conveyor belts and it was not working so we got rid of that whole thing.” Read more…

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Serato pranked us good with their faux Tesla collaboration

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DJ Software company, Serato got us pretty good by announcing a fake partnership with Tesla to bring us the world’s first ‘DJ Drive system.’ The faux collaboration consists of a firmware update that allows the driver to attach a DJ controller to the steering wheel and live mix ‘on the go.’  Read more…

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Tesla Autopilot was turned on when the fatal crash in California occurred

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Tesla has confirmed that yes, Autopilot was active when a Model X was the at the center of a fatal crash last week.

A new post filed to the auto maker’s blog on Friday confirmed this key detail. The March 23 crash, which occurred when the Model X struck a highway barrier, left the driver dead.

“In the moments before the collision, which occurred at 9:27 a.m. on Friday, March 23rd, Autopilot was engaged with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance set to minimum,” Tesla’s blog post reads.

The driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel during the six seconds prior to the crash, though the vehicle had issued one audio “hands-on” warning and multiple dashboard warnings earlier in the drive. Read more…

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Jaguar's electric SUV is actually reasonably priced, cheaper than Tesla Model X

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Jaguar is joining the revolution with its first all-electric vehicle coming out later this year.

The Jaguar I-PACE made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week, and car lovers everywhere are already freaking out. The vehicle has a 90-kilowatt battery that powers the engine for up to 240 miles (only slightly less than the 295-mile range of the Tesla Model X.) The I-PACE will be shown at the New York International Auto Show later this month and will be available in the U.S. during the second half of this year.

The new vehicle joins the PACE series, a family of SUVs including the smaller E-PACE and SUV sports car F-PACE. Read more…

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Elon Musk shares the last image of his Tesla roadster floating through the solar system

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Unless you spent your day under a rock on Tuesday, you probably already know that SpaceX successfully launched its largest rocket ever, the Falcon Heavy. Oh, and on that rocket was a Telsa Roadster, because why not?

Elon Musk shared the last image of the Roadster — equipped with a “Starman” at the wheel — before it spends the rest of eternity somewhere in space. Kind of haunting, kind of beautiful. May he ride forever, and not be blown to bits. 

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Tesla is coming to 800 Home Depot stores

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Tesla is going mainstream. No, not the electric cars. 

Elon Musk is bringing his solar panels and Powerwall batteries to 800 Home Depot locations in the U.S., Bloomberg reported this week. That’s a big boost for the venture, previously known as SolarCity. The products, also available for sale on Tesla’s website, will now be exposed to more customers’ eyes.

The dedicated spaces inside Home Depot stores will be Tesla-branded and be staffed by Tesla employees. In some retail locations, the large installations will include a visual demonstration of how the devices work. According to Bloomberg’s report, the new areas will arrive the first half of the year.  Read more…

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Elon Musk teases what's next for Tesla in a year-end 'thank you' tweet

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Elon Musk, appreciates your business, Tesla owners.

The Tesla, Inc. co-founder tweeted a brief year-end ‘thank you’ note on Tuesday, expressing appreciation for those who “[took] a chance on a new company that all experts said would fail.” He ended the tweet with a simple request: Help us do better.

Wanted again to send a note of deep gratitude to Tesla owners WW for taking a chance on a new company that all experts said would fail

So much blood, sweat & tears from the Tesla team went into creating cars that you’d truly love. I hope you do.

How can we improve further?

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017 Read more…

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Drivers, warm up your batteries! Tesla app updated with cold weather 'precondition' feature

We deliberately omitted Tesla from our list of brands that let you start, stop or unlock your vehicle remotely with the help of your smartphone, as this car has been developed from the ground up with connectivity and apps in mind. Hey, Tesla cars even get firmware updates, so this latest news from the universe of the world’s most popular electric vehicle is not overly surprising.

How about getting your car battery preconditioned from the comfort of your phone? “Preconditioning” refers to the process of warming up the battery so as the software doesn’t limit the car’s abilities when you …

Amber Heard and Tesla tycoon, Elon Musk call it quits

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The Tesla titan and actress Amber Heard are parting ways. The two officially got together after finalizing their respective divorces and had been heating up the tech world since. 

But looks like it’s their hectic schedules that eventually led to the sad breakup. Read more…

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Tesla in talks to start its own music streaming service

Much to the bemusement of Tesla owners, music streamers, and everyone, really, Tesla has reportedly engaged in talks with music labels in hopes to start a music streaming service of its own.

Music industry insiders have said that Tesla has approached every major label with the expressed purpose of licensing a proprietary music streaming service to be integrated into their vehicles. Insiders have also indicated that a tiered service model would be employed – the lowest tier being a Pandora-esque web radio option. Beyond this, music labels are unsure …