February 29th, 2020 | by Johnna Crider
A police officer pulled over a Tesla owner as he was driving in Jurien Bay, a town in Western Australia. The Tesla owner the police pulled over was Twitter user JPTSLA, who was driving his Tesla Model 3. Usually, when one is pulled over, it's serious business
January 22nd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
I'll admit it — I'm super eager for the first edition of Tesla "Full Self Driving" to roll out. Before critics start freaking out, I should make clear that I don't expect to nap, work, or watch movies while using initial iterations of Full Self Driving. I currently use Autopilot a ton, and I'm well aware that it is handling most of the driving just fine while I'm essentially a simple passenger, but I do keep my hands on the wheel and constantly scan the road like a pretend driver fully focused on acting out the role in search of an Oscar (or at least a Teen Choice Award)
January 5th, 2020 | by Cynthia Shahan
I became more aware of electric cars around 2013, but it was a few years later when conversations popped up with more people who were interested in electric cars, and in particular Tesla (and Elon Musk). Then, from diverse directions, old and young mentioned Tesla. I began sensing the rise of a new kind of techno folk hero
January 1st, 2020 | by Johnna Crider
Eli Burton, the creator of The Adventures of Starman, gives us his version of 2019's top 10 Tesla moments
December 31st, 2019 | by Johnna Crider
EU regulations are making Tesla's Smart Summon nearly useless, for the time being. Stéphane Rodrigues shares a tweet with us in which he tests Smart Summon in Europe. He says in the tweet that it's nearly useless, but it's encouraging
December 5th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s Director of Artificial Intelligence and Autopilot Vision, is one of the chief architects of Tesla’s self-driving vision. In July, he hosted a workshop on Neural Network Multi-Task Learning, where he offered some detailed insights on Tesla’s use of AI in developing its Autopilot features. Now Karpathy is featured in a new video in which he describes how Tesla is using PyTorch, an open-source machine learning library, to develop full self-driving capabilities for its vehicles, including Navigate on Autopilot and Smart Summon
November 10th, 2019 | by Iqtidar Ali
Elon Musk and the Tesla software team are aiming to roll out all of the features of its Full Self-Driving package by the year-end, a tough goal but one that should be achievable with a little margin here and there. The latest version of the Tesla firmware update shows that the cars can now detect traffic cones
November 6th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Bloomberg's Tesla Model 3 survey finds 90% of owners feel safer because of Autopilot but only 41% believe the Smart Summon feature is useful for most drivers.
October 29th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan
Evolve KY sent us a note to check out a ghostly Tesla a video. CleanTechnica appreciates Evolve and all such enterprising groups prompting better education and information. Plus, the video is fun. So, sure, we are posting it!
October 22nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Tesla Smart Summon was all the rage for a few days on Tesla Twitter and Tesla YouTube. For obvious reason, too — it's fun! More thoughtfully (putting on my serious face), it's an amazing step forward toward door-to-door fully self-driving Teslas. That's at least half the excitement — what it indicates is coming, much more than what is here today. Nonetheless, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Tesla owners were eager to see what Smart Summon could do and what its limitations were. That included me, a new Tesla buddy, and a friend of his who happened to be in town at the Supercharger where we had decided to meet
October 21st, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
The top 20 CleanTechnica stories of the week were led by a Tesla Model Y production plan an insider leaked to us, which is both super exciting and something to be cautious about. The second most popular piece was a story about Tesla Model 3 range after 50,000 miles of driving. The black swan story of the week that climbed its way into the top 3 was on the topic of fusion energy. (Proceed with caution if you plan to read about that news item.) For the rest of the top 20, skim down below and click the ones that tickle your interest.
October 20th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider
I want to share with you a story of a young woman named Cambry, who is an inspiration. Over 6.8 million Americans use assistive devices to help them with mobility. Many of these devices are wheelchairs. In Cambry's case, her wheelchair is not motorized, so she has to use her arms and core to move around, which can be challenging in some cases, like when going to a gas station and pumping gas
October 17th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen
Some argue that Tesla Smart Summon should not be released because it is "beta" software. That is not a strong argument. According to Lifewire.com:
Beta refers to the phase in software development between the alpha phase and the release candidate phase. Beta software is generally considered "complete" by the developer but still not ready for general use due to a lack of testing "in the wild."
October 13th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba
Let's look at a hypothetical (but ridiculous) scenario. Somebody gives your kids backpacks with a bullet-resistant panel built inside. Whatever your feelings on that, your kids really like the backpacks for other reasons, so you decide to let them use them
October 12th, 2019 | by Frugal Moogal
I mentioned in a recent article that I added to my stock position in Tesla for a variety of reasons. Before I go on to discuss Smart Summon, I wanted to address a complaint in the comment section of that article
October 12th, 2019 | by Marika
Okay, so I’m sitting in the car waiting for my whole family (husband and two little girls) to come back from a quick stop for shopping. The car is plugged in and charging at a Tesla Supercharger (thank you to buyers who used our referral code). My husband came up with a funny phrase to describe a "park & plug" state, which is "plark." So, you could say I'm sitting in a "plarked" car in a Tesla "plarking lot."
October 12th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Consumer Reports has tested Tesla's new Smart Summon feature and found it wanting. It's more like a science experiment than a finished product, the testing service says.
October 11th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Since I got the Tesla Model 3 a month and a half ago, I've been trying to figure out a one- or two-sentence summary of the car. It's been tough. I'm plagued by a few issues. For one, I'm used to communicating with people who know a ton about Tesla (you), whereas people in the "real world" are often not such people
October 1st, 2019 | by Frugal Moogal
After being fed the second news story since Tesla Smart Summon came out citing how unsafe Smart Summon is, I wanted to point out something
September 30th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider
Eli Burton got to show Alex from "E for Electric" just how cool Advanced Summon is in his Model S P100D. The video is 15 minutes long and Eli comes in at about 3 minutes into the video after Alex introduces him. [Editor's note: This is a unique and interesting video, so I encourage you to check it out
September 30th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Friend & longtime Tesla employee* David Havasi and I play with Smart Summon in a difficult situation. More dramatically, I've got a collection of fun and dramatic Smart Summon videos from Twitter to show you