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Tesla told to stop using “misleading term Autopilot” in Germany

Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has asked Tesla to stop using the term ‘Autopilot’ to refer to its driver assistance technology because of the risk of misleading consumers about the capabilities of the technology. According to a report in Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper yesterday, the KBA has written to Tesla asking the electric car company to stop using the term in order “to avoid misunderstandings and false customer expectations”. A …

Tesla Autopilot 8.0 uses radar to prevent accidents like the fatal Model S crash

Today, Tesla revealed Version 8 of its Autopilot software, which includes updates to the signal processing tech used to interpret images received from the onboard radar. The update focuses primarily on the radar component of the Autopilot sensor system, turning it from a supplementary part of the overall tech, designed to complement the cameras, into a primary control sensor that, according to Elon Musk himself, should prevent …

Tesla’s new Model S P100D adds range and cranks Ludicrous Mode up a notch

Tesla has a new, larger battery option for the Model S and Model X line of electric vehicles, which includes an improved Ludicrous Mode that boasts a 2.5 second 0-60 mph time on the Model S, which is 0.1 second faster than the Model S’s previous max, and only 0.2 seconds off one of the fastest accelerating production cars available. The 100kWh battery option isn’t …

Mercedes-Benz said to plan EV sub-brand, with multiple SUVs and sedans

Mercedes-Benz isn’t just planning one or two all-electric vehicle options to woo customers away from competitors including BMW and Tesla who are further along with their EV lineups – they have four models in the works, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. These cars will be offered under a new sub-brand with a new name, per the report. The first of these will likely come …

Tesla moves forward on $2.6B SolarCity acquisition

Early this morning, Tesla announced that it had come to an agreement to acquire SolarCity in a $2.6 billion all stock transaction. Tesla first announced it was interested in acquiring the solar power company back in June. In the wake of the announcement, both Tesla and SolarCity stock is being traded down. The original anticipated rage for the sale was $26.50 to $28.50 per share. Rather, the deal will be moving …