Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Elon Musk Interview By Neil deGrasse Tyson...

Elon Musk Interview
By Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the coolest guys alive, and he recently interviewed Elon Musk, and you can listen to the interview below.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Consumer Reports Talking Tesla

Consumer Reports
Talking Tesla

"Talking about Batman Stuff"

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tesla P85D Review from CNET

Tesla P85D Review from CNET

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Steve Wozniak's P85D

...Tesla Coolness...

Steve Wozniak's P85D
Tesla Batmobile

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak is pictured below in his Tesla P85D Model S.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fascinating Tesla Model S User Interface Concept

Fascinating Tesla Model S User Interface Concept

Earlier this week, Tesla CEO and founder, Elon Musk talked about an updated user interface for version 7.0, and The Verge recently published a fascinating article that showcases this Tesla Model S Interface Concept, which is fascinating.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz F015 Self-Driving Research Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz F015 
Self-Driving Research Vehicle

Yesterday Elon Musk talked a lot about the upcoming Autopilot technology built-in to the Model S, which will soon be turned on in an over-the-air update. Most people don't realize that most of the technology behind this was developed by Mercedes Benz. As a matter of fact, Mercedes was once a major investor in Tesla, and really helped Tesla get the critical traction in needed to be successful. 

Also, there are parts inside the Tesla Model S that are made by Mercedes, like the gear shifter knob, and turning signal stalk, as well as the window control buttons on the door panels. Mercedes is one of the greatest automotive technology innovators in history, and this fascinating video shows Mercedes latest experimental "Autonomous Research Vehicle", which means it is designed to drive you from parking lot to parking lot, just like a taxi, but without a driver.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tesla Model S Announcement End to Range Anxiety

Tesla Model S Announcements 
End to Range Anxiety
+ 6.2 Coming Soon

Today, Elon Musk held a press conference to end range anxiety, as well as to announce some great new features for the Model S.

Musk announced that Version 6.2 of the Tesla OS will be delivered OTA (Over The Air) and it will include some awesome new features as outlined below:

Ending Range Anxiety

Tesla announced a new feature named Range Assurance, which will be included in 6.2. This innovative new solution will make sure you never run out of electricity and you can learn much more on the Tesla blog.

Blind Spot Warning

My favorite new feature is named Blind Spot Warning. Every car has some kind of blind spot where the B pillar gets in the way of you being able to see over your shoulder. The new Tesla Model S user-interface is pictured below.

The next screen-shot below shows that the car in front of you is getting too close, and the Tesla has automatically slowed down the car from 65 to 63. It also shows that there is a car traveling just behind you on your left side, so you don't try to quickly turn into the left lane.

The next screen shows how the car will warn you, and not allow you to hit the car next to you. It achieves this by using the sonar built-in to the Model S. 6.2 will also introduce a new feature that will aggressively apply the car brakes if the car detects you are likely to collide with another car or object. Notice how the UI (User Interface) automatically dims the left and right side panel information, to call attention to the pending potential collision.

Version 6.2 will also add a Valet mode that decreases the cars performance, and locks the glovebox and frunk. It also stops the screen from showing any personal information.

Version 7.0 Preview

Elon Musk also mentioned that Tesla was working on a complete UI overhaul that would arrive as part of version 7.0. Elon said"

“We’re pretty excited about the progress we’re making there. The main test route that we’re evaluating is the San Francisco to Seattle route, and we’re now almost able to travel all the way from San Francisco to Seattle without the driver touching any controls at all. That’s a feature that requires a lot of validation testing, but we’re hoping that we can start releasing the first sort of auto-steering features in about three months or so."

He mentioned that Autopilot will only work on highways, since completely autonomous driving requires more preparation.

You can listen to the audio from the press conference below:

Tesla Model S Awards Through 2014

Tesla Model S Awards
Through 2014

Tesla Model X Seen Road Testing

Tesla Model X
Seen Road Testing

Tesla is putting the finishing touches on their upcoming Model X model, and the video below shows a test car out in the wild.

Tesla Model X Reveal

The video below shows Elon Musk revealing the upcoming Tesla Model X.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Elon Musk The Future Of Autonomous Cars

Elon Musk Interview
The Future Of Autonomous Cars  

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tesla P85D At The Chevron Gas Station?!?

Tesla P85D At The Chevron Gas Station?!?

What is going on in this photo? I was driving a Black on Black Tesla P85D, and the windshield was so dirty that I had to stop at a gas station to clean the windshield, and use the bathroom. I took this photo, and it kind of dawned on me: "Why don't gas stations offer Tesla Superchargers?" I don't think they should have the Superchargers next to the regular gas pumps, but I could see how they could easily have 2 to 5 Superchargers on the premises. Plus Tesla customers would inevitably buy drinks and snacks in the mini-mart. Just an idea, but it makes sense to me :-)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tesla Model S In The Snow

Tesla Model S Snowmobile

This video shows how well the Model S drives in the snow, and keep in mind the car in this video is NOT an AWD Tesla, but just a standard rear wheel drive model!

Tesla Model S P85D v. Ferrari 458 Italia

Tesla Model S P85D
Ferrari 458 Italia

Let's face reality for a moment. The Ferrari 458 Italia is probably the coolest looking car ever made, so watching a P85D smoke it off the line is fascinating... Wikipedia published a list of 0-60 times for the fastest cars in the world, which is worth checking out.