Elon Musk says to expect “major” Tesla hardware revisions almost annually

Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk has advice for prospective buyers hoping their vehicles will be future-proof: Shop elsewhere.

Musk made the comment when responding to a Twitter question about the possibility of a paid upgrade path for existing vehicle owners who want the new sensors, computer and other components now shipping in so-called HW2-equipped Teslas. He also gave us some insight into the pace with which Tesla will be significantly revising the tech offered on existing models big changes will come every year or year-and-a-half, on average.

Thats definitely a more aggressive upgrade pace than you can expect from models offered by traditional automakers like GM, Ford and Toyota. Typically cars remain relatively static in their basic design for up to half a decade, acquiring new options and small features, but certainly not seeing major revs that can make the difference between enabling self-driving and not, as is the case with the HW1 and HW2 Model S and X.

This might rub some Tesla owners the wrong way; a Tesla is a huge investment, and seeing significant model revisions at a pace similar in frequency to how smartphones are updated can be frustrating. But as Musk notes, its a trade-off Tesla is willing to make in order to push the envelope in innovation.

Musk also noted that retrofitting older cars with HW2 kit would require extremely complicated and basically involve stripping the car to its frame, plus replacing over 300 parts. Focusing on updating existing cars would also impede Teslas ability to create and improve new tech, he added.

The bottom line is that Tesla is a very different kind of car company from what consumers are used to, and that extends to their development cycle. To some extent, future-proofing is always partly actually handcuffing yourself to the past, and the trajectory Musk envisions for Tesla doesnt allow for much in the way of standing still, even in the interest of helping customers feel like theyre getting more value out of their investment.

I think Teslas ability to compete with established industry leaders actually depends on adopting the revision paving of a tech company first, so its good to see Musk commit to substantial changes at such a fast clip.

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Mexico issues alert after radioactive material theft

(CNN)The Mexican government has issued an alert for a large swath of central Mexico after the theft of an industrial device containing radioactive material.

The device, used for industrial radiography, was being transported in a pickup that was stolen early Saturday in the state of Queretaro, Mexico’s National Commission of Nuclear Security and Safety said.

    The agency did not say whether the radioactive material was the target of the theft, or if the truck thieves made off with more than they bargained for.

    The radioactive material inside the device is Iridium-192, the nuclear commission said. The material can be deadly if removed from its protective shielding.

    The nuclear commission was alerted to the stolen radioactive material Sunday and issued an alert to authorities in six Mexican states and the Federal Highway Police to be on the lookout for the stolen Chevrolet Silverado truck.

    The truck and radioactive material belonged to a company called Central Industrial Maintenance.

    An industrial radiography device is basically a tool that uses the radioactive isotope Iridium-192 to beam gamma radiation. It can be used to test pipelines for structural problems such as weakening welds.

    Gamma rays emitted by the isotope can deliver fatal doses of radiation at close range.

    A similar device went missing from a contractor in Iraq this year, creating concerns that terrorists could use it to contaminate water supplies or help make a “dirty” bomb. After the disappearance made headlines, the device was found, undamaged, near a police station.

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    Tesla’s HEPA air filter hundreds of times more effective than standard divisions

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    Electric vehicle brand Tesla Motors says it is developed a HEPA air filtration system designed to clear up the outside world before it enters a vehicle’s cabin.

    The filtering system is so clean that Tesla claims you could “survive a military grade bio attack” using it.

    HEPA, an acronym for “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”, means that the filter is capable of capturing 99.7 percentage of particles 0.3 micrometers and larger.

    Tesla says its HEPA filter was inspired by the kind used in hospitals and in aerospace applications, and that the system is “hundreds of times” more effective than standard cabin air filters used in other vehicles.

    The HEPA filter is part of Tesla’s “Bioweapon Defense Mode, ” a word generally considered tongue-in-cheek until a recent test in which a Model X was placed in a sealed bubble filled with air containing 83 times as many particles as the EPA considers to be “good” air quality.

    With the Bioweapon Defense Mode switched on, the Model X’s HEPA filter cleared the pollution to levels Tesla says were entirely undetectable by instruments. Moreover, Tesla says the Model X actually began cleaning the air outside the car because of how effective its filter was at sucking in pollution.

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