New acceleration test sees Tesla beating its own expectations on Model S P100D velocity

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The Tesla Model S P100D has hit a new acceleration record, according to one exam by Motor Trend .

The test was performed in Tesla’s “full-on Ludicrous Easter egg mode, ” and watched the car made 60 mph in 2.28 seconds. According to Motor Trend , that induces it the first production auto to reach 60 mph in under 2.3 seconds, beating out the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Ferrari La Ferrari.

A software update last December let the S P100D to reach 60 mph in merely 2.4 seconds, according to a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He subsequently hinted that “promising test results” might stimulate 2.34 seconds from 0 to 60 mph possible. As pointed out by BGR , the recent record exceeded Tesla’s own expectations.

The Tesla Model S P100D on Ludicrous Mode has a base price of $135,700, according to Motor Trend . By comparison, the Porsche 911 Turbo Shas a base cost of $188,100 and the Ferrari La Ferrari costs a whopping $1.7 million.

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Tesla could upgrade client computers to meet self-driving requirements

Elon Musk had some thoughts to share on Tesla’s Q3 earnings bellow regarding full freedom and how the automaker is preparing to deliver this to clients down the road. The company announced that its new vehicles had all the hardware on board they needed to achieve full independence last year, and offers customers the options to buy an upgrade that would deliver autonomy via software update once it was available.

Musk noted that he still definitely believes Tesla is able to “achieve full autonomy with the current hardware, ” but also cautioned that the question will be what qualifies as full freedom in the eyes of regulators and what is eventually decriminalize for employ on roads. Musk used to say current Tesla vehicle computer and sensor hardware would allow for “roughly human-level autonomy, ” but also noted that regulators might require a higher level, with potentially systems requiring many multiples of human efficacy to be deemed legal to operate.

“We’ll have more to say on the hardware front soon, we’re simply not ready to say that now, ” Musk said. “But for customers that have purchased the full independence option, if it does turn out that it requires computer upgrade for full autonomy, we will replace their computer — it’s simply a matter of unplug the old computer, plug the new one in.”

Musk also said he believes that Tesla’s hardware in terms of autonomy is better than any other alternative out there by a lot, which, combined with his earlier remarks considering hardware news to come soon, could indicate details on upgraded equipment to be revealed in the future.

Tesla did not commentary further on the schemed coast-to-coast driverless exam ride planned for its autonomous system, beyond noting in its investor letter that it still plans on conducting such a test — though at this stage, it seems unlikely to occur before the end of the year.

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Jaguar reveals the new all-electric I-PACE SUV

Jaguar has finally fully revealed the official I-PACE all-electric SUV, a vehicle with just under 240 miles of range and a 0 to 60 mph time of under five seconds. The car can also charge to 80 percent from empty in 40 minutes using special quick charger hardware, and a 15-minute top-up is good for around 62 miles of additional range.

The I-PACE looks like Jaguar’s best attempt to do a Tesla impression in more ways than the electric powertrain, however: The automaker is also promising over-the-air updates for the car, and connected controls that tie in to a mobile app for your phone, including charging status information. OTA is a first for Jaguar with this new EV offering.

In the cabin, there are touchscreens for infotainment readout, along with standard physical controls for additional cabin control options. The vehicle has the silhouette and physical footprint of a crossover or compact SUV, but it’s also designed to make the most of its interior and luggage space, with fold-flat rear seats and nearly 400 gallons of total interior volume with that configuration.

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The car’s battery is located centrally in the base of the car, which provides a 50/50 weight distribution split between the back and front of the vehicle according to Jaguar. Those batteries power front and back axle motors, which means it’s also an all-wheel drive vehicle, and of course emits zero emissions.

Pre-orders for the car start today, and the SUV will begin being delivered to buyers in the second half of 2018. We’ll find out about U.S. pricing, and get a closer look at the car, next week at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

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Elon Musk exposes more details about the Model Y crossover

Tesla is building a new vehicle platform for its upcoming crossover vehicle. Instead of repurposing the underpinnings of the Model 3 or Model S, Tesla is building something completely new for the Model Y. This comes from Elon Musk be talking about the companys investor bellow. Constructing a new platform takes time; Musk said the Model Y is expected to hit assembly lines in 2020, but could be as early as 2019. And yes, with the Model Y, Teslas model line will look like this: S, 3, X, Y.

Building a new platform is a long game for automobile manufacturers. It allows for vehicles to share key components, thus improving margins and manufacturing expenses when applied to more vehicles. Like most auto makers, Tesla already does this. The Tesla Model X SUV is built on the Model S platform. By constructing another platform, Tesla is preparing for its next generation of vehicles. Said another way, dont expect a new Model S or Model X before the Model Y.

Musk said today during the course of its earnings call that his company intends to ditch the 12 -volt battery architecture being implemented in Teslas vehicles. This is said to reduce the amount of wiring, reducing the manufacturing process and hopefully improving expense. Tesla and other EV makers are still reliant on many of the systems and components heating, powered seats, infotainment used in traditional automobiles and all of these systems run on a 12 -volt system. If Musk is successful in moving away from this platform, he would have to move convince auto suppliers to move with him or construct more of the systems in-house.

Musk has teased the Model Y for months. Before Tesla gets to the Model Y, it needs to deliver the Model 3, which it said today is on track to reached production lines in July.

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German report calls Tesla’s Autopilot a “hazard”

A new examine from Germanys Federal Highway Research Institute( BASt) found that the autopilot feature of the Tesla Model S constitutes a considerable traffic hazard, according to a report in Der Spiegel.

Unsurprisingly, Tesla CEO Elon Musk doesnt agree and today said in a tweet that those reports were not actually based on science, and repeated thatAutopilot is safer than manually driven cars.

Tesla reports that its vehicles drove more than1 30 million miles with Autopilot engaged before one was involved in a fatal accident .Statistically, that beats the safety record for manually driven autoes which are involved in a fatal crash every 100 million miles in the U.S ., according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety .

We reached out to Tesla Motor forfurther information. Executives were not immediately available to comment.

Its worth noting that Der Spiegel reports that the study was an internal one, and did not represent a final evaluation.

The new report was commissioned after an accidenton a German highway late last month. A Tesla Model S with the Autopilot engaged crashed into a bus. Nobody was hurt in the accident, but it did spur the agencyto take a closer look atTeslas Autopilot.

The report quotes a number of issues the testers procured with Teslas systems. Among other things, the car didnt follow the right road commemorates in a building zone and when there were no road commemorates, the car simply followed the vehicle in front of it.

Another problem the Tesla faced was due to the simple fact that there are still plenty of stretches on the German Autobahn where there are no velocity restrictions. The report says the cars sensors only look about 40 meters behind it.If the Tesla is going the standard Autobahn speed of 80 miles per hour but somebody is going 125 miles per hour in the left lane( or even faster ), thats not nearly enough.

Teslas Autopilot feature is billedas driver assistive , not fully autonomous, technology, but the German report notes that the name suggests otherwise. The company lately launched an Autopilot update and is expected to unveil more product news on October 17 th.

The writers of the German report actually argue that the Model S should be banned from German streets. The Transport Minister, though, is likely to ignore this according to Der Spiegel and instead plans to provide Tesla with a to be given to test the Autopilot in Germany.

While Muskdefended his companys technology against the German report on Twitter today, healso praised German lawmakers new resolution to prohibit gasoline and diesel vehiclesby 2030.

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