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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AeroVironment: official charger of the Chevy Bolt

The 2017 Chevy Boltis coming to California and Oregon before the end of 2016, and along with it comes its very own official charger from AeroVironment.

The companys EVSE-RS charger has been available for some time, and AeroVironment is not new to the EV charging game. The company is various kinds of anunofficial charger for everyone else; it sellsmodels compatible with just about every EVon the market Ford, Fiat, BMW, Nissan, Toyota even Tesla. And though its available through dealerships that sell the Bolt, the AeroVironment charger doesnt come with the car like a prize in a Cracker Jack box. Its an official accessory that purchasers will have to purchase. The retail price for the 30 -amp 240 -volt charger is about $1,000.

It is a Level 2 charger, which means it will charge your Bolt( or any EV) five times faster than plugging the car into a regular household outlet, which is known in the EV universe as Level 1 charging. The EVSE-RS is rated to be used indoors or out, so if you dont have room inside the garage to park your car, it can be installed elsewhere so you can charge in the driveway.

No other electric vehicle on the market right now has an official charger. Tesla does have the Wall Connector home charger that is designed to work with its cars, but both the car and chargerare made by a single company. Other companies like ChargePoint, GE, Siemens and JuiceBox all construct home EV chargers that you can buy on Amazon. So it may be easier to buy an AeroVironment charger at the dealership when you buy your Bolt, but its not absolutely required.

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