You Won’t Believe What Elon Musk Just Said About the Tesla Version 9 Update
Tesla is putting the final touches on its next major software update, “Version 9.0,” with a planned release in August 2018. The new update will come with a smattering of new features, including what CEO Elon Musk describes as the first “full self-driving features” for Autopilot 2.0 vehicles. The Version 9.0 is also the most significant over-the-air software update since the automaker released the Version 8.0 update back in 2016.
Tesla’s Latest Update Makes Autopilot Nag You More than an Unhappy Wife
Tesla’s Version 9.0 update is set to drop in August, and one of its new features is increased nagging alerts to make sure that drivers remain attentive by keeping their hands on the steering wheel. The update is an “improvement” over the current system, which cuts in half the time the system needs to send out alerts to drivers who stray their hands away from the steering wheel.
Can You Spot What’s Different on This Tesla Roadster Prototype?
Tesla’s annual shareholder’s meeting had its share of surprises, but one of the biggest highlights from the event was the unveiling of a new prototype for the upcoming Tesla Roadster. The prototype was spotted at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, sitting alongside a Model 3, Model S, Model X, and a Tesla Semi prototype. Curiously, the Roadster was the only model that was cordoned off, suggesting that Tesla wasn’t keen on the idea of letting people get an up-close look at it.
Elon Musk Teases the Tesla Model Y; Mentions a Compact Hatchback in the Near Future
Tesla has just finished its annual shareholder meeting, and two of the biggest takeaways involve the announcement of the Model Y crossover and the teasing of a compact car that could be built in the next five years. Without jumping to any specifics, Musk responded to a question about compact cars by saying that the electric car maker will have its own “in less than five years.” The company’s goal, it seems, is to have a car that can compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and the rest of the hatchback segment.
Elon Musk Says the Tesla Model 3 Could Eventually Sell for $28.000; Lease Options Coming in 6 - 9 Months
We recently learned that Tesla had to refund almost a quarter of all the 400,000 reservations made for the Model 3 due to production delays, but Elon Musk is already looking into the future and says that pricing for the sedan could drop once production increases. The CEO also said that Tesla might start offering Model 3 leases in "six to nine months."
After Posting Record-Setting Reservations for the Model 3, Tesla’s Now Facing a Massive Refund Exodus From Customers
Two years after posting more than 400,000 reservations for the Model 3 electric car, Tesla is now facing a big pushback from customers, a lot of whom have begun asking for their money back because of frustrations with the extended production delays on the Model 3. According to data from analytics company Second Measure, almost a quarter of all the $1,000 deposits made on the Model 3 have been refunded.
An Over-The-Air Update Was All it Took For The Tesla Model 3 To Get Consumer Reports’ Approval
Remember the whole brouhaha involving Consumer Reports’ review of the Tesla Model 3? The review publication had some good things to say about the electric sedan, but it also had some issues with some aspects of the car, none more glaring than the braking issues that overshot Tesla’s claims. Well, the automaker came out with an over-the-air software update to fix the issue, and that’s all it took for Consumer Reports to give the Model 3 its full recommendation.
Tesla Model 3 Firmware Update on the Way; Should Drastically Improve Braking Performance
Tesla didn’t take long to fix an issue with the braking capabilities of its models after a Consumer Reports test criticized the automaker after inconsistencies surfaced in testing for the stopping distance of the Model 3. Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted that the company found an issue with its “ABS calibration algorithm” and has rolled out an over-the-air software update to fix the problem.
Tesla Will Soon Offer Original Model 3 Debut Wheels as an Upgrade
The Tesla Model 3 was unveiled in 2016 and received a thunderous response, garnering 232,000 bookings within two days. One thing that surely contributed to this number was the design of the wheels. The Model 3 prototype came equipped with a set of smoking-hot wheels, which unfortunately didn’t make it to production then. However, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk tweeted that this design would be available as an upgrade later this year! Yes, we are definitely excited about it!
The Tesla Model 3 almost feels like more of a unicorn than a car that’s on the market, doesn’t it? There are so many customers still waiting for theirs. Those who have theirs have had complaints about the materials and build quality. It was just knocked hard as hell for poor brake performance (Elon Musk has promised a fix, by the way.) The thing is, a lot of people haven’t actually had the chance to see one up close yet. I’ve seen three different Maseratis in the past two weeks and haven’t seen one Model 3 – and I live in a big city with plenty of public chargers.
The point is, you’re probably curious to see just what it’s like to be inside the Model 3, how it drives, whether or not it’s powerful enough. Hell, maybe you’re just outright curious. It’s an intriguing little car with a minimalist design and downright quick performance. The long-range model can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds – that’s faster than a lot of sports cars its size on the road today, and it does it without using a drop of gasoline or diesel fuel.
With that said, Top Gear was nice enough to take a nice long drive with the Tesla Model 3 and they took the time to record the whole trip. Go ahead and watch the video below, then click on the link at the bottom to learn all about the Tesla Model 3!
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Elon Musk Reveals March 15 as Potential Debut Date for Tesla Model Y
Elon Musk’s Twitter account has led to some pretty outrageous things. Of course, he’s made some pretty crazy claims too, but a lot of them come to life. Think about the Tesla Roadster floating through space or The Boring Company’s flame gun, for example. All seemed unbelievable and yet they really happened. Now, Musk is on Twitter again, this time with the claim that the Model Y will debut on March 15. Well, then he said it’s made up, but March sounds good. And, then said to consider it real and that March 15th is “about right.”
Watch Tesla Fail Miserably at Trying to Rollover the Model X
Say what you will about Tesla or its rascal CEO Elon Musk - the various models in Tesla’s lineup perform incredibly well in safety tests, and that’s a fact. Such is the case with the Model X SUV, which just aced the NHTSA’s rollover test with the lowest probability of tipping over “of any SUV.”
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