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Tesla’s Autopilot is in the hot seat again over driver misuse

Tesla isn't doing enough to prevent the misuse of its Autopilot feature, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which has called the firm out.
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Electrical tape on speed limit signs tricks Tesla vehicles into violations

Security researchers fooled Tesla vehicles into breaking the law by placing electrical tape on speed limit signs, showing another self-driving system flaw.
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Giant new battery pack could give Tesla’s Model S 400-plus miles of range

Tesla will keep its winning streak going by releasing a new, 109-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that should give the Model S over 400 miles of range.

Tesla’s Cybertruck may be polarizing, but the Hot Wheels versions are pretty cool

Now there's a way to own a Cybertruck of your very own, without the $40,000 price tag: Toymaker Mattel has announced it is producing two Cybertruck cars.
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Tesla allowed to restart work on its first European Gigafactory

A German court recently halted Tesla’s construction work while it evaluated claims by protesters that building the Gigafactory would damage the environment.
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Digital Trends Live: Tesla gets pranked, robot snakes, and more

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we dig into the biggest trending stories in tech, including Apple considering third-party apps as default, and more.
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This company transforms Tesla’s Model 3 into a supercar-slaying track monster

Unplugged Performance, a Tesla tuner since 2013, built a Model 3 that keeps up with a McLaren F1 on Japan's Tsukuba track. Here's what went into the build.
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Tesla ordered to suspend work on its first European Gigafactory

Tesla has been forced by a German court to suspend construction work on its first European Gigafactory. The decision follows protests by environmentalists.
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Tesla recalls 15,000 Model X SUVs to fix a power steering problem

Tesla is voluntarily recalling 15,000 units of the Model X to fix an issue with the power steering. Owners can continue to drive their cars until it's fixed.
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Digital Trends Live: Continuing coronavirus effects, HBO Max gets Friends

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we break down the biggest trending stories in tech, including the ongoing impact of the coronavirus on tech, and more.
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Elon Musk says Bitcoin scammers impersonating him on Twitter are ‘not cool’

For more than a year, bots and trolls have used Twitter to scam cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin, and used Elon Musk’s name to do it. Musk called out the scammers.
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Carmax cites service, parts issues for temporarily dropping Tesla

CarMax told Digital Trends it stopped selling Tesla models because it experienced parts and service issues, though it declined to provide additional details.
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Tesla’s Shanghai factory hit by temporary shutdown over coronavirus fears

Just weeks after delivering its first Model 3 cars in China, Tesla was ordered to close its Shanghai factory over coronavirus fears.
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Why Tesla’s promise to deliver 500,000 electric cars in 2020 isn’t unrealistic

Tesla wants to deliver 500,000 electric cars in 2020, a major increase over the 367,500 cars it delivered in 2019. But unlike some of the company's other promises, this goal seems fairly realistic. Tesla has a lot of potential production capacity to work with, and the new Model Y crossover waiting in the wings.
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Tesla’s Model Y is on track to become its bestselling car

Motorists are chanting "crossover good, sedan bad" as they commute in massive vehicles, and those looking for an electric car that's more spacious than a Model 3, and cheaper than a Model X, will welcome the Model Y like a chariot sent from the heavens.
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Andrew Yang broke Tesla’s one big Autopilot rule in campaign commercial

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has talked about the automation industry in his campaign, but he could stand to learn a few things when it comes to how to drive Autopilot. When he’s behind the wheel of the Tesla Model X in his new commercial, he takes his hands off while on autopilot, which is a big no-no.
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Tesla Model S, Model X could get major interior and powertrain updates in 2020

Tesla hoped to keep details about the upcoming updates under wraps, but an eagle-eyed hacker spotted them. The S and the X are about to receive a wireless device charger, two new batteries, redesigned seats, a different charging port, and an upgraded suspension. There may be infotainment upgrades, too.
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Tesla owners accuse their cars of sudden unintended acceleration. Is it true?

The NHSTA has agreed to consider investigating sudden unintended acceleration in Tesla vehicles based on a petition filed with the agency. Does Tesla really have an unintended acceleration problem? And what are the next steps for the NHSTA?
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Tesla strongly rejects claims of acceleration issue with its cars

Tesla has described a recent petition alleging unexpected accelerations among its cars as "completely false." It said that it has already discussed most of the complaints in the petition with the NHTSA, adding that in every case where it had the vehicle's data, it was able to confirm that the car operated as designed.
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NHTSA looking into whether 500,000 Teslas have unintended acceleration problem

The reports of sudden unintended acceleration are varied, and they don't follow a set pattern. Some motorists claim their car accelerated while parking, while others claim they couldn't slow it down on the highway. The NHTSA is looking into the reports, but it hasn't opened a formal investigation yet.
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Wellness wonder cure or a wonderful Swiss watch? The Teslar watch isn’t both

At first glance, the Teslar Re-Balance T-1 Chrono is a beautiful Swiss-made timepiece most people would be proud to have on their wrist. Look deeper, and it promises wellness benefits to those concerned electromagnetic fields are affecting their lives. We spoke to the company's CEO to find out more.
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Tesla is recruiting designers in China to create its first city car

Tesla thinks it would be "super cool" to design a vehicle in China for the global market, and it has started laying the groundwork for an engineering center in the world's largest electric car market. It released a sketch that suggests the model might take the form of a city car positioned below the Model 3.
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Tesla Model Y prototype spotted testing in the California mountains

A Tesla Model Y sighting confirms the electric crossover hasn't changed significantly since its unveiling in 2019. Largely based on the Model 3, it's tentatively scheduled to enter production in 2020. Tesla has a lot riding on the model, which could become its bestselling car.
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Digital Trends Live: Samsung’s S20 line, Oscar noms, prepping for Mars

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we discuss the biggest-trending tech topics of the day, including Samsung’s Galaxy S20 line, a possible halt to the U.S. civilian drone program, Teslas that speak with an accent, the Oscar nominations, prepping the public for samples from Mars, and more.
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A talking Tesla? It’ll probably just be one more broken promise from Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off a new feature on last week: A talking car. But will Tesla owners ever see it in real life? Announcing new Tesla features with delayed follow-through, or none at all, has a bit of a pattern for Musk. Here are a few more of his broken promises.
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Tesla is teaching its cars to talk to pedestrians in a British accent

"Well, don't just stand there, hop in," a red Model 3 tells a pedestrian during a demonstration filmed by Elon Musk. The feature sounds frivolous, but it's useful in ride-hailing applications, and it will help autonomous cars communicate with other road users. There's no word yet on when Tesla will roll it out.
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Tesla delivered more electric cars in 2019 than in any previous year

Tesla said its 2019 deliveries represented an increase of 50 percent over 2018. The automaker said it delivered 367,500 electric cars in 2019, including 112,000 cars in the fourth quarter alone. The Model 3 accounted for the vast majority of fourth-quarter deliveries, followed by the Model S and Model X.
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This Tesla-powered electric go-kart has an insane 600 horsepower

We had already seen an electric pickup truck with Tesla’s Cybertruck debut last year, but now, we are getting a glimpse into the possibilities of a Tesla-powered all-electric race car. The 992-pound vehicle is able to put out 603 horsepower (450kw), which, for a go-kart-sized car, is pretty darn fast. 
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Tesla delivers first electric cars from its new factory in China

Tesla is now building cars at a new factory in China. The first batch of 15 Model 3 electric cars were delivered to Tesla employees during a celebratory event at the Shanghai factory. China car production is a big step for Tesla as it looks to continue to challenge established automakers.
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Teslasuit evolves with VR glove that lets wearers feel virtual textures

The Teslasuit Glove, which may be used with the Teslasuit or separately, will allow wearers to feel virtual textures while monitoring their biometric data. The glove, which looks to offer an even more immersive virtual reality experience, will be showcased with the Teslasuit at CES 2020.
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Tesla owners will soon be able to watch Disney+ on their car’s touchscreen

Company co-founder and CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the feature is coming soon, though he didn't give more specific details. Owners of compatible Tesla models willing to pay a monthly fee will be able to access Disney+ while parked, and those who regularly stop at charging stations will love the feature.
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Tesla update includes full self-driving ‘preview,’ better voice recognition

Tesla's 2019 holiday update includes a preview of its full self-driving capabilities expected next year, as well as better voice recognition for natural language queries and the ability to send and hear text messages by voice -- a feature that curiously has been absent since the beginning.
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Tesla update adds Stardew Valley and backgammon from Lost (Yep, the TV show)

It sounds like compatible Tesla models will soon be able to recognize traffic lights and stop signs thanks to an upcoming over-the-air holiday software update. The repertoire of in-car games will also grow with the addition of Stardew Valley, and a version of Backgammon inspired by the TV show Lost.
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A $2,000 software update makes the Tesla Model 3 quicker

The Tesla Model 3 can get even quicker if owners are willing to fork over $2,000. That buys a software update which can shave a few tenths of a second off the electric cars' zero to 60 mph time. While Tesla regularly gives customers free OTA updates, it has charged for certain features in the past.