Much of the endless stream of chatter surrounding Tesla lately has centered around topics other than what the company actually sells.Tesla’s plans to slash 9 percent of its workforce have featured prominently, as has the dating life of its founder, Elon Musk. There’s also much to discuss when dealing with Tesla’s financial health. According to data compiled by Bloomberg last month, the company burns through more than $7,430 every minute, and free cash flow—the amount of cash a company generates after accounting for capital expenditures—has been negative for six consecutive quarters. That negative amount reached a bloated $1 billion when Tesla reported earnings May 2.So I wanted to write a column about something the company continues to get right: cars. Tesla may not have intended its up-to-seven-person sedan to be a car that makes you want to drag race at every stoplight, but that’s exactly what it is. Last week, I tested the … [Read more...] about With More Self-Driving Tech, Is Tesla Ruining What’s Best About the Model S?
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The beleaguered Tesla Model 3 has already faced a production crisis and a 123 percent price surge. Now it has another major problem – a report says the car brakes slower than a pick-up truck. The problem was pointed out by the US magazine Consumer Reports, which exposed the alleged braking issue with the Model 3 sedan.“The Tesla’s stopping distance of 152ft from 60mph was far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested and about 7ft longer than the stopping distance of a Ford F-150 full-sized pickup,” it wrote. The Consumer Reports test is designed to determine how a vehicle performs in an emergency situation. Testers speed up a car to 60mph (96kph) and slam on the brakes until the car comes to a full stop, then measure the braking distance. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the situation is under control and will soon be fixed. “With further refinement, we can improve braking distance beyond initial specs. Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better … [Read more...] about Braking point: Elon Musk’s Tesla Model 3 lurching from one crisis to the next
Associated Press Published 9:45 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area are investigating the death of a man after a Tesla car he was driving veered off a road, crashed through a fence and into a pond. It is unknown if the vehicle was in Autopilot mode. California Highway Patrol spokesman Daniel Jacowitz said that rescuers pulled the submerged car, a Tesla Model S, from the pond early Monday and found the man's body inside. The driver was identified as Keith Leung, 34, of Danville, Calif., said Sgt. Ray Kelly, spokesman of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. Kelly said it was too soon to know if the vehicle's semiautonomous Autopilot mode was engaged when the crash occurred or whether the driver was speeding or intoxicated. Photographs of the car show that its back end was destroyed, its hood crumpled and windows shattered. The crash occurred near the cities of San Ramon and Danville on Sunday evening, Jacowitz said. A … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S crash into California pond killed driver, police say
A Tesla car which can be driven autonomously has crashed into a fire department truck stopped at a red light. The Model S rear-ended the mechanics truck in Utah in the western US at 60mph, apparently without braking before impactPolice said they do not know if the autopilot feature was engaged.The driver broke their right ankle and the crash on Friday night is under investigation, police in South Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City said.The crash will be unwelcome news for Tesla owner Elon Musk as federal safety agencies are in the middle of investigating the performance of Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system after two fatal crashes of Teslas on autopilot this year.During a conference call about the California-based company's record net quarter one loss last week Mr Musk accused journalists of being "irresponsible" for writing about the dangers of autonomous vehicles.He claimed that "people might actually turn it off and then die" because of the stories about the fatal crashes. … [Read more...] about Tesla with autopilot crashes into truck at red light
When a Tesla Inc. Model X slammed into a concrete highway barrier in California last month, the vehicle’s computers contained a wealth of information about the moments leading to the fatal accident.The problem for U.S. accident investigators is that the information wasn’t easily accessible. The data stored on the Tesla is in a proprietary format that can only be accessed by the company. Similarly, the information the vehicles beam to Tesla computers on a regular basis can’t be obtained without the company’s cooperation.“It makes a challenging investigation more so,” said Peter Goelz, a former managing director at the National Transportation Safety Board who is now senior vice president at O’Neill & Associates, a Washington lobbying and public relations firm.Unlike the trove of information contained on an airplane’s crash-proof recorders -- the so-called "black boxes" that capture flight data and sounds from the cockpit in an … [Read more...] about Teslas Don’t Have Black Boxes, Making U.S. Crash Probes Harder