Tesla

  • New leaf-like nano surface could boost solar panel efficiency

    New leaf-like nano surface could boost solar panel efficiency

    We often look to nature for tips on how to build better tech, and few things in nature are better at harnessing the power of the sun than the leaves of ordinary plants. Researchers at the University of Oulu in Finland have discovered a way to build coatings that can mimic the surface of the leaves of plants, which could eventually lead to solar panels that lose less of their captured energy… Read More

  • Tesla will move to open Richmond store after DMV win

    Tesla will move to open Richmond store after DMV win

    Tesla has won the right to open and operate its own dealership in Virginia, after the state Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner reversed a ruling from September denying it a license. In his decision, the commissioner cited overwhelming public support, as well as unique sales and service requirements as reasons for his finding that “no dealer independent of Tesla” in… Read More

  • The connected car and another fragmented market Crunch Network

    The connected car and another fragmented market

    As any new industry takes shape, technical fragmentation occurs. The connected car is new and hot and, like markets prior, there’s a huge land-grab unfolding in front of all consumers. It feels very much like the early days of smartphones: Everyone was trying to be a player. All companies built their own flavor of software and, as a byproduct, all hardware (smartphones) was weak, at best. Read More

  • Tesla’s Autopilot and the double standard for automotive safety systems Crunch Network

    Tesla’s Autopilot and the double standard for automotive safety systems

    This summer saw the inevitable controversy arise when a Tesla automobile was involved in a fatal traffic accident while operating in its headline-grabbing Autopilot mode. While early reports seem to point toward human error by both parties involved, many people are debating what responsibility falls onto Tesla and its autonomous-driving functions. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Tesla and SolarCity-powered Island

    Tesla and SolarCity power an island in American Samoa, after skipping last year Apple holds its Black Friday sale, robots will be helping with shopping at Westfield malls in San Francisco, Michigan doubles down on autonomous cars and Munchery gets a new CEO. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Tesla and SolarCity made this whole island solar-powered in under a year

    Tesla and SolarCity made this whole island solar-powered in under a year

    Tesla and SolarCity’s union is still very fresh, but the combined companies are already highlighting what they’ve been able to accomplish even just as partners. The SolarCity blog details a project in which SolarCity power generation and Tesla Powerpack-based storage helped the small island of Ta’u in American Samoa fix its spotty power problem and cut its reliance on a… Read More

  • Tesla officially acquires SolarCity

    Tesla officially acquires SolarCity

    Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity officially closed Monday morning, bringing together Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company with the solar energy company founded by his cousins Lyndon and Peter Rive. The deal was approved by Tesla and SolarCity shareholders last week, after first being proposed earlier this year. Tesla provided the following brief statement on the… Read More

  • Watch a fully self-driving Tesla navigate intersections and city streets

    Watch a fully self-driving Tesla navigate intersections and city streets

    Tesla revealed it would be building all vehicles complete with all the hardware onboard they need to achieve full self-driving in the future, and also published a short demo video of the prototype software in action at the time. Now, a new video shows a self-driving Tesla making its way through a city neighbourhood complete with a lot of traffic and quite a few intersections. The video provides… Read More

  • Watch Tesla Model S P85D’s instant speed avoid a potential rear-end collision

    Watch Tesla Model S P85D’s instant speed avoid a potential rear-end collision

    Tesla’s focusing on its work on autonomous driving as a huge potential gain for driver safety, but a video from a Tesla Model S P85D shows that some current features not related to self-driving are actually already helping prevent accidents. Tesla owner Jason Hughes captured a narrow miss in his car using a rear-mounted dash cam, showing the moment a Prius coming up from behind… Read More

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