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Elon Musk teases the Tesla Model D and ‘something else’ for announcement on Oct 9th

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, is very smart man, but has proven that he has a sense of humour too. In a recent interview, he claimed he wanted to call the Model III the Model E so that Tesla’s line-up would consist of the Model S, E and X. Yes, that’s right – real life’s Tony Stark is also childish and hilarious. So it’s almost poetic irony that Musk would tweet the following regarding the Tesla Model D‘s announcement: About time to unveil the D and something else pic.twitter.com/qp23yi59i6 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2014 The tweet set Twitter on fire, not only because Tesla was about the announce something new, but because of the unintentional suggestiveness of the tweet. Suffice to say Musk eventually realized the hilarity of the tweet and posted: I love the Internet. Comments had me literally ROFL. No, it wasn’t intentional. Glad I didn’t mention the other ...

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F1 race car filmed doing a burnout with an infrared camera

Hypnotic: F1 race car filmed doing a burnout with an infrared camera

I’ve now found my new favourite way to watch Formula 1 racing. If you’ve never watched Formula 1 in your life, you might be interested to know that it is among the most technical sports in the world – enormous amounts of money is sunk into research and development on the cars, some of which is eventually appropriated for everyday cars. Other times though, the cars are used for pure viewer enjoyment, racing generally, but sometimes burnouts too which Red Bull RB8 has recently done at the Gamma Racing Day in Assen. While a F1 race car doing a burnout isn’t really anything special, it’s the thermal filming process, courtesy of FLIR, which really makes this interesting. Check it out: There’s something oddly hypnotic about watching the F1 car burn rubber, flinging bits of still-searing rubber away from its red-hot tyres. I particularly like the fact the exhausts on the ...

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The Tesla Model III will be Tesla’s entry into mainstream electric cars

There’s been a lot of chatter in the press recently about the Tesla and the Tesla Model S with crazy crashes and lead footed people driving into signs. Now Elon Musk wants to get competitive.  The problem has been its price tag!  The Tesla Model S is not exactly accessible to all walks of life, making its penetration into the mainstream automotive industry somewhat minimal. Cue the $35,000 Tesla Model III. In an interview with AutoExpress, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, confirmed that Tesla’s third vehicle (after the Model X) is going to be called the Model III: Confirmed: Our Gen III car, due out after Model X, will be named Model 3. http://t.co/PLhUzycSlp pic.twitter.com/noZf17LXre — Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) July 16, 2014 The car was previously rumoured to be named the Model E instead, but in a very frank response, Musk revealed exactly why it now called the Model III: “We had the model S for sedan ...

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Jaguar’s ‘virtual windscreen concept’ looks like something out of a video game

Cars with windscreen HUDs, or Heads-Up Displays, have become more prevalent in recent years, however, many of these are simply token efforts at showing dashboard information in a more visible spot on the windscreen. While it might be gimmicky, possibly even useful, it hasn’t quite reached the potential of what is possible when superimposing holographic information over the road in front of you. Jaguar and Land Rover have just shown off a ‘virtual windscreen concept’ which might just do that by imposing holographic information in front of you, showing an application of the concept in a racing setting. Check out their video below: It’s definitely something that video game enthusiasts might have already seen in video games, but for it to be applied to real life driving is quite something else, particularly with the last ability shown in the video of superimposing obstacles for driver training. While the shown abilities ...

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Oh dear: Tesla Model S crashed at Tesla dealership shortly after being picked up

Of all the things to do when picking up your brand new Tesla Model S, I’m assuming “driving it carefully” is probably right at the top of the list. Well, the above image has inexplicably greeted Reddit user, s1lentway, as he visited a Tesla dealership yesterday. In the words of s1lentway: “Just a little context. We believe this is someone who just got their car. They must have been driving it for less than a minute and lost control, crashing right into the sign missing the show room glass windows only by a few inches. Not the way you want to start out driving a brand new $70K + car that took a few months to make for you.” This rather unusual accident comes just days after the first ever driver fatality in a Model S was recorded. And while there may be a little more to the story here than meets the ...

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A high-speed Tesla car chase ends with first fatality in a Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S has so far had a perfect record of keeping its occupants out of harm’s way, however that streak came to an end after a stolen Model S became part of a high speed chase and crash which claimed the life of driver, Joshua Michael Flot. The crash occurred in Los Angeles this week after Flot allegedly stole the Model S from a Tesla service centre, was chased by police through the city, before crashing at high speed into two vehicles and subsequently hitting a steel pole, tearing the car in two. Flot was thrown from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries from the crash, which also injured seven other people. Above is a photograph taken of the crash scene. The crash was so intense that a fire was ignited within the Model S, which has reignited safety concerns with electric cars like the Model S, despite the fact Tesla ...

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Hack a Tesla and win a stack of cash at the Beijing SyScan 360 Security Conference

If you’re involved in security or hacking then you might be going to the SyScan 360 security conference on the 16-17 July in Beijing.  When you register you’re also entitled to participate in the Tesla hacking competition and attempt to control a Tesla Model S car and win a stack of cash. Tesla Motors was founded by Elon Musk and the Tesla Model S car features a full 17 inch touchscreen in the center of the console that provides touch access to almost all the functions of the car, from Google maps  to climate control and lots more. The competition is aimed at testing the safety of the Tesla smart cars. If you can successfully hack into the Tesla Model S you can earn yourself a whopping $10,000 in prize money. There isn’t much information available about the rules of the competition at this time, but Forbes magazine were told there ...

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Google Self Drive Car Prototype Concept Sketch

The Google Self Driving Car. Toon Town Comes to Life!

We all know that Google has been working on Google self driving cars for some time now.  I think it actually all started some time back in 2010.  Heck, some of you have even seen them driving around, although you can never tell if the car is driving itself or the required passenger ready to take control if anything goes wrong.  The Google blog post from way back then stated: To develop this technology, we gathered some of the very best engineers from the DARPA Challenges, a series of autonomous vehicle races organized by the U.S. Government. Chris Urmson was the technical team leader of the CMU team that won the 2007 Urban Challenge. Mike Montemerlo was the software lead for the Stanford team that won the 2005 Grand Challenge. Also on the team is Anthony Levandowski, who built the world’s first autonomous motorcycle that participated in a DARPA Grand ...

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