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Elon Musk promises smoother new autopilot for Tesla cars

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It's the middle of the night on a Sunday in the U.S., and of course Elon Musk is on Twitter. 

This time, the Tesla CEO shared a couple of details regarding the seemingly never-ending rollout of the second version of Autopilot. According to Musk, new software will be deployed to Tesla cars "next month," and the new control algorithm will offer a much smoother ride than before. 

The new software will only be deployed to owners of second-generation (HW2) Tesla cars, as the first-generation (HW1) cars don't have "enough sensors and computing power." Read more...

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Tesla extends free Supercharger use to all existing owners

When Tesla put an end to free lifetime Supercharger access for new customers, it left more than a few people crestfallen -- one of the nicer perks of ownership just went out the window. However, Tesla has had a (partial) change of heart. As of now,...

The President's use of the platform is unprecedented, and he might even be the driving force in its sudden growth spurt last quarter. But his tweets — for all the @replies, news stories, and perhaps investigations they've inspired — are really just the sideshow. There's another Twitter user whose messages don't generate the same level of emotional response, but matter much more to our future.

It would surely pain President Trump to read this, but @elonmusk is actually Twitter's most important handle.  Read more...

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Why Elon Musk, not Donald Trump, is the most important person on Twitter

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When you hear about Twitter these days, chances are it's because of the latest dispatches from our bombastic, erratic Tweeter-in-Chief, Donald J. Trump. 

The President's use of the platform is unprecedented, and he might even be the driving force in its sudden growth spurt last quarter. But his tweets — for all the @replies, news stories, and perhaps investigations they've inspired — are really just the sideshow. There's another Twitter user whose messages don't generate the same level of emotional response, but matter much more to our future.

It would surely pain President Trump to read this, but @elonmusk is actually Twitter's most important handle.  Read more...

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Tesla, it seems, is no different.

Reports of incidents at Tesla's Fremont, California, factory include "fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains," according to information published by The Guardian Thursday.

Someone's had to call an ambulance 100-plus times since 2014. At least one person passed out, "hit the floor like a pancake" and split their face open, according to a production technician The Guardian spoke with. Employees were told to "work around him." Another employee now has two herniated neck discs after he spent years on the assembly line with his arms raised above his head to reach cars hanging in the air. Read more...

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Tesla is the latest silicon valley company to run smack into human limits

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Silicon Valley companies are often built around making the world more efficient, but engineering efficiency has a human cost many of them either didn't see coming or would like to forget. 

Tesla, it seems, is no different.

Reports of incidents at Tesla's Fremont, California, factory include "fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains," according to information published by The Guardian Thursday.

Someone's had to call an ambulance 100-plus times since 2014. At least one person passed out, "hit the floor like a pancake" and split their face open, according to a production technician The Guardian spoke with. Employees were told to "work around him." Another employee now has two herniated neck discs after he spent years on the assembly line with his arms raised above his head to reach cars hanging in the air. Read more...

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Meet the company vying to take on Tesla in clean energy

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Tesla isn't the only automaker vying to claim your rooftop as well as your garage. 

Mercedes-Benz now wants to sell you a full "ecosystem" of clean energy services, including solar panels that charge battery packs, which in turn charge electric vehicles — or at least let you store daytime solar power for nighttime use.

The German automaker on Thursday became the newest player in the growing U.S. market for home batteries through a collaboration with Vivint Solar, a leading U.S. residential rooftop solar installer.

The partnership will allow both companies to compete with similar offerings from Elon Musk's Tesla, which acquired rooftop installer Solar City last year, as well as Sunrun, LG Chem, and other clean energy firms. Read more...

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Elon Musk turned down Uber’s self-driving partnership offer

A new book on Uber by Fortune's Adam Lashinsky is coming out soon, but Bloomberg has revealed one juicy anecdote ahead of time. CEO Travis Kalanick reportedly called up Tesla CEO Elon Musk to propose a partnership on self-driving cars, but Musk rebuf...
Green Mountain Power (GMP), a utility company with a decidedly environmental focus, will be the first power provider in the world to integrate Tesla's system as a major part of its grid. GMP will install Tesla's industrial Powerpacks on its own utility land and offer 2,000 of its customers 7 kW Powerwall 2 units for an extra $15 per month charge on their power bill or a one-time, $1,500 fee. The batteries store energy during off-peak hours, like nighttime, for later use, and typically cost up to $3,000.  Read more...

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Tesla teams up with utility company to offer super-cheap Powerwalls to back up its power grid

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Tesla is pairing up with a Vermont utility provider to offer subsidized Powerwall battery packs to bolster its power grid and give customers a chance to harness its energy when other lights go out.

Vermont's Green Mountain Power (GMP), a utility company with a decidedly environmental focus, will be the first power provider in the world to integrate Tesla's system as a major part of its grid. GMP will install Tesla's industrial Powerpacks on its own utility land and offer 2,000 of its customers 7 kW Powerwall 2 units for an extra $15 per month charge on their power bill or a one-time, $1,500 fee. The batteries store energy during off-peak hours, like nighttime, for later use, and typically cost up to $3,000.  Read more...

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US utility offers clients cheap Tesla batteries for grid backup

For the first time, a power utility has teamed up with Tesla to use its battery packs for extra grid power during peak usage times. Vermont's Green Mountain Power (GMP) is not only installing Tesla's industrial Powerpacks on utility land, it's also s...
vaunted safety features

A California couple almost missed out on exchanging their vows after the groom's rented Tesla Model X was struck in a vicious hit-and-run crash on the eve of their wedding. But according to the groom's heartfelt post on the Teslarati forums, "I am alive today well BC of a Model X."

The groom, who identified himself to Mashable as Mr. Tran, was leaving the rehearsal dinner the night before his nuptials when a stolen Honda Civic on the run from police caught him in while he was in the middle of a left-hand turn. Read more...

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Groom credits Tesla Model X for saving his life the night before his own wedding

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Chalk up another feel-good story courtesy of Tesla's vaunted safety features

A California couple almost missed out on exchanging their vows after the groom's rented Tesla Model X was struck in a vicious hit-and-run crash on the eve of their wedding. But according to the groom's heartfelt post on the Teslarati forums, "I am alive today well BC of a Model X."

The groom, who identified himself to Mashable as Mr. Tran, was leaving the rehearsal dinner the night before his nuptials when a stolen Honda Civic on the run from police caught him in while he was in the middle of a left-hand turn. Read more...

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Elon Musk’s underground traffic tunnel looks like hyperspace

Elon Musk works fast. Just last month the Tesla CEO was showing off a concept video for how his solution to gridlocked traffic: a giant underground tunnel where rapidly propelled cars travel point A to point B on car-carrying sleds. Now we have foota...