Your Tesla Is About to Become Autonomous

Earlier this week, we heard billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk describe his vision for the future of self-driving vehicles. Turns out, when Musk said "we'll be there in a few years," what he actually meant was, his company, Tesla, will be there this summer. » 3/22/15 12:00pm 3/22/15 12:00pm

​Why Tesla's Plan To Eliminate 'Range Anxiety' Doesn't Matter

When I wrote up the review of the Tesla Model S P85D I omitted one important detail: range. It was a bit of an experiment. I wanted to see if people would freak about not including something that, in internal combustion cars, rarely gets mentioned. It didn't happen, and I think that's important, particularly given… » 3/19/15 7:46pm 3/19/15 7:46pm

Tesla's Cure For Range Anxiety Is An Idiotproof Navigation Update

Tesla's big announcement to end range anxiety with a software update basically makes it impossible for a driver to run out of range unless they're wearing diapers. » 3/19/15 1:20pm 3/19/15 1:20pm

​Tesla Auto-Steer Will Let Drivers Go From SF To Seattle Hands-Free

In addition to Tesla's over-the-air software update to address range anxiety, Elon Musk finally offered up more details on its AutoPilot program, including its test route, where Tesla has almost completed a trek from San Francisco to Seattle hands-free. » 3/19/15 12:46pm 3/19/15 12:46pm

Elon Musk Describes the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Elon Musk isn't afraid to speak his mind—and it always feels like he's about to change the world. So when the Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal billionaire sat down with Nvidia's CEO to talk about his self-driving cars, we listened carefully. (Not because he always delivers on his promises, mind you.) » 3/18/15 9:46am 3/18/15 9:46am

Elon Musk Promises An End To Range Anxiety This Thursday

Elon Musk says he's "about to end range anxiety" through a software update to the entire Tesla Model S fleet. It's happening this Thursday, and the sound you hear is the Speculatron5100 grinding to life as everyone tries to figure out what the hell Musk is planning. » 3/15/15 12:43pm 3/15/15 12:43pm

Building a Hyperloop Test Track Next Year Is a Beautiful Delusion

One of several startups endeavoring to build Elon Musk's Hyperloop vision thinks it can start building a test track to demonstrate and develop the idea next year. That's a lovely sounding idea, but let's file this plan under "insanely hypothetical." » 2/26/15 11:29am 2/26/15 11:29am

Report: Google's Finalizing a $1 Billion Investment in SpaceX Internet

It looks like Google is going to throw a ten-figure sum into Elon Musk's space internet dream. Both The Information and The Wall Street Journal report that the search giant is finalizing a $1 billion investment in SpaceX's recently revealed effort to offer global internet service through small satellites. It's a crazy… » 1/19/15 6:30pm 1/19/15 6:30pm

This Is SpaceX's Rocket Crash-Landing on a Barge

Last week, SpaceX tried to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone barge and failed. Now Elon Musk has posted footage of the crash landing on Twitter. It isn't pretty. » 1/16/15 3:55am 1/16/15 3:55am

SpaceX Rocket Makes Crash Landing On A Drone Barge

After a lot of publicity and one aborted launch attempt, SpaceX tried to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone barge this morning. 'Tried' very much being the key word. » 1/10/15 8:51am 1/10/15 8:51am

Tesla's Building Robotic Snakes That Emerge From Walls to Charge Cars

Elon Musk just tweeted some pretty exciting news. In the future, Tesla owners won't have to worry about plugging in their cars. Robot snake arms will do it for them. » 12/31/14 11:08am 12/31/14 11:08am

What Will Tesla And Elon Musk Over Promise Next?

There are only seven shopping days until Christmas and we're less than two weeks away from the New Year. So where are those battery-swapping stations Tesla promised? Or its big push into the energy storage biz? Didn't we hear something about the Roadster being upgraded? Are we seeing a pattern here?
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SpaceX Is Testing Autonomous Space Rocket Landing Ships

Elon Musk's list of crazy/brilliant inventions is getting pretty lengthy, but he's decided to add to the list with the Saturday afternoon unveiling of "X-wing config" wings for the Falcon 9 rocket, and a self-piloting ship to act as a landing pad for the reusable rockets. » 11/22/14 5:29pm 11/22/14 5:29pm

Elon Musk Confirms He's Building A 700-Strong Satellite Fleet

Earlier this weekend, a Wall Street Journal report linked Elon Musk, the big entrepreneur success story, with a plan to use a fleet of small satellites to achieve global internet coverage. Although he hasn't mentioned the internet part, he just confirmed the satellite part on Twitter, and said we'll have to wait a few… » 11/10/14 10:02pm 11/10/14 10:02pm

Report: Elon Musk Is Next In Line To Connect The Third World

It's never been a better time to be a budding third-world internet entrepreneur: Google's trying to use balloons to bring you online, Facebook wants to use drones to upload your selfies, and now a third big Silicon Valley name is lending a helping hand. According to a WSJ report, Elon Musk is planning to launch a… » 11/08/14 9:00am 11/08/14 9:00am

The Tech That Drives The New Tesla Model S, Explained

Last night, Elon Musk took the wraps off the new Tesla Model S. Dual motors and all-wheel drive don't just make it faster, a new sensor array will make it safer too. Let's break out each innovation, figure out what it is and how it works. » 10/10/14 11:26am 10/10/14 11:26am

Tesla Model S Auto Pilot Does Lane Changes For You

The "something else" at tonight's Tesla event is Auto Pilot, a new system that combines a forward facing camera and 12 sensors that see 16 feet in every direction and provide a 360-degree view the surroundings. The camera does everything from seeing other cars to reading speed limit signs. Normal fare for luxury cars.… » 10/09/14 11:34pm 10/09/14 11:34pm

Musk Isn't Into Flying Cars Because Of Things 'Falling On Your Head'

Elon Musk took to the stage at the Vanity Fair Summit ahead of the Big D unveiling tomorrow, and in addition to talking about how we all could be living in a Matrix-style virtual reality and the perils of our current patent system, he made the obvious case against flying cars. » 10/08/14 9:40pm 10/08/14 9:40pm

Musk Says Auto-Pilot Could Handle 90 Percent Of Tesla Driving Next Year

We know Tesla is working on an auto-pilot system to bring some level of autonomous driving to its cars. And Elon Musk maintains that next year, Tesla cars will be able to handle 90 percent of the driving for you. » 10/02/14 7:33pm 10/02/14 7:33pm