Smart Summon is the latest Tesla feature making headlines that aren’t good news for Tesla. The feature lets a driver remotely get his car out of a parking space and drive across the lot to where the driver stands in wait.
Nevadans with a special interest in advancing STEM education have a new way to support the cause. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles released a new specialized license plate on Tuesday the proceeds of which will go toward supporting nonprofit organizations that attempt to interest and train more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Last April, Elon Musk promised that Tesla would soon be able to power its electric cars for more than 1 million miles over the course of their lifespan. At the time, the claim seemed a bit much. That’s more than double the mileage Tesla owners can expect to get out of their car’s current battery packs, which are already well beyond the operational range of most other EV batteries. It just didn’t seem real--except now it appears that it is.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test how drivers could use cameras to replace traditional rearview mirrors in automobiles, a technology already allowed in other countries, the agency said on Tuesday. The planned test by the agency known as NHTSA would examine "driving behavior and lane change maneuver execution" in cars with traditional mirrors and camera-based visibility systems, the department said in a notice offering the public a chance to comment.
Alerts from new driver assist systems can be so annoying that some motorists are turning the features off, according to a new survey. The 2019 J.D. Power Tech Experience Index study also found that frustrated drivers may avoid the systems in future vehicle purchases. That's a problem for automakers who want to sell the technology and prepare people for fully automated vehicles, the company said.
Mayors from across the country are committing to buying more than 2,100 electric vehicles -- including school buses -- by 2020 to fill out local government fleets. The pledge was made by 127 cities across 38 states who have banded together to form a purchasing bloc, known as the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, in order to get better pricing on the vehicles.
A new research article published in the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making argues that there should be minimum driver training standards for partially automated cars. According to the authors, today’s cars are full of new technology that drivers may not understand or know how to respond to. They point out that the research on how drivers interact with automated systems is just beginning.
In an analysis of 702 occupations, researchers from Oxford University came to a distressing conclusion. A full 47 percent of all occupations in the US are likely to become automated, and that's only over the next few decades.
A Breakthrough, or More Silicon Valley Hot Air? If we sound a bit cautious, we’ve been there before with Tesla. Other Tesla promises have come up short: start-of-production claims, production-quantity claims, technology. And yet, Tesla is by far the largest maker of EVs, this from a company that didn’t exist 15 years ago. And the Tesla Model 3, even if it failed to meet Tesla’s delivery and production claims, still was the best-selling luxury car in the US last year and outsold the next EV, the Nissan Leaf, by 8-1.
Self-driving cars are getting closer to being on the markets for everyday Americans, but according to AAA, the people might not be ready for the product. The organization says their annual vehicle survey showed 71-percent of people are afraid to ride in fully self-driving cars.