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Tesla Motors changes company name to just Tesla

No longer just about the cars<p>Tesla Motors is now simply known as Tesla, Inc., the company announced this morning. The change reflects the moves that CEO Elon Musk has made in the last year to combine his clean energy efforts. Beyond electric cars, Tesla already also makes home batteries and solar …

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Google’s self-driving cars just got way better at driving themselves

Waymo is way safe<p>California’s Department of Motor Vehicles released its annual autonomous vehicle disengagement report today, in which all the companies that are actively testing self-driving cars on public roads in the Golden State disclose the number of times that human drivers were forced to …

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SpaceX’s hyperloop race was a milestone for the futuristic transportation system

Pods in tubes, y’all<p>Last weekend, excitement ran high at the SpaceX Hyperloop competition, a culmination of a year’s work on dogged research and development to imagine and build the transportation of the future. Just before the first finalist’s pod launched, a rustle ran through the crowd of SpaceX …

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City E-Taxi: Ein Elektrotaxi mit Durchblick

Das gläserne Taxi kommt, und es ist sauber und leise: Ein Konsortium aus Unternehmen und Forschungseinrichtungen hat ein schickes Elektroauto für die …

SpaceX: Die Bayern hyperloopen am schnellsten und weitesten

Sie war die Einzige im Ziel: Die Hyperloop-Kapsel des Teams der TU München hat sich bei dem von SpaceX ausgeschrieben Hyperloop-Wettbewerb in der …

We’re going to SpaceX’s hyperloop pod race this weekend!

Like a soap box derby on speed<p>On Sunday, SpaceX will kick off its second hyperloop pod competition — and we’ll be there to cover all the drama, exhilaration, and high-speed heartbreak. The event, which will be held near SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California headquarters, will feature dozens of …

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Autopilot for Tesla HW2 vehicles rolling out now to all compatible cars

Tesla has begun deploying the Autopilot update for HW2 vehicles (those with updated sensor and computing hardware designed to eventually provide full self-driving capabilities). All Tesla cars with the HW2 kit, including Model S and Model X vehicles, are now receiving the over-the-air software …

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Volvo is testing self-driving cars with real families

Picture a self-driving car test in your head and you probably see an engineer or two scrutinizing data... and no one else. Everyday people, if they're present at all, tend to be relegated to the back seat. Volvo is trying something different: it just revealed that it's conducting autonomous vehicle …

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Elektromobilität: Tesla baut Akkus in der Gigafactory

Akkus für daheim, das Stromnetz und für Elektroautos: Tesla hat die Massenproduktion von Akkuzellen in der Gigafactory begonnen. Ab dem kommenden …

Post aus Japan: SoftBank und das empathische Auto

SoftBank begann seine Karriere als Softwarehändler und IT-Investor. Dann kamen erst Mobilnetze und die Robotik dazu. Doch jetzt macht Gründer …

Toyota Concept-I: Showcar mit digitalen Assistenten

<b>Ob sie nun Siri, Alexa oder wie bei Toyota Yui heißen: Digitale Assistenten werden uns in Zukunft wohl überall begleiten – also auch im Auto.</b><p>Alle …

Prämie für Hybrid- und E-Autos: Schwache Nachfrage

Ein halbes Jahr nach dem Start gibt es weiter kaum Interesse an der Kaufprämie für Elektroautos. Bis zum 1. Januar 2017 wurden insgesamt lediglich …

Erster Auftritt des Faraday Future 91

Faraday Future hat vor der Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (5. bis 8. Januar) sein erstes Elektroauto vorgestellt. Der 5,25 Meter lange …

Amazon’s Real Future Isn’t Drones. It’s Self-Driving Trucks

Here in the US, trucks carry 10 billion tons of freight each year. That’s 70 percent of all goods shipped across the country, according to the …

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Kommentar: Warum das Elektroauto sich (nicht) durchsetzt Es ist wohl letztlich dem Abgas-Skandal bei Volkswagen zu verdanken, dass es eine zügige …

Tesla gets the green light from the city for its massive factory expansion in Fremont

Last night, the city of Fremont approved important expansion plans submitted by Tesla, which the automaker refers to as ‘Tesla Master Plan’, back in October. The plan includes the addition of several new buildings that will almost double the size of the already giant electric vehicle factory – 5.3 …

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Tesla Model 3: new interior image highlights the puzzle inside the vehicle

The Tesla Model 3’s interior remains the most important unknown part of the upcoming electric vehicle. Over 400,000 people placed a deposit for the Model 3 without having seen the real steering controls of the car and while it’s unconfirmed, other parts of the interior could change due to the …

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Zürich-Lugano: Gotthard-Basistunnel nimmt Regelbetrieb auf

Monatelang wurde getestet, nun beginnt der planmäßige Zugverkehr im neuen Gotthard-Basistunnel. Am Sonntag werden erstmals regulär Passagiere …

Auto: Faraday Future zeigt neue Details seines Elektro-SUVs

Das Elektroauto-Startup Faraday Future hat neue Bilder seines kommenden Elektroautos gezeigt. Dieses soll Anfang Januar 2017 präsentiert werden. Ein …

Autogramm Toyota Prius Plug-in-Hybrid: Lädt doch!

Bislang schwor Toyota dem Elektroauto kategorisch ab und setzte auf Hybrid und Brennstoffzelle. Und jetzt? Bringen die Japaner einen Plug-in - und …

Luxusfahrt in Japan: Ein Zug wie ein Kreuzfahrtschiff - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Reise

Dienstag, <b>01.07.2014</b> 15:07 Uhr<p>Wer Züge liebt, sollte nach Japan reisen: Dort verbindet der Shinkansen minutenpünktlich und mit Höchstgeschwindigkeit …

Honda to unveil AI-powered electric car that has its 'own emotions'

Step aside, Tesla. Honda has announced plans to demonstrate a concept for an AI-powered electric car that is also capable of “generating its own emotions” – and now we know how it might look like.<p>Today, Honda shared the first image from its upcoming smart car on its website along with a few more …

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Chevy beats Tesla to a sub $30,000 long-range EV

Oregon and California residents can now buy an electric car with an EPA range of 238 miles for under $30,000. Chevy's pricing configurator for its Bolt EV is now online, and as expected, the base LT model with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay (or Android Auto) and a rear vision camera costs …

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Nikola One: Nikola stellt Brennstoffzellen-Truck vor

Laster werden öko: Die Nikola Motor Company hat einen E-Truck mit Brennstoffzelle vorstellt. Der US-Elektroautohersteller will den Wasserstoff für …

BMW announces new program to manage electric vehicle charging to save money and get more out of solar energy

You have to give it to BMW for being at the forefront of smart charging programs for electric vehicles. The German automaker has been running several special programs to get more out of an electric car fleet, including offering grid services in California as we recently reported.<p>This week, BMW …

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Delphi and MobilEye will demo their self-driving tech at CES

We'll finally get a chance to see what MobilEye's been up to since it split up with Tesla at CES 2017 in January. The company and its new partner Delphi will showcase their automated driving system called Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) at the yearly event in Las Vegas. They're …

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Studie: Elektroautos mit Batterie sind effizienter als mit Brennstoffzelle

<b>Wissenschaftler der Stanford University und der Technischen Universität München haben berechnet, welcher Antrieb kosten-effizienter bei der</b> …

Maserati's electric Alfieri two-seater coming in 2020

Maserati recently said it would sell its first electric car by 2020, and now we know exactly what it will look like. The company told <i>Just Auto</i> that it would build an EV version of its Alfieri, a two seat concept car that it first unveiled at the Geneva auto show in 2014. The Alfieri (above), which …

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