Tesla is struggling to ramp up production of the Model 3 sedan, but that's not stopping the automaker from thinking about its next vehicle, the Model Y crossover. And if a report from Reuters is accurate, Tesla wants to start production on that vehicle by 2019. In the same California factory as the Model 3. Which is supposed to be at capacity by then. Aaaaalrighty then.
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When it comes to autonomous driving, car enthusiasts are first in line to nix the idea. There's a bit of an overarching fear that, one day, human drivers could be rendered unnecessary and manually controlled driving is banned altogether. But even the CEO of the company with the most advanced autonomous driving fleet on the road today believes humans will always have the choice to take the wheel if they please.
Ford unveiled a host of new tech features that will be standard on all of its models by 2020. They're calling the whole thing Ford Co-Pilot360. The important base set of features lets the car brake for you in emergencies and keep you in your lane. But that co-pilot name implies much, much more. Sadly, Ford Co-Pilot360, as currently constituted, isn't a particularly good co-pilot.
There's been plenty of chatter about delays to the production schedule for Tesla's Model 3, but the automaker's also reportedly facing a backlog with the more expensive Model S and Model X. For current Tesla owners, that means if you placed an order today, you could get a Model 3 sooner, reports Electrek - so long as you're willing to shell out the loot for the all-electric sedan's more expensive trim.
Tesla's slow start to launching production of the Model 3 sedan has been subjected to intense scrutiny for months, with the company saying just last week that it's planning to start making 2500 per week by the end of March. Now, thanks to a helpful interactive feature from Bloomberg, Model 3 reservation holders and Tesla fans can keep track of the automaker's progress to achieving that goal.
Late last month, Croatian car startup Rimac teased out images of its new electric supercar, and disclosed it will be faster, costlier, and more grandiose than its first, the plainly called Concept One. There's a new wrinkle to add, and I imagine it will make some of you groan: the car should be able to drive itself.
Tesla's all-electric semi came into this world to great fanfare, but little has been said about how the automaker plans to start making the vehicle. But now we have some insight, thanks to a new report from Reuters, which says Tesla's collaborating with major companies to build charging stations for the semis.
The Tesla Model 3 is said to be in production hell as the automaker scrambles to ramp up and meet demand and orders for the new electric sedan. There have been multiple reports of hand-built parts that should be automated, delays and poor quality control. Now Tesla employees claim batteries are also being hand-assembled at the Gigafactory plant, which could that lead to further issues.
The auto industry's flooded with ideas right now about how to advance the goal of producing self-driving cars, but no concept as of late comes close to what Rinspeed produced in a new vehicle the Swiss automaker calls Snap - a roving, autonomous pod-like thing that's gorgeously designed and immensely weird, and I love it.
You get so much at CES these days: microchips, VR headsets, robots, gadgets for olds and desperate pleas for VC money. One thing you don't often get is realism. But at this year's tech show, auto and startup executives alike are tamping down expectations about when our autonomous, driverless robot car future will happen. No shit, guys!
If there's one thing that came sharply into focus this year, it's that most of the automotive industry has bought into the idea that autonomous and electric cars are the way of the future. Notice I said the word "idea" there - exactly how that future will look, whether buyers will embrace it and how it will make money are all still up in the air.