‘Self-Driving’ Tesla involved in Fatal Crash

Tesla Motors announced in a blog post today that it had been made aware that one of its Model S electric cars was involved in a fatal accident on May 7, while the car’s “autopilot” function was enabled. …

via A Tesla was involved in a fatal crash while in autopilot mode — Quartz

Updated 7/6/2016:

 A Detroit art gallery owner informed police that he had his 2016 Tesla Model X in Autopilot mode when it crashed and rolled over on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last Friday, as reported by the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday morning. via Another Tesla crashes in Autopilot mode — TechCrunch

 

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April Fools 2016

Today many of your favorite sites are April Fool‘n around.

For example, take Gmail’s MicDrop feature. It promises to give you the last word on your outgoing message. 

MicDropI wish this feature did exist; it’d be a great way to silence those REPLY-TO-ALLers.

Update: Much like Orson Welles‘ radio broadcast of War of the Worlds this faux feature, was believed real. Citing a backlash of complaints, GMail quickly disabled this Aprils Fool’s joke

Past Tom Foolery has included Air BnB’s Bronze Era Rentals (pictured) complete with Trojan Horse, and Burger King’s left-handed sandwich wrapper.

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This Year H&M is onboard with a Mark Zuckerberg line of clothing http://markforhm.com/

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More faves and fails from 2016:

Found one you want to share? Drop me a comment and I’ll add it to this post.

 

Cheers!

Self Driving Cars, the Volvo Way

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Volvo is developing a self-driving car. The car company aims to have their auto on the roads in two years (ahead of competitor, Google).

Will they? Who knows. Wait and see. But for a peek at what Volvo promises, watch this slick concept video.

And for more on their driverless agenda click this link to the QZ.com article

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A Driverless Tesla?

Tesla’s  Driverless Assisted Car

Following a software update that will soon be released, some Tesla owners will gain a co-pilot.

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Although not yet driver-less, the software enhanced Tesla will:

  1. Self-park
  2. Change Lanes
  3. Use assisted steering to maintain speed, and distance from, other cars
  4. Warn the driver against drifting out of the lane

For more on this, and to view the Tesla Model S Auto-Steer test drive click here to continue to TechCrunch

 

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Tesla; the S is for Submersible

Tesla Model S Submarine Easter Egg

 

This week I had an opportunity to ride in a Tesla. The driver commented on how it was the first car to make him feel like an 18 year old behind the wheel. Here's another example of how Tesla is bringing the fun.

Spring is (finally) here and in tribute to the season I present an early Easter egg, courtesy of Tesla.

Disclaimer: The author makes no claim that your model will be watertight, nor that it will be equipped with SONAR, subsurface-to-air missiles or Barbara Bach.

Tesla Model S 007 Easter Egg

  1. Using the Dashboard touchpad, access the Control Menu. The vehicle controls for the Model S will display.
  2. Hold theTESLA t button down for 3 seconds. A Please Enter Access Code prompt will appear.
  3. Enter 007 and tap OK.
  4. Re-access the Controls Menu and tap the Suspension Tab. The Lotus Espirit displays (from the Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me).

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    Lotus Espirit with Submersible settings displayed

Set Depth option to 20,000 leagues (thanks, Jules Verne) and enjoy.

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