Tesla recently added a feature to its Model S allowing users to summon their car like an obedient dog, and now the Apple Watch is on board too. Other than being ridiculously cool, the process essentially works like summoning with a key fob.
The weird thing about the road trip of the future is that it’s much more like the road trips we used to take in our past than anything else. My coworkers and I just did 1400-odd miles in an electric Tesla Model S that could also drive itself. It wasn’t just the trip of the future. It was the way things used to be, too.
Autonomous cars are just now barely starting to end up on our roads, in limited numbers and in limited ways. For now. We’re in an interesting transitional period, and there’s still lots of things we have to figure out. I think I have an idea that could help, and it’s as simple as a dumb old light.
The other night, I walked my car like a dog. Well, it wasn’t my car. It was Tesla’s own Model S. Here’s how it works.
On Saturday, we learned of the new v7.1 software release on the Tesla Model S—an update allowing owners to summon the car like a well-trained dog and make it park itself. But it’s not that weird, according to Tesla head honcho Elon Musk. He says we could see fully autonomous cars in a matter of two to three years.
You might think that the car with the longest cruising range on sale in the United States is something like a Toyota Prius or a Camry Hybrid. But you would be completely wrong. That’s because the car with the true longest range is an Autopilot-equipped Tesla Model S. And before you get out your pitchforks, allow me to…
[Most of Tesla’s Supercharger stations on our #FutureTrip are at shopping malls and restaurants, and are very lovely. But some of them are at sad, drizzly truck stops. Though they do make for pretty pictures. Photo credit: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik]
Yes, THE FUTURE. Where everything goes “FWOOM” and “BEEP.” Or, in this case, where it’s oddly silent. Because over the next two days, we’re going to be driving over 700 miles, from New York to Detroit, in a Tesla Model S. And we want you to come with us.
I adore Tesla’s cars, but I am not always enthused with their owners.
What do you do when you get a Tesla P85D just for one day? You tap the screen on the right side for Insane Mode and start wondering about why humanity gave up on gasoline-powered vacuum cleaners so easily.
I know many of our readers are currently cross-shopping the Tesla Model S with many other cars now, and, based on emails we get, one of the biggest concerns has to do with if livestock can be crammed in the Tesla’s front trunk (also known as a frunk or tront). Well good news! you can, and there’s video proof.
Survey data collected by Plug-In America from current early-model Tesla Model S owners has predicted that up to two-thirds of early model electric-drive units may fail by 60,000 miles. If their predictions are even remotely accurate, that’s bad news.
The Tesla Model S is the trendiest car in America. It’s also just a fine piece of American engineering. What do you need to know before you buy a Tesla Model S? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in the Ultimate Buyer’s Guide.
Tesla Motors announced this morning it is issuing a voluntary recall for every Model S ever made to inspect the front seat belts after a customer’s seat belt came apart. No one was hurt or injured, but the automaker is still asking customers to bring their cars in to check out a bolt in the seat belt assembly.
Police waited at the home of a family after someone called in seeing the parents “put a child in the trunk” of the car — someone who clearly wasn’t aware that the Tesla Model S can be equipped with a third row of seats for children.
Records, as they say, are meant to be broken. I once blitzed across the country in 31 hours and 4 minutes. Ed Bolian beat that run. Earlier this year Carl Reese, Deena Mastracci and a team of their friends set an EV Cannonball record in a Tesla Model S. I have to say then when Team Polizei raced across the U.S. in…
Last week, I passed a Tesla Model S with the personalized license plate “0 EMISSN.” It was the eighth Model S I had seen that day, and the third with some sort of tedious Tesla-related vanity plate proclaiming that the car doesn’t emit anything, except for the owner’s smugness.
The Tesla Model S isn’t the first truly autonomous car on the road and available for sale to the public. We’re not there yet, just as a society. But it is the first car with what Tesla’s calling its “Autopilot” system. And if this is the future not of driving, but of sitting in traffic, then please sign me up.