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Tesla Autopilot Self-Driving Beta Test Will Start Tuesday, Elon Musk Confirms

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  • Tesla will roll out its FSD feature in a closed beta system test next week
  • The new autopilot software will be available to a small pool of Tesla owners
  • The updated FSD software is expected to include many new functionalities

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter on Monday that the company’s autopilot self-driving mode would be made available in a small beta test starting next week. 

The closed beta-test system, which will be limited to a small pool of “expert and careful drivers,” will roll out next week, Car And Driver reported. 

The Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature has undergone a complete reboot and is expected to carry a lot of new functionality. The rewrite also updated the autopilot’s labeling software to enable it to interpret the environment in 4D instead of 2D. 

Based on Musk’s recent descriptions, the updated software will build on its current “traffic light

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Cryometrix trailers – a potential match for Tesla electric trucks for pollution free shipping of COVID-19 Vaccines

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Pollution-free refrigerated trailer - no compressor, Salt Lake City, UT. PHOTO/Reflect Scientific
Pollution-free refrigerated trailer – no compressor, Salt Lake City, UT. PHOTO/Reflect Scientific
Pollution-free refrigerated trailer – no compressor, Salt Lake City, UT. PHOTO/Reflect Scientific

OREM, Utah, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reflect Scientific, Inc. (Symbol:RSCF), is a provider of diverse products and services for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and transportation industries. With several companies working towards introducing electric powered heavy-duty trucks, the Cryometrix 53-foot reefer trailer is ideally positioned to complete an all green package that replaces the diesel-powered tractor-trailers that are currently in use for transportation of goods requiring controlled temperatures.

The need for reliable cold chain management systems is becoming more evident in today’s world as we are faced with the increasing challenge of delivering perishable payloads such as pharmaceuticals and biologics to the point of use. The Cryometrix technology offers a reliable, pollution-free system with a flexible wide-ranging temperature setpoint control that can be

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Tesla Model 3 Price Too High? Dirt-Cheap Used Electric Cars Can Be Good Deals

The used EV has arrived.

It was only nine years ago that the first won’t-break-the-bank electric cars arrived.

Those non-Tesla EVs — like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt — weren’t priced at $80,000 like the Model S and the first- and second- generations of those cars have been hitting the used car market over the last several years.

And with a Long Range 2020 Tesla Model 3 starting at about $47,000, “dirt cheap” for an EV is anything under $20,000.

A couple of the better sites for used EVs are MYEV and CarGurus.

Most of the used EVs cited below are first- and second-generation electrics that were sold roughly between 2011 and 2017.

Note: all prices are based on a used vehicle

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Has Tesla Really Fired Its PR Department? And Does It Matter?

A few days ago, a leading electric vehicle news website in the US claimed that Tesla had dissolved its PR department, after not having been able to make contact for months. Another US website had been complaining about the same thing, but the original site (Electrek) appears to have had direct confirmation that Tesla
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did indeed no longer have a PR department, although presumably not from the PR department itself, since it no longer exists. Why has this happened, and how could Tesla possibly continue its meteoric rise without PR?

Although Electrek calls this an industry first, it isn’t such a surprising move if you take a step back

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Will Tesla Continue To See Demand Or Is Another Price Cut On The Way?

Over the last year, Tesla (TSLA) has been on a fast ride. Its stock has soared more than 400% in 2020, and its delivery schedule has beaten the estimates of Wall Street. But some analysts are concerned that the electric carmaker may be running out of road.

In Q3 2020, Tesla delivered 139,300 vehicles, up from analyst expectations of 136,350, CNBC reported. While Tesla is on course to hit its goal of 500,000 vehicle deliveries for the year, some are wondering if demand for the electric cars will continue.

Joseph Spak, an analyst at RBC Capital, told Market Watch, “We do believe there could be some supply constraint, but bears may also point to some potential demand concerns. Some of the early data we’ve seen in Europe suggests sales may be softer than we expected, and we continue to believe Model 3 sales in the U.S. are down y/y [but

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Tesla wants to build battery cells in Texas alongside Cybertrucks

  • Tesla may be planning to build batteries at its forthcoming Texas factory.
  • In documents filed to the state’s Commission on Environmental Quality, the company mentions a proposal for cell production.
  • Last month, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla found new innovations to bring down the cost of producing batteries while integrating them inside of its cars more efficiently. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Tesla may be planning to build battery cells alongside Cybertrucks and other vehicles at its newest factory, set to open in 2021.

Documents filed with the state’s Commission on Environmental Quality, first reported by the Austin Business Journal, cite battery cell manufacturing among activities to occur at the 2,100-acre site near Austin.

“The facility is proposing to operate a cell-manufacturing unit to produce the battery packs that are installed in the vehicle,” one of the permit applications first spotted by Bloomberg says.

In recent months, Tesla

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Tesla Versus the Rest: Two Tech Events Help Investors Decide

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The Tesla emblem is seen on a vehicle in Miami, Florida.


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Two analysts looked at automotive electrification technology recently, each coming away with separate findings that are favorable for

Tesla,

yet they are deeply divided on the stock.

New Street Research’s Pierre Ferragu believes Tesla stock is a good bet at the current price. Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi thinks shares are seriously overvalued and could fall almost 60%.

Sacconaghi recently hosted a webinar with Sandy Munro, describing him as an “automotive guru…well known for his extensive tear downs of Tesla and other automobiles and EVs.” Ferragu, for his part, tuned into a Mercedes-Benz automotive technology event to get a sense of what traditional auto makers have in store to compete with Tesla (ticker: TSLA).

What he and this team saw “got us worried,” but not about Tesla, he said. Instead, they are concerned about the

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Tesla Seeks Approval to Make Batteries at New Texas Plant

Tesla  (TSLA) – Get Report won’t only be assembling the Cybertruck at its new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas, when it turns on the switch next year: The company also plans to mass-produce batteries.

Tesla has filed documents with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality seeking permission to operate a “cell-manufacturing unit” at what it calls Tesla Giga Austin.

According to a 188-page air-quality permit application filed sometime between July and last month, Tesla is proposing “to operate a cell-manufacturing unit to produce the battery packs that are installed in the vehicle.”

GHD Services, which reportedly submitted the registration on Tesla’s behalf, said in the application that six nitrogen-blanketed tanks, each with a volume of 20,000 liters, will be necessary to manufacture the cells, according to reports.

The environmental permit application was first reported by the Austin Business Journal.

At Tesla’s “Battery Day” event last month. CEO Elon Musk

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Elon Musk’s Tesla, Starman fly past Mars 2 years after SpaceX launch

  • In February 2018, SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster owned by the company’s founder, Elon Musk, into deep space.
  • The electric vehicle, which has a spacesuit-clad “Starman” dummy in the driver’s seat, just made its first flyby of Mars.
  • To Starman, Mars would have appeared to be about one-tenth the size of the moon as seen from Earth, the astronomer Jonathan McDowell said.
  • The vehicle and its unlikely passenger, launched on the upper stage of a Falcon Heavy rocket, may travel for millions of years before crashing, most likely back into Earth.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

An electric car that Elon Musk rocketed into space more than two years ago just flew past Mars for the first time.

SpaceX, the rocket company Musk founded, launched his old Tesla Roadster aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket in February 2018 with a spacesuit-wearing dummy named “Starman” at the wheel.

The car

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SpaceX’s Tesla roadster made its first close approach with Mars



a close up of a car: "Starman" driving SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Tesla roadster.


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“Starman” driving SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster made its first close approach to Mars on Wednesday.

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The roadster, “driven” by a mannequin dubbed “Starman” wearing a spacesuit, was part of a dummy payload attached to the second stage of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket that launched in 2018.

SpaceX tweeted yesterday that the vehicle made its first close approach with Mars, coming within 5 million miles of the planet.

“It’s a long distance,” Jonathan Dowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told CNN. “Mars would appear about 1/10 the diameter of the Moon, so small but not a point.”

Dowell tracked the rocket using NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Horizons system, which has an accurate trajectory calculated from the Falcon 9’s initial orbit as it left Earth. He says that it is in elliptical orbit around the

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