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October 27, 2015-4:52 PM

 

ALL TESLA’ GET WIRELESS UPDATE OVERNIGHT WITH ADVANCED AUTOPILOT.



                Victoria BC, October 27, 2015.           Every Tesla (Model X & S) in North America recently received a wireless upgrade to activate the preinstalled forward radar, forward-looking camera, and 12 long range ultrasonic sensors scanning over 5 m around the car in all directions at any speed.

“This is a dream car. The positives outweigh the negatives like 100 times. I would make the same choice 100 out of 100 times if I had to do it again”. – Said Tesla owner,  JT, 24 May, 2013.

The Tesla version 7.0 software integrates camera, radar, ultrasonics, and GPS in the only fully integrated autopilot system on the market, and it keeps improving, while you sleep. Upgrades were also made to the electric controlled precision braking and regeneration system.

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ALL TESLA’ RECEIVE WIRELESS UPDATE

 

Tesla is the only automobile manufacturer globally able to update its entire fleet, in real time, wirelessly.

The advanced autopilot feature works with the existing cruise control to help reduce driver fatigue, and is a precursor to fully autonomous vehicles. The driver remains responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle.

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Global upgrades to the model S include a fresh digital visual display and more apps to help the driver and Tesla stay at the forefront of innovation.

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Tesla Feature Story Assignment

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It was one of those first winter storms that rolled into the coast, drenching Victoria and surrounding areas in heavy rains that blew at you from all angles, obliterating umbrellas, prompting boil water advisories, and knocking out power. Chris Marks needs to get to an important meeting within an hour and he has nobody scheduled to drive him in his wheelchair van, he can take two buses although he is not sure what number the connecting one should be. So he dons his winter jacket, rain poncho, Southwester rain hat and heads off to the meeting thinking, “I cannot wait until Tesla finally releases the fully autonomous vehicle on the market”.

 

Chris can drive but does not because of a spinal injury 10 years ago that left him quadriplegic. He had taken driving lessons after the spinal injury and determined that the random, severe, muscle spasms that can be associated post injury would be too risky for him to drive himself. He has been closely following the progress of Tesla Motors and their fully electric vehicles; just last month, Tesla wirelessly bestowed an advanced autopilot feature into all their newer model cars in North America, overnight. This is widely viewed as the first step toward fully autonomous vehicles which Google and others are working on although Elon Musk of Tesla Motors predicts it will be getting this technology out to the public by 2017 or 2018; Google predicts 2020.

 

Chris’s decision to not pursue getting his license post injury means he travels by his electric wheelchair at up to 14 km/h, usually in a bicycle lane as sidewalks are too bumpy and unpredictable at that speed for a wheelchair. Being a student gives him a bus pass with good coverage in city limits that is diminished the evenings, Sundays, and at his main campus 8.5 km away from downtown. He has a modified van that accepts his wheelchair but has to schedule somebody with a valid driver’s license for a minimum of two hours, even if he just needs a 15 minute ride. To own an autonomous vehicle that can pull up to him when he calls it, take him safely to his destination, and then return him back home comfortably has seemed like science fiction in the future that is now becoming fact.

After a spinal injury, many people find creative ways to regain independence, with varying levels of success. Just modifying a zipper so that it can be used by somebody without the ability to grip lets someone unzip their coat a bit if they get too hot and zip it up if they are cold. The level of freedom, autonomy, dignity and independence that a self-driving vehicle represents is only a few levels below an actual cure for spinal injury.

 

It is not just Chris who will benefit from this technology, but the elderly, injured, developmentally delayed, and/or physically challenged demographic could see a revolution in their level of autonomy and independence. Families, business people, delivery services, taxis and transportation companies are all in line to be transformed by the introduction of self-driving cars.

The level of freedom this represents cannot be understated for many people. Having constantly different drivers increases Chris’s insurance costs, wear and tear on the vehicle, and stress levels. Some say that the autonomously driving cars being tested by Google for the last five years are already safer than humans, don’t get tired or fatigued or text while driving and will be embraced by the insurance companies. The only dings in his $60,000 wheelchair van were from an ex-girlfriend, not an employee but there were a couple employee related collisions in the past with inanimate objects like a wall in a parkade.

Some people remain skeptical of technology and may not want to trust their lives to a computer system that could possibly be as prone to randomly freezing up as an old version of Windows. Chris has been following leading edge technology in robotics, graphene and quantum computing, and of course, self-driving cars. Chris was excited about Tesla motors before he even heard there were pushing toward autonomous vehicles simply because they are all electric. His electric wheelchair goes pretty slow by bicycle or wheelchair standards but is sleek, fast, and high-performance by walking metrics. Chris likes to point out that the advances in battery construction necessary to power Tesla’s fleet will put high density lithium-ion batteries within reach of people who need them; when the distance you can go that day depends upon battery life, then battery technology can contribute to quality of life.

Victorians are usually smug about their good weather on the coast comparing themselves to Hawaii or Florida versus the rest of Canada that often gets unthinkably cold snaps and snowdrifts that can keep many people shut in for many of the winter months. Many like Chris dream of a safe, all-wheel-drive, self-driving vehicle that can get you where you need to go any time of any day like a cross between a chauffeur and a designated driver that never takes a day off.  For now, regular articles and press releases and news stories documenting the progress of autonomous vehicles to market are read with increasing interest. These are not popular mechanics articles written 20 or 50 years in the future, the technology exists today and is working and undergoing continuous refinement. With winter coming back to the coast in a wet, blustery onslaught of low pressure storms and high pressure freezing periods, Chris continues navigating the bus, covered areas in which to stay dry and scheduling helpers that scare him the least to drive him and his teenager around when necessary. The future may be here, and yet it cannot come soon enough for Chris.

 

Tesla Fact Sheet

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November 03, 2015

Tesla Motors Fact Sheet

As of November 3, 2015, Tesla is trading at $210.70 per share.

Tesla Motors started in 2003 with the goal, “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport” (Tesla Motors, 2015).

  • Tesla launched the Tesla Roadster in 2008.
  • Tesla roadster boasts 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds with 245 miles per charge.
  • Tesla sold more than 2400 roadsters in 30 countries.

 

The Tesla Model S was launched in 2012.

  • The Model S has room for seven passengers and 64 ft.³ of storage space.
  • 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds.
  • The Model S has a Low, stable center of gravity, with 255 miles per charge.

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  • “Model S was named Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year and achieved a 5-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(Tesla Motors, 2015).
  • The Model S was the first electric vehicle to ever receive Motortrend’s Car of the Year Award – one of the most coveted in the automobile industry(Dua, 2015).
  • The Model S currently holds two major titles – the lowest drag coefficient of any production car, and the largest panoramic sunroof of any production car(Dua, 2015).

 

Tesla Motors released much of its patent information into the public domain in order to jumpstart the fully electric vehicle market (Musk, 2014).

In 2014, CEO Elon Musk unveils new configurations of the Model S.

  • The 85D and P85D give the Model S unparalleled handling and control.
  • The P85D accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and is the, “fastest four-door production car ever made”(Tesla Motors, 2015).

 

Tesla motors has over 50,000 vehicles on the road and in 2015 launched the Model X, a crossover vehicle.

  • Model X has gullwing doors and three rows of seating.

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Tesla is currently developing the Model 3, a mass-market affordable electric vehicle set to be introduced to market by 2017.

  • Tesla has a network of superchargers across North America and expanding around the world, for longer journeys.
  • Currently there are 536 charger stations with 3053 superchargers.
  • Tesla’s superchargers can produce up to 270 km of range in as little as 30 minutes.

 

Tesla partners with Panasonic and other companies to build a gigafactory in Nevada that will produce the entire planet’s capacity worth of lithium-ion batteries circa 2013.

  • The gigafactory is scheduled to be operational by 2017 with full capacity by 2020.
  • Tesla introduces the PowerWall for home energy storage.
  • Powerwall deliveries are slated to begin late 2015.

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Works Cited

Dua, S. (2015, 10 27). What-are-some-mind-blowing-facts-about-Tesla-Motors. Retrieved from Quora: https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-mind-blowing-facts-about-Tesla-Motors

Musk, E. (2014, June 12). all our patent are belong to you. Retrieved from Tesla motors.com: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you

Petty, A. (2015, October 3). Tesla-Nissan-Chevy-jumpstart electric vehicle market. Retrieved from The Piedmont Highlander: http://tphnews.com/2013/04/tesla-chevrolet-nissan-jumpstart-electric-vehicle-market

Tesla Motors. (2015, November 3). About. Retrieved from Tesla motors.com: http://www.teslamotors.com/en_CA/about

Tesla Motors. (2015, October 3). Supercharger. Retrieved from Tesla motors.com: http://www.teslamotors.com/en_CA/supercharger

 

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Tesla Backgrounder

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Tesla Motors was not started by Elon Musk, but it was jumpstarted by him. He is currently a cofounder of Tesla Motors, Chairman of SolarCity, CEO of Space X, and got his start by developing Zip2, a web software company, and co-founded X.com which later became PayPal and was bought by eBay (Contributors, 2015).

Before Tesla Motors, the North American, and global automotive industry seemed stuck in the old paradigm of internal combustion engines using fossil fuels. There was little innovation and hope for an exciting, fossil fuel free future was harder to envision. Tesla Motors has jumpstarted the global electric vehicle industry with all other major manufacturers following suit (Petty, 2015).

Tesla Motors is named after Nikola Tesla’s and the motors using the vehicles are direct descendents of Nikola Tesla’s original 1882 alternating current electric motor design (Contributors, Tesla Motors, 2015).

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Tesla Motors was incorporated in July 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning and Elon joined the Board of Directors and led the first round of investment funding in 2004. Elon contributed $70 million of his own money and help secure five rounds of funding to keep the company alive until it announced its first profit in 2009 (Contributors, Tesla Motors, 2015).

 

In 2009 Tesla received 465 million in interest-bearing loans and in 2013 was the first car company to repay the government where Ford and Nissan etc. had not (Contributors, Tesla Motors, 2015).

On June 29, 2010 Tesla made an initial public offering at $17 per share; as of November 3, 2015, Tesla is trading at $210.70 per share.

Tesla Motors has a strong fan base and customers report a 98% satisfaction rate and they would happily buy another Tesla (Edelstein, 2015). Tesla also comes out on top in customer repair satisfaction surveys (DeMorro, 2015), and was given the highest safety rating and may be the safest vehicle ever tested to date and in fact broke the testing equipment (Lavrinc, 2015).

 

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Tesla is doing more than just building luxury supercars at a fraction of the price, they are building a network of superchargers, a gigafactory that will nearly double the world’s output of lithium-ion batteries and help lower the price  as well as complement their residential and commercial Powerwall energy storage initiatives (Tesla Motors, 2015). With the success of Space X supplying the international space station and the overall success of Tesla Motors to date, it would be a mistake to underestimate Elon Musk and Tesla.

Other distinguishing features of Tesla Motors is the giant touchscreen that the vehicles use as an interface and the ability for Tesla Motors to push out software upgrades to its fleet all at once, overnight, while you sleep. Recently, Tesla Motors upgraded their Model S and Model X vehicles wirelessly to utilize the pre-existing hardware installed that allows the vehicles to access an advanced cruise control. This is seen as a precursor to fully autonomous vehicles which are predicted to hit the market as early as 2017 according to Elon Musk and 2020 according to Google.

While the future is always uncertain, the enthusiasm of Tesla’s owners and supporters along with the consistent top 10 ratings in customer satisfaction, safety, and performance seem to indicate a bright future (Autoblog, 2015).

 

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Works Cited

Autoblog. (2015, October 27). car and driver 10 best lists Tesla. Retrieved from Autoblog: http://www.autoblog.com/2014/11/21/car-and-driver-10best-list-tesla-model-s-bmw-2-series/

Contributors. (2015, October 3). Elon Musk. Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk

Contributors. (2015, October 3). Tesla Motors. Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Motors

DeMorro, C. (2015, October 3). Tesla tops Consumer Reports repair satisfaction survey. Retrieved from Gas 2: http://gas2.org/2015/02/05/tesla-top-consumer-reports-repair-satisfaction-survey/

Edelstein, S. (2015, October 3). tesla-model-s-tops-consumer-reports-customer-satisfaction-index-again. Retrieved from Green Car Reports.com: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1095745_tesla-model-s-tops-consumer-reports-customer-satisfaction-index-again

Lavrinc, D. (2015, October 3). Tesla model S crash test. Retrieved from wired.com: http://www.wired.com/2013/08/tesla-model-s-crash-test/

Petty, A. (2015, October 3). Tesla-Nissan-Chevy-jumpstart electric vehicle market. Retrieved from The Piedmont Highlander: http://tphnews.com/2013/04/tesla-chevrolet-nissan-jumpstart-electric-vehicle-market

Tesla Motors. (2015, November 3). About. Retrieved from Tesla motors.com: http://www.teslamotors.com/en_CA/about

Tesla Motors. (2015, October 3). Supercharger. Retrieved from Tesla motors.com: http://www.teslamotors.com/en_CA/supercharger

 

Wait But Why Weighs In; This Guy Gets It.

Purely a Re-blog, all the things I’ve been trying to say and more in one blog post.

Excerpt:

The battle going on isn’t about gas cars vs. electric cars. That one’s already decided. This is a war about time. Oil companies will try to slow things down, and they may succeed—but they’re not winning this one“.

A long read, and so worth it.

So good.

Anybody living in British Columbia, and possibly the rest of the world, is aware that oil prices have fallen from historic highs over the last couple years reaching over $140 per barrel to under $60 a barrel currently.

So what? Now I can fill my van for $70 instead of $98 so everything is great right? Money is tight so I really could use a break on gas. But, what about that global climate change thing and 2014 being the hottest year on record that humanity has ever measured, again? Leaving that aside, what does this mean for Canada economically? This current federal government has been stripping environmental oversights, Arctic research and protected areas paving the way for exploration, extraction and pipelines in the name of prosperity, financial security and progress. Something from my grade 7 social studies bugs me though when they spoke about Canada’s tar sands saying that the price of oil would have to be over $100 a barrel (working entirely from memory here) in order to make the tar Sands a reasonable development prospect? Well, it happened, and the tar sands development exploded over the last 10 years but can it continue with Saudi Arabia and OPEC dumping cheap oil on the market? If you believe the Russian media it is a Western/Saudi Arabian ploy to break the power of the Russian gas fields to Europe while other media say OPEC is trying to break United States shale oil producers, and can.

The Bank of Canada surprised everybody today by announcing a lowering of the key interest rate from 1% to 0.75% saying that “already, the drop in oil prices has led to layoffs in the oil patch, postponed energy projects and signs of a housing bust in Alberta”. Indeed, one sharp friend of mine observed on Facebook, “They got to prop up Calgary house prices”, While another observed “we look desperate cutting further while the US is raising rates”. The Bank of Canada is forecasting no increase until the end of 2016, two years from now.

Can the low oil prices stop the tar sands development? Will it slow down the Fracking and shale oil producers? Will it contribute to accelerated global climate change? None of this is really known yet but what is for sure is the oil industry has to respond, somehow. Believe it or not, they have made great strides in changing public opinion through careful and deliberate advertising campaign over the years and Cenovus media relations advisor Brett Harris explains. “We have to engage with people, including our critics, and what we have to do is to educate them about what’s really going on out there”. And educate us they have with at least one “And educate us they have with “the latest effort in an ongoing, two-year campaign to improve the public image of Canada’s oil industry—particularly the lucrative but much-maligned bitumen extraction business in the oil sands of northern Alberta”.