Dec 12, 2015

Top IT executives pour $1 billion into artificial intelligence startup

Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and other prominent tech executives are pouring $1 billion into a nonprofit aimed at creating artificial intelligence that augments humans’ capabilities, rather than making them obsolete. The effort announced Friday, called OpenAI, joins significant investments from ...

Lexus, Toyota named best-performing brands in annual consumer survey

Oct 21, 2015

Lexus, Toyota named best-performing brands in annual consumer survey

Elaborate new transmissions are helping automakers meet rising fuel economy standards, but they’re also requiring more trips to the repair shop. Transmission problems tripped up Honda, Nissan, Jeep and other brands in Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey. Drivers reported rough shifting, clutch failure and ...

Telsa overtakes competitors with new autopilot features

Oct 15, 2015

Telsa overtakes competitors with new autopilot features

Tesla Motors Inc. will begin rolling out the first version of its highly anticipated Autopilot features to some owners of its all-electric Model S sedan Thursday. Autopilot is a step toward the vision of autonomous or self-driving cars, and includes features like automatic lane ...

Automakers look to tech firms to fix cars over the air

Oct 3, 2015

Automakers look to tech firms to fix cars over the air

As cars increasingly resemble digital devices, a group of technology firms that can send wireless software updates to cars are in hot demand by carmakers scrambling to catch up to Tesla Motors in the arena of over-the-air updates, or OTAs. Interest in the technology, ...

Tesla electric car gets best-ever rating from Consumer Reports

Aug 28, 2015

Tesla electric car gets best-ever rating from Consumer Reports

A new Tesla electric car has earned the best-ever vehicle rating from Consumer Reports, sending shares of the automaker racing higher Thursday. The new Tesla P85D “performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer Reports Ratings system,” said ...

Tesla adds powerful 'Ludicrous Mode' to already-fast Model S

Jul 18, 2015

Tesla adds powerful 'Ludicrous Mode' to already-fast Model S

Tesla Motors is adding a powerful “Ludicrous Mode” to high-performance versions of its Model S electric car. CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the upgrade will cost $10,000 for new buyers of the Model S, whose base price is $70,000. Current Model S owners ...

With solar battery plan, Tesla CEO eyes energy revolution

| May 2, 2015

With solar battery plan, Tesla CEO eyes energy revolution

Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from ...