Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to tease that in the upcoming Tesla V9.0 release that is 4 weeks away, that Tesla owners will enjoy "some of the best classic" Atari games as Easter Eggs in the new Tesla update.
Jordan Golson replied to Musk on Twitter saying there should be specific classic Atari games like Ms. Pac-Man, naturally. Food Fight, Dig Dug, Pole Position, Tempest, and Missile Command in the update. Musk replied saying that he's hoping to include the "last three" in this release, which means we should expect Pole Position, Tempest and Missile Command.
Musk continued, adding that with Pole Position it'll be "linked to actual car steering" but made sure to add that this is "while stationary" so that people don't think you'll be flying down the highway in your Tesla playing Pole Position at the same time. Because that would end in a disaster.
Tesla would have to be one of the most interesting and quirky companies in the world, but I think this new stunt takes it to the next level.
The company unveiled its new Limited Edition Tesla Surfboard over the weekend, which the company says was designed by the Tesla Design Studio in collaboration with Lost Surfboards and Matt "Mayhem" Biolos, the surfboard shaper for World Surf League Championship athletes.
Tesla uses a "mix of the same high-quality matte and gloss finishes used on all our cars. The deck is reinforced with light-weight "Black Dart" carbon fiber, inspired by the interiors in our cars, and featuring tonal logos in subtle contrast gloss". The company notes that the Limited Edition Surfboard will fit comfortably inside of their Model S, X, and 3 vehicles either inside, or outside of the car.
The surfboards will be custom made to order, with a super-limited 200 of them to be produced. Tesla will have them in consumers hands in between 2-10 weeks.
Pininfarina, the Italian car design firm that created the iconic look of the Ferrari, announced back in March it was working on its own electric hypercar, and now we have more information on what to expect.
The new electric hypercar is expected to cost a huge $2 million, hit 60 miles per hour in under two seconds, and have a top speed of 250 mph. The all-electric hypercar is expected to have a range of over 300 miles, and charge up to 80% capacity in a super-fast 15 minutes.
Pininfarina calls its upcoming electric hypercar the PFO, at least for now, with the Italian firm using ethically sourced natural woods and paints that are free of chemical ingredients. Pininfarina will be showing off PFO to VIP guests during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance next month, but after that it'll be under wraps until the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019.
NVIDIA will be putting its Drive Pegasus self-driving AI platform to good use with a new announcement from Daimler and Bosch that teamed up for self-driving taxis that will be powered by NVIDIA's technology.
Remember that Daimler is the parent company of Mercedez-Benz, so we're not messing around here. NVIDIA's impressive self-driving technology is capable of a huge 320 trillion operations per second, with the self-driving AI technology to be used to power level 4 and 5 vehicles that will be used as self-driving taxis.
The companies will be putting the self-driving taxis onto the roads of Silicon Valley for testing in 2019, with NVIDIA set to work with Daimler and Bosch to build the system required for self-driving ride-hailing service... think next-gen Uber, where there's no human driver in your vehicle... but do you leave a 5-star rating? Heh.
UPS has announced that it has teamed with UK-based tech company Arrival, where the two will built 35 new state-of-the-art electric delivery vehicles.
These new EVs will be capable of up to 150 miles of range, will pack Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which is designed to improve safety, and reduce driver fatigue. The international director for automotive engineering in the advanced technology group at UPS, Luke Wake, said that the new deal will help UPS make new ways to further reduce emissions.
Arrival CEO Denis Sverdlov said the new delivery EVs will feature a unique wrap-around front window that provides drivers with a far wider field of view, which is better for seeing the road, obstacles, bikes, and pedestrians.
It hasn't been a good ride this week for Tesla, with the electric car company now issuing a recall for 123,000 Model S electric vehicles that were built before April 2016.
Tesla's Model S vehicles made before April 2016 have issues with corrosion in the bolts that hold the power steering system together, which as you can imagine, is a big deal. The company has been busy sending out affected Model S owners emails, explaining the recall and that replacing the bolts would be an hour long process.
This new Model S recall is the biggest in Tesla history, where back in 2016 the company recalled 50,000 electric cars over parking brake problems, while 90,000 cars were recalled in 2015 over seat belt problems. Tack this onto the end of Tesla stock being down earlier this week and now more with the news of the recall, and it's not looking good.
Tesla blew the world away when they unveiled their super-powered electric Semi truck, and now a new video has surfaced showing the electric truck speeding down a street. Check it out:
YouTuber Richard Fielder saw the Tesla Semi burning up residential streets, where the electric Semi truck sped past the 25 mph speed limit sign so fastly that its tires started smoking.
Tesla even states on the Semi website that it can "provide maximum power and acceleration and require the lowest energy cost per mile". The electric Semi truck can reach 0-60 miles per hour in less than 20 seconds, even when it's fully loaded. This clip however, is damn impressive and makes me want to see The Rock or Vin Diesel driving the Tesla Semi truck in the new Fast and Furious movie.
NVIDIA is partnering with German automotive components maker Continental, where together the two companies will produce a full-scale self-driving car platform.
NVIDIA's own Xavier chips will be used on the hardware side, with the company using their operating system and software from their DRIVE suite, while Continental takes care of its security certification experience with its LiDar radar technology, as well as their camera products.
Continental and NVIDIA are aioming for their self-driving car platform to hit level 2 autonomy, which will include smart cruise control similar to Tesla's Autopilot technology, right through to level 5 which would be a full self-driving car without steering implements. Wow.
NVIDIA has been racking up agreements with some of the largest players in the automotive world, with Continental joining the likes of Audi, Toyota, Volvo, Volkswagen, Baidu, and working with Tesla heavily in the past, too.
Ford has just provided a few new details on their upcoming electric vehicle, something the company has dubbed "Mach 1" and will be their exciting new all-electric performance SUV.
Mach 1 is being developed by Team Edison in Ford's new Corktown facility, and is only one new electric vehicle in a fleet of EVs that Ford will have by 2022. Ford is planning to have 40 electric vehicles by 2022, investing $11 billion into the venture.
Ford and their Team Edison team have a big mission, where they will "accelerate both the development and adoption of electric vehicles".
CES 2018 - General Motors has just unveiled ambitious plans to mass product a self-driving car that would truly change the way we drive, as GM's autonomous car would ship without a steering wheel or pedals.
GM is one of the Big Three automakers in the US, with this news surely sending shockwaves throughout the automotive market ahead of the annual Detroit Auto Show that begins next week, following CES 2018. GM's new car will be a fourth-gen car in its driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts, which are being tested in San Francisco and Phoenix streets as we speak.
GM President Dan Ammann told The Verge: "It's a pretty exciting moment in the history of the path to wide scale [autonomous vehicle] deployment and having the first production car with no driver controls. And it's an interesting thing to share with everybody".