SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

Late on Thursday night, at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX performed the first flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket , which may one day carry humans to Mars.

Tesla Delivers More Cars—and More Losses

Tesla Delivers More Cars—and More Losses

Wednesday, the company said it had delivered 95,356 vehicles in the second quarter of 2019, beating its own record of 90,966, from the end of 2018.

Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

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Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

If Neuralink’s technologies work as Musk and his team intend, they’ll be able to pick up signals from across a person’s brain—first from the motor cortex that controls movement but eventually throughout your think-meat—and turn them into machine-readable code that a computer can understand.

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).

This Lidar Is So Cheap It Could Make Self-Driving a Reality

This Lidar Is So Cheap It Could Make Self-Driving a Reality

Luminar’s Iris lidar sensor will cost as little as $500, making it a realistic option for helping personally owned vehicles drive themselves. The upshot of bringing lidar into consumer cars is a potentially major upgrade over the semi-autonomous systems currently on the road, like Tesla’s Autopilot , Cadillac’s Super Cruise , and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist .

Bored Charging Your Tesla? Play a Videogame Right in Your Car

Bored Charging Your Tesla? Play a Videogame Right in Your Car

As long as the car is in park, drivers can race on 22 tracks, using the steering wheel and brake pedal to control their avatar (acceleration is automatic).Working with Tesla, Vector Unit loaded this edition of the game with nods to electric driving.

Elon's Court-Approved Twitter-Sitter, Measles in LA, and More News

Elon's Court-Approved Twitter-Sitter, Measles in LA, and More News

Elon's Court-Approved Twitter-Sitter, Measles in LA, and More News. The dust has finally settled on Tesla CEO Elon Musk's battle with the SEC, LA is under quarantine, and the US is falling behind in SIM-swap hacking. Elon Musk is getting a stricter Twitter-sitter.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Will Get a Stricter Twitter Babysitter

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Will Get a Stricter Twitter Babysitter

In the new settlement, Musk and the SEC set stricter and more specific terms for Musk’s official Twitter babysitter, who Musk agreed would be “an experienced securities lawyer employed by the Company.” The latest settlement does not include any financial penalty.

Tesla Is Losing Money Again As Deliveries Decline

Tesla Is Losing Money Again As Deliveries Decline

The company will work on rethinking and refining its delivery strategies throughout the quarter, Musk said, but he advised shareholders not to expect another profit until the second half of the year.

Old Promises Broken, Musk Offers New Pledges on Self-Driving

Old Promises Broken, Musk Offers New Pledges on Self-Driving

By next year, Musk pledged, robotic Tesla taxis will pick up passengers, even though no fully self-driving cars currently exist. Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.Late Monday, the company released a video of a Tesla driving on suburban California roads and highways.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Inches Closer to Making Hyperloop a Reality

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Inches Closer to Making Hyperloop a Reality

On Thursday, almost two years after Musk’s tweet, the company took a small but necessary step toward making the Loop a reality: It published a sprawling, 505-page draft environmental assessment.

SpaceX Lands All 3 Boosters of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

SpaceX Lands All 3 Boosters of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

During the Falcon Heavy’s demo flight last year, the center core landed in the water and the resulting explosion damaged the drone ship. Although the Falcon Heavy had flown a demo mission once before, this rocket used new block 5 boosters, which are seven percent more powerful than the ones used for the demo flight.

Tesla’s Disappointing Numbers and More Car News This Week

Tesla’s Disappointing Numbers and More Car News This Week

WIRED also this week got a look inside Audi’s E-tron factory in Belgium , the world’s first carbon-neutral electric-vehicle plant. Also this week, we wondered about the road ahead for congestion pricing in New York City and got up close with the blood-toting drones flying over North Carolina.

Tesla Is Better at Making Cars. Delivering Them? Not So Much.

Tesla Is Better at Making Cars. Delivering Them? Not So Much.

During a February call with reporters, Musk said, “I really have as my top priority this year making service amazing at Tesla.” The company also backtracked last month on a plan to shut down all of its showrooms in an attempt to bring down its vehicle prices.

SEC: Elon Musk Fully Ignored a Key Term of Settlement

SEC: Elon Musk Fully Ignored a Key Term of Settlement

In court filings submitted last week, Musk’s legal team argued that the information the CEO tweeted in February wasn’t at all new—which means it didn’t fall under the purview of the settlement.

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week The crash of Ethiopian Flight 302 outside Addis Ababa has focused the aviation world's attention on the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX jets.

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses The “Performance” version of the Model Y, due out in fall 2020, will go from 0 to 60 mph in a blistery 3.5 seconds, and offer 280 miles of range for a cool $60,000.

LIVE: Tesla Debuts the Model Y, Its Baby SUV

LIVE: Tesla Debuts the Model Y, Its Baby SUV

Tesla says the Performance Model Y will show up in fall 2020, with a 280 mile range, a 150 mph top speed, a 0 to 60 time of 3.5 seconds, and a $60,000 price tag.

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight The Model Y reveal is scheduled to start at 8pm Pacific Time tonight, though Elon Musk has a habit of kicking things off a bit late.

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle The Tesla CEO's legal team argues that the SEC’s attempt to limit Musk’s tweeting is a violation of his First Amendment rights to free speech.

Tesla Is (Finally!) Selling the Model 3 for $35,000

Tesla Is (Finally!) Selling the Model 3 for $35,000

Musk also announced that Tesla is introducing a new version of the car called the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which will feature an upgraded interior, can hit 140 mph and run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, and go 240 miles between charging stops.

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

That’s the thrust of a SEC action taken late Monday, when the US securities watchdog requested a federal judge hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt of court for a short series of tweets he posted last week.

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

The Boston-based IT manager spends his free time salvaging wrecked EVs and says he’s following Elon Musk’s mission: “sustainability and recycling.” In less waterlogged Tesla news, Elon Musk announced that his cars will be able to drive themselves quite capably by the end of this year, including finding their driver in a parking lot and taking them wherever they’re going without human intervention.

Elon Musk Promises a Really Truly Self-Driving Tesla in 2020

Elon Musk Promises a Really Truly Self-Driving Tesla in 2020

“I think we will be ‘feature complete’ on full self-driving this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention this year,” Musk said during a podcast interview with the money management firm ARK Invest, which is a Tesla investor.

SpaceX's Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop

SpaceX's Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop

SpaceX's Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop SpaceX Last Sunday, as much of the country tuned into the Super Bowl, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and a crew of engineers were gathered in McGregor, Texas, the small city where the company maintains a rocket test site.

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Plus: Lyft sues to halt a driver minimum wage law in NYC, LA Metro experiments with ride-hail, and we connect the dots between carbon fiber production and flying taxis.

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

To keep things going, Tesla is focusing its efforts on a few key areas, Musk said on an earnings call: reining in costs, improving its service operations, getting Model 3 sedans to customers in Europe and China, and preparing for production of the Model Y, the as-yet-unseen midsize SUV that will follow the Model 3.

Tesla Investors Suing Musk Can Subpoena Azealia Banks and Grimes

Tesla Investors Suing Musk Can Subpoena Azealia Banks and Grimes

The judge overseeing a class action lawsuit filed in a California federal court against Tesla and Musk by a large group of Tesla shareholders said that yes, sure, the lawyers for the plaintiffs sure can subpoena the art pop musician Grimes and the rapper Azealia Banks.

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future As much as the Silicon Valley native is disrupting transport, its core business is building and selling cars.