Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) News: Model S Earns Five Stars, Video Cameras for Rear-View Mirrors, Hyperloop & More

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Tesla Model S Crash Tested, Earns Five Stars (U.S. News & World Report)
Buying a Tesla Model S may seem like a leap of faith. After all, Tesla is a new automaker selling a new model that runs on new technology. However, the Model S’s five-star crash test rating, released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week, shows that, when it comes to safety, Tesla can compete with the major manufacturers. The five-star rating is NHTSA’s highest. Tesla earned a five-star overall rating, as well as five-star ratings for frontal impact, side impact and rollover.

Will Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) CEO make Ford Motor Company (F) CEO Jealous with this Payout?Tesla fights to replace analog rear-view mirrors with video cameras (Digital Trends)
Tesla headmaster Elon Musk is apparently taking a deep breath and holding his nose as his company wades into the stink of American transportation bureaucracy to do away with another remnant of no-tech cars: rear-view mirrors. Musk would like to see them go the way of the internal combustion engine. I fully support his efforts on this front. Ever been in a Tesla Model S? The interior sports a massive vertical 17-inch touchscreen for controlling every aspect of the car, with only a handful of physical “buttons” inside. One view you can leave up full-time on half of the screen while driving is the live panoramic wide-angle view from the rear-mounted backup camera, which is great since the low-tech windshield-mounted rearview mirror can basically show you who’s in the back seats and not much more.

The closest thing to teleportation: Tesla founder reveals Hyperloop high speed travel plan (Express.co.uk)
Elon Musk, entrepreneur and founder of electric car giant Tesla, has outlined his vision for the high-speed tube service Hyperloop which is capable of travelling around 700mph this evening. The transport system, which is designed to be self-powering, uses magnets and powerful fans to shoot capsules on a cushion of air in a long tube. The system is intended to link San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Mr Musk says the system could travel the 380 mile journey in half an hour.

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Tesla’s new store electrifies Montgomery’s auto shoppers (Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online)
Alexis Georgeson swipes her hand along the computer screen in one of the Tesla Model S sedans in the new showroom in Westfield Montgomery Mall. With a whir, the sunroof above slides open. On the road, it moves in silence, accelerating in an instant, flying around corners. It’s low slung, and its wheels grip the road like claws. It doesn’t have an engine — where one should sit, there is 5.3 cubic feet of storage. That doesn’t mean it can’t move: The car’s motor, just a little larger than a basketball, can push the car, in its fastest permutation, from zero to 60 in just 4.2 seconds, she said.

Portland Taxi Service To Use Tesla Model S (Gas 2.0)
On one hand, most electric cars are unlikely candidates for taxi service, with their limited driving range and long recharge times. On the other hand, the Tesla Model S is unlike any other electric car on the market, and it may be very well suited for livery work. Portland, Oregon-based Tesla Trips is set to find out thanks to their newly-granted livery license. Tesla Trips got its start offering chauffeured wine, beer, and tourist tours throughout the Oregon countryside in the well-appointed Model S sedans, but they recently applied for a livery license as well. That license was granted, allowing Tesla Trips to also act as an on-call taxi service.

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