Tesla Model X Lemon, Electrifying UEFA, Self-Driving Fear, T.E.N. Future Car News 27th May 2016

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: Tesla Model X quality control issues; Mercedes-Benz commits to making four new electric car models by 2020; Volkswagen confirms 125-mile e-Golf will launch this fall; Hyundai promises its own long-range cars for 2018 and 2020; Nissan electrifies UEFA finals; SAE sets guidelines for wireless inductive charging systems; UAW tries to unionize Tesla’s Fremont Factory, Geely issues bonds to fund London Taxi Company’s shift to plug-in hybrids; study finds customers aren’t ready for self-driving cars yet; more reports come in of autopilot crashes.

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  • Time to make Lemonade – Tesla Model X owners complain their cars are ‘lemons’
  • EV Push – Mercedes-Benz commits to four new electric car models by 2020.
  • Mild Refresh– Volkswagen confirms 2017 e-Golf will launch this fall with approximately 125-miles of real-world range.
  • Post IONIQ – Hyundai says it has plans for 200-mile (EPA) EV by 2018, 250-mile EV by 2020.
  • On the Ball – Nissan supports UEFA finals with massive electric car fleet
  • Tuning in – SAE issues new set of guidelines for wireless inductive charging of electric cars
  • Unionizing Tesla – UAW wants to represent Tesla workers at Fremont factory.
  • London Calling – Chinese firm Geely issues bonds to fund plug-in hybrid taxi development for London
  • Robotic Fear – Consumers still not ready for autonomous cars, study suggests
  • Autopilot Fail – Video shows Tesla Autopilot failing spectacularly



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  • CDspeed

    On the subject of the Model S that hit the van, he was using active cruise control (ACC) not Autopilot. I made a comment on this subject on another site, and the actual owner of the Model S in question replied to me. As for the Model X I’ve experienced most of the issues these Model X owners claim they’ve experienced in BMWs and Porsches, but I put up with them, and they were eventually fixed, except for my 04 Cayenne. Even my i3 until a certain software update I used to have the infotainment system crash, and reboot occasionally. I’d have no audio, no navigation, or anything else for 5 minutes after starting my i3, my Nav screen would be black aside from saying “no signal” in red letters. I had a BMW loaner do the same thing, but it wouldn’t reboot.

    • vdiv

      Traffic Aware Cruise Control is one of the convenience Autopilot components, along with Autosteer, Auto lane change, Autopark, Auto high beams, Summon. What didn’t quite work in this case is the Forward Collision Warning/Automatic Emergency Braking, a standard safety feature.

  • Albemarle

    Active cruise not reacting fast enough is a current fact of life with these technologies. My MKX would have also been too late braking. The car seems to continue to track the vehicle in front even as it moves out of lane. It takes a few seconds to acquire the next target. So something that a human can see immediately and react within a fraction of a second takes current vehicle technology at least a second to recognize. That’s the difference between a hard stop and an accident.
    These technologies work when they have time to acquire and track other vehicles and can respond quickly if the other vehicle does something. But suddenly place a blockage into the scenario and the system fails. Time will improve the systems. My experience tells me that if the car is not reacting, it didn’t see the problem.

  • Wayne Baldry

    Hi Nikki very good point about Tesla and yes it seems all common sense has gone out the window !lol !!
    and yes we may not be ready as Tesla are well ahead of the game and yes if we are going to drive these cars which are well totally differant to what we have been brought up with and a major leap in tech then it seems to me its only reasonable to consider a new Driving test before you buy one or perhaps Mr Musk could have a new buyers Deal where you have a full test before you buy one or a day with one !
    woulkd be a good idear which im sure he will take on board as we all play catch up ! ,as Electric are advanceing at a fast pace and one that i can see is the future of driving as since i have bought one and I must add so far very impressed and its changed my life from a old V8 petrol head that used to
    drive a BMW 4.4lt 740 i so yes I now have a Peugout Ion or should i say imiev lol ! and its cut my motoring costs to pennys rather than thousands per year !lol and I also have Solar Pv Panels on my roof so even more savings ! ,so Im a Eco warrior now !lol which I thought i would never do ,but the Ev -Car is a brilliant thing to not olny save our planet but also the wasted energy of the old cumbustion engine which is Steam age looking at it and all the moving parts that can go wrong and do go wrong as it gets older ,and what with Diesel gate and VW
    well its put one big nail in its own coffin quicker than expected so well done VW its going to speed up the electric car take up as tech moves on ! its like the old Quatz watches when they come out now we have LED
    so we can only expect better EV-Cars and better Prices ! .