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TOO SMART FOR THIS WORLD
Smart Summon does seem pretty cool, and it's by no means an insignificant achievement—it's a very limited form of autonomous driving as the car drives itself to the owner, and that's a big deal. I also think that Tesla has underestimated the chaos of real-world parking lots and overestimated their technology, neither of which surprise me.
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I made a mistake this week. I tweeted. I tweeted that, while I like the Porsche Taycan, I was disappointed that it couldn't beat the range of the Tesla Model S years after it came out.
A TURN FOR THE WORSE

Tesla Model 3 spoofing during navigating on autopilot led to extreme deceleration and acceleration, rapid lane changing suggestions, unnecessary signaling, multiple attempts to exit the highway at incorrect locations and extreme driving instability.

YES

Elon Musk makes it easy to dismiss his grandiose   — unhinged, even  —  descriptions of his product plans. But if we look past the hyperbole, we see a serious threat for legacy automakers who don't know and love software.

LOOK WORLD, NO HANDS

Tesla hasn't had the easiest time of it recently — a Model S reportedly exploded into flames in Shanghai over the weekend — but Elon Musk and co. appear to be getting close to the automated driving dream, with a video posted to the company's account showing a driver taking a trip without touching the steering wheel once.

YIKES

If you need further illustration of why you definitely should not sleep while Tesla's Autopilot drives, this clip should do the trick.

OWNER OF THE 'WORLD'S CHEAPEST TESLA'

Three years ago, in his driveway in Salem, Rich Benoit rigged some ropes and pulleys and did something that could modestly be described as a bad idea. He pulled a 1,300-pound, 400-volt battery out of a Tesla that had been underwater. And then, with no real clue of what he was doing, he opened it and tried to fix it.

A STATISTICIAN'S TAKE

How is it possible that the NHTSA would conclude that Autosteer reduces crashes by 40% when it looks like it actually increases the rate of crashes by up to 60%? And what's with this shady "up to" language?

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