Production of batteries is already taking place at Tesla's Gigafactory in Nevada, though batteries aren't the only thing the Gigafactory will make. According to Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, Tesla will also make electric motors and gearbox components for its upcoming Model 3.
The fastest a Tesla Model S can currently go is around 2.4 seconds, but modified vehicles can push that even further. A modified Model S built for the Electric GT Championship reached a 0-100 kmh (0-60 mph) speed of 2.1 seconds, beating out any production vehicle.
Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot update is now being added to all vehicles running the HW2 (second self-driving hardware generation) setup. However, it's still going to be a little while before the software is active. It's initially been loaded onto vehicles in a "non-actuating" mode.
Airbus is working on urban air transport systems and it hopes to test one of its prototype units by the end of this year. The company's Project Vahana team has been working on an autonomous single-passenger airborne taxi that features a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) system.
Uber has decided to build an autonomous vehicle research center in Wixom, Michigan. The center will work on adding Uber's self-driving system to cars that could one day replace the company's human drivers. Michigan has become a top spot for autonomous vehicle research.
Nissan has picked London as its first European test location for autonomous vehicles. The automaker will begin trying out modified Leaf electric vehicles on public streets in February. Volvo is also bringing its autonomous XC90 SUVs to London around the same time.
Tesla vehicles purchased after January 15 won't come with unlimited free Supercharger use, but Tesla's pricing details confirm it's not trying to make the Supercharger network highly profitable. It says new Model S and Model X vehicles will come with 400 kWh of free charging.
Tesla's Model S P100D can already reach 60 miles per hour in just 2.4 seconds with its latest update, but the car maker wants to shave off a little more time. CEO Elon Musk has teased a max achievable speed of 2.34 seconds that'll be available with a Ludicrous+ easter egg.
The first autonomous shuttle service in the United States is being tested in Las Vegas, which has partnered with NAVYA and Keolis. Together, they're trialing an electric self-driving public transportation service. It's operating along Fremont Street from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The US Department of Transportation has established an automation committee that'll specifically deal with matters like autonomous vehicles and drones. Industry experts, company leaders, politicians, and researchers are included among the committee's members.
Autopilot's release for Tesla's HW2 vehicles, which entered the market last year, has begun. It'll initially be enabled on the first 1,000 HW2 cars and it'll reach the others in "shadow mode." This update also improves the features available on HW1 cars.
Samsung's battery subsidiary, SDI, has introduced an electric vehicle battery that enables a car to travel up to 310 miles on a 20-minute quick charge. When filling up entirely, the battery has an improved density that offers up to a 372-mile full range.
Self-driving minivans from Google's Waymo division will be on public roads in the US later this month. The modified Chrysler Pacifica vehicles were revealed late last year. They're going to roll out in Mountain View (California) and Phoenix (Arizona).
Amazon's Alexa digital assistant is making its way into the automobile industry. Ford recently announced it would use Alexa in vehicles and now Volkswagen says it'll do the same. Alexa-enabled cars from VW will offer similar functionality to the Amazon Echo.
Tens of thousands of people have shown enough interest in Faraday Future's FF 91 to reserve the electric vehicle. The company received 64,124 reservations within 36 hours of the unveil. However, that number doesn't mean a whole lot since you can reserve an FF 91 for free.
Audi and Nvidia are working together on a fully autonomous vehicle that could be ready by 2020. They made the announcement at CES, revealing how the German automaker will use Nvidia's AI capabilities to power its self-driving vehicle. Audi will begin public tests in 2018.
The next version of Nissan's popular Leaf electric vehicle will come with autonomous highway driving capabilities. It'll feature Nissan's ProPilot tech, which was revealed last summer as part of its Serena minivan. Nissan hasn't said when it will make the new model available.
Autonomous driving may seem like it's only a couple years away, but that's not how Toyota Research Institute CEO Gill Pratt sees it. He says "we're nowhere near close" to having fully autonomous vehicles and Toyota doesn't know when that tech will roll out to the public.
BMW is working with Intel and Mobileye to develop autonomous vehicles, 40 of which will be tested this year. That fleet will roll out in the second half of 2017. Their partnership was initially announced back in July 2016. They've already built an autonomous "architecture."
Ford and Toyota have founded the SmartDeviceLink (SDL) Consortium to help third-parties create apps for vehicles. Other automakers including Mazda, Suzuki, and PSA Group are joining the consortium. The group will remain neutral as to how SmartDeviceLink is used.