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Inside Automotive (Jun 11th, 2018)

1. Tesla plans to enable some fully autonomous driving features within Autopilot in August. In a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased out an Autopilot update as a part of the upcoming release of the Tesla Version 9 software. “…To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety. With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features,” he wrote. It is not clear which features the automaker will choose to enable. Musk has estimated that Tesla vehicles would have Level 5 autonomous features by 2019. — ENGADGET

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2. The upcoming Tesla Roadster may offer a “SpaceX package” that would outfit the vehicle with rockets. In a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, “SpaceX option package for new Tesla Roadster will include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly…” Musk did not indicate how much this upgrade would cost. — ENGADGET

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3. Uber is filing a patent to identify inebriated passengers with AI. The application, published last week, details the ride-hailing company better tailoring ride options for customers by using the technology. The system would analyze typos, precision of how many times a user clicks on buttons or links, walking speed and how long it would take to request a ride. The patent says Uber could warn drivers of the passenger’s state and better match passengers with drivers who may have more experience dealing with drunk patrons. — CNN

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4. Porsche is renaming its Mission E electric vehicle. The vehicle, which is expected to be released in 2019, will now be identified as the “Taycan.” Taycan means “lively, young horse,” and reflects on the iconic rearing black horse found on Porsche’s coat of arms. Porsche says the Taycan will be able to go 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, have a range of 310 miles and will be compatible with 800-volt fast charging. — REUTERS

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5. Electric battery maker CATL made a splash in its trading debut. The company, short for Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd., trades on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Shares of CATL jumped by the maximum 44 percent allowed by the exchange, giving the company a value of about $12.3 billion. CATL produces EV batteries for major automakers, like BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen. Last year, CATL overtook Panasonic as the world’s largest supplier for EV batteries in sales, in part to increasing demand for EVs in China. — BLOOMBERG

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6. Tesla CEO Elon Musk may appear with Marques Brownlee and Joe Rogan. Brownlee, who runs a popular technology YouTube channel, and Rogan, a popular podcast host, invited Musk to appear on their respective shows. Musk responded to Brownlee’s invitation with a “Will do,” while Musk said he would appear on Rogan’s show “after Model 3 production reaches 5k/week steady.” — TWITTER

7. In a partnership with Postmates, Ford’s self-driving vehicles are now delivering food in Miami. The automaker has retrofitted a fleet of Transit vans with touchpad-accessible lockers, where customers could retrieve their food. Audio prompts and light displays are used to guide customers to the right locker. There are over 70 businesses participating in the trial. — THE VERGE

8. Chinese electric car startup Byton has raised $500 million. As a part of the company’s Series B round of funding, Byton has received funds from investors including FAW Group, Tus-Holdings and CATL. Byton is opening a new headquarter office in Nanjing, China, which would operate on top of the company’s existing research and development center in Santa Clara, Calif. The company hopes to release an electric SUV in 2019, starting at $45,000. — TECHCRUNCH 

9. Rajeev Misra, CEO of SoftBank Investment Advisors, gave insights on how the company’s Vision Fund was able to secure an investment in Uber. Speaking at the CogX conference in London, Misra said he spent six months persuading Uber’s board to take the funding. Ultimately, Misra pitched Uber on the possibility of creating synergies with global competitors, like Ola, Grab, 99 and Didi, as Softbank also owned majority stakes in those companies. — BI 

10. Tesla now has more than 10,000 Superchargers around the world. The 10,000th Supercharger opened in Belleville, Ontario, which is about 100 miles east of Toronto. — DIGITAL TRENDS

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