AutoComplete: NHTSA closes Tesla Autopilot investigationVelodyne builds a Lidar "megafactory," and Dodge teases the SRT Demon once again.
Here's what's making news on Road Show. Last year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation following the death of a Tesla driver who had auto pilot engaged. Today Mitsa closed that investigation saying no deep effect found and it would not push for a recall. It commended the Auto Maker for being helpful during the investigations and for expanding warnings and adding a lock out mode in the wake of the collision. LIDAR is the common component of autonomous cars currently in development. But it's still very expensive. That could change, thanks to Velodyne new megafactory. It hopes to ramp up LIDAR sensor production to 1 million units a year By 2018. Combined with the claim breakthrough in sensor design, it could drop the price of a single unit from thousands of dollars to just 50 bucks. Maybe now Faraday Future's F91 won't cause $1 billion. Dodge released this second teaser for it's Challenger SRT Demon. The car that will take the performance throne from the Hellcat at the New York Auto Show. This video talks about the Demon's diet, which drops about 200 pounds off the Hellcat test. We still don't know a damn thing about the rest of the car, but At least we know it won't be like piloting an aircraft carrier. Find more on these stories over at the roadshow.com, and we'll talk to you tomorrow.