Weekly Wire for July 15, 2016: Tesla Vs. Consumer Reports, JLR’s Autonomous Push, and Aston Martin’s Hypercar
Should car companies really be using their customers as beta testers?
This week, Consumer Reports threatened to downgrade the Tesla Model S's sterling rating unless the company disabled its Auto Pilot feature, which has been involved in several accidents. In England, Jaguar Land Rover is itself getting into the autonomous fray, with a promise to produce 100 research vehicles over the next four years, to be tested around a 41-mile loop near the company's headquarters. Finally, in what might be a final, primal scream of the naturally-aspirated V12, Aston Martin released the AM-RB 001, an Adrian Newey-designed hypercar with a motor that revs to 11,000 rpm.