The evolution of the Tesla Model S
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has just made yet another reveal about the Model S.
As reported by Bloomberg, the world’s fastest production car has been given a secret boost which will allow the vehicle to reach 0-60 in 2.4 seconds, but the function is an Easter egg – as in the driver must work out how to activate this function before being able to use it.
In typically quirky Musk fashion, Tesla has snuck Easter eggs into its software before, including one which turned users’ digital display into the control panel of James Bond’s Lotus in The Spy Who Loved Me.
This latest announcement is the first secret detail to actually change the way the car works, however. Musk tweeted yesterday that this feature would be available via next months’ software update.
Production of the Model S began in 2012, and as of December 2015, 100,000 had been sold worldwide. Sales in 2016 have remained almost the same as those of last year, as interest remains steady. Here is a short timeline of the achievements which have been made during the Model S’s lifetime:
- The Model S was named Motor Trends’s Car of the Year, gaining a five star rating from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Elon Musk unveiled two duel-motor AWD configurations of the Model S which improved its handling and performance.
- The Battery Swap Pilot Program was announced, proving that it is possible to replace the Model S’s battery in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank.
- Nevada was selected as the site for Panasonic and Tesla’s new battery Gigafactory.
- Tesla shared some patents to promote open source development of electric cars.#
- Model S owners accumulated over one billion electric miles, saving more than half a million tons of CO2 and making it the first plug-in electric vehicle to reach the milestone.
- A new Model S was revealed with adaptive Led headlights, an improved filtration system, and more powerful charger.
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Ivy.ai’s new chatbot streamlines resources and policies
Ivy.ai, a creator of AI chatbots for higher education, is offering a chatbot that helps institutions streamline name, image, and likeness policies for athletic programmes.
This solution will allow athletic departments to dramatically reduce inbound inquiries while answering inquiries related to compliance, financial aid impact, how-to documents, and best practice training videos.
It will allow institutions to condense information in a way that is easily accessible and eliminates the need for student-athletes to read complicated manuals. Institutions can also engage with student-athletes via a real-time feedback loop to see which topics truly matter and what needs further clarification. This allows administrators to be proactive and provide a competitive edge in recruiting.
Helping institutions connect their students with information
“Athletic departments at colleges and universities are overwhelmed by the challenges posed by the name, image and likeness legislation,” said Mary Frances Coryell, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnership.
“Ivy.ai is uniquely positioned in the market to help institutions connect their student-athletes with policies and information related to NIL such as state laws, restrictions and relevant contacts. Our chatbot can digest all relevant policy information and provide answers to student-athletes at any time on any device. We expect the NIL market to move quickly, so student-athletes deserve the answers on their terms, rather than exclusively during work hours.”
Primary use cases for the chatbot include:
- Answering commonly asked questions related to name, image and likeness
- Communicate policies such as state laws, restrictions and compliance regulations
- Provide contact information for various advisors and agencies
- Connect training materials for athletes to improve their branding
- Engage in two-way reactive and proactive communication to keep policies student-centric
Back in March 2020, the company offered schools a free COVID-19 Response System, including a customisable COVID-19 Response Bot, a human-to-human live chat system and an SMS Text platform. These services are offered completely free of charge.
"The customisable COVID-19 Response Bot will help schools connect their students with important information, such as the school's operational status, where to go for treatment, and what to do to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We already added that information to all of our clients' AI chatbots, and we found that in many cases students needed additional support. That's why we're including our human-to-human Live Chat system in this offer. The SMS Text platform can be used to drive awareness to this communications channel for your students." said Mark McNasby, CEO of Ivy.ai.