Welcome to TRANSLOGIC World Report: Your roundup of transportation tech news from around the web. Tesla Model S

After years of anticipation, Tesla has finally confirmed Model S pricing. The EV sports-sedan starts at $49,900 after a $7,500 tax credit. That's consistent with the estimated price Tesla announced back in 2009, when the vehicle was first debuted. What wasn't known then was the cost of a fully-loaded Model S--about $80,000 for the Signature Performance model and nearly $100,000 for a limited edition version. For a full rundown of options, check out Tesla's Model S pricing page. [ENGADGET]



Google has been awarded a patent for their driverless car technology. Check out the video above for details. [MASHABLE]



The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has cleared Santa's sleigh for takeoff after a thorough inspection, the LA Times reports. The next generation Santa One aircraft features "Candy Cane Satellite Surveillance-Broadcast" and "gumdrop-enhanced avionics installed in Rudolph's red nose" according to a press release issued by the FAA. What's more, the efficient roof-top routes enabled by a cruise altitude of 50,000 ft will result in an estimated 1,080 fewer pounds in reindeer carrot consumption. [LA TIMES]



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