Tesla's mobile app now displays song information and destination details

By Lennon Cihak
Tesla's adding song title and artist information to the mobile app
Tesla's adding song title and artist information to the mobile app
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Tesla has now started rolling out update 2022.36.1 (release notes). With this update Tesla's mobile application will now show users additional information for the media that’s playing in the vehicle, such as the song title, artist, and destination information.

The automaker has rolled out a number of improvements to their mobile app over the last few months, including the ability to order a vehicle directly in the app. Earlier last month, an app update suggested that Tesla would be adding a powered frunk to their vehicles.

This has not been confirmed by CEO Elon Musk or Tesla. Many owners have taken it upon themselves to add aftermarket parts to motorize the front trunk.

Song Details

With Tesla’s newest update to their mobile app, owners will now be able to see a song’s title, artist name, as well as the volume levels, pause/play, and forward and reverse.

The song details will show up directly above the pause/play buttons that were previously displayed.

Destination

Additionally, if the driver is using GPS to navigate to a specific location, the mobile app will display details about their destination.

This information will be displayed in the "Location" section of the app. When the GPS is in use, the location section will be renamed Navigation and it will display the driver's destination, distance, and ETA directly on the main app screen.

If you tap into the Navigation section, you'll be greeted by a map with the vehicle's location and nearby Superchargers like before, but you'll also see the vehicle's destination details.

In addition to displaying the vehicle's set destination and ETA, the app will also display the car's expected state of charge will be upon arrival.

This information is helpful as it provides additional transparency for owners into their vehicles’ battery consumption and how they’re being used. Tesla is also in the process of rolling out updates that include major revisions to their Energy application within the vehicle.

These improvements include the battery’s state of charge upon leaving and arriving and what the main causes of battery drain are.

For example, if it’s really hot outside and your A/C is set to a low temperature and the fans are blowing on 10, the vehicle will display how much power your A/C is consuming. The Energy application will also show driving, battery conditioning, elevation, and “everything else,” like charging a mobile device, onboard computers, lights, audio system, and more.

As we continue to see big updates to Full Self-Driving Beta, we’re sure to see more improvements to the mobile app as they continue to add helpful new features to the vehicle.

These new features require Tesla app version 4.13 or later and Tesla's 2022.36 update.

Tesla Chief Designer Says His Favorite Vehicle Is Yet to Come

By Kevin Armstrong
The Tesla Roadster 2.0 could be Tesla's next vehicle to hit production
The Tesla Roadster 2.0 could be Tesla's next vehicle to hit production
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Tesla's Chief Designer, Franz von Holzhausen, has designed the company's entire fleet of vehicles, but the Model S, 3, X, Y, Cybertruck and Semi are not his favorites. "My favorite one is the one that is coming.

I can't talk about (it)," von Holzhausen told CNBC. He then quickly pivoted the conversation away from that topic. Nevertheless, several rumored vehicles will be the next to carry the "T" logo. So, which one is the creative mind of Tesla referring to in his evasive answer?

Franz von Holzhausen Interview

Let's start with the suspects. A cheaper, smaller and less expensive electric vehicle has been predicted for years. More recently, there have been ideas about a van. And then there is the second generation of the highly anticipated Roadster. While von Holzhausen didn't talk about the next one, he did give some clues later in the interview. "My all-time favorite car is a '62 250 GTO (Ferrari). I mean, it is quintessential. It's an insane car. I'm also a big fan of this kind of wedge era. The early (Lamborghini) Countachs, the whole kind of flat, low sports car. Those were always the posters on my wall."

The Designer Loves Sports Cars

When a 54-year-old man reminisces about the cars featured in posters plastered on his wall when he was a kid, he is not excited about a van or a compact vehicle — no, he is excited about a sports car. The second-generation Roadster was unveiled in 2017 simultaneously with the Semi. But there hasn't been much mention of the sports car since. The company is just now delivering Semis, and Cybertrucks are expected in 2023, but the Roadster doesn't have an ETA. Or does it? The chief designer says, "… the one that is coming." So, we can only assume that the Roadster is next to hit the production line.

Tesla Roadster 2.0

A Designer Who has Changed the Industry

One of the first employees of Tesla back in 2008, von Holzhausen, recalls the early days and how things have changed. "There is a moment that I thought when I first joined Tesla that it would be great to see multiple Teslas in one drive experience around town. And now, it's hard to go anywhere without seeing a bunch of Teslas. So, it's great to see the impact that Tesla has had in people's lives but also how it's changed the industry. It really pushed this idea that an EV can be better than an internal combustion vehicle."

He also gave some insight into designing vehicles that have and continue to change the auto industry, "Tesla isn't beholden to what has been done in the past. We are always trying to push the boundaries and deliver on a promise of something fun, something enjoyable and something you would love to own and tell your friends about."

It looks like The Roadster could be the next fun, enjoyable vehicle to tell everyone about.

Tesla's 2023 Model 3 'revamp' is for cost-cutting, not a redesign

By Lennon Cihak
Tesla's revamping its Model 3 vehicle
Tesla's revamping its Model 3 vehicle
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Tesla’s gearing up for a small "revamp" of its popular Model 3 vehicle, which is set to go into production in the middle of 2023.

According to Reuters, the revamp is called “Project Highland” and aimed at lowering the production costs and increasing the Model 3’s attractiveness and not because it needs a redesign. The Model 3 was launched back in 2017, and Tesla has already sold well over 1 million of them.

According to our sources, don’t expect a design overhaul of the Model 3, though. Instead, Project Highland will focus on reducing the number of components and complexity of the Model 3’s interior.

The main goal of this Model 3 revamp is to increase manufacturing efficiencies and reduce costs. Tesla would like to get the Long Range and possibly the Performance variants of the Model 3 to qualify for the US tax incentive for 2023. Under this tax credit, manufacturers’ suggested retail price for brand-new sedans must be less than $55,000. For SUVs, trucks and vans, the maximum price is capped at $80,000.

Our previous evaluation of the vehicles that would qualify include the Model 3 RWD, Model Y Long Range (AWD), and Model Y Performance. However, this will likely change once the revamp goes into production.

Do not expect new vehicle features to be added to the Model 3, such as a rear display, air suspension, or ventilated seats. These features would raise the price of the Model 3 and create a significant overlap between the Model 3 and the refreshed Model S.

Yoke Steering Wheel

One new feature that is possible in this Model 3 revamp is the introduction of a yoke steering wheel or more likely, a wheel similar to the Tesla Semi, which has capacitive controls and no stalks. The stalks are replaced with capacitive controls on the steering wheel and touch controls on the vehicle's display. We previously reported on this rumor in August.

Redesign Rumors

A few rumors are floating around online including a redesigned front bumper and removal of door handles in exchange for touchless doors like the Cybertruck and Roadster 2.0, although our source tells us that this is cool, but not accurate.

The revamped Model 3 is likely to remain without its ultrasonic sensors, as Tesla is beginning its transition to its own Tesla Vision. This technology uses the vehicle’s onboard cameras and vast amounts of data from the neural net to function.

Over the past few years, Tesla has made significant efficiencies in the way it builds and manufactures vehicles. Recently, the Model Y switched to a single-mold front casting. This requires 169 fewer pieces and 1,600 fewer welds. To achieve this, Tesla is using its Giga Presses at its Berlin Gigafactory.

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