Since the Cybertruck unveiling in 2019, Tesla has pushed production dates back numerous times: from late 2021 to late 2022, to early 2023, and most recently to the mid-2023 target for initial low-volume production.
Tesla is reportedly planning to begin Cybertruck high-volume production at the end of next year. The company is preparing to set production dates according to a report from Reuters, indicating mass manufacturing of the Cybertruck to begin at the end of 2023.
During the Q3 2022 earnings call, Tesla stated that it was working on preparing the Austin, Texas plant to build the Cybertruck, with "early production" set to begin mid-2023. During the call, Elon Musk said that Tesla is "in the final lap for Cybertruck." The Q3 2022 Shareholder Deck also listed Cybertruck's production status as in the "tooling" phase which means it's preparing for production.
This aligns with timelines from IDRA Group, the die-casting company making the 9,000-ton Giga Press that will be used for the Cybertruck. The Giga Press has reportedly arrived in Houston, Texas and can be expected to reach the Gigafactory in Austin, Texas soon.
Reuters points out that gradually ramping up Cybertruck production starting mid-2023, reaching high volume production by late 2023 would mean that some of the roughly 1 million reservation holders may have to wait more than a year before their truck is delivered.
Elon stated that the company had more orders "than we could possibly fulfill for three years after the start of production." For these reasons, Tesla stopped taking orders for the Cybertruck outside North America in May 2022.
Tesla has been working with major record labels over the past few months to bring Dolby Atmos to their vehicles, which would add a highly immersive listening experience to music, podcasts, and videos.
Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that creates an immersive audio experience. It is the next-generation of surround sound and it has been designed to work in any type of environment from movie theaters to home theaters and now vehicles. The Dolby Atmos system uses 128 audio channels and can transport any type of sound, anywhere in the room. It achieves this by using a combination of speakers and objects like ceiling reflectors, which are placed all around the room, to create the desired effect. It was first introduced in 2012 and has since been used in major Hollywood film releases such as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Gravity," and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Luxury electric vehicle automaker Lucid Motors was the first car company to add Dolby Atmos support to their Lucid Air vehicle. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo announced that they would bring Dolby Atmos support to more of their vehicles, too.
We anticipate that Dolby Atmos support and Apple Music will come as a feature as part of this year’s holiday update, which is expected in the next month. These major additions of Dolby Atmos, Apple Music, and Tesla working closely with the major record labels could mean we may get lossless audio, too. CEO Elon Musk hinted at lossless audio support earlier this year.
Currently, TIDAL supports lossless audio but it’s limited to downloaded files and not streaming.
Home Theater-Like Experience
If Tesla adds Dolby Atmos support to their vehicles, they may add support for Atmos beyond just Apple Music. In addition to 5.1 surround sound, many streaming services also offer Dolby Atmos encoded surround sound, such as Netflix and Disney+, which are already available in Teslas. We may see Tesla support Dolby Atmos across all their streaming services that provide it as an audio option.
Tesla owners may soon experience a theater-like experience when viewing movies in their vehicles.
Many users are seeing drastic improvements to Tesla's auto high beams
For many of us, the days are getting shorter. Unfortunately, with the winter solstice one month away, we will have to deal with even more hours of darkness. This time of year gives headlights a workout, including auto high beams. While Tesla does many amazing things, the auto high beams have been problematic for owners, but that appears to be changing.
A video posted on YouTube by Twitter user @raffaeru shows a night drive with the lights changing from high to low beam. The description of the video reads: Finally, usable auto high beams on Teslas. A welcome undocumented change in software version 2022.40.4.
Twitter Confirms High Beam Changes
Although Tesla did not officially mention improvements to its auto high beams feature in the 2022.40 release notes, many users have reported drastic improvements to the feature.
We recently asked people on Twitter if they'd noticed a difference in auto high beams. Some have not, but others raved about the change. Here are some responses:
Video of Improved Auto High Beams
@Arpe_DK: Yup, so much better! Was driving 200 miles in the dark the other day, only once did the Tesla annoy an oncoming driver. Usually it annoys all of them. I rate the [auto] high beams 7/10 from 1/10. Further improvement are needed for sensitivity, and no high beam during streetlamps.
@wertzu112: Noticed very big difference on 2022.40.4.1. Seems Tesla has cranked up the sensitivity, now they also turn off without apparent reason all the time when light reflects off of signs, poles etc. But no more dazzling of oncoming traffic, so that's a plus. Was unusable before…
@bjornstenberg: Oh it has improved massively. It now dips as soon as it detects a vehicle in the field of view. Front, back, side, it detects everything. I didn't want to use it before since I couldn't trust it to not blind oncoming traffic. That worry is completely gone.
@andefred: Yes! Significant improvement! To the point that I most of the time could not react faster manually which I always did before.
V11 Includes High Beam Improvements
Also, well-known Tesla enthusiast @WholeMarsBlog posted a text conversation when tweeting the Full Self-Driving Version 11 release notes. It's unknown who is in the discussion, but they talk about V11 and then say "auto highbeams are waaay better with this version. I can actually trust it now!"
It's not clear whether FSD Beta v11 contains only the improved auto high beams from update 2022.40 or if Tesla has made additional improvements in v11.
By the way, we rely on information from Tesla owners and would like to thank everyone for their input on our Twitter question. If you've noticed improvements to auto high beams, let us know in our forum below.
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