Tesla Reduces FSD Beta 'Jail' Sentence

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla is reducing the time FSD Beta is unavailable when reaching your strike limit
Tesla is reducing the time FSD Beta is unavailable when reaching your strike limit
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Tesla Full Self Driving Beta update 2022.44.30.5 comes with a lighter sentence for those who get put in FSD jail. Since its inception, FSD in rendered inoperable if the computer detects inattentiveness or other improper usage. After being reprimanded three to five times, depending on whether your vehicle has a cabin camera, FSD would then be disabled. You were then stuck without FSD Beta until Tesla decided to clear strikes globally for everyone, so the setence varied from a few days to months. Some users reported more than six months without being allowed back in the program. Now, it’s approximately two weeks.

Unknown What Factors Determine Suspension Length

You read that right; "approximately two weeks" is the wording in the update. It’s unclear what would justify a two-week or "approximately two-week" suspension. However, there are several users taking to social media to rant about their Tesla detecting weighted devices on the steering wheel. They state that they were not using an aftermarket device that has been shown to trick the system into recognizing that the driver’s hands are on the wheel when they are not. It’s unknown if that kind of infraction would constitute a longer suspension than the standard ignoring the inattentiveness warnings.

FSD Updated Suspension Notes

The latest release notes state:

For maximum safety and accountability, use of Full Self-Driving (Beta) will be suspended if improper usage is detected. Improper usage is when you, or another driver of your vehicle, receive five 'Forced Autopilot Disengagements'. A disengagement is when the Autopilot system disengages for the remainder of a trip after the driver receives several audio and visual warnings for inattentiveness. Driver-initiated disengagements do not count as improper usage and are expected from the driver. Keep your hands on the wheel and remain attentive at all times. Use of any hand-held devices while using Autopilot is not allowed.

The FSD Beta feature can only be removed per this suspension method and it will be unavailable for approximately two weeks.

Based on the release notes, it sounds like Tesla will now disable and enable the FSD Beta feature on a per-user basis, allowing the vehicle to track when the infractions took place and disable the feature for a period of time.

This is much more similar to Autopilot, where if improper usage is detected, the user is prohibited from using Autopilot for the remainder of the drive. It sounds like Tesla plans to be more strict with city driving, but the idea is similar. The period of time may be adjusted as Tesla gains additional confidence with its software.

That said, the “tedious steering wheel nag,” as recently described by @Wholemarsblog may soon be going away, therefore removing the purpose of the weights on the wheel. As reported earlier this week, Elon Musk responded to the Twitter user by agreeing that the nag should be disabled for users with more than 10,000 miles of driving with FSD. It’s expected that the cabin camera will play a larger role if the sensors on the wheel are disabled, so the computer will still monitor driver awareness.

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh
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Tesla recently fired the entire Supercharger team, including Tesla’s head of charging – Rebecca Tinucci, after she pushed back on the extreme layoffs that took place right before the cut.

The Supercharger team consisted of over 500 employees, at least after the initial layoffs. In the following days and weeks, Tesla began to rehire some of the employees that it had fired.

Some Damage Done

In the immediate aftermath of the firing of the Supercharger team, contractors and site planners were left bewildered, with no contact from the Supercharger team that was responsible for payment, planning, and decision-making.

As this has played out, new Supercharger deployments have been reduced – stations that were already being built are being completed, but no new announcements have been made since t

It was dire news at the time - but it isn’t all bad.

Returning Employees

Now, more and more of the employees that were fired are beginning to return to Tesla, some of whom are announcing that they were asked to return to Tesla in their previous capacities.

George Bahadue, Senior Manager of Site Acquisition and Business Development commented on LinkedIn:

“Two weeks ago, I was asked to return to Tesla in my previous capacity heading up the business development and site acquisition for Tesla charging – I accepted.”

His reasoning to accept the position was a quote from Rebecca Tinucci:

“You work at Tesla because you hope to have at least a small impact on our collective future – aspirationally, to leave the world better for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren – by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. And that mission is too important to allow any distractions.”

New Stations Could be Coming Soon

With the restaffing of the Supercharger team, especially with the return of George Bahadue, we can expect that new Supercharger sites may be announced in the coming weeks, as the ripple effect from the layoffs begins to settle.

The rehiring of experienced staff suggests that Tesla and Elon Musk are still committed to the vision of maintaining and expanding its Supercharger network – the largest and most reliable charging network in North America, which is crucial for the mission to move the world to renewable energy.

Tesla Cuts Model Y Output in China – Economic Slowdown and Anticipated Project Juniper Launch

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently cut Model Y output in China, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Tesla’s production of the Model Y in China experienced a decline of approximately 18% in March, and 33% in April, versus the same time last year.

Output Cuts

These output cuts can be attributed to Tesla’s recent decision to reduce production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai by at least 20% from March to June 2024. This was attributed to an unnamed Spokesperson by Reuters last week.

This decision could be multifaceted – the primary reason being an economic slowdown in China as price wars continue to be waged between EV manufacturers, including Tesla. On the flipside, Tesla has continued its production of the updated 2024 Model 3, colloquially referred to as the Highland, with an increase of 10%.

Project Juniper?

The second reason for this slowdown could be the incoming arrival of the Model Y refresh – also known as Project Juniper. Tesla China has already introduced an updated Model Y with a unique cloth dash with similar ambient lighting as the Model 3.

The Model 3 Highland was also introduced in China before its introduction to other markets, including North America and Europe.

Juniper Upgrade Speculation

Not much has been seen about Project Juniper at this time, but we can expect a similar suite of upgrades that match the updated 2024 Model 3 Highland – including a new front fascia design, updated doors and dynamics, steering updates, improved control arms, ambient lighting, new seats, and improved range.

There is a continued expectation that Tesla is pushing back its Model Y refresh – its best-selling vehicle – to make a bigger splash. This could include newer features – like the Cybertruck’s Steer-by-Wire, front camera, or other upgrades and changes – like the lack of stalks on the rest of the Tesla line-up.

Tesla previously confirmed we’re not seeing the Juniper Y this year, this could be the time needed to retool and upgrade lines to prepare for its introduction sometime next year.

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