Leaked Photo Reveals Bold New Headlights for Tesla Model 3 Refresh, Project Highland

By Kevin Armstrong
A leaked photo shows off the refresh Model 3, known internally as Project Highland
A leaked photo shows off the refresh Model 3, known internally as Project Highland

The Tesla Model 3 has become an icon in the electric vehicle market, so any changes to its design are sure to generate buzz. A recently leaked image on Reddit confirms a significant redesign of the Model 3's headlights, showcasing a daring new look that will capture attention.

This bold change to such a popular vehicle signals Tesla's commitment to innovation and continuous improvement. Alongside the new headlights, the picture gives away a few other details. The Model 3 refresh, codenamed Highland, will see many other updates. Here's a summary of the significant changes expected.

Striking Headlight Redesign

The Reddit image offers a clear view of the updated Model 3's striking new headlights. This leaked image matches up with the details we received and reported on in our article, Project Highland Exposed. It also matches up with incognito Model 3s that have covered headlights, further validating the leaked image's authenticity.

The image also shows that the foglights are gone. It's unclear if they've been moved inside the new headlight or removed altogether. It's also worth noting that the front bumper shows no sign of ultra sonic sensors and Tesla will continue to rely vision for park assist. The Model 3 refresh is expected to have a camera in the lower-center of the front bumper, but unfortunately we're not able to see that from this photo as well.

The side mirror also appears slightly narrower than the current mirrors. Additionally, there is no "T" logo on the hood. Chief designer Franz von Holzhausen has talked about having less branding on future Teslas.

Additional Updates Expected for Model 3 Highland

We put together a story of all the changes that are part of the Highland and released it a few weeks ago. Here is a summary of that story, detailing the other new elements the leaked image didn't show.

Bumper Camera: A redesigned front bumper will house a single camera in the center area of the lower-vent area, addressing concerns about detecting objects in camera blind spots.

Rear Bumper: While the reason remains unclear, the rear bumper is also being redesigned.

Additional Cameras: The Highland will feature three new cameras — one in the front bumper and two on the sides of the vehicle, possibly aimed at improving visibility at certain intersections.

Sensors: The exterior temperature sensor will be removed and replaced with a GPS-based system. Additionally, Tesla is working on improving the GPS module for more accurate location detection.

Interior: Inside, the wood trim will be replaced with a fabric finish, and the dash will receive a facelift, though details are scarce.

With a bold new headlight design leading the way, the Model 3 Highland updates show Tesla's dedication to evolving its vehicles and staying ahead of the competition. The mix of cost-cutting measures and significant improvements, such as the addition of new cameras and updated hardware, will likely generate excitement among customers. Production is expected to begin in the third quarter, with Model Y's Project Juniper set to follow.

Elon Musk Promises 'Super Good' Autowiper Performance With Latest Iteration

By Kevin Armstrong
Musk believes owners will see a big improvement in Tesla's latest auto-sensing wiper updates
Musk believes owners will see a big improvement in Tesla's latest auto-sensing wiper updates

On the heels of last week's wiper news about Tesla's auto-sensing feature, CEO Elon Musk has proclaimed that "wipers will be super good." This declaration seems to center on the recent rollout of the Autowiper v4 system, indicating a shift away from the previously hyped 'Deep Rain' concept.

Retracing the Path to Autowiper v4

While Tesla's auto wiper system had shortcomings, the company has taken note of user feedback to refine and upgrade the technology. Musk's tweet today brings attention to this effort, sparking speculation and excitement among Tesla owners.

The Autowiper v4 is a testament to Tesla's commitment to improving its driver experience, promising to deliver more precise and responsive wiper control in various weather conditions. This development represents the company's commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and customer experience.

Pausing the 'Deep Rain' Concept

Musk's tweet also coincides with reports that Tesla may be stepping back from its 'Deep Rain' neural net. Once touted as the definitive solution to wiper sensitivity issues, the 'Deep Rain' feature can now be disabled internally in the new FSD Beta 11.4.2 release according to Tesla hacker, GreenTheOnly.

This unexpected turn of events has caused a buzz in the Tesla community. While some express disappointment, others see it as a strategic move to streamline the auto wiper system, shifting focus to the promising Autowiper v4.

Harnessing Surround Video for Enhanced Rain Detection

Musk apologized for the past performance of Tesla's auto wipers and revealed a key update in the tweet. Tesla is transitioning from a single camera, single frame neural net to a surround video system. This means the company is compiling video from all onboard cameras into a 360-degree view, which the neural net will then analyze.

Notably, this upgrade reflects Musk's vision of fully autonomous vehicles and how they may transform car ownership. The system can gain a comprehensive understanding of its surroundings by utilizing multiple camera feeds. This move promises improved rain detection and signifies a step toward Tesla's self-driving goals.

Embracing the Future: The Role of Autowiper v4

As Tesla continues to innovate, the Autowiper v4 system could play a key role in overcoming the challenges previously faced by the auto wiper system. Integrating all onboard cameras promises a better understanding of weather conditions, potentially increasing the system's efficiency and accuracy.

While in its early days, the Autowiper v4 represents an exciting advancement in Tesla's technological capabilities. It shows that Tesla is listening to its user base and remains committed to delivering improvements and upgrades that directly address the needs and concerns of its drivers.

What the Future Holds

The shelving of the 'Deep Rain' concept and the introduction of the Autowiper v4 system marks a critical juncture for Tesla's auto wiper technology. The shift to a surround video system demonstrates Tesla's unwavering commitment to innovation and user experience improvement.

While these developments have caused a stir in the Tesla community, the real test will come when Tesla enables v4 and lets drivers experience the new system. As the anticipation grows, the spotlight remains on Tesla as we wait to see if these updates deliver on their promise. The story of Tesla's Autowiper system is far from over, and it will be fascinating to watch it unfold.

Tesla Finds Genius Way To Open Stores Despite Direct Sales Bans

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla has found an interesting loophole to get around direct sale laws
Tesla has found an interesting loophole to get around direct sale laws

Tesla has engineered a brilliant workaround to tackle the direct sales ban instituted in several US states. This ingenious move involves partnering with Native American tribes to establish showrooms on tribal land, allowing Tesla to navigate prohibitive sales laws.

Partnering with Native American Tribes

Spearheading this innovative strategy, Tesla has announced plans to open a spacious 25,000-square-foot showroom on land owned by the Oneida Indian Nation in Madison County, New York. Set to be operational by 2025, this will be Tesla’s first direct sales facility outside the New York City area, offering a new hub for customers in upstate New York.

This savvy approach isn't new for the company. In 2021, Tesla made similar arrangements with the Nambe Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, opening a showroom and service center on tribal land to sidestep the state's restrictive sales law. This partnership benefited Tesla and provided an economic boost for the tribe.

Benefiting Both Parties

The collaboration with the Oneida Indian Nation offers mutual advantages. The agreement will facilitate Tesla's expansion, whilst the Nation will benefit from the showroom’s construction and ongoing operations, offering employment opportunities to local tribal members and residents. Tesla's committed to fostering local talent via its workforce development programs, providing members of the Oneida Indian Nation with potential career paths within the company.

Tesla's strategic move is more than just an inventive legal sidestep"it's a powerful statement in favor of sustainable transportation. Through the partnership, the company aims to increase access to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure for Nation Members and residents of Upstate New York, contributing to broader environmental objectives.

Tesla’s Stance on Direct Sales

Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, has made it clear that the company prefers to sell directly to consumers, bypassing third-party dealerships. However, many states, including New York, have stringent laws that compel vehicle manufacturers to sell via dealerships. Tesla's partnership with Native American tribes serves as a compelling workaround, demonstrating the company's determination to bring its electric vehicles to as many customers as possible.

While this strategy may not be applicable everywhere, it demonstrates Tesla's ability to identify and exploit legal loopholes that work in its favor. It’s a testament to the company's relentless drive for growth, even in the face of regulatory challenges. This move sets a precedent for other manufacturers facing similar obstacles, offering a novel approach to tackle such constraints.

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