New Cybertruck Photos Reveal New Steering Wheel, Center Console and More

By Kevin Armstrong
New photos reveal several aspects of the Cybertruck's interior
New photos reveal several aspects of the Cybertruck's interior
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Tesla's revolutionary Cybertruck, now just months away from the kick-off of its production, has been the subject of much speculation and anticipation. The curtain over its interior features is finally lifting thanks to recent prototype sightings, one of which was notably displayed at Tesla's annual shareholder meeting earlier this month.

Unorthodox Design: The Cybertruck Steering Wheel

The newly-leaked photos provide a fascinating driver's perspective view, including an up-close examination of the Cybertruck's steering wheel. A fusion of designs from Tesla's Model S and Model X, the Cybertruck steering wheel challenges conventional design norms. The design amalgamates the yoke and round wheel styles, excluding stalls but featuring touch-sensitive buttons. It's a unique steering wheel, echoing the groundbreaking ethos of Tesla.

Minimalist Magic: The Cybertruck Dashboard and Center Console

The images reveal the expansive depth of Cybertruck's dashboard, which aligns with the geometric cabin design. A unique texture covers the dashboard, potentially cloth or Alcantara, further accentuating its minimalist allure. However, the anticipated transformation of the center console into an additional seating arrangement may no longer be a feature. We already know about its expected, 18.5" display.

Questions abound regarding the apparent absence of a sixth seat. This minimalistic design approach, characterized by straight lines and manual sliders, seems to create an expansive and futuristic cabin environment. Still, the lack of the sixth seat could be a point of contention for some potential owners.

New photos reveal several aspects of the Cybertruck's interior
New photos reveal several aspects of the Cybertruck's interior
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From Prototype to Production: The Evolution of Cybertruck's Design

With production slated to begin later this year at Giga Texas, many are speculating whether this is the final Cybertruck prototype or if Tesla is saving the final design reveal for its delivery event. Notably, the prototype boasts an improved yoke steering wheel, which seems to amalgamate a traditional round design with the unique yoke style, perhaps in response to mixed reviews and the popularity of the round steering wheel retrofit for the Model S and Model X.

From a cool Cybertruck-themed seat control panel to a tonneau cover reminiscent sliding console cover, Tesla appears to have paid meticulous attention to the minute details in the Cybertruck's interior. The cover will play a significant role in Tesla's next step in development - mounting points.

Cybertruck remains a bold proposition, challenging established norms of vehicle design. From its origami-like exterior to its innovative interior, it represents a radical reimagining of what a pickup truck can be. Despite its divisive features, Tesla's Cybertruck continues to generate massive anticipation, proving that society is ready to embrace the new and different when it comes to automobile design.

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 Launches; Adds EV Charger Ratings Using Rivian Data

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 launched yesterday, and there are some pretty awesome features coming to all EV owners courtesy of Rivian. Rivian purchased ABRP last year and has made good on its promises to continue its improvement and ensure it remains open to all EV owners.

Charger Scoring

Rivian recently added a feature that would rate any chargers compatible with Rivian vehicles. The list of chargers includes Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) chargers, Tesla Superchargers and any other compatible third-party chargers. The charger score is automatically calculated based on the station's average top speed and reliability.

With the launch of ABRP 5.0, Rivian is integrating its charger scores directly into the free tier of ABRP so that all EV owners can benefit. ABRP users will now be able to see charger scores, and ABRP will automatically route users to chargers with higher scores if they are available on your route.

Google Automotive

Another cool feature for ABRP is that it will now be available as an app to install and use directly in vehicles that support Google Automotive. Any EV that uses Google Automotive, including Volvo,  Polestar, Ford, and GM will support the in-system experience, which will also provide data for charger scoring and routing.

This will be an excellent way to hold third-party networks accountable, which have commonly suffered from uptime or speed issues.

Tesla’s Implementation

Tesla previously implemented a “Qualified Third-Party Charger” program, that would allow highly-rated third-party chargers that meet a strict set of requirements to be displayed directly in the vehicle. However, this is currently limited to Europe and parts of the Middle East. Within North America, Tesla only displays third-party Tesla destination chargers in addition to Superchargers.

While Tesla doesn’t directly show charger scores, they clearly are tracking charge data, and are providing the cream of the crop of third-party chargers for navigation where the program is available. We’d hope that this implementation of qualified third-party chargers also comes to North America, as NACS is becoming the de facto standard for charging.

If Tesla does expand the display of third-party chargers to other regions, it’ll likely be similar to what we see in Europe today, and won’t be as open as Rivian’s implementation in ABRP.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

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