Tesla Cybertruck: Detailed Photos of Interior; Dual Motor Variant Confirmed

By Kevin Armstrong
We get a closer look at the Cybertruck's console
We get a closer look at the Cybertruck's console
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As we approach the Cybertruck's delivery event, the Cybertruck is spotted more often and new details emerge. Cybertruck Owners Club posted new images that not only gave us a better look at the Cybertruck's wiper arm, but also revealed it's dual-motor variant. But that is not all, the Cybertruck was also discovered pulling a trailer, yet another real-world test before its highly anticipated unveiling.

The Dual Motor Variant: Leading the Pack

A sticker in the frunk reveals this Cybertruck is a dual motor
A sticker in the frunk reveals this Cybertruck is a dual motor
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Before we get too deep into the details, I have to say my favorite image is the writing on the back of the Cybertruck that says, "How's My Driving? Call 1-800-ELN-MUSK"

While I was distracted with that amusing sign, others noticed the VIN sticker on one of Cybertrucks points to a Dual Motor variant. The little sticker reads VARIANT: DUAL MOTOR 00008. This seems to be solid proof there will be at least two versions of the Cybertruck.

Tesla continues to use humor in its products
Tesla continues to use humor in its products
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A Peek Inside: Cybertruck's Interior Design

The perforations on the seats all but confirm cooled seats on the Cybertruck
The perforations on the seats all but confirm cooled seats on the Cybertruck
Cybertruck Owners Club

Recent images from the Cybertruck Owners Club provide enticing insights into the Cybertruck's interior. The standout feature seems to be the perforated seats, hinting at the ability to either heat or cool passengers for added comfort. Portions of the dash are made of Alcantara-like material, but most notably, there's the introduction of a rear display on the Cybertruck's center console, aligning it with the likes of Model S, Model X, and the recently revealed Model 3 Highland.

Innovative Frunk Features

The Cybertruck's frunk has been another focal point for fans. New images highlight features such as the “Super Manifold V2” component, indicating a state-of-the-art heat pump system, likely surpassing even the impressive one in the Model Y.

Moreover, actuators spotted on either side may indicate a powered frunk. For those wondering about the wiper, the Cybertruck’s massive wiper is connected directly to the frame.

Hauling Capabilities: Power Meets Functionality

One of the most crucial aspects for potential pickup truck owners is the vehicle's ability to tow. Recent sightings reveal the Cybertruck towing an ATC trailer, seemingly the Rom 300 car hauler. If calculations based on the presence of a weight distribution hitch are correct, the Cybertruck might have been pulling weights exceeding 4,000 lbs, pointing towards its potent hauling capabilities.

The Cybertruck Towing

With all these details emerging, anticipation for the Cybertruck continues to grow. The specifics of its features and price remain a mystery, as does the delivery event. However, Elon Musk has promised an event in 2023, and time is ticking.

Tesla Vehicles Spotted With LiDAR: What Do They Use It For?

By Karan Singh
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Tesla recently hit the news for purchasing approximately $2M in LiDAR sensors from Luminar, one of Tesla’s long-term suppliers. You’ve probably seen photos of Tesla’s Semi and various Tesla models, including the Model 3 and Model Y sporting LIDAR equipment on the roof. These cars drive around with manufacturer plates scanning streets and highways.

However, many people confuse Tesla’s purpose in purchasing LiDAR equipment with using it for FSD versus testing. So, let’s look at what LiDAR is, and why Tesla uses it on its Fleet Validation Vehicles.

What is LiDAR?

LiDAR stands for Light Detecting and Ranging – essentially using lasers to measure distances. A laser pulse is sent out, and the time it takes to return is measured – providing extremely accurate distance measurements.

Some companies working on self-driving vehicles, including Waymo and BYD, use LiDAR as part of their self-driving suites, but Tesla is one of the few stand-outs that does not. Even Rimac’s “Verne” Robotaxi – which uses self-driving technology from Mobileye, also uses LiDAR.

While LiDAR can produce extremely accurate and high-quality 3D environments, it comes with its downsides as well. Not only is LiDAR costly and requires large gear strapped to a vehicle, but it also can not be used in bad weather and can have interference issues if there are other strong light sources present.

Why Does Tesla Use LiDAR?

A LiDAR rig mounted on a Tesla Semi for testing FSD.
A LiDAR rig mounted on a Tesla Semi for testing FSD.
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At Autonomy Day in 2019, Elon Musk mentioned that LiDAR isn’t the solution for self-driving cars – it's just a crutch. Thus, Tesla hasn’t used LiDAR for any production self-driving software.

Instead, Tesla uses it exactly how it's described – they use it to gather ground-truth data. This data is then used to feed Tesla’s Full Self Driving system – which helps validate its vision-only system's accuracy. LiDAR provides very accurate measurements to help ensure that FSD’s perception of space is accurate – and is only used by Tesla to ensure that its AI technology which is the brains of FSD is capable of accurately interpreting depth from just visual data.

Tesla’s vision-only system has been seen to be extremely accurate, with Vision-only Autopark being able to park in even narrower and tighter spaces faster than the previous version that relied on ultrasonic sensors.

We’ll likely continue to see Tesla purchase LiDAR systems, as well as use them for validation well into the future.

Tesla's Upcoming Robotaxi Event in August Delayed, According to Bloomberg

By Karan Singh
Sugar Design

In a report from Bloomberg, it is claimed that Tesla will be delaying its much-anticipated 8/8 Robotaxi event by two months to October 2024.

While sources other than Bloomberg haven't confirmed this report, Bloomberg has a positive track record of reporting on financial decisions. We’ll be sure to update the article if there is confirmation on X from Elon Musk or another Tesla senior official.

Tesla’s stock has dropped nearly 8.5% over the day, ending back-to-back gains over the last two weeks. It closed yesterday at $ 241 after hitting a peak of $270 earlier in the day before the news broke.

Why the Delay?

The delay – of approximately two months – has been communicated internally, but not publicly announced just yet. Bloomberg goes on to mention that the design team was told to rework certain elements of the Cybercab, necessitating the delay.

If Bloomberg’s report is correct, it sounds like Tesla’s unveil event will be largely focused on showing off the vehicle, instead of demoing how it will work. Of course, it could still be both, but given past events, Tesla has always shown off the vehicle years before it hits production.

Rimac recently showed off their version of robotaxi vehicle named Verne, and surprisingly, it could almost pass for Tesla’s own robotaxi. A lot of design cues in Rimac’s version are elements we have already seen or expect to see in Tesla’s autonomous taxi.

A recent Tesla patent revealed that Tesla is incorporating a sanitation system into their robotaxi that will be responsible for analyzing and cleaning the vehicle’s interior, although the delay itself is likely tied more to a physical feature rather than software.

Another element we know almost nothing about is how Tesla plans to charge these robotic taxis. Will they rely on the existing charge port and adapt a solution like the robotic charging arm (video below) we saw almost eight years ago, or will wireless charging or a dock finally become realized?

While the delay for Tesla’s event appears to be related to the vehicle’s design itself and not further development of FSD, Tesla is wasting no time in getting FSD working for the upcoming vehicle. Model 3 vehicles have already been spotted with camera locations that resemble a robotaxi.

Is the Delay Accurate?

We expect that this delay might actually be true – Elon Musk usually takes to X within hours of such news breaking if it's false to refute it and hasn’t done so yet.

Tesla has delayed several of their events in the past, and a delay of a couple of months seems plausible. We should hear from Musk himself soon on whether this report is accurate.

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