Tesla has started the public release of FSD Beta 184.108.40.206
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Tesla's latest FSD Beta, v220.127.116.11, has just passed the employee testing phase and is now going out to its first batch of public testers.
Tesla first released beta 18.104.22.168 as update 2023.27.5 internally to its employees. Unfortunately, that update was never released to the public, as Tesla presumably found issues that needed to be addressed before a public release.
Just five days later, Tesla made update 2023.27.6 available to its employees, which initially carried the same FSD Beta version, but is now known as FSD Beta 22.214.171.124. After internal testing for a little over a day, this update is now going out to the public. The first wave usually consists of the "OG," or the original 1,000 public testers, which appears to be what we're seeing in this update.
Whether we'll see additional waves of this release later today or over the next few days will depend on whether Tesla discovers any major issues that need to be fixed before a wider release.
The FSD specific release notes in this version remain the same as v11.4.7, although the big news in this update are the non-FSD features. This update brings users on update 2023.7.30 up to date with many of the latest Tesla features that have been found in update 2023.12, 2023.20 and 2023.26.
Tesla updates have become more confusing lately with the merger of FSD Beta into all updates. The latest Tesla updates, such as version 2023.32, include the newest Tesla features, but they include a slightly older, more stable version of FSD Beta, which is currently beta 11.4.4. Owners who have been testing FSD Beta for a while now, are usually on an older update, such as update 2023.7.30. These versions contain a newer version of FSD Beta, such as beta 11.4.7, but unfortunately, a lot of the newest, non-FSD features are missing.
Tesla develops FSD Beta separately from other features, and for now, it appears that Tesla prefers to keep most owners on a more stable version, while a smaller user base can help test the latest additions to FSD Beta. It's possible we'll see this trend continue as it helps Tesla mitigate risk.
The first is firmware code that refers to a "front camera washer," which implies that upcoming models with a front bumper camera will also include a washer to hose off the lens.
The second appears to be available now with update 2023.44.1, and that's changes to the seat belt reminder system.
Front Camera Washer
The front-camera washer was revealed through Green's deep dive into Tesla's firmware code. An upcoming refresh to the Model S and Model X is expected to include a front bumper camera, as well as ambient lighting, similar to the new Model 3. When the new Model 3 lands in North America next year, it is also expected to carry this additional camera.
While its possible that the car will automatically clean the front camera based on when it sees dirt or rain droplets (similarly to how the wipers work), it appears that Tesla will also provide a button to manually clean the front bumper camera.
It's not clear where this additional button will live, but it could be added next to the Wipers and Sentry Mode buttons in Controls. Based on the icon, it doesn't look like it'll be its own icon in the bottom rows of apps, known as the launcher.
Seatbelt Reminder Changes
Another change Green discovered was a smaller change related to the seatbelt reminder system. In alignment with the standards set by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Tesla updated its seatbelt reminder tone. As per Green's findings, the new tone sounds more frequent and is higher-pitched.
Tesla has been tinkering with tone and patterns regarding safety aspects. The company recently changed how the hazardous lights function, introducing speed changes in flashing and light brightness after an accident.
These small changes reflect Tesla's commitment to consistently evolving their vehicles through hardware and software changes.
According to previous images of the Cybertruck's front bumper camera, the Cybertruck may be the first Tesla vehicle with the new lens cleaner. We should find out more this Thursday, when Tesla delivers the first trucks.
Tesla's Cybertruck is finally set to make its grand debut this Thursday, and it appears that the gang is all here. The latest sightings at Tesla's Gigafactory in Texas show an assembly of over 25 Cybertrucks. This fleet, captured by drone pilot and Giga Texas observer Jeff Roberts, is raising the excitement even more for what will be a monumental event.
Distinguishing Production Models from Test Units
Close examination of the spotted Cybertrucks indicates a mix of potential production models and test units. Some vehicles show signs of off-road testing, while others have different builds. They are all quite likely the ones that we have been writing about for months as production models would appear like Bigfoot sightings.
Despite the visible fleet, Tesla has announced plans to deliver only the first ten units at the launch event. This conservative start echoes Tesla's previous product launches, like the Model 3, where initial production was limited. Industry experts suggest a significant ramp-up in the coming year, with projections of substantial delivery numbers 2024.
What to Expect from the Cybertruck
Tesla has been tight-lipped about the final specifications of the Cybertruck. However, leaked details and hints from Tesla's earnings calls, Elon Musk's posts on X, and Joe Rogan's appearance suggest innovative features, like being arrow repellant, and being able to 'crab-walk'.
We also know the truck's towing capacity of 11,000 lbs and a payload of 2,500 lbs. It also has an advanced charging architecture and unique utility elements. These features are expected to set the Cybertruck apart from the truck and the electric truck segments, offering functionality and futuristic design.
Tesla's Strategic Approach to the Electric Truck Market
The Cybertruck launch is not just about introducing a new vehicle; it's about Tesla asserting its position in the electric truck market. The Cybertruck's journey from concept to launch reflects Tesla's commitment to pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle technology and design. The latest Elon Musk biography, written by Walter Isaacson, details many of the behind-the-scenes details of the production of this incredible vehicle.
The sighting of over 25 Cybertrucks at Gigafactory Texas indicates that Tesla is ready to put on a show for the delivery event. The event is scheduled to start at noon PST on November 30.
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