There's a lot of pent-up anticipation for the Cybertruck
A video posted on X.com displayed what seemed to be a bizarre imitation of the famed Cybertruck. The vehicle, appearing as a cardboard cutout attached to a car, has shown us that the internet never fails, but also highlights that people have been waiting a long time for this vehicle. So long, they've taken matters into their own hands.
One Twitter user, @Beuks605, humorously remarked on the video, "Not bad for $3,500.00," suggesting the surprisingly low budget behind the amusing spectacle.
Watch Out for Knock-Offs
Taking a jab at online shopping platforms known for imitation products, @TJCusackGaming quipped, "Cybertruck - Wish version," drawing parallels between the comical vehicle and less-than-authentic items found on websites. The sentiment was echoed by another user, @MicahGreaney, who chimed in with, "I think bro ordered his on wish dot com." @nextdoornurs3 added, "Cybertruck from Alibaba," while @B00KERJR exclaimed, "China starting to make cyber trucks now!?!!" These comments highlighted the internet's fascination with knock-off products and their origin stories.
Twitterati couldn't help but throw in some pop culture references, with @Sipowicz1042 comparing the imitation to an episode of The Simpsons where Homer designs a bizarre car, reminiscent of the eccentricity seen in the video. This analogy captured the essence of the comedic absurdity witnessed by viewers.
Amidst the laughter, Tesla enthusiasts have not lost sight of the genuine anticipation for the real deal. Drone pilot Joe Tegtmeyer's recent footage of Giga Texas painted a contrasting picture of excitement and anticipation, revealing glimpses of what could be the production-ready Cybertruck. His showcasing Tesla's progress rekindled excitement among Cybertruck reservation holders.
Tegtmeyer's exploration highlighted the crucial role of the Master Candidates in refining the production process. His commentary and the unveiled images fueled anticipation, reminding the Tesla community that the real Cybertruck is inching closer to rolling off the production line.
Not all reactions were centered around mockery, with some users like @EvelynE04265048 expressing genuine admiration, "My son loves the way it looks." Nonetheless, the majority found the spectacle amusing, with @ramseyboltin confessing, "I've wanted one of these since I saw them, but this video ruined it; it looks like a toy car."
Don't worry; we are sure the real deal will look much better, and we expect those stainless steel beasts to start rolling out before the end of the year. Until then, cardboard will have to do.
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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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