Tesla is starting a new FSD Beta trial for owners with HW4
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In a move that balances technological advancement with customer realities, Tesla has launched the FSD Beta trials for select owners and adjusted the stipulations of the FSD transfer program.
Addressing the Wait with FSD Beta Trials
For owners who secured a Tesla with Hardware 4 (HW4) through a referral, the company offered $500 off and a 3-month trial of FSD.
Tesla is now rolling out an additional three months of complimentary FSD Beta. This extension aims to compensate for the waiting period experienced by some customers before the feature became available post-delivery.
Once the trial concludes, customers interested in retaining the FSD capability can do so via the ‘Upgrades’ section of the Tesla app. It’s imperative for users to understand that the FSD system, while advanced, is not autonomous and requires active driver supervision, reinforcing the need for driver vigilance.
Flexibility in FSD Transfer Program
Tesla is also amending the conditions of the FSD transfer program. The initial requirement necessitated customers to take delivery of their new Tesla by September 30, 2023, to qualify for FSD transfer. Given the potential for delivery delays and subsequent customer feedback, this no longer appears to be a hard requirement according to Drive Tesla Canada. However, the order must still be placed before the specified date, with customers completing all pre-delivery tasks and making an honest effort to take delivery before the deadline.
In cases of custom configurations, if a matching vehicle is available in existing inventory, customers must accept the readily available option. While this alteration in policy is practical, it may necessitate some recalibration for prospective buyers.
Tesla says you can activate the FSD trial by navigating to 'Vehicle Settings' and selecting 'Autopilot' followed by 'Full Self-Driving Beta' on the in-car touchscreen. This appears to be the first time that Tesla is referring to Controls as 'Vehicle Settings.' Settings aligns better with other platforms and leads to less confusion for new users.
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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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