Tesla Cybertruck Spotted 'Crab-Walking'; Hints at Steer-by-Wire Capabilities

By Kevin Armstrong
The Cybertruck may include steer-by-wire
The Cybertruck may include steer-by-wire

As anticipation for Tesla's Cybertruck continues to mount, a recent "crab-walking" sighting has added to the speculation that Tesla may be integrating advanced steer-by-wire technology into its futuristic pickup.

Steering Into the Future: Tesla's Patent Points to Innovation

As we reported in June, Tesla's patent filing hinted at a steer-by-wire system possibly slated for a 2023 debut. This system replaces traditional mechanical steering with an electronic one, where drivers' inputs are translated into digital commands that articulate the vehicle's trajectory. Tesla's innovation isn't just a simple reinvention; it's a leap toward heightened efficiency, customizable cockpit designs, and a level of redundancy that ensures reliability.

Yoke Wheel & Steer-by-Wire: A Match Made for Cybertruck?

Tesla's yoke steering wheel, a controversial but forward-thinking design choice, could be the perfect match for steer-by-wire technology. With different steering ratios programmable at various speeds, the need for hand-over-hand steering—a cumbersome relic of the past—could be eliminated. X user @niccruzpatane connected the dots, noting the Cybertruck's yoke appears to necessitate fewer turns compared to other models, a hallmark of dynamic variable steer-by-wire systems.

Cybertruck's Sidestep: More Than Just a Party Trick?

Joe Tegtmeyer's (@JoeTegtmeyer) latest observations at Giga Texas have added fuel to the speculative fires. The Cybertruck's ability to "crab-walk" implies rear-wheel steering is not just included but has been honed to a level of sophistication on par with—or potentially exceeding—that of its competitors. This could signal a software-enabled driving mode that adds lateral maneuverability, a feature sure to excite off-road enthusiasts and urban navigators alike.

If steer-by-wire is indeed behind the Cybertruck's minimal steering wheel rotation and its crab-walking capability, we are looking at a revolution in vehicle control. This technology allows for a highly responsive steering experience, adapting to speed, driving conditions, and potentially even driver preferences.

What's Next? Delivery Day Revelations Await

The first deliveries of the Cybertruck are scheduled for November 30, 2023. By then, we expect full demonstrations of all its capabilities, including potential "beast mode" specs that could rival Tesla's Plaid performance models. With a speculated weight of 7,000 lbs., a range of around 500 miles, and acceleration from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds, the Cybertruck aims to redefine not just truck performance but the auto industry - again.

With rivals like the Ford Lightning, which hit the market hot but has since slowed, Rivian and General Motors making a few blips on the radar, Tesla's Cybertruck doesn't just aim to join the pickup sector but roll right over it. It's not just the potential for a Plaid powertrain or its purported specifications; it's making the future look like the future.

Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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