Tesla Adds Cybertruck to Showrooms Across the U.S.: Eight Locations and Counting

By Kevin Armstrong
The Cybertruck is available in various showrooms across the U.S.
The Cybertruck is available in various showrooms across the U.S.
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Tesla's highly anticipated Cybertruck is gracing showrooms nationwide. Cybertruck was trending on X as users posted pictures and videos from Tesla stores throughout the U.S., ramping up even more excitement for the delivery event on November 30th.

Cybertrucks: Roll Out

Cybertruck started its showroom appearances in San Diego and San Jose earlier this week, but according to Elon Musk, several more Tesla stores may want to clear some space. Musk posted on X: "Cybertrucks are on their way to Tesla stores in North America!" It's unclear if that means every Tesla store and gallery across North America or just a few. There are 236 stores in the U.S., 24 in Canada, and 3 in Mexico.

It's also strange that so many Cybertrucks are in showrooms, as it's been reported that Tesla Product Design Director Javier Verdura said only ten would be delivered at the November 30th event. It's believed that slow rollout highlights the company's cautious approach, ensuring quality control before increasing deliveries and production volumes.

Locations

'A Better Theater,' a popular site for Tesla owners to stream content in their vehicles, is tracking all showrooms which have the Cybertruck on display. We've added the list below, but for the latest locations, checkout their site.

New York

860 Washington St., New York, NY 10014

California

333 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

6692 Auto Center Dr, Buena Park, CA 90621

4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122

Washington

Bellevue, WA 98004 (Coming Soon)

Florida

2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

4039 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

North Carolina

9140 E Independence Blvd, Matthews, NC 28105

Illinois

901 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Beyond Showrooms: Generating Buzz and Interest

This widespread showcase in Tesla showrooms is more than just about displaying the new Cybertruck; it's a strategic move to draw consumers into showrooms. As Cybertrucks make their way into more stores, potential customers and enthusiasts get a firsthand look, creating a tangible sense of excitement. This strategy is particularly effective before Black Friday, leveraging the shopping season's foot traffic to draw more attention.

Adding to the intrigue, Tesla has revealed key specifications of the Cybertruck in its showrooms. The confirmed towing capacity of 11,000 lbs and a payload of 2,500 lbs have been significant talking points, giving potential buyers more reasons to consider the Cybertruck as a formidable competitor in the electric vehicle market. However, we still don't know the price.

Despite the initially limited delivery numbers, Tesla's decision to place Cybertrucks in showrooms across North America is another clever marketing move - for a company that doesn't advertise. It maintains high levels of interest and anticipation and gives the rest of the lineup a chance to shine. Christmas comes earlier this year; just a few more sleeps until November 30th.

Tesla Looks to Add New Full Self-Driving and Premium Connectivity Plans in Canada

By Kevin Armstrong
FSD subscription may be coming to Canada
FSD subscription may be coming to Canada

Tesla may soon support a monthly FSD subscription and the Premium Connectivity annual plan for Canadian customers. The possible move was discussed on X as Tesla’s Vice President of Public Policy and Business Development, Rohan Patel, responded to inquiries.

FSD Beta Subscription in Canada

The potential introduction of the FSD beta subscription in Canada represents a notable evolution in Tesla’s FSD pricing. The monthly subscription is available in the U.S. for $200 USD per month, this service allows Tesla owners to access the company’s suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Considering currency exchange rates, this could translate to around $270 CAD monthly for Canadian consumers. This pricing strategy aims to make Tesla’s ADAS features more accessible, offering flexibility to subscribe or unsubscribe based on individual needs and circumstances, such as seasonal driving preferences. Currently, Canadian customers only have the option to buy FSD in full at $16,000 CAD.

While a subscription service for FSD Beta may allow more drivers to try out the technology, it will also assist Tesla in gathering more information and improving the system faster. The more miles clocked by FSD, the more the system learns.

Miles driven on FSD
Miles driven on FSD

Premium Connectivity Annual Plan

Alongside the FSD beta, Tesla is exploring the possibility of offering an annual subscription model for its Premium Connectivity service in Canada. Tesla started offering an annual subscription for Premium Connectivity in the US back in 2022 at $99.99, representing a 20% savings. Premium connectivity offers drivers additional features such as Live Traffic Visualization, Satellite-View Maps, and streaming services such as Netflix, Spotify and YouTube. The anticipated price for Canadian subscribers is set to be around $139.99 annually, offering a savings opportunity compared to the current monthly subscription rate of $13.99 CAD.

Patel's engagement on X highlights Tesla's proactive approach to addressing potential legal and regulatory barriers that might impede the introduction of these services in Canada. He committed to investigating these issues, underscoring Tesla's dedication to its Canadian customer base.

Strategic Investments and Enthusiastic Community

Tesla's plans for Canada go beyond just offering new subscription services. The company has made significant investments in manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain operations in the country.

Tesla FSD Beta v12 Auto Parks, Completes U-Turns, But Removes Traffic-Aware Cruise Control Ability

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla has released FSD Beta v12 to some customers
Tesla has released FSD Beta v12 to some customers

Tesla's FSD Beta version 12.2.1, update 2023.44.30.20, recently started going out to some owners, which resulted in more videos posted on X. There are several examples of amazing technology at work, but also evidence that more work is needed.

Ashok Elluswamy, Tesla's Director of Autopilot Software, recently highlighted the sophistication of FSD Beta v12 on X, emphasizing how the system's end-to-end approach is tackling complex driving scenarios with remarkable ease. His response came to a video of FSD maneuvering around a large puddle.

FSD V12 Does U-Turns

One of the standout features of FSD Beta v12 is its ability to execute U-turns seamlessly when required by the route. This is where real-world examples show the good and the bad of this highly advanced maneuver come into play. X user AI DRIVR, an account posting several high-quality videos of V12.2.1 in action, demonstrates a flawless U-turn.

Unfortunately, not all U-turns posted on X are as pretty; Randolph Kim has been experimenting with several scenarios. While later videos showed better behavior with u-turns and roundabouts, the earlier attempts had to be disengaged.

Parking Mode / First Glimpse at Park Seek

During our first glimpse of FSD v12 during Musk’s livestream, we noticed a new behavior when the vehicle reached its destination. Instead of just stopping, the vehicle now pulled over to the side of the road. However, it looks like the newest release goes one step further.

In a video by ArthurFromX, the vehicle is navigating to a parking lot. Not only does the vehicle successfully navigate to the parking lot, but it hunts around for a spot and then successfully parks without any additional instructions.

This could be our first glimpse at Tesla’s upcoming Park Seek feature that will eventually let the vehicle drop you off at the door and then go park itself.

Return of the Snapshot Button

Tesla appears to have reintroduced the Snapshot button in this update, at least to some owners. The snapshot button allows drivers to send additional information to Tesla regarding Autopilot's performance. This feature and the existing voice command feedback option provide Tesla with invaluable data to improve the FSD system further.

Automatic Speed Offset

Another noteworthy addition is the Automatic Set Speed Offset feature, which grants the vehicle autonomy to adjust its speed based on factors such as road type, traffic flow, and environmental conditions. The video below shows this feature in action. The feature is turned off by default and it currently only applies to street-level roads, but it’s a shift toward more human-like behavior for FSD Beta.

TACC is No Longer Accessible

Recently, Tesla revised the Autopilot activation method to avoid confusion and offered drivers two choices — a single pull of the stalk to enable FSD Beta or the traditional two taps. However, with FSD Beta v12, drivers are now required to use the single pull method to activate Autopilot.

Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC) has traditionally been one pull of the stalk and Autopilot two pulls, but with the new single-pull method to activate Autopilot, TACC becomes unavailable. This hasn’t been a big deal until the release of FSD v12. With v12 Tesla is now requiring FSD Beta to use the single tap activation method.

This means that if a driver chooses to use FSD Beta, then TACC is no longer accessible. The only way to enable it is to go into Controls > Autopilot and turn off FSD Beta and instead choose Autosteer (or TACC). However, if you wish to enable FSD Beta again later, then it requires the vehicle to be in Park. Switching between Autosteer and FSD Beta isn’t practical for drivers. For those who rely on TACC, this issue could be a significant disadvantage in this release.

Update 2023.44.30.20

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Several drivers have praised FSD Beta v12’s ability to navigate complex situations, better decision-making, and smoother behavior. However, as with any cutting-edge technology, there have been instances where the system's responses have room for improvement, highlighting the importance of its continued development.

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