Elon Musk Responds to Tesla Appearance in Netflix's 'Leave the World Behind' [Video]

By Kevin Armstrong
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Tesla's frightening appearance in Netflix's
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Netflix's latest apocalyptic thriller, "Leave the World Behind," has stirred some fears about cars that are too technologically advanced, which means Tesla takes a starring role. Spoiler alert: if you haven’t watched it, I will give away some details.

The film portrays a world teetering on the brink of technological collapse. Amidst this chaos, a memorable scene has the characters dodging a fleet of Model 3s. The cars have been hacked, and operating under full self-driving (FSD) are now smashing into one another, causing traffic jams along all major freeways. Netflix used the scene starring Julia Roberts to promote the movie on Elon Musk’s social media platform, X.

Elon Musk's Response: A Futuristic Reassurance

Elon Musk, always one to engage directly with public discourse about his companies, responded to this portrayal on social media. Rather than addressing the depicted nightmare scenario head-on, Musk highlighted the resilience of Tesla vehicles in extreme conditions. He emphasized their ability to charge from solar panels, even in a dystopian, fuel-deprived world. While not directly tackling the depicted misuse of Tesla's FSD capabilities, this response subtly reassures the public of Tesla's utility and foresight in dire circumstances.

It is doubtful that many of you predicted that Model 3s would show up in an end-of-day movie, considering Tesla just started rolling out Cybertruck, a vehicle that would do well in a movie like that. After the bulletproof video demonstration during the delivery event, Musk said, “Sometimes you get these late civilization vibes, you know the apocalypse could come along at any moment, and here at Tesla, we have the finest in apocalypse technology.”

Community Notes Strikes Again

The Netflix post was ‘community noted’ on X. A user, likely a big Tesla fan, pointed out that Tesla's website clearly states that while their vehicles possess FSD capabilities and the necessary hardware, FSD currently operates as a Level 2 assistant feature. This means a driver must always be present and ready to take control. The system is designed to disengage if it detects no driver interaction. This safeguard starkly contrasts the autonomous anarchy depicted in the film. Where is the fun in that?

The Reality of the Situation

While sensational, Netflix's portrayal echoes public fears about the reliability and security of autonomous vehicles. The scene from "Leave the World Behind" taps into anxieties about smart technology and its potential misuse. In reality, accidents involving Teslas potentially with Autopilot engaged are under investigation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seemingly in constant contact with Tesla about autonomous driving. It's a potent reminder that as technology evolves, so must our understanding and regulations governing it.

For Tesla and Elon Musk, the movie provides an opportunity to reassess public perceptions and address concerns head-on. As "Leave the World Behind" shows, the road ahead is as much about managing fears and perceptions as it is about advancing technology.

Tesla Reduces Price of FSD Subscription to $99 Per Month [Subscriptions Now Available in Canada Too!]

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla just dropped its FSD subscription pricing dramatically in the U.S., lowering the cost from $199 to $99 per month. However, not everyone is thrilled with the new pricing.

For owners who bought the Enhanced Autopilot package for $6,000 USD, Tesla offered a lower-priced FSD subscription of $99, instead of $199. However, with this new FSD price reduction, EAP owners are no longer receiving a discount.

FSD Subscription Expansion

Currently, the FSD subscription is only available in the U.S., but plans for expansion are underway. Tesla's Rohan Patel recently announced that the subscription will soon be available in Canada, alongside the introduction of an annual plan for Premium Connectivity. 

This expansion into the Canadian market is anticipated to follow a similar pricing strategy, adjusted for the currency exchange rate, possibly setting the cost at approximately $140 CAD per month.

Update: Tesla has just announced that FSD subscriptions are now available in Canada! What’s even more surprising is the unexpectedly low subscription price of $99 CAD. Tesla took to X to announce the availability in Canada but unfortunately didn’t reveal any additional information regarding the subscriptions.

Is Buying FSD Still Worth It?

Despite the lowered subscription price, the outright purchase price for FSD remains steep at $12,000. This price point equates to subscribing to the service for over 10 years. Given that the average length of car ownership in the U.S. is about 8 years, this makes the current price of buying FSD unattractive to most. The saving grace of buying FSD is that you know what you're paying for the life of the vehicle and can avoid any potential subscription price increases.

Temporary Reduction or Long-term Strategy?

Tesla has not confirmed whether the price reduction is a temporary promotional tactic or a permanent adjustment. The timing coincides with Tesla's release of FSD v12 and its trial offer, suggesting that the company is keen on encouraging more drivers to experience FSD. This approach not only boosts user engagement but also accelerates the volume of data Tesla can collect to improve the system.

FSD With Referral Credits

Although Tesla hasn't adjusted the price of buying FSD, it is tweaking its referral program to accommodate the new price. Three months of FSD are now available through Tesla's referral program for 6,000 credits, reduced from the previous 12,000 credits.

Tesla's reduction in FSD in the U.S. and its planned expansion into Canada reflect a strategic initiative to make FSD more accessible and financially attractive to a broader audience. There's no doubt this change will increase the number of FSD subscriptions, but it'll be interesting to see how much. To break even, Tesla would need to double the number of subscriptions, but they likely have their eyes set much higher.

If you currently subscribe to FSD, Tesla has automatically reduced future payments to the lower $99 price point.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Additional Features in Upcoming Update

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla frequently introduces new models or trim levels before all the software features are available. This situation also applies to the Cybertruck, where several features are still in development.

In the 2024.8 update, Tesla added a handful of features to help the Cybertruck catch up in the software department, adding features such as Reset Tire Mileage, Rear Passenger Headphones, Auto Wipers and others. Tesla also added a Cybertruck exclusive feature that sets off the truck's alarm if the trailer is unhitched from the vehicle.

However, Tesla continues to improve Cybertruck's software. The company is planning an upcoming update that will let the truck charge faster and add Tesla's convenient cabin overheat protection feature.

According to Tesla's SVP of powertrain and energy, Drew Baglino, the Cybertruck's charging speed is about to be upgraded. This software update, slated for release later this quarter, is set to substantially improve the Cybertruck's charging curve and unlock faster charging times for owners. Baglino said the update will "let the Cybertruck get 154 miles of charge in just 15 minutes." That's a 20% increase over the truck's current 128 miles in 15 minutes.

Early reports on the Cybertruck's 4680 cells revealed a somewhat disappointing charging curve. The truck's charging speed would start at about 250kW, then drop off to about 150kW at ~40%. It would then level off at 75-80kW for the remainder of the charge.

It seems Tesla was being careful with the Cybertruck's new battery pack, but now, the company is ready to unlock additional throughput.

This fits Tesla's usual approach. The company likes to start conservatively and then improve its vehicles over time.

Cabin Overheat Protection

Another feature that's set to arrive on the Cybertruck is Cabin Overheat Protection (COP), according to the Cybertruck's program manager. This feature which keeps the cabin from overheating has been available in other models for several years, but it has yet to be made available for the Cybertruck.

In 2022, Tesla added the ability to customize the temperature at which COP would turn on. Users can now choose COP to activate at 90, 95 or 100º Fahrenheit. The Cybertruck's COP is expected to match the same features available in other models.

Given that Tesla's SVP and program manager have officially commented on these upcoming features, it may not be long before we see them available in an upcoming update.

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