A Look at Cybertruck’s Wade Mode and Its Capabilities; ‘Boat Mode’ Coming Says Musk

By Kevin Armstrong
Cybertruck comes with a new Wade Mode
Cybertruck comes with a new Wade Mode
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The genesis of the Cybertruck's fun in the water can be traced back to Elon Musk's fascination with a piece of cinematic history. Musk purchased the Lotus Esprit from the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me," famously known for its ability to transform into a submarine. Although the real car lacked these fantastical capabilities, this purchase sowed the seeds for developing the Cybertruck's ability to handle water crossings.

Boat Mode

Lars Moravy, Tesla's VP of Vehicle Engineering, was showing off the Cybertruck during a segment on Jay Leno's Garage. He described the vehicle as nearly floating and suggested the possibility of attaching an outboard motor to the power outlet, turning the Cybertruck into a makeshift boat. Moravy's remarks prompted a response from the boss.

Elon Musk announced on X that there was an upcoming modification package for the Cybertruck. This "Boat Mode" will enable the vehicle to travel over 100 meters of water. Musk said the modification focuses mainly on improving the door seals in the cabin to improve water penetration.

Wade Mode

While Cybertruck learns to swim in the deeper water, it sticks to Wade Mode. Wade Mode, a unique engineering achievement, causes the Cybertruck to raise its air suspension to the highest point and then utilizes the air suspension compressor to pressurize the 123 kWh battery pack. This pressurization counteracts external water pressure, preventing water ingress. A screen message in Wade Mode instructs users:

"Raises ride height and pressurizes battery when driving through water. Water levels should not exceed the top of the bumper... Proceed at your own risk."

“May take up to 10 minutes to activate and has a time limit of 30 minutes, at which point it will automatically deactivate.”

This disclaimer indicates the system's ability to handle water up to 2 feet and 7 inches deep (about 79 cm).

Moravy explained to Leno, “We have new technology. We call it the scuba pack. we took the air suspension system to actually pressurize the battery. you know water and batteries don't really get along. that happens with the push of a button, forcing air into the pack. It is a sealed pack to keep the water out. It is just some positive pressure to keep any of those leak points or flood points.”

We call it the scuba pack

Competition, What Competition?

In the realm of electric pickups, this feature sets the Cybertruck apart. While other vehicles, like the Rivian R1T, offer substantial water-wading capabilities, they rely on conventional sealing techniques. Tesla's approach to dynamically alter the battery's internal environment is a novel solution that could redefine standards in EV design, particularly for off-road and all-terrain vehicles.

The Tesla Cybertruck's Wade Mode and eventual Boat Mode continue to exemplify Elon Musk's visionary ideas and a significant leap in electric vehicle design and capabilities. By actively altering the battery's internal environment to counter external conditions, Tesla sets new standards for what electric vehicles can achieve, particularly in off-road and challenging environments. This innovative approach could influence future designs in the EV space, paving the way for more versatile and resilient electric vehicles.

Tesla Likely to Launch Robotaxi Service in Next 5 Years, May Account for 90% of Future Profit

By Karan Singh
ARK Invest

Tesla is on the verge of its Robotaxi announcement event on 8/8, and major investors like Ark Invest are examining and refreshing their bull case scenarios.

Robotaxi as a Focus

Ark Invest sees Robotaxi as a focus of Tesla’s ongoing business and sees Tesla’s autonomous ride-hailing revenue to net nearly $1 trillion in 2029. In comparison, they estimate Tesla’s vehicle sales to account for $0.4 trillion in revenue. With this bull case, Ark Invest also sees Tesla’s share price soaring to $3,100 by 2029. Ark Invest’s bear case sees the share price moving to $2,000 and robotaxi netting $0.63 billion in revenue.

Ark Invest gives Tesla a 58% chance of launching its robotaxi service in 2025, and a 38% chance in 2026. It’s clear that Tesla’s future lies in operating a fleet of autonomous vehicles and the question is just when it will happen. Given FSD’s massive improvements between FSD V11 and FSD V12, there is a possibility of Tesla meeting these estimates, although a lot depends on how fast improvements will continue to come. While FSD V12 is impressive, it’s still a long way from a true autonomous vehicle.

Rate of Improvement

Miles driven by Tesla FSD versus autonomous competitors
Miles driven by Tesla FSD versus autonomous competitors
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Ark’s case is focused on the fact that FSD’s rapid improvement will continue, and a lot of that may be determined with the next few releases, including FSD 12.4.1, v12.5, and v12.6. When comparing Tesla to autonomous vehicles, Tesla has a drastic lead in miles driven, in fact, it’s so large that you can barely even see Tesla’s competitors. Tesla is at 1.3 billion miles driven with FSD, while the closest competitors are just reaching 15 million autonomous miles driven. While there’s a drastic difference in capabilities between Tesla’s FSD and autonomous vehicles such as Google’s Waymo, Tesla has the ability to gather data 86 times quicker.

Training data is key to building autonomous vehicles, and Tesla is currently the king of vehicle-related data.

Services Company

We previously wrote about whether Tesla’s future will be as a car company or a services company – and major investors such as Ark Invest and Morgan Stanley see Tesla’s AI services as a major driver of business in the future, and the focus of future revenue and profits.

Robotaxi, as both a service and as a physical product, has the opportunity to shake up markets in a unique way, providing quick, clean, and safe transportation between local destinations in urban areas, which could quickly outcompete traditional services like taxis, and tech competitors like Uber or Lyft. The market for robotaxi is untapped and massive, but Tesla isn’t the only one chasing the goal.

Apple and Tesla – WWDC 2024 Recap

By Karan Singh
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With the announcement of Apple’s focus on AI in iOS 18 at WWDC Monday, there has been a flurry of interesting news items.

From Elon Musk mentioning that Apple devices may be banned at his companies due to the integration of AI, to Apple allowing developers to add functions to the Control Center, and Musk confirming once again that Tesla has no intentions to produce a phone, it was a busy day.

Control Center

Also at WWDC, Apple showed off an updated Control Center – the swipe-down control menu on iOS. As of iOS 18, third-party developers will now be able to create buttons to add to Control Center.

This is a pretty neat feature and could make it even easier to manage your Tesla from Apple devices. You could soon be able to control the climate or begin charging your Tesla without even opening the app.

You can already do some of these things using Siri Shortcuts, but this could be the granular integration needed to control specific items with even more detail, rather than just simple routines.

Tesla typically launches new features on its iOS app first, and Android devices a few days or weeks later. An excellent example of this is Ultra Wideband support, which came to Apple devices first.

Banning Apple Devices

At WWDC, Apple showed off new AI integration in its OS, which allows users to leverage OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Elon Musk mentioned that this is a massive security concern on a post on X, and he said he may ban the presence of Apple’s devices at his companies.

Tesla App Lead Alex Guichet asked on X if this was any different than Gemini integration on Android – which Google has already announced and begun to roll out to customers in select markets. If you’re in Canada or the United States, you can replace your current Google Assistant with Gemini, which provides a similar level of system integration to Apple.

Since Musk’s initial reaction to Apple’s integration of AI and partnership with OpenAI, Musk’s concerns appear to have eased. Numerous users clarified that Apple is building its own AI, and Apple will not hand over information to OpenAI unless users explicitly confirm they want to do so.

Musk Denies Tesla Phone

Elon Musk has confirmed that even with his potential ban on Apple devices, he is not interested in building a Tesla phone. A Tesla phone has previously been mentioned, and Elon Musk had previously shown interest in the idea, but has also shot it down numerous times over the years.

With this final confirmation, it’s pretty clear that we won’t be expecting a Tesla phone anytime in the future. SpaceX has been working on integrating Starlink cell-to-satellite messaging, calling, and data to existing phones, so we could see further integration in a different way one day.

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