Tesla's Cybertruck is Capturing the Imagination of the Next Generation

By Kevin Armstrong
Cybertruck is a showstopper
Cybertruck is a showstopper

The arrival of the Tesla Cybertruck on our roads has been nothing short of a futuristic revelation. More than just a new vehicle, it's a symbol of innovation and a vision of the future, much like the one Elon Musk's child imagined when questioning, “Why doesn't the future look like the future." This profound insight from Saxon Musk became a seed that blossomed into the Cybertruck. This vehicle not only challenges traditional automotive design but also captures the imagination of youth in a remarkable way.

Capturing Young Hearts: The Cybertruck Phenomenon

Since its release just over a month ago, the Cybertruck has been turning heads and sparking excitement among all age groups, but the reaction from children is most telling. Social media is filled with videos of kids cheering and expressing their awe as a Cybertruck glides by. This excitement is more than just about seeing a new car; it's about witnessing a piece of the future right here in the present.

The Cybertruck's design is a radical departure from conventional automotive aesthetics. Its angular, metallic body looks like something from a sci-fi movie. During the early days of the design stage, Elon Musk instructed his team, “Let’s be bold; let’s surprise people.” This design choice was about standing out and redefining what a vehicle can be. The Cybertruck doesn't conform to the status quo – it shatters it, creating a new paradigm where vehicles are not just modes of transport but bold statements about innovation and the future. It is so outside of the box, that a second Tesla pickup truck was secretly being designed at the same time as the Cybertruck.

Designing the Extraordinary: The Cybertruck's Unique Appeal

Elon Musk's vision for the Cybertruck aligns perfectly with his child's query. In creating a vehicle that looks and feels futuristic, Tesla has inspired a generation that has grown up surrounded by rapid technological advancements but often in a world that visually looks much the same as it did decades ago. The Cybertruck changes this narrative, presenting a tangible example of what the future can look like. One of these youngsters could be the next Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla’s chief designer, who drew inspiration from his favorite cars growing up.

Children are naturally drawn to the novel and extraordinary. Their cheers for the Cybertruck are not just about the excitement of seeing something new but about seeing a future they've imagined come to life. This enthusiasm is a testament to the Cybertruck's impact in a short amount of time. It's more than a vehicle; it's a source of inspiration and a catalyst for imagination.

Beyond Aesthetics: Eco-Friendly and Future-Ready

Moreover, the Cybertruck's appeal goes beyond its appearance. Its electric nature speaks to a growing awareness and concern among younger generations about environmental issues. Tesla's commitment to sustainable transportation resonates with these values, making the Cybertruck not just a cool vehicle but a responsible choice for the future of our planet.

Tesla Cybertruck is more than just a new addition to the roads. It manifests a future that was once only in the realms of imagination. Elon Musk, inspired by his child's perspective, has brought this vision to life, and the response from the youth is a clear indication that the Cybertruck is not just a vehicle but excitement, innovation, and the endless possibilities of the future. As videos of children cheering for the Cybertruck continue to circulate, it's evident that this vehicle has struck a chord with the next generation, inspiring them to dream of a world where the future truly looks like the future.

Tesla Introduces Most Affordable Car: Long Range RWD Model 3 with 363-Mile Range for $34,990

By Karan Singh
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Tesla has brought back the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive variant, which starts at $42,490. However, due to the batteries in the Long Range model, it qualifies for the $7,500 federal EV rebate. This makes this new model the cheapest model in Tesla’s lineup after the federal rebate that comes off at the point of sale.

After the federal rebate, this model is $34,990, exactly $4,000 less than the standard RWD model with the smaller LFP battery.

Improved Range

The Long Range RWD variant boasts a range of 363mi (vs 341mi for the AWD, and 272mi for the regular RWD), and a 0-60mph of 4.9sec (vs 4.2sec for the AWD). This makes the new Long Range RWD Model 3 Tesla’s longest-range economic vehicle (Model 3 / Model Y). The Model S AWD boasts an impressive 402-mile EPA estimate.

Other than the lack of a front motor for handling in rough or slippery terrain, or having a faster 0-60, the Long Range RWD is a fantastic option for most people.

It’s worth noting that only the Long Range AWD model can unlock Tesla’s Acceleration Boost, which increases power and reduces the vehicle’s 0-60 times by about half a second.



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For now, the Model 3 Long Range RWD model is only available in the United States, with no availability in Canada.

Tesla FSD V12.5 to Combine City and Highway Stacks, Introduce Vehicle-to-Fleet Communication and More

By Karan Singh
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As FSD V12.4.3 continues to get released to more vehicles, Elon Musk has posted that FSD V12.5 is already in testing and will include several key features.

The improvements in v12.5 are supposed to focus on rarer, more complex situations and vehicle-to-fleet communication. Tesla’s Autopilot lead, Ashok Elluswamy, also mentioned that FSD would gain the ability to go in reverse around this time.

Merge City & Highway Stacks

FSD v12 has been a multi-stack setup so far, with a city-streets stack that is end-to-end, and an older highway stack that was carried over from v11. FSD v12.5 will once again merge the city/highway stacks according to Musk, who confirmed the feature yesterday. That means that there will no longer be an implicit highway stack.

This could cause some regressions during highway driving, similar to the ones we experienced when Tesla first merged highway and city stacks back in FSD v11. Ultimately, when the issues were ironed out, we ended up with a smoother and better Autopilot experience on the highway. When FSD v12.5 rolls around, we may see some similar issues but expect FSD v12.5 to do to highways what v12 did for city driving.

Vehicle-to-Fleet Communications

Tesla’s FSD relies heavily upon maps, with the mapping information designating routing and lane changes. When vehicles encounter difficulties, they are unable to communicate that back to the rest of the fleet. This results in every vehicle encountering the same problem. With FSD V12.5, vehicles will be able to communicate road closures or other obstacles back to the rest of the fleet in real-time. This will turn FSD into software that’s constantly improving as the fleet gathers more data, instead of having to wait for a software update.

Cybertruck Finally Gets FSD

In a recent post on X, Musk also confirmed that V12.5 will finally bring FSD to the Cybertruck. Currently, all Cybertrucks only have access to Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC). Autopilot and FSD capabilities should arrive alongside all the other features.

Actually Smart Summon

Musk has talked quite a bit about Actually Smart Summon. With FSD 12.5, the new vision-based summon may finally be released. This will introduce Smart Summon capabilities to vision-only cars for the first time. However, it’s expected to be a drastic improvement for all vehicles in similar ways to the new Autopark. The new summon has been tied to the ability to move the vehicle in reverse by Tesla’s Autopilot lead, so expect either both of them to arrive in FSD 12.5, or be held off for a later release.

Release Date

Musk originally mentioned that FSD V12.5 would be released in late June, however, there were several delays with FSD 12.4 and that time frame has now come and gone. FSD 12.4 was initially released in May 2024, but it went through several lengthy revisions before it was introduced to public testers. Going by that time frame, it appears that FSD 12.5 was expected to be released about 4-6 weeks after FSD 12.4. If FSD 12.4.3 is finally got a good spot, we could see FSD 12.5 become available in the next 4-6 weeks or about late August.

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