Tesla Says Adaptive Headlight Support Is Coming to the U.S.

By Not a Tesla App Staff
Tesla is working on support adaptive and matrix headlights in the US
Tesla is working on support adaptive and matrix headlights in the US
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Tesla is closing in on introducing adaptive headlights to the US market. The conversation about Tesla's adaptive headlights took a significant turn on X, where Tesla executive Lars Moravy confirmed the company's efforts to bring adaptive headlight support to the US. Despite the stringent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS 108) for adaptive driving beams, Tesla is "plugging away" with this ambitious project.

Expansion to China and the U.S.

Tesla rolled out support for adaptive headlights in the new Model 3 with software update 2024.2, although it’s currently limited to Europe. Moravy also mentioned the submission of paperwork for approval in China, promising a rollout "very soon". Headlights have strong government regulations that often differ from region to region, making it difficult to roll out support globally. Nonetheless, Moravy confirms that Tesla is working on supporting the feature in the U.S. He doesn’t give any hints in terms of a timeline or whether Tesla will be able to successfully meet the strict U.S. requirements, but given the importance of headlights, we’re hopefully we’ll see support soon.

Matrix Support for Existing Vehicles

The matrix headlight system, which allows individual LED elements to be controlled independently, is a game-changer in automotive lighting. This technology can create "shadows" to prevent dazzling other drivers while maintaining optimal road illumination.

Following the rollout of adaptive headlight support with the new Model 3, Tesla is preparing to enable matrix headlights on all supported vehicles, including the Model Y, the first-gen Model 3, the Model S, and the Model X. As we saw with the new Model 3’s adaptive headlights, we may see these supported in Europe first, where there may be fewer restrictions.

The anticipation for supporting these headlights in the U.S. has been high, especially since the NHTSA's 2022 ruling allowing for the installation of adaptive headlights. Tesla continues its strategy to make this feature available in as many regions as possible, aligning with local market requirements and regulatory standards.

Tesla's journey towards bringing adaptive headlights to the U.S. and beyond indicates its relentless pursuit of innovation and safety enhancements. This development promises a safer driving experience and reinforces Tesla's position as a leader in automotive technology innovation, eagerly embracing the future of driving with every update and improvement.

Tesla FSD V12.5 to Enable Sunglasses-Friendly, Nag-Free FSD

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has made some significant improvements with FSD 12.4, primarily, the removal of the steering wheel nag under certain conditions. However, there’s a caveat – you can’t wear sunglasses.

According to Elon Musk, FSD v12.5 will introduce support for nag-free FSD, even if you’re wearing sunglasses.

FSD V12.5 is an Upgrade

Ashok Elluswamy, Director of Autopilot Software, also took to X recently to mention that v12.5 is a big improvement to FSD v12.4. While he didn’t mention any specific details, this lines up with some of Musk’s previous comments that each FSD v12 iteration will see major improvements to the FSD model.

Elon also mentioned that while Tesla has a massive fleet of cars, their laser focus on making FSD work, rather than touting every daily achievement – has been their key to making generalized self-driving cars work.

FSD v12 has been pretty much a complete rewrite of the FSD city streets software stack, with drastic improvements over FSD v11. However, certain parts of the software stack haven’t been updated yet. Some features, like the updated highway stack are expected to be in FSD v12.5, which Musk confirmed recently. However, other features such as Park Seek and Banish Autopark, which were expected to arrive with FSD V12.4 are still up in the air.

What about V12.4?

FSD V12.4.3 is currently out to about 5% of the fleet (about 20-25% of FSD users) and hasn’t been pushed out again since about July 10th. Our new auto updating statistics pages can help break this down for folks who are curious.

Update 2024.15.15

FSD Supervised 12.4.3
Installed on 5.4% of fleet
6 Installs today
Last updated: Jul 22, 5:45 pm UTC

Given that it’s been some time since any new vehicles have received V12.4.3, it seems the rollout has been stopped. There could be any number of reasons for this – including software bugs, or a lack of confidence with FSD. Additionally, it could just halted in favor of focusing resources on V12.5.

While we’d love to see more vehicles get v12.4.3, we’re likely to see v12.4.4 or v12.5 being the next big waves of deployments to customers. Either way, early-access testers and Tesla ADAS testers will receive these updates first, and then they’ll roll out to the vast majority of customers once Tesla feels confident there aren’t any major issues. Tesla does all this testing in the name of safety, and it's essential that bug-free versions of FSD are the versions that are rolled out wide.

So, for now, leave your sunglasses on and hang tight for the next FSD update.

Tesla Aims To Launch Cybertruck in Canada After Transport Canada Makes Exception for Steer-by-Wire

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has confirmed that they’re aiming to launch the Cybertruck in Canada later this year. Transport Canada recently granted Tesla and the Cybertruck a unique exemption to allow steer-by-wire functionality (h/t Sawyer Merritt).

Steer-By-Wire Exemption

We previously reported that the Cybertruck was facing delays due to a steer-by-wire regulatory issue with Transport Canada. On Friday, July 19th, Transport Canada issued a message stating that they would exempt the Cybertruck, for all its models, from part of Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Act, which currently doesn’t permit the usage of steer-by-wire systems.

The period that the exemption begins seems to be immediate – July 19th, 2024, and will last through July 18th, 2029, whereafter regulation should supersede the exemption. In the meantime, Tesla will provide a semi-annual incident report, beginning on January 18th, 2025, including information on steering system malfunctions or failures, as well as corrective measures and customer complaints.

It seems that Transport Canada will also have to be notified every time Cybertruck’s steering software is provided with an OTA update, which could result in some update delays in Canada.

Canadian Cybertruck Soon?

With all this information, it sounds like Tesla is aiming to launch the Cybertruck to Canadian customers sometime relatively soon, as they stated they’re still aiming by the end of the year. There is a good chance that they may begin converting pre-orders to orders once Tesla. Tesla hasn’t commented on which model will be available in Canada, but it wouldn’t surprise us if it’s limited to the Foundation series in Canada in the initial release.

We could expect the first customer Cybertrucks (Roshel Defence and a few private importers notwithstanding), to be on Canadian roads in just a couple of months.

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