First Look at New UI and Capabilities of Auto Shift in Tesla Update 2024.14.3 [Video]

By Not a Tesla App Staff
Tesla's new Auto Shift UI is on the right, and the old one on the left
Tesla's new Auto Shift UI is on the right, and the old one on the left

Tesla’s latest 2024.14.3 update will bring an updated UI and new capabilities to its Auto Shift feature.

Auto Shift, which is available on the 2021+ Model S, Model X, the 2024 Model 3 and the Cybertruck, allows the vehicle to automatically shift into Drive or Reverse when you get into the vehicle. Instead of having to tap on a stalk, you just sit in the vehicle, press the brake pedal, and then the accelerator to start moving in the right direction.

Smart Shift, as it was previously called, needs to be enabled in Controls > Pedals and Steering > Auto Shift Out of Park.

Improved User Interface

With update 2024.14, Tesla is adjusting the Auto Shift user interface to be more compact on the new Model 3.

On the new Model 3, there is now space at the top of the screen to fit in the gear indicator, instead of it having to be pushed off to the right. Auto Shift also no longer goes all the way to the bottom of the screen. It allows the media player to go edge to edge on the left side of the screen, giving Tesla room to add more options to the media player such as shuffle and repeat.

It’s a departure from the previous version where Auto Shift took up the entire left side of the screen, from top to bottom.

Additional Capabilities in Update 2024.14

With update 2024.14, Tesla will also expand the capabilities of Auto shift in the Model S and X to not only shift into the correct gear when coming out of park but also during other maneuvers. For example, during K turns, the vehicle will be capable of automatically shifting from Drive to Reverse and Reverse to Drive.

For now, the feature will be limited to the Model S and Model X, but we've already seen this feature available on development software for the new Model 3 Performance, so we know it'll eventually be available on the new Model 3 and presumably the Cybertruck as well.

Video of New Auto Shift

Coming to All Teslas?

Back in 2021, Musk tweeted that Tesla's new Smart Shift feature would eventually become available as an optional feature in all Teslas with FSD. That hasn't happened yet, but it'd be interesting to understand whether this is still Tesla's plan. All Tesla vehicles are technically capable of using Auto Shift since it's completely vision-based.

Newer vehicles do include backup buttons in case the screen fails for some reason in these vehicles, but other vehicles could continue to use the stalks as a backup if it was needed.

Update 2024.14.3

Installed on 2.1% of fleet
1 Install today
Last updated: May 24, 9:45 pm UTC

Tesla update 2024.14.3 has been tested by Tesla employees and has just started rolling out to customers today. Be sure to check out our release notes to see all the great additions in this spring update.

Impact Report: Tesla Vehicles 8x Less Likely to Catch Fire, Batteries Degrade 15% After 200k Miles

By Karan Singh

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy by producing products far superior to fossil fuel alternatives and sourcing and manufacturing them sustainably. Tesla released its 2023 Impact Report yesterday, discussing their ongoing impact on the environment and the improvements seen.

Displacing Fossil Fuels

In 2023 alone, Tesla’s impact on the environment through its vehicles, Powerwall, and Solar Roof has been massively impactful – Tesla customers avoided releasing the equivalent of 20 million metric tons of CO2e into the environment. That is the equivalent of 51 billion miles of driving an average internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle.

Each Tesla vehicle that is on the road avoids an average of 51 tons of CO2e emission into the environment. After just 3 years of driving, a Tesla’s lifetime emissions are lower than those of a comparable ICE vehicle. After the average lifespan of a vehicle in North America – 17 years – a single Tesla will have exceeded that value 5.5 times over.

Integrated Ecosystems

Tesla offers comprehensive ecosystems of products to address clean energy and transportation needs, from Megapack, Solar Roof, and Powerwall, to the Model S, 3, X, Y, and Cybertruck.

Tesla Solar produces power for storage in Megapacks or Powerwalls, which charge electric vehicles. Tesla also produces some of their own batteries, for both its storage applications and vehicles, enabling a complete cycle.

On the software side, products like Autobidder, Full Self-Driving, and the upcoming Robotaxi work to maximize the productivity of electricity that is stored in vehicles, helping to further displace fossil fuels in a single ecosystem of well-designed products.

Tesla's ecosystem depicted.
Tesla's ecosystem depicted.

World’s Best EVs

Tesla’s Model Y is still the best-selling vehicle in 2023, a trend likely to continue in 2024. And it’s not for little reason. It is the world’s most efficient EV, capable of running Autopilot/FSD, and is considered one of the best safety picks in both North America and Europe. Tesla’s data has also proven that they are, on average, 7.63 times safer than a traditional vehicle when running Autopilot.

Additionally, the Model Y is priced $3,000 USD below the average new vehicle in the US before the Federal EV Tax Credit – a difference of $17,000 after factoring in the credit and gas savings over 5 years.

Battery Degradation

Model 3/Y battery degradation over time
Model 3/Y battery degradation over time

Battery degradation is often brought up as a concern for EVs and the environment. Batteries fade away, become useless, and cannot be recycled. According to Tesla’s data and experience, this is far from the truth.

In fact, Tesla has found that their batteries degrade about 15% after 200,000 miles – the equivalent of the average lifetime of a vehicle. And in fact, they do even better in the cold than they do in the heat, with better degradation performance in Canada over the US.

Another interesting fact is that Tesla vehicles in particular – are 8 times less likely to be victim to a vehicle fire, compared against the US average.

Sustainable Sourcing

Sustainably sourcing materials is essential to reach Tesla’s vision of a world with reduced environmental impacts. In 2023, Tesla recovered enough battery materials to produce 43,000 Model Y RWD vehicles, while also sourcing Gigafactory Berlin with 100% renewable energy.

Overall, Tesla solar owners generated enough energy to power all Tesla locations, including all the Mega and Giga Factories, and all other facilities – over 3 times.

Tesla has also reduced water use by 25% over the last 5 years for vehicle production, marking a new milestone low – at 2.48 cubic meters of water, versus 3.37 cubic meters of water for an average ICE vehicle.

Tesla Breaks Ground on New Megafactory in Shanghai

By Karan Singh

Tesla broke ground on a new Megafactory in Shanghai’s Lingang free trade zone pilot program. This factory will be Tesla’s first foray into battery production outside of the United States, mirroring its direction in Lathrop, California.

Batteries, Not Cars

Megafactory Shanghai won’t be producing cars but rather will be producing Megapacks, which are grid-scale battery solutions that can power entire electricity grids.

Each massive Megapack battery unit, about the size of a shipping container, can deliver about 1.2 megawatts of power capacity, with 3.9 megawatt-hours of electricity. A single Megapack unit can power approximately 3,600 homes for an hour.

The Megafactory is scheduled to begin production in early 2025, with production goals of 10,000 Megapack units per year.

Sustainable Energy and Megapack

One of Tesla's Megapacks
One of Tesla's Megapacks

Tesla’s mission is more than just producing self-driving cars – it’s to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. As part of this mission, Megapack and grid-scale energy solutions are key to offset energy costs and carbon emissions when wind, solar, or hydro are at reduced capacities.

Megapack helps to maximize renewable energy use, minimize carbon use, and allow base-load capacities like nuclear power to maintain their output. Similar energy-storage solutions like pumped storage hydropower are expensive, require specific terrain features, and can take years to construct. Megapack units ship assembled, allowing for rapid installation with minimal complexity.

Lathrop vs Shanghai

Tesla’s fairly new facility in Lathrop, California is a mirror of the new facility being built in Shanghai. However, just like the differences between Fremont, Giga Texas, and Giga Shanghai, Mega Shanghai will likely incorporate new technologies to improve productivity. Additionally, it serves as a way to serve the energy market in the Indo-Pacific region, which has been at the forefront of energy development in the last decade.

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