Tesla Cybertruck UI Prototype Shown Off [video]

By Nuno Cristovao
Cybertruck UI prototype
Cybertruck UI prototype

Tesla design lead, Pawel Pietryka, who left the company last month has now shown off some prototype design videos of the Cybertruck and Model 3/Y on his website as part of his portfolio. He showed some interesting footage of the Cybertruck and the Model 3/Y UI. We covered the Model 3/Y video in what could be a part of the new FSD visualizations here if you haven't seen it yet.

These videos appear to be recent based on the Model 3 video containing many recent UI changes. There’s a lot we haven’t seen of the Cybertruck so this video is especially interesting since in some areas it gives us a first peek into the Cybertruck UI.

The Tesla Model S and X use similar UI elements as the Model 3 and Y. The design language used is essentially the same and the UI only differs when necessary, based on feature or hardware changes.

However, based on this video it doesn’t look like Tesla has any plans to merge the Cybertruck UI with the rest of the Tesla models. As unique as the Cybertruck is on the outside, it looks like it will be just as unique on the inside.

Tesla Cybertruck UI

You can check out the full video below.

Although the Cybertruck will be similar to the Model 3/Y with its single, center-mounted screen, it seems that it will differ in that it will mostly use a single app on screen at a time.

Whereas the Model 3 will display visualizations on the left side and the music or maps app on the right side, the Cybertruck incorporates the visualizations and the map into a single view. It shows the truck’s visualization inside of the map to let you know where you are on the map, instead of a standard arrow.

In order for the visualizations and surroundings to still be useful, the map has a much more zoomed-in view. It’s an interesting concept that merges the near-by environment renderings that the truck’s cameras are able to determine with the further-away map data like buildings and streets. It is essentially merging real-time environment data with pre-mapped data into a single view. It makes a lot of sense in some ways, but you do lose the big-picture route view that the map usually provides.

When the truck is parked and there’s no need for a map view, then the truck visualization will take up the whole screen, allowing you to open or close the frunk, tailgate or adjust the suspension in this nice full-screen type view.

We also get our first look at the HVAC controls. In this particular instance, since the truck is driving, the HVAC controls fluidly slide in from the left, revealing similar controls to current Tesla models, but with the Cybertruck interior.

The controls look very simplified and only include a power button, temperature control and vent direction control, but on closer inspection it looks like you’ll be able to slide over to reveal another HVAC pane that may include additional controls, like the ability to keep the climate on when exiting the car, turning on/off the AC and the ability to control the air recirculation.

All signs point to the Cybertruck doing extremely well, but one thing for sure is that the Cybertruck will be a very different and interesting vehicle.

Musk Teases New Model for Early 2025 That Will Use a Mix of Next-Gen and Current Platforms

By Cláudio Afonso

“We have updated our future vehicle line-up to accelerate the launch of new models ahead of our previously communicated start of production in the second half of 2025”. This was one of the key sentences that were part of Tesla’s deck shared on Tuesday directly before its financial results.

Since Reuters’ report a few weeks ago saying Tesla had “scrapped” the highly expected cheaper model— which Elon quickly denied on X —retail and institutional shareholders started asking for more details on Tesla’s product roadmap for 2024 and beyond.

In the earnings conference call, Elon Musk reiterated that Tesla expects to launch the next model in “early 2025, if not late this year”.

“We've updated our future vehicle lineup to accelerate the launch of new models ahead of previously mentioned start of production in the second half of 2025. So, we expect it to be more like the early 2025, if not late this year. “

Over concerns of temporary production halts to update the factories for these new models, Musk said that Tesla will produce new models with certain aspects from their next-generation platform and current models. This will reduce the number of changes needed on production lines and allow Tesla not only to ramp up production faster but also to get the vehicles to market quicker.

Model Y Redesign

Tesla appears to hit that their next-gen vehicle will be less “next-gen” than they were initially aiming for, but to get a new vehicle out the door by late 2024, the process would already have to be in motion. Tesla may likely be referring to the redesigned Model Y, which is expected to reuse many parts from the new Model 3. Earlier this year, Tesla said that the redesigned Model Y will not be released this year, so it makes sense that they’re looking to speed up that production.

Tesla CEO concluded by saying that these measures will allow Tesla to reach a capacity of over 3 million units. Tesla produced 1.84 million vehicles in 2023. However, this year they’re ramping up Cybertruck production and introduced the new Model 3 into new markets.

And we think this should allow us to get to over 3 million vehicles of capacity when realized to the full extent.

Tesla reported on Tuesday its earnings results followed by a conference call where it teased its upcoming Robotaxi and its next-generation platform saying its “purpose-built Robotaxi product will continue to pursue a revolutionary ‘unboxed’ manufacturing strategy”.

Earlier in the day, Tesla announced the new Performance variant of its sedan Model 3 with deliveries in the United States starting already next month. The new version starts at $45,490 (after applying the $7,500 Federal EV tax credit) and goes from 0 to 60mph in 2.9 seconds.

Tesla on FSD: Close to License Deal With Major Automaker, Announces Miles Driven on FSD v12

By Cláudio Afonso

On Tuesday Tesla reported its earnings results followed by a conference call that brought several updates on the company’s roadmap for future vehicles, autonomous driving, Optimus and much more.

While answering a question from Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney about updates on the licensing of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology, Elon Musk said they’re talking to one major auto manufacturer and there’s “a good chance” the company signs the first deal before year-end. However, he went on to say that it would probably be three years before the necessary changes are integrated into the car.

I think we have a good chance we do sign a deal this year

Brings Benefits to Tesla

The technology would require other automakers to start using the same cameras and hardware as Tesla, meaning that Tesla may not only generate money from licensing FSD but also from selling the hardware itself. However, there would be other benefits as well. When licensing FSD, Tesla would likely own the data gathered with the system well, further helping them with data and edge cases that need to be solved to reach full autonomy.

people don't understand all cars will need to be smart cars… Once that becomes obvious, I think licensing becomes not optional.

Tesla’s Chief Financial Officer Vaibhav Taneja commented pointing out that future partners “take a lot of time in their product life cycle” resulting in a gap between the deal signing and the arrival in the market of Tesla’s FSD software.

Miles Driven With FSD

On the conference call, Musk added that Tesla now has over 300 million miles that have been driven with FSD v12 since it was launched just last month. He added that it's becoming “very clear that the vision-based approach with end-to-end neural networks is the right solution for scalable autonomy”.

Tesla said it will continue to increase its “core AI infrastructure capacity in the coming months” adding that in the first quarter, it completed the transition to hardware 4.0 with China now receiving the upgraded FSD computer and cameras.

Over the weekend, Tesla reduced the price of FSD dropping it from $12,000 to $8,000 for customers in the United States and from CA$16,000 to CA$11,000 in Canada.

Earlier this month, Tesla implemented a 50% price reduction for FSD subscriptions in the U.S. and introduced the subscription model in Canada at a great value of CA$99 per month.

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