Tesla releases FSD Beta 10.4

By Nuno Cristovao

Tesla has now started the roll out for their latest FSD Beta v10.4. The beta was initially set to go live last night, but the release was pushed back when Tesla found an issue that needed to be fixed.

Tesla starts the release of FSD Beta 10.4
Tesla releases FSD Beta 10.4
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Elon tweeted that Tesla would issue a patch early this morning at 3 AM. Tesla would then continue testing with Tesla employees and then roll out publicly if everything looked good.

The public roll out of the beta has now begun with the first testers getting it tonight. The build comes in as version 2021.36.8.5. Tesla will continue to roll it out gradually to additional testers every hour.

If you’re an existing FSD Beta tester it could take up to a day before you receive the updated beta.

Testers are reporting that Tesla is pushing out the beta over LTE as well, so you should be able to update to the latest FSD Beta even without WiFi access.

Tesla is continuing the trend by publishing technical release notes with this release. The technical release notes state:

- Improved handling when driving off navigation route by allowing better recovery, when safe to do so

- Improved handling and detection of high speed objects when crossing high speed roads. Enabled faster acceleration across high speed roads.

- Improved speed through narrow spaces surrounded by high obstacles.

- Improved static obstacle control by upreving the generalized static object network with hyperparameter tuning and improvements for oversampling strategies (+1.5% precision, +7.0% recall)

- Improved VRU detection (e.g. pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles) by adding data from next generation autolabeler (precision +35%, recall +20%)

- Improved emergency vehicle detection network by adding new data and improved training regime (pass rate +5.8%)

- Improved VRU control relevance attribute by adding navigation route as input to object detection network (accuracy + 1.1%)

Press the "Video Record" button on the top bar UI to share your feedback. When pressed, your vehicle's external cameras will share a short VIN associated Autopilot Snapshot with the Tesla engineering team to help make improvements to FSD. You will not be able to view the clip.

You can also view the complete release notes for this beta.

Sentry Mode Live Access

This latest FSD Beta is based off of Tesla’s 2021.36.8 branch, which includes Sentry Mode Live Access. With Sentry Mode Live Access you can access live video feeds from your car’s cameras when Sentry Mode is activated.

You will need Tesla app version 4.2.1 or higher, which is currently available for iPhones, but should become available for Android users in the near future.

You can read more about Tesla’s Sentry Mode Live Access to see how it works.

98 Safety Scores

The FSD Beta program is expected to be expanded to additional beta testers with a Safety Score of 98 or higher. There are reportedly about 11,000 beta testers currently.

Tesla has been slowly adding more testers once they reach Tesla’s target Safety Score. If you have a Safety Score of 98 or higher in the future, you should be let into Tesla’s FSD Beta program.

Beta Released Version
Beta 9.0 July 10th, 2021 2021.4.18.12
Beta 9.1 July 31st, 2021 2021.4.18.13
Beta 9.2 August 15th, 2021 2021.12.25.15
Beta 10.0 September 11th, 2021 2021.24.15
Beta 10.0.1 September 18th, 2021 2021.24.16
Beta 10.1 September 25th, 2021 2021.24.17
Beta 10.2 October 11th, 2021 2021.32.25
Beta 10.3 October 24th, 2021 2021.36.5.2
Beta 10.3.1 October 25th, 2021 2021.36.5.3
Beta 10.4 November 6th, 2021 2021.36.8.5
Beta 11? TBD TBD

Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
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Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
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Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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