Tesla resets driver strikes and increases limit with FSD Beta 10.8.1

By Kareem Berry

Tesla's Full Self-Driving Beta has a three strike system before it suspends the driver from using Autopilot.

Tesla is resetting driver strikes
Tesla is resetting driver strikes

The driver receives a strike whenever the system deems that the driver isn't paying attention. This could be anything from being distracted and not looking at the road, looking too long at the display or looking at your phone while in drive.

After a driver has received three strikes, they can no longer use FSD on city streets. Unfortunately, this isn't just for the duration of the drive, but until Tesla reset the driver's strikes.

Everyone expected Tesla to reset strikes with each iteration of the beta, but so far that hasn't been the case. This has been frustrating for several testers, especially when Tesla's system is far from perfect.

With the release of FSD Beta 10.8.1, Tesla is now resetting all testers' strikes to zero, regardless of how many they had or when they were received.

With beta 10.8.1, Tesla is also increasing the amount of strikes to five, before FSD becomes disabled.

It's unclear whether there are any improvements to how Tesla hands out strikes or detects improper use of FSD, but increasing the limit to five will surely help a lot of testers.

Tesla should consider clearing a strike after it reaches a certain age. For example, strikes could drop off after 30 days, so as long as you don't receive five strikes within a 30 day period, you'd be able to continue using FSD.

Beta 10.8.1 has only been released to a select group of beta testers, but it's likely it will continue going out to additional testers in the coming days.

This beta was released with version 2021.44.30.5 and is based off of 2021.44.30, which contains Tesla's Holiday Update and fixes for vehicles with a heat pump.

You can also view the complete release notes for FSD Beta 10.8.1.

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 10.5 November 22nd, 2021 2021.36.8.8
Beta 10.6 December 4th, 2021 2021.36.8.9
Beta 10.6.1 December 11th, 2021 2021.36.8.10
Beta 10.7 December 19th, 2021 2021.44.5.5
Beta 10.8 December 24th, 2021 2021.44.25.6
Beta 10.8.1 January 7th, 2021 2021.44.30.5

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently fired the entire Supercharger team, including Tesla’s head of charging – Rebecca Tinucci, after she pushed back on the extreme layoffs that took place right before the cut.

The Supercharger team consisted of over 500 employees, at least after the initial layoffs. In the following days and weeks, Tesla began to rehire some of the employees that it had fired.

Some Damage Done

In the immediate aftermath of the firing of the Supercharger team, contractors and site planners were left bewildered, with no contact from the Supercharger team that was responsible for payment, planning, and decision-making.

As this has played out, new Supercharger deployments have been reduced – stations that were already being built are being completed, but no new announcements have been made since t

It was dire news at the time - but it isn’t all bad.

Returning Employees

Now, more and more of the employees that were fired are beginning to return to Tesla, some of whom are announcing that they were asked to return to Tesla in their previous capacities.

George Bahadue, Senior Manager of Site Acquisition and Business Development commented on LinkedIn:

“Two weeks ago, I was asked to return to Tesla in my previous capacity heading up the business development and site acquisition for Tesla charging – I accepted.”

His reasoning to accept the position was a quote from Rebecca Tinucci:

“You work at Tesla because you hope to have at least a small impact on our collective future – aspirationally, to leave the world better for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren – by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. And that mission is too important to allow any distractions.”

New Stations Could be Coming Soon

With the restaffing of the Supercharger team, especially with the return of George Bahadue, we can expect that new Supercharger sites may be announced in the coming weeks, as the ripple effect from the layoffs begins to settle.

The rehiring of experienced staff suggests that Tesla and Elon Musk are still committed to the vision of maintaining and expanding its Supercharger network – the largest and most reliable charging network in North America, which is crucial for the mission to move the world to renewable energy.

Tesla Cuts Model Y Output in China – Economic Slowdown and Anticipated Project Juniper Launch

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently cut Model Y output in China, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Tesla’s production of the Model Y in China experienced a decline of approximately 18% in March, and 33% in April, versus the same time last year.

Output Cuts

These output cuts can be attributed to Tesla’s recent decision to reduce production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai by at least 20% from March to June 2024. This was attributed to an unnamed Spokesperson by Reuters last week.

This decision could be multifaceted – the primary reason being an economic slowdown in China as price wars continue to be waged between EV manufacturers, including Tesla. On the flipside, Tesla has continued its production of the updated 2024 Model 3, colloquially referred to as the Highland, with an increase of 10%.

Project Juniper?

The second reason for this slowdown could be the incoming arrival of the Model Y refresh – also known as Project Juniper. Tesla China has already introduced an updated Model Y with a unique cloth dash with similar ambient lighting as the Model 3.

The Model 3 Highland was also introduced in China before its introduction to other markets, including North America and Europe.

Juniper Upgrade Speculation

Not much has been seen about Project Juniper at this time, but we can expect a similar suite of upgrades that match the updated 2024 Model 3 Highland – including a new front fascia design, updated doors and dynamics, steering updates, improved control arms, ambient lighting, new seats, and improved range.

There is a continued expectation that Tesla is pushing back its Model Y refresh – its best-selling vehicle – to make a bigger splash. This could include newer features – like the Cybertruck’s Steer-by-Wire, front camera, or other upgrades and changes – like the lack of stalks on the rest of the Tesla line-up.

Tesla previously confirmed we’re not seeing the Juniper Y this year, this could be the time needed to retool and upgrade lines to prepare for its introduction sometime next year.

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