New Cybertruck photos and Giga Press shown off by IDRA

By Alex Jones
Tesla Cybertruck
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The ever-mysterious Tesla Cybertruck has recently been photogenic with numerous pictures of a driveable prototype interior along with snapshots of the anticipated 9,000-ton Giga Press that will cast new truck bodies.

While those with Cybertruck reservations have heard it before, we do appear one step closer to the eventual release of the Cybertruck.

Redditor u/IeZael recently posted details of his experiences during a tour of the IDRA Group’s facilities in Brescia, Italy.

IDRA Giga Press
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IDRA, founded in 1946, has created some of the largest high-pressure die casting machines in the world. IDRA routinely hosts open houses to show off the latest die-casting machinery.

While Tesla is not the only customer of IDRA, it was pretty evident that the 9000t Giga Press is eventually destined for Tesla’s factory. The biggest giveaway? The color scheme of the device is identical to the Model Y’s Giga Press.

In addition, IDRA states that the machines “can be used for SUV and small trucks.” Elon Musk later confirmed that Tesla will continue to use IDRA’s presses, including the new 9,000-ton Giga Press for the Cybertruck’s body.

In addition to the open house photo montage, IDRA produced a fascinating video series detailing the assembly of the Giga Press.

Tesla Cybertruck
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What has garnered more attention this week for Cybertruck reservation holders is purported interior shots of a Cybertruck prototype. Released by KSBW, the photos show a rough prototype interior with a disassembled yoke.

Interestingly, the Cybertruck appearance was part of a press event for the PG&E Elkhorn Battery System in Moss Landing (which features Tesla batteries). It is unclear if Tesla intended for the interior to be photographed at the event (given the unfinished nature of the finishes).

The center display shows the new Model X (which may be the basis for the prototype’s systems).

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The interior in this prototype certainly deviates from the initial renderings distributed by Tesla during the Cybertruck’s initial launch.

Instead of a center seat, a console is clearly visible. In addition, the appearance of an instrument cluster brings about the exciting possibility that the Cybertruck may feature dual displays, similar to the new Model X.

The Cybertruck is anticipated to be released in 2023.

Tesla wins Autopilot, FSD 'misleading' marketing lawsuit in Germany

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla was being sued for the use of 'Autopilot' and 'Full self-driving' terms
Tesla was being sued for the use of 'Autopilot' and 'Full self-driving' terms
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In 2020, a Munich court ruled that Tesla used misleading marketing tactics in Germany by using the words "Autopilot" and "Full Self-Driving" for its driver-assist features. The lawsuit was filed by Wettbewerbszentrale (Competition Center), a network of German companies and one of the largest, most influential national self-regulatory institutions.

The allegation was that Tesla’s use of the words “Autopilot included” in its vehicles was false advertising since the car still requires the driver to operate and stay vigilant. It was also alleged that Tesla's Full Self-Driving suite was misleading marketing.

In October of 2021, Tesla appealed the court’s ruling in the Higher Regional Court of Munich, which ruled in Tesla’s favor. The decision was only made public recently, according to TeslaMag.de, an industry insider who was able to confirm the verdict.

This was an important victory for Tesla, as the Competition Center wanted to ban the company’s use of words like “Autopilot” in its marketing. This suggestion was rejected by the Higher Regional Court of Munich, which said that anybody visiting Tesla’s website to purchase an electric vehicle is suitably informed that the product is not fully autonomous.

Despite Tesla's overall win, the court ruled that the company would have to modify some language on its official website in Germany when referring to its vehicles’ upcoming features. Full Self Driving, for example, would have to be listed with an estimated availability rather than “by the end of the year.” More specifically, the feature language can't just read "coming soon," "next up," or "by the end of the year."

Instead, there has to be a date that Tesla expects the feature to be available to its customers. This was only a small win for the Competition Center which initially wanted to ban what they called misleading language on the company website.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles also initiated legal action against Tesla over the company's use of the words “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving” for its driver-assist features. The legal action is aimed at preventing the misuse of new vehicle technologies. Tesla’s successful appeal in Germany is hopefully a sign that they will be equally successful in the United States.

Musk discusses details and cost of Optimus robot, working prototype this year

By Jorge Aguirre
Tesla will have a working prototype of Tesla Bot this year
Tesla will have a working prototype of Tesla Bot this year
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Ahead of the unveil of the first working prototype of the Tesla humanoid robot on September 30, CEO Elon Musk has disclosed more information about Optimus and how he envisages it being used over the next decade.

Musk wrote about a variety of subjects in his column, "Believing in Technology for a Better World," published in China's Cyberspace Administration official journal. He doubled down on his previous statements that the Tesla Bot is intended to replace human labor in repetitive, boring, and dangerous tasks.

Musk also stated that the vision for Optimus is to have the robots serving millions of households globally. Tesla wants the robot to function not only in industrial settings, but also domestic ones.

“Tesla Bots are initially positioned to replace people in repetitive, boring, and dangerous tasks. But the vision is for them to serve millions of households, such as cooking, mowing lawns, and caring for the elderly”, he wrote.

According to Musk, the Tesla Bot was designed in a humanoid form because it will make it easier for humans to accept it, and it will help it integrate better into a world built for humans.

“The Tesla Bot is close to the height and weight of an adult, can carry or pick up heavy objects, walk fast in small steps, and the screen on its face is an interactive interface for communication with people. You may wonder why we designed this robot with legs. Because human society is based on the interaction of a bipedal humanoid with two arms and ten fingers. So, if we want a robot to adapt to its environment and be able to do what humans do, it has to be roughly the same size, shape, and capabilities as a human,” he continued.

The CEO confirmed that he’s planning to launch the first prototype of the humanoid robot this year, while focusing on improving its intelligence and solving the problem of large-scale production.

“Thereafter, humanoid robots’ usefulness will increase yearly as production scales up and costs fall. In the future, a home robot may be cheaper than a car. Perhaps in less than a decade, people will be able to buy a robot for their parents as a birthday gift,” he said.

Elon Musk talks about the Tesla Bot at AI Day

Tesla Bot was first introduced at the first Tesla AI (recap of event) in August of last year.

The Tesla bot will have its own specialized sensory and actuative systems, in addition to being equipped with the same Autopilot computer used in Tesla electric cars, which will enable it to recognize real-world objects.

It will also be able to lift up to 150 pounds, carry 45 pounds, walk at 5 miles per hour, and have human-like hands and visual sensors.

Tesla's Autopilot cameras will be installed on the front of the robot's head, and its inner workings will be powered by the company's Full Self-Driving computer. Tesla's Full Self-Driving computer interface, which is found in all newer Tesla models, will apparently serve as the bots’ brain.

Tesla's AI Day Part II is being held on September 30th, where Tesla is planning to show off an early prototype of the Tesla Bot and potentially its integration of Steam games into Teslas.

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