Tesla update 2022.24: An early look at its features

By Nuno Cristovao
An early look at Tesla update 2022.24
An early look at Tesla update 2022.24
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Tesla has released their latest monthly update, version 2022.24.

As usual, these updates are packed (usually) with improvements and new features.

This update is no different.

Tesla Profiles

The first major feature of 2022.24 is the release of cloud profiles, known officially as Tesla Profiles.

Tesla Profiles will give you the ability to tie your vehicle profile to your Tesla account. Your supported profile settings will then be saved to the cloud, allowing you to sync driver profiles across multiple vehicles.

More information on Tesla's new cloud profiles, check out our Tesla Profiles article .

Blind Spot Camera Improvements

Tesla introduced the Blind Spot Camera about seven months ago with Tesla's 2021 holiday update .

The feature lets you display the vehicle's corresponding fender camera on-screen when you activate the turn signal.

Unfortunately, there were no choices in terms of where the camera feed appeared on the screen, and it was permanently fixed to the bottom of the screen.

With 2022.24 Tesla is fixing that. You'll be able to drag and drop the camera feed (video) to one of three predefined locations on the screen. They include the bottom corner closest to the driver, the top corner closest to the driver, or the top corner inside of the map area, near the 'Navigate to' button.

Sentry Mode Improvements

Sentry Mode has been a great addition since its introduction. It has already helped catch countless thieves and acts of vandalism. 

As Teslas become more popular and the feature becomes well known, it could actually help reduce thefts and crime.

With 2022.24 Tesla is adding a new option to Sentry Mode: the ability to disable sounds.

The ability to use Sentry Mode without having an audible alarm was actually a part of update 2022.20 , but it was only available in Israel, where local laws prevent a vehicle alarm from making an audible noise.

With 2022.24 Tesla is now giving you the ability to use a silent version of Sentry Mode.

Tesla says that all other features of Sentry Mode will continue to function, such as sending app notifications.

Driver Profiles

Over the years Tesla has switched many car preferences from applying to everyone to being driver specific.

With this update Tesla is adding a couple more. Your navigation favorites and recent locations will now be profile specific. 

That means that when someone else uses your vehicle, they'll have their own set of recent locations, and your recent locations and other drivers' destinations will no longer be mixed.

Favorites and recent locations will also be enabled in cloud profiles, so when you change vehicles, you'll have access to your same recent and favorite destinations.

Live Traffic Visualization

Live Traffic Visualization, a Premium Connectivity feature that lets you view traffic along your route and surrounding streets.

Tesla is now enhancing the live traffic visualization by making it easier to see traffic on your route.

The traditional blue path that shows up in your navigation will now change color, depending on the amount of traffic for that particular area.

You may see a path that goes from blue to yellow to red, signifying the amount of traffic at each portion of the route, blue meaning no traffic.

Update: Traffic visualizations will still be shown on adjacent roads.

Other Changes

It looks like Tesla has made some other minor changes to the top area of the screen in the Model 3 and Model Y. 

In order to make room for the blind spot camera at the top of the screen, Tesla has shifted some items around.

The turn signals have moved up, and they're now above the regeneration/acceleration line and will appear between the gear indicator and battery icon.

When the blind spot camera is active at the top of the screen, certain icons will also shift downward, such as the headlights and HOLD icons.

Update 2022.24 is surely going to be one that lots of owners look forward to receiving. However, keep in mind that Tesla features are often limited to certain regions to support local laws or due to data limitations.

2022.24 may also contain additional features that are not included here, while some features mentioned here may not be available for every model or region.

Tesla's Model 3 Turns 5 Years-Old

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla's Model 3 HVAC UI in 2017
Tesla's Model 3 HVAC UI in 2017

Happy Birthday to Tesla’s Model 3. It’s hard to believe that five years ago, just 30 Model 3’s had rolled off the assembly line and been delivered. Now Tesla’s answer to a more affordable vehicle is the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, has been named car of the year, is considered one of the safest vehicles on the planet and has a long waiting list of eager buyers.

It’s a birthday, so we should reminisce about the early days. While this iconic car first appeared on the road in 2017, it was on Elon Musk’s to-do list for over a decade.

Elon Musk talks to Wired Science about the Model 3 in 2006

Years later, as it became more of a reality, the car was given the code name BlueStar. It was to be named the Model E, but Ford had already trademarked the wording. Then Musk turned the E into a 3, but he didn’t want the number; he envisioned 3 lines, similar to the current E in Tesla. But Adidas quashed that, arguing it was too close to that brand’s three stripes. So that’s how the 3 was named.

The Model 3 was supposed to be the smaller, stripped-down version of the Model S to invite more buyers into Tesla and EVs. However, this more affordable, entry-level Tesla holds its own against luxury sedans and even its big sister, the Model S. Tesla has been rolling out several updates throughout the Model 3’s existence, allowing the vehicles to keep up and even pass the Joneses.

In 2019 the Model 3 received a significant software boost when the beta versions of Navigate on Autopilot and Smart Summon were added. Voice commands, a voice keyboard and new language supports were also implemented along with the popular Camp Mode. Once owners posted photos and videos of comfortable beds in the Model 3 with the backseat down, Tesla had to add climate control and a camp fire to complete the experience.

Tesla introduced Dog Mode in Teslas in 2019. In fact, the manufacturer used a Model 3 to unveil the feature to the world. With the help of a sleepy Husky and an excited German Shepherd, Dog Mode was demonstrated to the world on all of Tesla’s social media channels. This made Tesla a must-have for any dog lover!

Also included with the Model 3 in late 2019 and early 2020 was Sentry Mode. This all-encompassing security system records and notifies the owner if anything is happening around or to the Tesla. It’s arguably the most advanced stock vehicle alarm system on the market.

In 2020 the Tesla Toybox was overhauled and updated in all Model 3s. Emissions, sketchpad and many more favorites were revised and made even more fun. But it wasn’t just the games that have been updated; although plenty of games were added over time, Tesla improved it’s maps and dashcam. Later in the year, the Beta version of Full Self Driving was added to all Teslas, including the Model 3. While FSD is still a work in progress, for the system to be available in even the entry-level Model 3 was a big attraction.

A crowd pleaser is the Boombox. This was another addition in 2020 to all models. With the car in park, the boombox blasts music or sound effects through an external speaker. You can even add your own sounds through a USB drive. Perhaps the Boombox should be used by all Model 3 owners to wish their Tesla a happy 5th Birthday!

Elon Musk says Canada could be home to the next Tesla Gigafactory

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla's Fremont Gigafactory
Tesla's Fremont Gigafactory
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Elon Musk mentioned that Tesla could announce a new factory location later this year at Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting. 

During his speech at the shareholder meeting, Elon talked in detail about Tesla's newly opened factories: Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg and Gigafactory Texas. 

During the meeting Elon said that Tesla "might be able to announce another factory location later this year." When Elon asked where the next Gigafactory should be, the crowd shouted out various locations. Elon then said:

"We get a lot of Canada. I am half Canadian, maybe I should?"

This is not the first time Elon hinted that Canada could be home to the next gigafactory.

During an employee meeting in June, Elon confirmed that the company was looking at a new site in North America. During the Q and A, an employee asked a question about the location of the next American Gigafactory.

Musk noted that the company had not confirmed the location, but he said it may not necessarily be in the United States:

"We are looking at sites, but we are considering some site options more broadly in North America, so including Canada and Mexico, and the US as well."

Scaling Production

At the shareholder meeting, Elon told investors that Tesla's next Gigafactory will be one of 10-12 factories the company is planning.

"Ultimately, we'll end up building probably at least 10 or 12 Gigafactories and they will be really big Gigafactories aiming for an average output of 1.5 to 2 million units per factory, which is enormous."

If Canada is home to the next Gigafactory, it would most likely be located somewhere in Ontario's "Golden Horseshoe", Canada's most populated and economically productive region. Alberta could also be a good option considering it has favorable business regulations, cheaper energy costs, including Canada's best solar and wind potential, and its proximity to lithium resources.

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