Tesla is making insane improvements to range prediction

By Lennon Cihak
Tesla further improves its vehicles' energy prediction
Tesla further improves its vehicles' energy prediction

Tesla is making insane improvements to range prediction

Tesla is implementing a number of impressive changes to further increase the accuracy of range prediction in its vehicles. 

In update 2022.20, Tesla added factors like wind direction and humidity to better estimate the range of the vehicle. Now the automaker is taking it one step further to more accurately display range and destination arrival percentage. 

Tesla hacker and software engineer @greentheonly took to Twitter to say that “2022.20.7 seems to go into insane details to improve range predictions. Even tire pressure is taken into account (amongst many-many other extra variables just added).”

Greentheonly adds that the vehicle’s software will factor in the energy loss for phone charging and 12V accessories, battery heating/cooling, and air density.

The number of passengers inside the vehicle are now also taken into account, not only to account for the additional weight but to also account for the additional energy that the A/C has to use in order to maintain the cabin’s desired temperature.

Version 2022.16 was launched in mid May and made calculating energy consumption more accurate. 2022.16 also introduced automatic Supercharger rerouting when the current Supercharger destination was congested. 

Range anxiety is becoming a thing of the past, especially with EV owners who are very familiar with their vehicles. But for new owners, it’s still a thing.

These new improvements being implemented by Tesla in version 2022.20.7 are very much welcomed. Having the most accurate information to predict what percentage you’ll arrive at your destination is crucial, especially in the times when you won’t have charging readily accessible and for road trips.

It will be interesting to watch and see how these changes and considerations for range happen in real world scenarios. While these vast improvements will hopefully increase range transparency across Tesla’s entire fleet.

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Tesla Model Y Conquers the World; Becomes Best-Selling Car

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla's Model Y is the world's best selling car in Q1 of 2023
Tesla's Model Y is the world's best selling car in Q1 of 2023

The Tesla Model Y made a monumental leap in Q1 2023, emerging as the world's best-selling car. Not just the best-selling EV, or the best-selling SUV, but the world's best-selling vehicle, period.

According to industry analysts JATO Dynamics, this marks the first occasion in history where an EV has claimed this title. The growth trajectory of Model Y sales globally over recent years had hinted at this milestone, fulfilling Tesla's earlier predictions that demand could reach a million units per year.

JATO Dynamics' Revealing Analysis: Model Y Trumps Corolla

Data compiled by JATO Dynamics analyst Felipe Munoz reveals a compelling story. Model Y's Q1 sales reached 267,200, outperforming Toyota Corolla's 256,400 sales. The comparison becomes even more dramatic when considering other top contenders like Toyota's Hilux, RAV4, and Camry. Model Y's sales, largely driven by Tesla's significant price cuts, are escalating, while Corolla sales appear to be dwindling. This dynamic is particularly impressive considering the Model Y's introduction to the market a year later than the Corolla (2019 vs 2018).

The Legacy of the Toyota Corolla: A Reign Unchallenged Until Now

For decades, the Toyota Corolla has held an uncontested reign as the world's best-selling car, with its affordability, reliability, and universal availability contributing to its enduring popularity. Its 2018 iteration further consolidated this status, offering consumers a well-rounded package that catered to a wide variety of tastes and requirements across different markets.

The Corolla was indeed a global favorite, securing sales in practically every corner of the world, from North America and Europe to Asia. Its broad availability in multiple body styles — sedan, hatchback, and wagon — further expanded its appeal to a diverse customer base. Despite this formidable legacy, the emergence of the Model Y has marked a shift in consumer preferences. It heralds a new era in which electric vehicles can claim the top spot in global car sales.

The High Price Tag vs. Accessibility: Tesla's Strategic Moves

Tesla's ambitious projections regarding the Model Y have come to fruition, culminating in an average quarterly sales increase from last year's 189k to this year's Q1 figures. With this growth rate, Model Y is on track to exit 2023 with over 1 million sales. A feat previously only achieved by Toyota Corolla, which sold 1.12 million units in the previous year.

One may wonder how an EV with a price tag of approximately $40k (after credits) could outperform the more affordable Corolla, priced at $21k for a base model. Despite Model Y's higher cost, Tesla's strategic price cuts have widened its appeal, contributing significantly to its increased market share.

Elon Musk's prediction that the Model Y could become the world's best-selling car seems increasingly plausible. Given its current momentum and the growing demand for EVs, it's likely that Model Y will maintain its leading position, making Tesla's mark in the automotive industry even more indelible.

Tesla Rolls Out FSD Beta 11.4.2 to Employees [Update: Now Going Out to the Public]

By Not a Tesla App Staff
Tesla FSD Beta 11.4.2 may soon see a wide release
Tesla FSD Beta 11.4.2 may soon see a wide release

Tesla has just released FSD Beta 11.4.2 to its employees with update version 2023.7.10. This update focuses on bug fixes as Tesla aims to release it to FSD owners.

FSD Beta 11.4.1 started going out to early testers, but the rollout was soon stopped. About 4% of FSD testers currently have access to that beta.

FSD Beta 11.4.2 was expected last week when Elon Musk announced it would start rolling out over the weekend, however, we're glad to see that it's now in employee hands.

What's New

In Musk's tweet last week, he revealed that this update will address small bugs around 'excess conservatism', focusing on improvements around narrow roads and lane changes.

However, since most Tesla owners with access to FSD Beta are still on version 11.3.6, this update will be a much bigger deal.

Update 2023.7.10

FSD 11.4.2
27% of beta users
133 Installs today
Last updated: May 28, 9:40 am

Not only will it contain the significant changes from FSD Beta 11.4, but also the many improvements Tesla added in FSD Beta 11.4.1, as well as non-FSD features that were introduced in updates 2023.2 and 2023.6.

Major FSD Improvements Included

The most recent FSD Beta, 11.4.1 included improvements in turning and overall smoothness of the vehicle by better determining the environment around the vehicle.

It also made improvements in assertiveness when encountering nearby pedestrians or vehicles in its path, which can lead to sudden braking or jerkiness. The vehicle will now measure the probability of interacting with the vehicle or pedestrian instead of coming to a sudden halt.

Other refinements include several improvements to lane changes and when to take them, as well as a better understanding of bus lanes and when to use them.

Improved Speed Control

One of the biggest improvements in this beta involves speed control. When in Autopilot, the vehicle will typically use the speed limit of the road plus the percentage offset that you have set. However, as we know, the speed limit is only one factor that should be considered when determining your speed. Autopilot will now smartly adapt its speed based on weather conditions and the type of road it's on. For example, the vehicle will travel slower in parking lots, dirt roads, or in residential areas.

Release Date

When Tesla employees receive an FSD update, it indicates that we may see a public release, however, a lot of it is dependent on what issues are discovered.

Since FSD Beta 11.4.2 is a minor revision to the partially released beta 11.4.1, there is a much higher likelihood we could see this beta go into a wide release. Tesla last released FSD Beta 11.3.6 in the second week of April.

New Non-FSD Features

In addition to this update incorporating all the enhancements from FSD Beta versions 11.4 (release notes) and 11.4.1 (release notes), FSD Beta 11.4.2 also introduces several new non-FSD features that were previously available in updates 2023.2 and 2023.6.

These features include auto steering wheel heat (just in time for summer!), support for the Icelandic language, Tesla's Manual app, improvements to Apple Music, and changes to Sentry Mode lighting.

This FSD Beta update will be a major update for owners with access to FSD, not only bringing massive FSD improvements but also bringing them up to speed with some of the latest Tesla features.

Update: Musk has just tweeted that this release may be the one that goes to a wide release. Here's hoping! Keep your fingers crossed everyone, and keep checking that app for an update.

Update 2: This latest version of FSD Beta is now going out to public testers. Two large waves have already gone out yesterday and today. You can follow the roll out of FSD Beta 11.4.2 in our statistics page.

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