Elon Musk says Tesla will release FSD Beta 10.69.1 on Monday

By Nuno Cristovao
There is a new creep visualization in beta 10.69
There is a new creep visualization in beta 10.69
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The much anticipated FSD Beta 10.69 (formerly known as 10.13) went out to its first 1,000 testers on August 20th.

This release has been one of the most anticipated updates since the early FSD Betas. While part of that was due to the expected improvements in this beta, the other part is that it's been a while since the last update.

The last beta that went into wide release came out in late May, which means that for some testers it has been more than three months since their last update; an awfully long time for Tesla enthusiasts. 

Unfortunately, that means that testers have remained on the 2022.12 branch as well. With about 8% of the fleet already on update 2022.24, one can't help but feel left out in all of the latest features.

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Some of the exciting features include Cloud Profiles, reposition blind spot camera (video), seat belt enhancements, improvements to navigation energy prediction and quite a bit more.

Beta 10.69 includes a ton of improvements, which is why Tesla is being a little more cautious with its rollout. Tesla rolled out 10.69 to 1,000 testers and plans to roll it out to additional testers with the release of beta 10.69.1.

Elon Musk has just taken to Twitter to announce that beta 10.69.1 will be released Monday night. Based on his previous comments, this will have a wider release than 10.69, although it's not expected to go out to all testers. We'll likely see the original testers receive it first then hopefully Tesla will expand it to some additional testers.

FSD Beta 10.69.2 is where Tesla is expected to release the beta to all existing FSD Beta testers, with it tentatively scheduled 'about a week or so later.'

It's not clear whether Tesla will add any new testers after beta 10.69.2, but it's certainly possible that Tesla will increase the number of testers after a couple of bug-fix releases.

Although Beta 10.69 has many improvements, a major focus of the beta has been Chuck Cook-esque unprotected left turns. These turns can be tricky in high-traffic situations even for human drivers. They require patience, great timing and a good sense of the surrounding environment.

In that regard, this beta appears to be much improved. The car will now utilize the median to its advantage and use it as a stopping point.

FSD Beta also appears more confident in heavier traffic, moving forward when it has an opening. Below you can see one of Chuck's latest videos and see how this beta is performing.

There is one new visualization in beta 10.69 and it's actually extremely helpful for anyone testing FSD. When the vehicle is creeping forward, a blue 'wall' will now be displayed, letting you know where the vehicle is expected to stop. When the vehicle is creeping forward in high traffic it could certainly make the driver feel uneasy and this visualization should help with that. Although this is the only new visualization spotted so far, you can view all FSD visualizations here.

FSD Beta 10.69 is based on update 2022.16 and beta 10.69.1 is expected to be as well. This means that testers will still be a little further behind than non-FSD Beta customers, but they can expect some of the new features included in the 2022.16 branch, including separate media accounts per profile, navigation energy prediction, automatic Supercharger rerouting and more.

Beta 10.69.1 is expected to only include minor fixes, so check out the FSD Beta 10.69 release notes to see everything you may receive in 10.69.1.

Tesla internal email indicates major end-of-quarter push

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla's Fremont lot is practically full
Tesla's Fremont lot is practically full
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Tesla wants everyone on its payroll to pitch in and help with a frantic end-of-quarter push. An internal email leaked to Electrek indicates that employees, even those not tasked with sales and delivery, to assist in getting as many vehicles out the door as possible. The email says there is “a very high volume of vehicles,” and management requests additional support.

This push should come as no surprise after a disappointing second quarter. The company delivered 18 percent fewer vehicles than in the previous reporting period. Tesla delivered 254,695 compared to 310,048 just three months prior. The decline broke a two-year streak in which the company continued to break its delivery record. The drop in numbers was not due to failures at Tesla, but due to COVID-related shutdowns at its Gigafactory in Shanghai, China.

Nevertheless, Tesla is adamant about righting the ship immediately. This quarter, like no other before, has seen significant competition enter the electric vehicle space and challenge the king of the sector. As a result, Tesla would like nothing more than to get back on track with another record-breaking delivery of its highly sought-after vehicles.

According to Electrek, the company-wide email stated: We will be delivering a very high volume of vehicles to eagerly waiting customers during the final days of Q3. To help ensure we can delight as many customers as possible, the delivery team is requesting additional support with key delivery-execution tasks.

For weeks Tesla’s careers page has listed dozens of Seasonal Advisor positions. The postings say these positions are “essential support at the end of the quarter, operating alongside our Sales and Delivery team to execute record-breaking delivery results.” The jobs were expected to last for two to three weeks.

Analysts predict that Tesla will get back on track and deliver more than 310,000 cars this quarter. In fact, one analyst has gone much further than that. Trip Chowdhry with Global Equities Research has publicly stated that he forecasts the carmaker will exceed 500,000 deliveries in the fourth quarter. In addition, he estimates that the time to produce a Tesla has decreased by 10 percent, and he notes other factors like the Semi coming online and increased capacity at factories worldwide.

Tesla is expected to report its quarterly earnings in mid-October.

Tesla is showing suggested destinations in update 2022.28.2

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By Lennon Cihak
Suggested destinations in 2022.28.2
Suggested destinations in 2022.28.2
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Tesla's rolling out another unique feature with suggested destinations in version 2022.28.2. This comes off the heels of a previous announcement where Tesla was offering alternate routes.

Tesla's new suggested destinations show up under the Recents tab when you tap on the 'Navigate' button.

Tesla will list up to three destinations before displaying your recent destinations below them. Several owners have reported seeing this new feature in Tesla update 2022.28.2, but it's not clear whether it's available to everyone yet.

Tesla's suggestions appear to be a combination of recent destinations and favorites, but it's not clear exactly how Tesla is determining these.

A user by the name of Randall on the Tesla Discord noticed the new feature.

He was offered three suggestions, but after taking a short drive he noticed that the next set of suggestions was completely different.

Tesla may be using AI to determine your suggestions, so things like the number of times frequented, time of day, day of the week, the vehicle's location and more may be taken into account when Tesla is determining your suggestions.

Like everything Tesla, this is the first iteration of this feature and we're likely to see improvements on this feature in the near future.

For example, Randall noticed that although one of his suggestions was one of his favorites, the suggestion just showed the address of the destination and not the name Randall that given the destination.

The placement of suggested destinations could potentially be improved as well, instead of being displayed under Recents. Each of these suggestions likely has a probability score that Tesla determines and Tesla then displays any suggestions that are over a certain threshold.

It could be helpful if Tesla displayed suggestions directly in the middle of the screen when you first entered the car. If Tesla thought you were highly probable of visiting one of these suggestions they could display it more prominently, making it easier for you to enter the destination.

In recent updates, Tesla has focused quite heavily on navigation improvements. Alternate routes is a welcomed feature, as well as a quieter Joe Mode, and a revamped Energy App and time graph for Supercharger popularity. This suite of features is well overdue and much needed.

As the Austin-based automotive company continues to address various bugs and add features, owners are gaining more data for insight into their vehicle so they can better use it.

CEO Elon Musk has stated that any input into the vehicle should be considered (as a possible) error, so by adding yet another feature that the car tries to calculate your destination is a step in the right direction in Musk’s eyes. This is why there is no gear physical shifter in the refreshed Model S and Model X vehicles.

Instead, Tesla replaced them with an “Auto Shift” feature. This function works based on your vehicle’s understanding of which direction it needs to go. For example, if you’re in a grocery store parking lot, the car will see that it’s wedged between a few cars and know that it needs to reverse, or vice-versa. This feature is reportedly coming to all Teslas.

“I think generally, all input is error,” Musk explains at the unveiling of the Model S and Model X refresh. “If you have to do something that the car could’ve done already, that should be taken care of. The software should just do it.”

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