FSD Beta 10.69.2 to start rolling out today (update: going out now)

By Nuno Cristovao
Elon Musk says the latest FSD Beta, version 10.69.2 will become available today
Elon Musk says the latest FSD Beta, version 10.69.2 will become available today
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FSD Beta 10.69.2 is expected to start going out to beta testers today.

Elon Musk shared an update last night on the latest FSD Beta, stating that the release would be available to employees as of yesterday and would become more widely available today.

We haven't been able to confirm whether any employees have received the beta yet, although it's clear that the wider release hasn't started yet.

Although the public roll out of 10.69.2 is expected to start today, it'll likely begin with beta testers that are on beta 10.69.1.1 and gradually increase from there.

Update 2022.20.15

FSD 10.69.2
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Last updated: May 28, 3:33 pm UTC

FSD Beta 10.69.1.1 is installed on about 20% of vehicles enrolled in the beta program. The majority of beta testers remain on the last wide-release beta, which was version 10.12.2. However that was first released back in mid-May.

Beta 10.69 changes a lot of underlying code and Tesla has been cautious with its release. Although we're likely see beta 10.69.2 start going out today, the release may not come until later in the day and it may be several days before the majority of testers have access to this release.

FSD Beta 10.69.2 is expected to only include bug fixes for those users coming from beta 10.69.1.1, however it includes vast improvements for anyone on beta 10.12.2. 

The improvements include additional features that were included in update 2022.16 and 2022.20 as well as improvements to FSD itself.

Update: Elon just shared an update this afternoon on the release of FSD Beta 10.69.2. Unfortunately a bug related to pedestrian detection was found.

The good news is that the bug has been fixed, however it seems like it may have set Tesla back a day, although it's not totally clear based on Elon's message. Elon simply said that the bug has been fixed and Tesla will be "rolling out tonight." Its not clear whether he means the internal roll out will be tonight or the wider, public roll out.

Certainly not the news we were waiting for, but at least the delay shouldn't be long.

Update: FSD Beta 10.69.2 started rolling out to public beta testers early Sunday morning. FSD Beta 10.69.2 is update 2022.20.15 and appears to only include bug fixes from 10.69.1.1.

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

By Karan Singh

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

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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