A mockup of what Tesla's upcoming 'Transfer Audio' feature will look like
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Without question, Tesla is the world's most innovative vehicle, although there's always room for improvement.
For example, when you're in the middle of an important phone call and as you open the door of your car, your phone connects to your vehicle and the call starts playing over the vehicle's speakers. Then, there's that awkward moment where the person on the other end of the call is trying to determine if they have been cut off. At the same time, you try to hurry to get into the car, or quickly try to transfer the call back to your phone. If this hasn't happened to you, count yourself lucky; for those who've fallen victim to the automatic transfer, the concerns of another instance may soon be a thing of the past.
Tesla plans to change how your phone connects in an upcoming update. Soon, when you're on an active phone call, the audio will now remain on your phone, even after you open your car door and your phone connects to the vehicle over Bluetooth.
When you're finally inside the vehicle, you can choose to transfer the phone call to the vehicle's audio system or dismiss the prompt, leaving the call's audio on your phone.
Until that happens, smartphone companies sometimes advise users to turn off Bluetooth to avoid calls being automatically picked up by paired devices such as automobiles. While that may work with most vehicles, Tesla owners rely on their smartphones to unlock and operate the car via Bluetooth.
Major Updates Are Coming
We don't have any details on when this improvement will be released, but we expect it to be available soon, possibly as soon as 2022.44, but it's now being tested and we expect it to be released this year.
There are several Tesla updates on the horizon. Full Self Driving Version 11 is expected to be available to everyone who has purchased FSD by the end of this year. In addition, it's believed the new Actually Smart Summon or ASS, will be included with Version 11. Those updates will get a lot of attention and likely overshadow this smaller improvement, but it is righting an inconvenience.
A Brief Bluetooth History
Let's take a quick look back at a technology that is now commonplace. It was Intel, Ericsson and Nokia who put aside competition and together developed the short-range radio technology in 1996. Bluetooth was a creative code name because King Harald Gormsson united Denmark and Norway in 958. He had a discolored dead tooth that earned him the nickname of Bluetooth.
Since the industry leaders were uniting on this technology, they used it as a temporary name. It was to be renamed RadioWire, but they needed more time to get the trademark done. The other option was PAN, which stood for Personal Area Networking, but there were too many PANs coming up in searches. Bluetooth started appearing in cars in 2000 and it was Chrysler who lead the way with incorporating the technology in it's vehicles.
Now, we appreciate the convenience of Bluetooth daily, and with a minor tweak by Tesla, King Harald Gormsson's namesake will be much more enjoyable.
Tesla is getting ready to introduce WiFi garage door support to their vehicles through MyQ.
Since our article yesterday additional details have emerged about how MyQ will operate, which vehicles will be supported and whether there will be a cost to use the service. This information is based on a page that appeared briefly on MyQ's website but has since been removed.
MyQ's website stated that support for their garage door openers would be coming to the Model 3 and Model Y. While this makes a lot of sense because those vehicles don't include a HomeLink module, we'd be surprised if Tesla didn't also add support for the Model S and Model X.
Let's get cost out of the way. Although MyQ does not charge a fee today to remotely open and close their garage doors, they do plan on charging a fee to use their devices in vehicles. This could be looked at similarly to how some services are free to use on a PC but require a subscription to use on your mobile phone.
The price posted on MyQ's website was a five-year plan for $179, which is still cheaper than Tesla's $350 installation cost for HomeLink.
Unfortunately, this removes a big benefit we thought MyQ would have over buying a HomeLink module for the Model 3 or Model Y. For Model S and Model X owners who already have HomeLink included in their vehicles, it may not make as much sense.
However, MyQ does provide some advantages over HomeLink.
The good news is that MyQ integration will be very similar to HomeLink, and better in some ways. What appears to be a rendering of the feature working in a Tesla was also posted to their website which shows off a screen very similar to HomeLink.
On the MyQ settings screen, you'll have a list of supported devices on the left side, such as garage doors, gates and possibly lights, but we haven't see any evidence of the latter yet.
On the right side, you'll see options pertaining to the device selected, such as its current state, whether the garage door should auto-open or close and the distance when the device should be triggered.
You'll also be able to have the vehicle fold in its mirrors when reaching the target location.
If you've used HomeLink, this should all look very familiar since it's almost exactly the same. However, there are a couple of differences that give the advantage to MyQ.
The first is that MyQ is a smarter system and it knows the state of your garage door. So if you're arriving home and the garage door is already open, it won't try to close it on you.
The other advantage is distance. Since MyQ works over the internet you'll be able to trigger the garage door or gate from further down the driveway, giving the door plenty of time to fully open before you arrive.
MyQ supports an array of devices, but it waits to be seen whether there will be support for these additional devices such as lights and door locks.
Tesla requested more time for details to be kept confidential, and in doing so, everyone now knows something is up. A document dated November 18, 2022, appeared on Twitter on December 6. It’s from Tesla Inc. and addressed to the Federal Communications Commission. In the brief letter, Certification Engineer Cindy Li requests a 60-day extension of a previous agreement to keep a device secret. This mysterious letter set the Tesla sphere on fire with speculation to find out what is the secret device.
All we know from the letter is that model number 1541584 includes a user manual, internal photos, external photos, and test setup photos. Whatever this device is, it was going to be made public by the FCC on December 7, 2022. Tesla asked for an extension because the device will not be ready until mid-January 2023. The company wants to “avoid any unnecessary disclosure and competitive harm before our product launch…”
The poster of the letter, Twitter user @Taka87 reached out to well-known Tesla hacker @greentheonly, for some insight. The response: … something potentially major planned for mid-January which is just a bit over a month away... Like something that coincides with a sensor suite change.
That opens the door for the return of radar, which was removed last year and/or ultrasonic sensors, which Tesla just scrapped in October when it made the call to go completely with Tesla Vision. At that time, Tesla said in a statement: With today's software, this approach gives Autopilot high-definition spatial positioning, longer range visibility and the ability to identify and differentiate between objects. As with many Tesla features, our occupancy network will continue to improve rapidly over time.
There has also been a lot of speculation about HW4, where a high-resolution radar is believed to be part of the full self-driving sensor suite. HW4 goes as far back as the 2021 A.I. Day when Elon Musk said a new FSD computer would come out with the Cybertruck. This upgrade is now reportedly being developed by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC). It is expected to be much more powerful than the current hardware by as much as four times.
Elon has also previously commented on HD radar, saying "A very high-resolution radar would be better than pure vision, but such a radar does not exist. I mean vision with high-res radar would be better than pure vision."
An unidentified part, closely resembling a new radar was found on Tesla's Parts Catalog back in September by @GreenTheOnly. This mysterious item was marked but suspiciously not given a name, a part number or a description. However, given Green's experience with the inner workings of these vehicles, Green believes it is a new Tesla radar. In a follow-up tweet, he doubled down on his stance, saying the part matches the high-resolution radar Tesla registered with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in June.
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