Tesla adds new features to Sentry Mode with update 2022.44.2

By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla is adding improvements to Sentry Mode
Tesla is adding improvements to Sentry Mode
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Starting with update 2022.44.2, Tesla is making improvements to its popular Sentry Mode feature.

Sentry Mode, Tesla's camera-based car alarm and surveillance system, allows the vehicle to detect potential threats near the vehicle.

When Sentry Mode is enabled it records from four different cameras when the vehicle detects someone near the vehicle or an intrusion.

Although the feature is fantastic and has caught many situations when damage has been done to the vehicle, it can also lead to dozens of recordings when there is no threat at all. This is especially true if its raining, which can trigger Sentry Mode events, or if the vehicle is parked on a busy street with a lot of foot traffic.

With update 2022.44.2 Tesla is introducing two new features to Sentry Mode in some markets. Depending on your region, you'll either get the ability to disable camera-based detection or the ability to disable camera-based detection and the ability to adjust the length of each clip.

Camera-Based Detection

The first is the ability to turn off camera-based detection so that Sentry Mode will only save recordings that are triggered by intrusion, such as a glass breaking, a door opening, or the vehicle's tilt sensor being triggered (only available in some markets).

Turning off Sentry Mode recording when the cameras detect someone near the vehicle will greatly reduce the number of recordings, however, it could also lead to some threats going undetected.

Sentry Mode Clip Length

Tesla is adding improvements to Sentry Mode
Tesla is adding improvements to Sentry Mode
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The second new feature of Sentry Mode is the ability to adjust the length of a recorded event. Once a potential threat is detected, Sentry Mode will record for the next several minutes unless additional threats are detected. The number of minutes that Sentry Mode records after a threat has been static up until now. With 2022.44.2, you'll now be able to adjust the length of each Sentry Mode clip.

This feature is currently limited to many parts of Europe. Tesla's release notes for those receiving both Sentry Mode improvements read as follows:

Sentry Mode now allows for even greater customization, including:

- Camera-Based Detection, which allows users to disable use of cameras to detect threats.

- Sentry Mode Clip Length, which allows users to specify the length of the clip when a potential threat is detected.To adjust these Sentry Mode settings, tap Controls > Safety > Sentry Mode.

Other Improvement Coming?

Two other Sentry Mode features have been rumored in the past when Elon Musk responded to users on Twitter.

While there is no guarantee that these features will be implemented, in general, it does show that Elon Musk thinks they're a good idea and he'll likely share them with the team. The outcome of whether these features get added largely depends on the feasibility of implementing such features, Tesla's roadmap, and the effort required to develop them.

In 2020, Elon said that Tesla would allow users to adjust the sensitivity of Sentry Mode, which sounds like a great enhancement. Hopefully, that's a feature that Tesla is still considering or is actively developing.

Also in 2020, Elon replied to a user on Twitter suggesting that Tesla would allow an 'incognito' Sentry Mode. The goal is to not let perpetrators know that they're being recorded, although there could be potential legal ramifications to adding such a feature.

In update 2022.24 Tesla added the ability to disable Sentry Mode sounds when an intrusion is detected. This could have been Tesla's compromise when trying to create an incognito mode. Although the car will no longer make any audible noise, it will still flash its lights and display the Sentry Mode logo on the screen letting individuals know that they're being recorded.

Tesla recently added Sentry Mode support in Israel and expanded the countries where Sentry Mode Live Access is available. The feature is now available to users in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore.

Sentry Mode has seen several enhancements since its introduction. With update 2022.40 Tesla now allows you to use Sentry Mode and Dog Mode together in various markets.

Elon to Switch to the Cybertruck; Volume Production in 2024

By Kevin Armstrong
Cybertruck mass production to start in 2024
Cybertruck mass production to start in 2024
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Tesla's fourth quarter and 2022 earnings call with investors was mostly good news unless you were planning to drive a Cybertruck soon. While company executives eagerly jumped on every question asked by investors, there was a noticeable pause when a point-blank question was asked about Cybertruck's mid-year production date.

Elon Musk responded "um, we do expect production to start, I don't know, maybe sometime this summer. But I always like to try to downplay the start of production because the start of production is always very slow. It increases exponentially, but it's always very slow at first. So I wouldn't put too much thought in start of production."

Volume Production Next Year

If the millions of people with Cybertruck reservations were in attendance, you might have felt the air leave the room. The previous belief was mass production would start by the end of 2023. There may be some stainless-steel beauties on the road by then, but only a few. "It's kind of when does volume production actually happen, and that's next year," said Musk.

Perhaps sensing some disappointed buyers, Lars Moravy, Tesla's Vice President of Vehicle Engineering added, "(I'd) like just to emphasize on that, we've started installation of all the production equipment here in Giga Texas, castings, general assembly, body shops. We built all our beta vehicles, some more coming still in the next month, but as you said, the ramp will really come 2024."

The Cybertruck Will be Elon's Next Car

Cybertruck was originally announced in 2019 at the memorable event that included the unbreakable armor glass smashing. Musk was wearing the smashed glass Cybertruck t-shirt while taking questions from investors. While the wait continues, he is adamant that it will be worth it, "So it's an incredible product. I can't wait to drive it personally. It will be the car that I drive every day… it's just one of those products that only comes along once in a while, and it's really special."

The original release deadline was set for 2021. However, the production date has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, like a global pandemic. Nevertheless, it is a positive sign that beta vehicles have been produced. Images of what appears to be a Cybertruck were leaked a few months ago.

Recently, chief designer Franz von Holzhausen did confirm that the Cybertruck was ready for production, but it's a work in progress. Every Tesla beta product gets thoroughly examined and meticulously reviewed before the next step. But at least it's a step in the right direction.

A Look at Tesla's 2022 Numbers and Record Quarter

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla set new records in production and deliveries while beating analyst expectations.
Tesla set new records in production and deliveries while beating analyst expectations.
Statista

Tesla published their Q4 2022 and full-year financial results, setting new records in production and deliveries while beating analyst expectations. Tesla’s annual profit rose to $12.6 billion in 2022, from $5.5 billion in 2021. Annual revenue rose to $81.5 billion, from $53.8 billion the year prior. Tesla reported fourth-quarter revenue of $24.32 billion beating analysts' $24.07 billion estimate. The automaker also reported earnings per share of $1.19 beating analysts' $1.12 estimate.

Tesla’s stock rose more than 5% in after-hours trading following the earnings release and surged more than 10% the next day.

Tesla's Q4 2022 revenue set a new record for the company, up 59% from a year earlier. In addition to automotive revenue of $21.3 billion, Tesla recognized $324 million of deferred revenue from the company’s driver assistance systems.

FSD Beta Numbers

Tesla reported that 90 million miles have now been driven with FSD Beta, up from 58 million miles in the previous quarter. The company also confirmed that they have about 400,000 FSD Beta users in North America, a sizeable increase since the last report. With such a steep increase in miles driven and FSD Beta becoming widely available in North America, Tesla is making significant progress with its autonomous driving software.

In late 2022 and into this year, Tesla began cutting prices on its cars globally. Elon spoke about how recent price cuts have fueled a surge in demand for Tesla: “Thus far in January we’ve seen the strongest orders year-to-date than ever in our history. We’re currently seeing orders of almost twice the rate of production.” He added: “These price changes really make a difference for the average consumer.” Tesla acknowledges that average sales prices have to decrease over time because affordability is part of Tesla's mission to grow into a company that sells multiple millions of cars annually.

Price cuts will impact profitability, but margins should remain healthy, Tesla CFO Zach Kirkhorn affirmed. Tesla has wider operating margins than the industry average, which allows them to make such price cuts.

Elon issued an uncertain forecast for 2023, saying Tesla planned on 1.8 million vehicles for the year without specifying whether that was a target for production or deliveries. If the company were to deliver 1.8 million vehicles in 2023, that would result in 37% annual growth.

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