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.

Tesla's Shareholder Vote Results and Shareholder Event Video [Live Now]

By Karan Singh
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Yesterday on X, Elon Musk posted that the two key resolutions for the upcoming Shareholder Meeting were both passing by wide margins – and would subsequently go on to pass at today’s Shareholder Meeting.

Musk Compensation Package and Tesla’s Move to Texas

The two key resolutions, one on Elon Musk’s performance-based compensation package, and the other on Tesla’s re-incorporation to Texas, both passed in the preliminary stages. Each required a minimum number of ‘Yes’ votes to pass at the Shareholder Meeting.

The performance-based compensation package only required a simple majority – a certain number of Yes votes, with abstentions not counting as Nos. On the other hand, the move to Texas required a full majority, with abstentions counting as Nos.

Elon Musk declared his victory on X in these two key votes, and Tesla’s share prices moved favorably in post-market, and then again in pre-market trading. This is a positive indicator for Tesla and Elon Musk. On X, Elon recently agreed that given he has received a controlling stake in Tesla, he would work towards making Tesla the most valuable company on Earth.

Other Resolutions

The first five proposals are Tesla corporate proposals, while the remainder are shareholder proposals, and are covered in the table below. For more details, you can read Tesla’s Proxy Package. The proposals are ordered below in the order of presentation.

Resolution

Status

Elect 2 Directors for a 3 Year term (James Murdock, Kimball Musk)

PASS

Non-Binding Advisory-basis Executive Compensation

PASS

Move Tesla to Texas

PASS

Elon Musk’s Compensation Package

PASS

Appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers as Tesla’s accounting firm.

PASS

Reduce Director Terms to 1 Year

FAIL

Simple Majority Stockholder Voting

FAIL

Annual Report on Anti-Harassment and Discrimination

PASS

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Policy

PASS

Report on EM Radiation and Wireless Technologies, and effects on humans.

PASS

Adopting targets and reports for sustainability metrics for executive compensation

PASS

Moratorium on sourcing minerals from deep-sea mining.

PASS

Shareholder Meeting Event

You can view Tesla’s shareholder meeting below:

Tesla Likely to Launch Robotaxi Service in Next 5 Years, May Account for 90% of Future Profit

By Karan Singh
ARK Invest

Tesla is on the verge of its Robotaxi announcement event on 8/8, and major investors like Ark Invest are examining and refreshing their bull case scenarios.

Robotaxi as a Focus

Ark Invest sees Robotaxi as a focus of Tesla’s ongoing business and sees Tesla’s autonomous ride-hailing revenue to net nearly $1 trillion in 2029. In comparison, they estimate Tesla’s vehicle sales to account for $0.4 trillion in revenue. With this bull case, Ark Invest also sees Tesla’s share price soaring to $3,100 by 2029. Ark Invest’s bear case sees the share price moving to $2,000 and robotaxi netting $0.63 billion in revenue.

Ark Invest gives Tesla a 58% chance of launching its robotaxi service in 2025, and a 38% chance in 2026. It’s clear that Tesla’s future lies in operating a fleet of autonomous vehicles and the question is just when it will happen. Given FSD’s massive improvements between FSD V11 and FSD V12, there is a possibility of Tesla meeting these estimates, although a lot depends on how fast improvements will continue to come. While FSD V12 is impressive, it’s still a long way from a true autonomous vehicle.

Rate of Improvement

Miles driven by Tesla FSD versus autonomous competitors
Miles driven by Tesla FSD versus autonomous competitors
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Ark’s case is focused on the fact that FSD’s rapid improvement will continue, and a lot of that may be determined with the next few releases, including FSD 12.4.1, v12.5, and v12.6. When comparing Tesla to autonomous vehicles, Tesla has a drastic lead in miles driven, in fact, it’s so large that you can barely even see Tesla’s competitors. Tesla is at 1.3 billion miles driven with FSD, while the closest competitors are just reaching 15 million autonomous miles driven. While there’s a drastic difference in capabilities between Tesla’s FSD and autonomous vehicles such as Google’s Waymo, Tesla has the ability to gather data 86 times quicker.

Training data is key to building autonomous vehicles, and Tesla is currently the king of vehicle-related data.

Services Company

We previously wrote about whether Tesla’s future will be as a car company or a services company – and major investors such as Ark Invest and Morgan Stanley see Tesla’s AI services as a major driver of business in the future, and the focus of future revenue and profits.

Robotaxi, as both a service and as a physical product, has the opportunity to shake up markets in a unique way, providing quick, clean, and safe transportation between local destinations in urban areas, which could quickly outcompete traditional services like taxis, and tech competitors like Uber or Lyft. The market for robotaxi is untapped and massive, but Tesla isn’t the only one chasing the goal.

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