New Tesla Update Allows You to Preview the Cabin Camera Feed

By Lennon Cihak
Tesla will allow you to view the cabin camera feed from within the vehicle (rendering)
Tesla will allow you to view the cabin camera feed from within the vehicle (rendering)
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With the first update of 2023, Tesla has provided a useful undocumented feature, the ability to view the cabin camera from within the vehicle.

In update 2023.2 (release notes), Tesla will allow owners to view their cabin camera directly from the vehicle. This will give users an idea of what the camera can and can not see when activated, hopefully providing peace of mind.

To view the live cabin camera feed, you'll be able to navigate to Controls > Service > Camera Preview, once you've received this latest update.

Once you turn on the live feed, it will take up the entire right portion of the screen on a Model 3 and Model Y, letting you view the feed in the detail.

There does not appear to be a purpose for this feature besides making owners more aware of what is being transmitted to a remote viewer, or possibly to view your own camera feed before starting a Zoom meeting.

In version 2022.44.30.10, Tesla enabled users to view the cabin camera remotely while the vehicle’s Sentry Mode or Dog Mode features are activated. Previously, the cabin camera was only used for driver monitoring while Full Self-Driving or Autopilot were engaged.

If the cabin camera is being viewed remotely while Sentry Mode or Dog Mode are enabled, a message will appear on the screen letting any individuals inside the vehicle know they're being viewed.

Prior to these recent additions and improvements owners were unable to access the cabin camera themselves. Tesla has said that all video and pictures captured by the camera are processed by the vehicle and never transmitted to Tesla, unless you enable the data sharing feature, which is used to further improve the feature.

“By default, images and video from the camera do not leave the vehicle itself and are not transmitted to anyone, including Tesla, unless you enable data sharing,” reads the Model 3 Owner’s Manual. “If you enable data sharing and a safety critical event occurs (such as a collision), Model 3 shares short cabin camera video clips with Tesla to help us develop future safety enhancements and continuously improve the intelligence of features that rely on the cabin camera.”

If you want to adjust your data sharing preferences, head to Controls > Software > Data Sharing > Allow Cabin Camera Analytics.

Tesla Is Hiring ADAS Operators in Europe. Could This Be for FSD Testing?

By Lennon Cihak
Tesla is hiring an ADAS test operator in Denmark
Tesla is hiring an ADAS test operator in Denmark
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2023 is sure to bring good things, but if you live in Europe, it could get even more exciting. Tesla has posted a new job position to its careers site for an ADAS test operator.

ADAS, which stands for “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems,” is the broader category for Tesla's Autopilot and FSD features. Although FSD is quite capable, it is still officially a level-2 system. The addition of this position to Tesla's careers site could mean that Tesla is stepping up testing in Europe, where it expects to release FSD next.

The job description says the "ADAS test operator will be responsible to identify improvements and regressions across software iterations."

This is particularly interesting because Tesla hasn't been actively developing its Autopilot or Navigate on Autopilot features for several years since the new tech stack that FSD leverages will be the foundation for future iterations of Autopilot.

Elon Musk has said various times before that Tesla's FSD feature will expand to Europe next. In March of 2022, Musk stated that he expects FSD to be available in Europe as early as summer. He tweeted:

"FSD Beta should be available in Europe for LHD this summer, RHD a few months later. These dates depend on regulatory approval."

During Tesla's AI Day 2, Elon Musk also mentioned that he hopes to expand FSD to Europe before the end of 2022.

Tesla's FSD feature was limited to the U.S. until it expanded to Canada with FSD Beta version 10.11.1, which was rolled out in March 2022.

Public Testers

Tesla required public testers to achieve a certain safety score in order to be included in the FSD beta program in the U.S. and Canada. That restriction was removed at the end of 2022 when FSD Beta was opened up to everyone eligible.

It's not clear what Tesla's plan is for the expansion of FSD, but we know it will expand to Europe next and this job posting appears to indicate testing is already underway. Tesla may utilize the Safety Score again once they're ready to open up FSD Beta in Europe to public testers.

The Austin, Texas-based automotive company continues to ramp up production and prepare for a new vehicle platform in March 2023. Furthermore, they’re preparing for hardware 4.0, which will see a higher megapixel cameras, heaters, and fans. It will also reduce the amount of front-facing cameras from three down to two.

Tesla's Earnings Call: Top Questions on Investors' Minds

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla's investors are lining up for the earnings call
Tesla's investors are lining up for the earnings call
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Tesla's fourth-quarter earnings call occurs on January 25th after the market closes. Of course, every earnings call for this company draws much attention, but this one may set a new bar. Tesla ended 2022 with a 70 percent drop in stock price and investors looking for answers.

As of writing this, 31 hours before the live webcast will start on YouTube, there are 20 people waiting and more than 100 likes. The company has been gathering questions from registered investors, and users can vote the questions up to ensure they get asked. There are 2,289 questions.

Top Questions and Topics

The top voted question with just under 4,000 votes, which also represents 2.5 million shares, is: After recent price cuts, analysts released expectations that Tesla automotive gross margin excluding leases and reg credits will drop below 20% and average selling price around $47k across all models. Where do you see average selling price and gross margins after the price cuts?

Another question is about the Solar Roof product, its struggles to gain traction, and what changes can be expected in future versions to increase scale. Investors also want to know about the progress of the 4680 battery ramp, the current roadblocks, and when the company expects to scale to 10,000 vehicles a week.

Additionally, investors are curious about the production status of the Cybertruck, the margins for the stationary energy storage business, and the future forecast for Tesla's energy products. They also want to know about the possible brand damage caused by Elon Musk's political tweets and how it will be mitigated.

Missing Questions on Advertising

Musk recently tweeted: Teslas are the safest cars on the road, but most people don't know that. There have been numerous calls for the company to start advertising, and Tesla's incredible commitment to safety would be an excellent campaign.

However, Tesla has no marketing budget, has not spent a dime on commercials or ads and got rid of the entire communications team years ago. Musk used the same promotion he did with PayPal, paying users to refer. But the referral program was stopped in most regions, and several people are still owed a Roadster.

That was a different time. Legacy automakers are no longer snickering at the tiny Silicon Valley start-up. Instead, they are doing everything they can to catch up to Tesla, including millions of dollars in advertising. Tesla reported a significant boost in sales the day after the 2022 Super Bowl when the competition spent millions on advertising their electric vehicles. But that was when those companies' EV programs were barely off the ground, and Tesla had inventory to move.

Now Tesla must promote things the average consumer doesn't know about, like safety, technology and performance. As Musk himself said, people don't know, so it's his job to tell them.

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