Tesla Revives Remote and Auto Window Capabilities Following NHTSA Compliance

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla is now reactivating remote window closing features
Tesla is now reactivating remote window closing features

In response to meeting NHTSA regulations, Tesla is in the process of reactivating remote and auto window functions that were previously disabled on some vehicles. The reinstatement is being implemented through an over-the-air (OTA) configuration, eliminating the need for software installation.

A few months ago, we reported on Tesla's decision to disable specific remote and auto window functionalities in compliance with an OTA recall. This recall affected nearly 1.1 million vehicles and addressed a problem with the automatic window reversal system. The decision was in line with an updated federal regulation from the NHTSA, which no longer allowed auto-close windows via the car or an app, among other features. This led to frustration among Tesla owners, who took to social media to express their disappointment.

The features that were affected included:

  • Rolling window(s) up/down with physical switches unless the vehicle's brake pedal has been pressed
  • Venting/closing the windows via the Tesla mobile app
  • Automatically closing the windows once the vehicle has locked
  • Automatically closing the windows when the vehicle is in Car Wash Mode

At the time, Tesla Service informed owners that the features would not be available "until further development." The NHTSA's updated safety guidance wasn't limited to windows but also applied to roof panel systems and partitions. It's worth mentioning that the disabling of these functions was not consistent across all Tesla owners.

On Friday, Tesla initiated the reactivation process for vehicles that had experienced feature removal. Several posts on Reddit confirmed an in-car display message announcing that their vehicle now has access to new window features. The complete message states:

Your Tesla now has access to new window features. Vent and close your windows remotely through the Tesla app, and enable 'Close Windows on Lock' in 'Controls' > 'Locks' on your vehicle's touchscreen.

Not all vehicles in the U.S. were affected by this recall, as many owners still have access to remotely close their windows. It's possible the recall only affected vehicles with specific window hardware. If you've been impacted by this recall, these window features are expected to be re-enabled soon.

Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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