Tesla hints at Boombox v2 in their latest app update
In the tech-driven landscape of the automobile industry, Tesla remains a key player, consistently introducing features that shape the future of mobility. This trend continues, as seen in the most recent update to the Tesla app, thanks to the in-depth analysis by @Tesla_App_iOS.
This Twitter account specializes in reviewing and interpreting updates from the Tesla app on the Apple AppStore. Its latest findings include references to promising features such as Boombox v2 and Self Park Standby Mode, providing clues to the possible roadmap of Tesla's development.
A nod to "MOBILE_APP_FEATURE_BOOMBOX_V2" within the decompiled code piques curiosity. It indicates that Tesla's unique Boombox feature, which allows drivers to personalize their vehicle's horn and driving sounds, may be in line for an upgrade. Furthermore, this hint within the app suggests that Tesla plans to allow users to control this feature directly from their mobile devices.
Self Park Standby Mode: Taking Autonomy to New Heights
Also among the uncovered codes is a reference to "Self Park Standby Mode." This term aligns with the previously hinted Park Seek feature, indicating a future where Tesla vehicles could drop passengers off at the door and then autonomously find a parking spot. This highly anticipated feature, expected to be activated through the app, will further enhance the autonomous capabilities of Tesla vehicles.
Tesla Stories: A New Frontier for Engagement?
Within the decompiled code, there were intriguing entries related to Tesla Stories. The details remain unclear, but the name hints at the possibility of a feature allowing owners to share their Tesla experiences or adventures. This could even evolve into a platform within the Tesla app for owners to connect and engage with each other.
Delving Deeper into the Code
Among the various updates unearthed in the decompiled code, several others stand out:
This term suggests an app-based view into the Full Self-Driving suspension state, potentially offering users more information on their suspension status.
GUI_ADAPTIVE_RIDE_REQUEST and GUI_LANE_ASSIST_LEVEL: These intriguing entries hint at adaptive ride request capabilities and enhanced lane assist controls, potentially signaling further enhancements to Tesla's user interface and autonomous driving features.
MCU_BOARD_NAME and FEATURE_EGG_WOT_ENABLED
Although these terms remain cryptic, they hint at hidden features ("Easter Eggs") and possible hardware updates, reinforcing Tesla's reputation for continual innovation.
With each app update, Tesla showcases its focus on advancing the automotive user experience. The anticipated upgrades, such as Boombox v2 and Self Park Standby Mode, speak to this commitment. However, the transition from code reference to implemented feature often involves future development, QA, and refinement. Therefore, it remains to be seen how these potential updates will translate into the day-to-day use of Tesla vehicles.
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Tesla introduced a wrap-around ambient lighting strip to its new Model 3
If you look up ambient lights for Tesla, you'll see several ads for third-party light kits. Perhaps this is why Tesla added its own Ambient Lights feature to the new Model 3. So, let's get enlightened.
Tesla's ambient lights are thin light strips that are embedded in each of the vehicle's doors near the top edge. It also curves around the dashboard near the windshield, giving passengers a near 360-degree light effect.
Tesla new ambient light feature is available on the new Model 3 (2024+), and will be available on the Cybertruck in a similar manner. With a refresh ongoing for the Model Y, known as Juniper, it will likely also have ambient lights. That just leaves out the most luxurious flagship vehicles, the Model S and X, for now.
The Model S and Model X could be due for a minor refresh that would not only add ambient lighting, but also include a front-bumper camera that the Cybertruck has and the new Model 3 is expected to have in the near future.
Tesla introduced a wrap-around ambient lighting strip to its new Model 3
The ambient light settings allow you to light up the interior in a color that reflects your mood or preference. Under Controls > Lights > Accent Lights, you are handed the freedom to choose virtually any color to adorn the interior of your Tesla.
You have control over whether the ambient lights are on, off, or set to an "Auto" setting, though not fully clarified, seems to promise intelligent lighting adjustments akin to our control over dome lights, offering a reduction in reflections during drives.
While the ability to control the brightness level seems missing, Tesla did include color presets, letting you curate a series of your favorite colors.
It should be noted that the changes are confined to the light strips on the doors and dash, steering clear of the footwell lights and other interior lighting.
With Tesla, we can be assured there will be enhancements to this feature in a future update. In fact, the Tesla community is already busy coming up with useful suggestions. Some owners thought Tesla should take advantage of the lighting to provide driver feedback, such as automatically changing the ambient lighting to a red hue when there's a vehicle in your blind spot. Tesla could also glow the light strip on a door if it's not closed properly, or use the lighting to provide feedback when Sentry Mode is enabled.
Other uses could be more fun, such as cycling the light through various colors when the 'Rainbow Road' easter egg is activated.
Ambient Lighting in Action
While the possibilities are endless and Tesla engineers will surely have fun coming up with creative uses for the feature, the biggest improvement we can hope for in the near future is the ability to adjust the light intensity.
Tesla's new Model 3 received a host of exterior and interior upgrades
Tesla outdid itself with the refreshed Model 3, known as the Highland. Despite all the fantastic upgrades, something is missing - the Performance version or perhaps the Plaid. The letter "T" has shown up on vehicle certificates in Europe, and despite Elon Musk's sense of humor, it is unlikely this is a Mr. T reference.
Deciphering the 'T'
A new document shows the new Model 3 Performance will have a dual motor
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Diligent scrutiny of the European Type Certificate, issued by the Dutch vehicle authority RDW and shared on the TFF Forum, revealed a subtle yet pivotal alteration — including the letter 'T' in the eighth digit of the Model 3 Performance's VIN.
This seemingly minor detail, indicative of the vehicle's motor/drive unit type, sparked curiosity and speculation on the forum. Could it be a tri-motor setup to usher in a new Plaid version of the Model 3? This vehicle has already got endless amounts of zip, but three motors? May The Schwartz Be With You!
This could also explain the Model 3+ badging that was spotted during the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in China inspection of the refresh. However, the regulatory filings highlighted just two distinct variants of the car: a rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a 194 kW motor and an all-wheel drive (AWD) dual-motor setup that combines to deliver a formidable 331 kW of maximum power.
Initial conjectures leaned towards the possibility of a tri-motor setup, drawing parallels with the Plaid variants of the Model S and Model X. However, a deeper dive into the certification document clarified that the Model 3 Performance retained its Dual Motor setup, dispelling the possibility of a tri-motor upgrade.
Strategic Enhancements: A Glimpse into Potential Upgrades
Given the documented specifications, it becomes plausible that Tesla has strategically enhanced one of the dual motors, potentially aligning it with the advanced motor found in the Model S/X Plaid. This modification is poised to augment the top-end speed and acceleration of the Model 3 Performance, addressing its comparative limitations in extended races against traditional gas-powered supercars.
Meanwhile, the Model 3 refresh has become the new Bigfoot of the roads of North America, with rare sightings posted on social media. However, it appears the continent is excluded from the initial launch of the Model 3 Highland. Internal communications within Tesla suggest North American enthusiasts might have to exercise patience until 2024.
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