Tesla has a secret 'Elon Mode' that removes nagging
Well-known Tesla hacker and a treasure trove of undiscovered Tesla secrets, @GreenTheOnly has once again made waves in the Tesla community. His recent Twitter revelation uncovers a hidden gem in Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta software - a unique feature named 'Elon Mode'.
@GreenTheOnly's tweets give the world a peek into this under-the-radar feature that is yet to see public release. His deep dive into the hidden depths of Tesla's software brings to light an interesting twist to how Tesla's FSD Beta monitors driver attentiveness.
'Elon Mode' - Redefining Driver Monitoring
The driver monitoring system in Tesla vehicles is known for its 'nag' feature. This alerts drivers to maintain their focus on the road and requires them to exert resistance on the steering wheel, signifying their attentiveness. 'Elon Mode' brings a paradigm shift to this system.
In 'Elon Mode', featured above, the car switches from steering wheel 'nags' to a more advanced driver monitoring method. It employs only the internal camera to keep a watchful eye on the driver, ensuring they are not distracted. This is a significant stride towards enabling hands-off driving, a promising prospect for Tesla's global user base.
Green’s Intriguing Experience with 'Elon Mode'
Taking us on a virtual ride spanning nearly 1,000km, Green shares his firsthand experience with 'Elon Mode'. During this journey, Green enjoyed the luxury of a nag-free ride, thanks to Tesla's computer vision-based driver monitoring.
Green observed that the irritating nuisances of the FSD, such as random lane changes and slower driving speed, become less noticeable if he doesn't have to watch the car continually. He even entertained the idea of reading a book or browsing a website, suggesting that the mild, non-human driving choices made during the journey go virtually unnoticed.
He commended the FSD's performance on divided highways and revealed that there's a fair chance the car can navigate between two points without needing any human input. He even ventured that if this technology were offered as Level 3 automation, where the driver doesn't need to pay attention constantly, it would be a "solid deal at $15k" (historical FSD prices).
Despite the benefits, Green also highlights the downside of 'Elon Mode'. Giving the car free rein to make unnecessary lane changes could incite road rage from other drivers. This suggests there's still room for refinement before 'Elon Mode' is ready for public release.
Green's journey in Elon Mode offers a promising glimpse into the future of autonomous driving. While it's not clear when this hidden mode will be publicly accessible, one thing is certain - the future of driving is closer than we think.
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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