New Model X doors only open partially due to Tesla Vision constraints
Tesla Owner's Perspective
For recent Tesla Model X owners, there's been an ongoing issue since the removal of the ultrasonic sensors. The vehicle's front, auto-presenting doors now only open partially. These automatic doors, along with the iconic falcon-wing doors, have long been a standout feature of the Model X, often being the topic of admiration and intrigue. But, with Model X vehicles released after January 2023, something seemed amiss.
Previously, the Model X's auto-presenting doors would open completely if you walked alongside the car. This convenient feature allowed you to get in hands-free, which was especially useful if you had your hands full. Upon entering the car, you can then close the door by tapping on the brake pedal.
Auto-Presenting Doors in Action
However, newer Model Xs without the full array of ultrasonic sensors now merely prop open the front door, instead of swinging it open completely. This essentially removes the convenience of the feature since you still need to open the door the remainder of the way to have enough room to get in. Thankfully, you can still step on the brake pedal to close either of the front doors.
Customer Feedback and Tesla's Response
A Model X owner recently reached out to Tesla service to explain the situation with his car. Not only do his doors not open all the way, but if an open door remains untouched, it also doesn't close as it should, likely due to a lack of momentum. This reality contrasts sharply with the Model X's earlier promise: an elegant and full automatic door opening.
Tesla's response was interesting and hopeful. Tesla service told the customer that the issue is related to the transition to Tesla Vision and that the vehicle purposely only opens its doors ten degrees. The smaller opening is presumably to prevent the doors from hitting a nearby obstacle due to Tesla Vision's reduced accuracy compared to ultrasonic sensors.
Why am I just finding out that the Model X with no USS automatic door don’t open all the way. They are limited to just a small crack. What makes this worse is when you have to manually open the door the rest of the way, there is a few seconds where the door won’t move. The whole… pic.twitter.com/uvEXw6jIFk
Tesla service goes on to say that Tesla is working on a software update that will allow the doors to open more. It's not clear whether they'll open as wide as they do on models with ultrasonic sensors, but it's evident that Tesla is working on improving the vision system to more accurately represent the distance from objects.
The Vision Update: More than Just a Door Fix
Tesla service says a vision update will improve the Model X's auto-presenting doors
Tesla's upcoming "Vision Update" signifies more than just a fix to the door issue. Since the doors opening relies on knowing the distance to nearby objects, these improvements are expected to improve other Tesla features that rely on accurate distance measurements. Some of these features could be Park Assist, Smart Summon and Auto Park, which are currently unavailable on vehicles without ultrasonic sensors.
Tesla has several new features that are expected soon, which could all be tied into these vision improvements. Actually Smart Summon, has been talked about since last year, with Musk suggesting that it could be available by late summer of 2023.
However, there are also other features such as smarter Autopark and Reverse Summon, or Park Seek, that will let you be dropped off at the door and have the vehicle park itself.
There are a lot of recent Tesla owners who would love to see improvements to Park Assist, but it looks like we may see more than just that in the (hopefully) near future.
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A glance at X at any moment reveals a continuous stream of fresh, intriguing, and sometimes eccentric content revolving around the Cybertruck. Since its production debut in December 2023, Tesla's latest sensation has commanded attention. Cybertruck's presence grows with each new owner, spawning a flurry of YouTube videos, social media posts on X, and articles across news outlets.
Bullet Test: Adin Ross's Impact
YouTuber Adin Ross recently subjected the vehicle to gunfire, testing its ability to withstand ballistic impacts. Ross's video, which gained significant traction online, captured the Cybertruck enduring 9mm ammunition without sustaining critical damage, further validating Tesla's claims of creating an apocalypse-proof vehicle. While such extreme tests may seem unconventional, they underscore Cybertruck's reputation for toughness and resilience in challenging environments.
Thwarting Break-In Attempts
Beyond its celebrity allure, the Cybertruck has proven its practicality in real-world scenarios, demonstrating its resilience against break-in attempts. Recent incidents have highlighted the vehicle's robust construction, with its stainless steel exterior and shatter-resistant windows effectively deterring vandalism. Despite attempts to breach the vehicle's security, the Cybertruck emerged relatively unscathed, reaffirming its status as a reliable choice for safety-conscious consumers.
Snow Trax Modification
One of the most captivating developments surrounding Cybertruck is the innovative CyberTrax modification, spearheaded by automotive modification luminary Dave Sparks. With an eye for adventure and a penchant for pushing boundaries, Sparks has embarked on a project that promises to transform the Cybertruck into a snow-conquering beast. The CyberTrax modification, aimed at enhancing the vehicle's off-road capabilities, has garnered widespread attention and support, even earning recognition from Tesla itself.
I was trying to hold off on posting any videos of the CyberTrax until we had the full YouTube video ready to go but I’m impatient and really just wanna share it with you right now, so here ya go….enjoy 😎
The Cybertruck's durability extends beyond security features, as evidenced by its performance in road accidents. In instances of rear-end collisions, the vehicle's stainless steel exoskeleton has shown remarkable resilience, minimizing damage and ensuring occupant safety. While concerns persist regarding the lack of a traditional crumple zone, Cybertruck's design philosophy prioritizes structural integrity, providing peace of mind for drivers in unforeseen circumstances.
Celebrity Ownership Expands
The list of celebrities acquiring a Cybertruck continues to grow. Music icon, Jay-Z and Beyoncé's recent purchase of a Cybertruck, styled in a sleek matte black finish reminiscent of a Batmobile, made the roads on social media. The power couple's endorsement of the Cybertruck reinforces its status as a symbol of luxury and innovation in the automotive world. Their Cybertruck delivery came just days after Kim Kardashian lit up social media with her “Cool Car Pool Mom” post.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé have been Tesla owners and fans for many years. That's why I am more than happy that they got the Cybertruck before everybody else ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Hc61ILKMIZ
Edmunds put the Cybertruck to the test, equipped with all-terrain tires. The vehicle surpassed initial estimates by covering 334 miles (537km) on a single charge, outperforming advertised figures and showcasing its efficiency on the road. For more range, Tesla has a range extender available.
Ramping Up Production and Expansion
As Tesla continues to ramp up production of the Cybertruck, anticipation grows for its availability in international markets. With early units already sold in the U.S., Tesla's Vice President of Public Policy and Business Development has confirmed plans for expansion into Canada, signaling further growth opportunities for the electric pickup. Despite regulatory challenges in certain regions, Tesla remains committed to delivering the Cybertruck's innovative design to a global audience.
In conclusion, Tesla's Cybertruck continues to captivate audiences with its groundbreaking performance, celebrity endorsements, and ongoing advancements. From surpassing range expectations to withstanding gunfire, the Cybertruck has proven its mettle in various real-world scenarios, reaffirming its status as a revolutionary addition to the automotive landscape.
Tesla has added a new menu to its app that organizes various settings
Today, Tesla has updated its app to introduce a new menu that reorganizes vehicle, home energy, and account settings in a more logical and more discoverable manner.
Tesla updated its app to version 4.30 back on February 15th for iOS and followed suit with an Android update shortly thereafter. The app update included some significant changes such as a new Home Energy demo, Wall Connector charging charts, and a better view of your last Supercharger session.
However, the addition of the new menu arrived today thanks to under-the-hood changes Tesla had already made.
Tesla has added a presumably AI-based chat assistant to help out with common customer queries. The assistant button can be found in the support section of the app, which is now accessed by tapping on the new menu at the top right corner of the app. Once the menu is open, tap the question mark icon to open the support section. At the bottom of the screen, you should see a chat bubble that will bring up the chat assistant.
Tesla added a chat assistant to its app
The assistant starts by asking you which product you need help with. Afterward, you can ask it any question. Right now the assistant appears to bring up mostly relevant parts of the owner’s manual or Tesla’s support pages, without necessarily answering the question directly. For example, asking it a specific question such as ‘Until what state of charge will Sentry Mode remain activated?’ will bring up a section about Sentry Mode, and not immediately reveal that Sentry Mode will automatically turn off when the vehicle reaches 20% state of charge.
It’s not immediately clear whether Tesla is using AI for this feature, but providing an assistant is a great idea and one that will likely ease the burden on Tesla service. Hopefully, Tesla will continue to build upon the feature so that it becomes more useful and can answer customer questions directly.
The changes in the latest Tesla app don't require an app update
The main change in the app is the new menu which replaces the user's profile picture.
Since this area was already used to change Tesla account and app settings and Tesla product preferences, the menu icon is more intuitive than an avatar.
However, after tapping into the menu, the user is greeted with a completely reorganized section. Instead of featuring horizontally scrolling tiles for different products and features, which was getting fairly long, Tesla has consolidated the features and now presents them vertically.
In the new profile section, Tesla has grouped lumped in account information and app settings. This includes personal information, order history as well as app settings, including calendar sync and app notifications.
Charging is now a top-level feature instead of being buried in the Account section. This section highlights your most recent Supercharger charging session which was redesigned during the 4.30 app update. It also lets you manage your payment method and view your Supercharger history.
My Products is the new way to add or remove Tesla products from your account. It now nicely displays all of your existing Tesla products and lets you dig into each one. By diving into each product, you're able to give access to another user, remove the product from your Tesla account if applicable, rename the product, or jump into the product view.
Vehicle and Home Screens
If you have a Tesla vehicle and a Home product, such as Solar or a Wall Connector, the way to switch between products is to swipe to the side. However, this wasn't very intuitive and Tesla has now added a dropdown next to the Home or Vehicle name that brings up a quick menu that lets you jump to other products.
If you already have app version 4.30, there's no need to update your app, just open the existing app and you should see the new menu in the top right. However, if you're still on Tesla app 4.29.5 or earlier, head over to the app store and upgrade to the latest Tesla app to see these new features.
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