We take an early look at Tesla update 2021.32.5

By Nuno Cristovao

After going through a draught of updates, which we believe was due to getting the new Model S software ready for launch, Tesla is now catching up on release versions. We're now seeing update 2021.32.5 starting to roll out in a very limited fashion.

Tesla 2021.32.5 swaps the Camera for Child Lock in Controls

Update: Release notes for 2021.32.5 are now available.

New Language Support

Tesla has been adding a bunch of new language support for the UI and voice recognition. In 2021.12 we saw the addition of Finnish and Croatian, and in 2021.24 Tesla added Hungarian, Romanian and Russian. It's not clear yet which languages have been added in this release yet, but Tesla has started working on localizing their UI in Greek and Hindi, so it could be one or both of those.

More Improvements to Vision Based Autopark

Tesla released a vision based Autopark feature for the 2021 Model S in 2021.24. They're now improving upon that featureset. The vision based Autopark offers increased capabilities by giving the driver the ability to park in almost any post, regardless of whether there is a car parked next to it. We believe Tesla is testing this on a smaller user base such as the 2021 Model S and will be releasing it to all models with HW 3.0 and FSD in the future.

"Your vehicle can now automatically park in parallel and perpendicular spots. While driving below 15 mph (25 km/h), the instrument cluster will display a parking icon if it detects a potential parking spot. To initiate Autopark, tap-and-hold the Autopark button in the shift panel, and release the steering yoke. For more information on Autopark, please refer to the Owner's Manual."

Adaptive Suspension Damping

Most Model S and Model X vehicles include air suspensions for a smoother and more customized ride. Tesla has continued to improve and refine the experience with updated hardware and software over the years. They have now recalibrated the suspension algorithm to improve ride comfort and better handling.

"A recalibrated suspension damping algorithm allows for smoother control and improved ride comfort. A rebalanced rebound-to-compression ratio works with the all-new multilink rear suspension to enhance steering response and handling for a higher degree of road connection and more precise control during spirited driving."

Accessibility Update

The "Quick Controls" panel in options, known simply as Controls in the 2021 Model S has replaced Camera with Child Lock to better match the quick controls that are available in other vehicles. This move brings consistency and makes sense since Camera is already readily available in the bottom navigation.

"Child Lock replaces Camera under Controls. You can still access Camera via the bottom bar on your touch screen."

Updated QQ Music

QQ Music, a streaming service available in China now has support for high bit rate streaming. A high bit rate option is also available for Slacker, the default music service in the US. Spotify on Teslas does not yet support high bit rate but we hope that seeing it available in these other services is a good sign that we'll see Spotify support in the future.

We expect this release to include more features than those outlined here for Model 3 and Model Y owners in the US. We should find out more about those features soon as this release starts rolling out to additional cars.

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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