Tesla is rolling out the ability to detect emergency vehicles

By Nuno Cristovao

Yesterday Tesla started rolling out software update 2021.24.12. These incremental updates often focus on bug fixes before they're widely rolled out to the entire fleet. However, every once in a while we're introduced to some new features in a point release.

Tesla detects emergency vehicles
Tesla may render emergency vehicles in the visualization different from other vehicles

With software update 2021.24.12 Tesla has started to roll out the ability to detect and slow down for emergency vehicles. When Tesla released version 9 of the FSD Beta in July, they introduced new visualizations that show when a vehicle is actively braking.

The new visualizations were impressive and left behind the dotted, matrix-like visualizations of v8 betas. After the v9 release, Elon said that Tesla is working on detecting and reacting to more than just brake lights, but also additional things, such as turn signals, hazards, emergency vehicles and even hand gestures.

With this update, it looks like some vehicles are now getting the ability to detect emergency vehicles and react to them, while also alerting the driver.

Twitter user Analytic.eth discovered this new feature in the owner's manual that is in the car. Tesla creates dynamic owner's manuals, so they can show certain content only to vehicles that have a specific feature. So not everyone will be able to see this content in their owner's manual. In this case, Analytic.eth's owner's manual shows that his car now detects emergency vehicles in certain cases.

The owner's manual says:

"If Model3/ModelY detects lights from an emergency vehicle when using Autosteer at night on a high speed road, the driving speed is automatically reduced and the touchscreen displays a message informing you of the slowdown. You will also hear a chime and see a reminder to keep your hands on the steering wheel. When the light detections pass by or cease to appear, Autopilot resumes your cruising speed. Alternatively, you may tap the accelerator to resume your cruising speed.

Never depend on Autopilot features to determine the presence of emergency vehicles. Model3/ModelY may not detect lights from emergency vehicles in all situations. Keep your eyes on your driving path and always be prepared to take immediate action.""

It appears that Tesla is in the early phases of testing this feature. They're detecting emergency vehicles light only at night, when the feature would be more easily spotted. They're also giving the driver the ability to train the neural net by confirming or denying the presence of emergency lights, by tapping the accelerator if there isn't an emergency vehicle and they do not want the car to slow down.

Tesla executed a similar strategy with traffic light detecting where they asked the driver to confirm the presence of a green light by tapping on the accelerator.

This will help train the neural net by delivering possibly tens of thousands of images and videos to Tesla when a vehicle possibly didn't accurately detect an emergency vehicle.

Expect this feature to gain new capabilities and expand to additional vehicles in the coming weeks and months.

Tesla Updates Its App, Making It More Intuitive With New Menu and Reorganized Vehicle and App Settings

By Not a Tesla App Staff
Tesla has added a new menu to its app that organizes various settings
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.

App Update

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.

New Menu

The changes in the latest Tesla app don't require an app update
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.

Tesla Model 3 Ludicrous (Performance) Unveiled During Promo Shoot in Spain

By Kevin Armstrong
Ludicrous Model 3
Ludicrous Model 3

Tesla's latest revelation, the upgraded Model 3 Performance, has been caught on camera in Valencia, Spain, giving us a first look at many enhancements, including the name of this latest trim. Forget performance, not even Light Speed or Ridiculous Speed. No, the latest Model 3 gets the Ludicrous badge. This is one of many rumors confirmed by the sighting of a few new vehicles, captured by Desmond Wisley, X user @dessiewisley, in Ultra Red and Black.

Upgrades: A Sleek, Performance-Driven Design

The new Model 3 Ludicrous (Performance) boasts a series of exterior upgrades that enhance its aesthetic appeal and aerodynamic performance. The aggressive front splitter that has been spotted under the cape for a few weeks is joined by aero wheels with potential aero inserts and a notable rear diffuser split into three sections.

The upgraded look includes a new trunk spoiler, lowered suspension, and striking red brake calipers. There is also some speculation online that the wheels may be staggered. Hard to tell for sure. There’s been plenty of leaks showing the inside, including the new Sport Seats in white and black; the Spain sighting offered a few more peeks at those upgraded seats.

Ludicrous: More Than Just a Badge

Embracing the spirit of "Spaceballs," Tesla's decision to potentially name its new Model 3 Performance variant Ludicrous captures the essence of fun and irreverence that's become a hallmark of the brand. This choice is a clear nod to the cult classic film, where the spaceship's speed surpasses light and ridiculous to reach ludicrous speed, mirroring the anticipated performance leap of the upgraded Model 3.

It's a playful integration of pop culture and automotive innovation, reflecting Elon Musk's penchant for intertwining his endeavors with elements of humor and nostalgia. By adopting the Ludicrous moniker, Tesla pays homage to a beloved sci-fi comedy and strategically positions the Model 3 within Tesla's lineup, maintaining the exclusivity of the Plaid trim for its flagship models.

Moreover, the Ludicrous badge is more than just a whimsical branding choice; it signifies a significant enhancement in performance, incorporating advanced brakes, suspension, and unique wheels that hint at a thrilling driving experience, one that could put your brain in your feet!

Production is reportedly ramping up at Giga Shanghai and Fremont; enthusiasts can expect the new variant to hit the markets in the second quarter of 2024. This timeline aligns with the recent sightings and suggests Tesla could be ready to unleash the Ludicrous speed and performance that fans have been eagerly awaiting.

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