Tesla to add tire pressure data to its app

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

Tesla has made a noteworthy change in one of their APIs in update 2022.4. According to Reddit user Wugz, Tesla's vehicle state API now includes data from the internal TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System).

Tesla tire pressure
Tire pressure being shown in the vehicle

Tesla uses their APIs for creating the Tesla app, which means that tire pressure data will likely soon be available on the Tesla mobile app.

The current system alerts the driver when the PSI (pounds per square inch) of a tire is too low. The PSI can also be displayed on the touchscreen of the vehicle by navigating to Controls then Service.

Tesla recommends a tire pressure between 40-45 PSI. Depending on the model and vehicle configuration, this is typically the minimum amount of air pressure needed to support your vehicle at its maximum load.

In a potential update, users could be sent a notification if their tires are over or under-inflated.

Tire PSI can vary due to a variety of factors, including extreme climate conditions. Leaving a car parked in direct sunlight or hot weather can increase the pressure inside of a tire.

This update would also be helpful for Tesla owners in colder climates because tire pressure goes down one PSI for every 10° F (6° C) drop in outside temperature.

It is recommended to make tire pressure a part of your monthly maintenance because on average, tires lose approximately 1 PSI of tire pressure every month. In an upcoming mobile app update, Tesla owners could be notified before they start driving that their PSI is too low or too high.

Proper tire pressure is crucial for protecting tires from damage and maximizing the range of the vehicle. Over-inflation is usually less problematic than under-inflation. Under-inflation is the most common cause of tire failures including tire cracking, tread separation, or blowout. Under-inflation reduces the vehicle's range and tire tread life.

If you've ever tried to check your tire pressure while the vehicle is stopped, then you likely noticed that the vehicle doesn't show you tire pressure while the vehicle isn't in motion. This is done to preserve the battery life of the wireless tire pressure sensors that are located in each tire.

It's possible that with this update Tesla may allow the tire pressure sensors to turn on and report tire pressure readings even if the vehicle is stationary, or Tesla may simply report the last known tire pressure in the app.

You can expect this feature to appear in the Service section of the Tesla app.

With safety and range maximization at the forefront of Tesla’s mission, it makes sense why important tire pressure data may soon be available in the Tesla app.

Tesla Introduces Most Affordable Car: Long Range RWD Model 3 with 363-Mile Range for $34,990

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has brought back the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive variant, which starts at $42,490. However, due to the batteries in the Long Range model, it qualifies for the $7,500 federal EV rebate. This makes this new model the cheapest model in Tesla’s lineup after the federal rebate that comes off at the point of sale.

After the federal rebate, this model is $34,990, exactly $4,000 less than the standard RWD model with the smaller LFP battery.

Improved Range

The Long Range RWD variant boasts a range of 363mi (vs 341mi for the AWD, and 272mi for the regular RWD), and a 0-60mph of 4.9sec (vs 4.2sec for the AWD). This makes the new Long Range RWD Model 3 Tesla’s longest-range economic vehicle (Model 3 / Model Y). The Model S AWD boasts an impressive 402-mile EPA estimate.

Other than the lack of a front motor for handling in rough or slippery terrain, or having a faster 0-60, the Long Range RWD is a fantastic option for most people.

It’s worth noting that only the Long Range AWD model can unlock Tesla’s Acceleration Boost, which increases power and reduces the vehicle’s 0-60 times by about half a second.

Model

Price

Price After Rebate

0-60 MPH

Range

Model 3 RWD

$38,990

-

5.8s

272mi

Model 3 LR RWD

$42,490

$34,990

4.9s

363mi

Model 3 LR AWD

$47,490

$39,990

4.2s

341mi

Model 3 Performance

$54,990

$47,490

2.9s

303mi

Availability

For now, the Model 3 Long Range RWD model is only available in the United States, with no availability in Canada.

Tesla FSD V12.5 to Combine City and Highway Stacks, Introduce Vehicle-to-Fleet Communication and More

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

As FSD V12.4.3 continues to get released to more vehicles, Elon Musk has posted that FSD V12.5 is already in testing and will include several key features.

The improvements in v12.5 are supposed to focus on rarer, more complex situations and vehicle-to-fleet communication. Tesla’s Autopilot lead, Ashok Elluswamy, also mentioned that FSD would gain the ability to go in reverse around this time.

Merge City & Highway Stacks

FSD v12 has been a multi-stack setup so far, with a city-streets stack that is end-to-end, and an older highway stack that was carried over from v11. FSD v12.5 will once again merge the city/highway stacks according to Musk, who confirmed the feature yesterday. That means that there will no longer be an implicit highway stack.

This could cause some regressions during highway driving, similar to the ones we experienced when Tesla first merged highway and city stacks back in FSD v11. Ultimately, when the issues were ironed out, we ended up with a smoother and better Autopilot experience on the highway. When FSD v12.5 rolls around, we may see some similar issues but expect FSD v12.5 to do to highways what v12 did for city driving.

Vehicle-to-Fleet Communications

Tesla’s FSD relies heavily upon maps, with the mapping information designating routing and lane changes. When vehicles encounter difficulties, they are unable to communicate that back to the rest of the fleet. This results in every vehicle encountering the same problem. With FSD V12.5, vehicles will be able to communicate road closures or other obstacles back to the rest of the fleet in real-time. This will turn FSD into software that’s constantly improving as the fleet gathers more data, instead of having to wait for a software update.

Cybertruck Finally Gets FSD

In a recent post on X, Musk also confirmed that V12.5 will finally bring FSD to the Cybertruck. Currently, all Cybertrucks only have access to Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC). Autopilot and FSD capabilities should arrive alongside all the other features.

Actually Smart Summon

Musk has talked quite a bit about Actually Smart Summon. With FSD 12.5, the new vision-based summon may finally be released. This will introduce Smart Summon capabilities to vision-only cars for the first time. However, it’s expected to be a drastic improvement for all vehicles in similar ways to the new Autopark. The new summon has been tied to the ability to move the vehicle in reverse by Tesla’s Autopilot lead, so expect either both of them to arrive in FSD 12.5, or be held off for a later release.

Release Date

Musk originally mentioned that FSD V12.5 would be released in late June, however, there were several delays with FSD 12.4 and that time frame has now come and gone. FSD 12.4 was initially released in May 2024, but it went through several lengthy revisions before it was introduced to public testers. Going by that time frame, it appears that FSD 12.5 was expected to be released about 4-6 weeks after FSD 12.4. If FSD 12.4.3 is finally got a good spot, we could see FSD 12.5 become available in the next 4-6 weeks or about late August.

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