More details uncovered about 'Cloud Profiles' in Tesla update 2022.8

By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla's Cloud Profiles
Tesla's Cloud Profiles

Earlier this year Elon Musk said that Tesla will be moving car profile settings to the cloud. Any Tesla will automatically adjust to you, Musk said.

We saw the first signs of profile syncing back in version 2021.40. In this update, Tesla had references to a new feature called "Cloud Profiles," and mentioned vehicle syncing for individual driver profiles.

In 2021.40 we got a sneak peek at the UI for Cloud Profiles and how it may function.

Then in late December, Twitter @Kristennetten asked Elon if she updated her home address in her profile, whether the address would also update in her car. Elon explicitly said that this was a feature that was coming in the future.

The feature has yet to become available, but with the release of 2022.8.2, we're now seeing some additional changes related to Cloud Profiles in the car's firmware.

According to Tesla enthusiast @greentheonly, Tesla has added additional code to the 2022.8 release related to cloud profiles.

There's now a new Account Link (Beta) section according to Greentheonly, which will let you link a Tesla account to a specific vehicle profile.

Once your Tesla account is linked to a car profile, that car's profile will automatically appear in any other Teslas under your account.

These vehicles could be rentals or owned by you. As long as they show up in your Tesla app then your car profile will become available on that vehicle.

Some of us have multiple profiles for different use cases. Some popular profile options are to create one for driving in the snow with lower regenerative braking and less acceleration.

Sometimes owners like to create a different profile whether they're driving with a thick jacket on or high heels, or even a profile for driving a more related state.

It's not clear whether Tesla will allow you to sync multiple profiles to a single Tesla account, or if you'll be limited to one.

In the car's Profiles menu, there will be a new option under each profile that will let you choose whether that profile is linked to your Tesla account.

Having your car profile sync to multiple vehicles will be especially useful when renting a Tesla. It'll provide a consistent experience across vehicles and it'll save you time from having to adjust preferences such as your seat, mirrors, music preferences, and more.

This could be important for certain settings such as 'Stopping Mode'.

When you first get in the car, you may expect it to behave like your own Tesla and if the Stopping Mode is set to something else like roll, it could cause you to roll unexpectedly.

If you rent a Tesla or use one as a loaner, it'll feel almost magical being able to get in it and have it automatically adjust to you.

Your Autopilot and navigation settings are also saved to your profile and those would carry over to other vehicles as well.

Seat and mirror positions are saved for each driver as well, however, we only expect these settings to carry over if the Tesla models are the same. For example, your seat position wouldn't carry over from a Model 3 to a Model X, but it would be from a Model 3 to a Model 3 or maybe even a Model Y.

Tesla will also include options for you to unlink your vehicle profile from your Tesla account, which will cause the profile to disappear from other vehicles that it's synced to.

It's not clear when Tesla will launch Cloud Profiles, but it looks like it has been in development for a while now and with the recent findings in the public build of 2022.8.2, we may see this feature in the near future.

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh

Tesla recently fired the entire Supercharger team, including Tesla’s head of charging – Rebecca Tinucci, after she pushed back on the extreme layoffs that took place right before the cut.

The Supercharger team consisted of over 500 employees, at least after the initial layoffs. In the following days and weeks, Tesla began to rehire some of the employees that it had fired.

Some Damage Done

In the immediate aftermath of the firing of the Supercharger team, contractors and site planners were left bewildered, with no contact from the Supercharger team that was responsible for payment, planning, and decision-making.

As this has played out, new Supercharger deployments have been reduced – stations that were already being built are being completed, but no new announcements have been made since t

It was dire news at the time - but it isn’t all bad.

Returning Employees

Now, more and more of the employees that were fired are beginning to return to Tesla, some of whom are announcing that they were asked to return to Tesla in their previous capacities.

George Bahadue, Senior Manager of Site Acquisition and Business Development commented on LinkedIn:

“Two weeks ago, I was asked to return to Tesla in my previous capacity heading up the business development and site acquisition for Tesla charging – I accepted.”

His reasoning to accept the position was a quote from Rebecca Tinucci:

“You work at Tesla because you hope to have at least a small impact on our collective future – aspirationally, to leave the world better for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren – by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. And that mission is too important to allow any distractions.”

New Stations Could be Coming Soon

With the restaffing of the Supercharger team, especially with the return of George Bahadue, we can expect that new Supercharger sites may be announced in the coming weeks, as the ripple effect from the layoffs begins to settle.

The rehiring of experienced staff suggests that Tesla and Elon Musk are still committed to the vision of maintaining and expanding its Supercharger network – the largest and most reliable charging network in North America, which is crucial for the mission to move the world to renewable energy.

Tesla Cuts Model Y Output in China – Economic Slowdown and Anticipated Project Juniper Launch

By Karan Singh

Tesla recently cut Model Y output in China, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Tesla’s production of the Model Y in China experienced a decline of approximately 18% in March, and 33% in April, versus the same time last year.

Output Cuts

These output cuts can be attributed to Tesla’s recent decision to reduce production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai by at least 20% from March to June 2024. This was attributed to an unnamed Spokesperson by Reuters last week.

This decision could be multifaceted – the primary reason being an economic slowdown in China as price wars continue to be waged between EV manufacturers, including Tesla. On the flipside, Tesla has continued its production of the updated 2024 Model 3, colloquially referred to as the Highland, with an increase of 10%.

Project Juniper?

The second reason for this slowdown could be the incoming arrival of the Model Y refresh – also known as Project Juniper. Tesla China has already introduced an updated Model Y with a unique cloth dash with similar ambient lighting as the Model 3.

The Model 3 Highland was also introduced in China before its introduction to other markets, including North America and Europe.

Juniper Upgrade Speculation

Not much has been seen about Project Juniper at this time, but we can expect a similar suite of upgrades that match the updated 2024 Model 3 Highland – including a new front fascia design, updated doors and dynamics, steering updates, improved control arms, ambient lighting, new seats, and improved range.

There is a continued expectation that Tesla is pushing back its Model Y refresh – its best-selling vehicle – to make a bigger splash. This could include newer features – like the Cybertruck’s Steer-by-Wire, front camera, or other upgrades and changes – like the lack of stalks on the rest of the Tesla line-up.

Tesla previously confirmed we’re not seeing the Juniper Y this year, this could be the time needed to retool and upgrade lines to prepare for its introduction sometime next year.

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