New wind warning and icons in Tesla software hint at upcoming features

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By Alex Jones
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Based on a recent Tweet by @greentheonly regarding update 2022.16, it appears Tesla has been adding visual icons and code to support some additional features in 2022.16 and upcoming releases.

Notably, a new icon has appeared in the firmware that indicates ‘wind on the route’. This new icon in 2022.16 will let you know when there is wind that could affect your vehicle's energy usage.

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One of the more helpful features buried in the code (but unreleased) is an icon/notice of a congested Supercharger when the car is actively routing to one.

This notification may allow for drivers to reroute to a less congested Supercharger.

In addition, it may indicate how long of a projected wait there may be for that Supercharger station.

You are now advised when there is wind on route
You are now advised when there is wind on route
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Tesla only knows how many vehicles are currently charging, but it can possibly also estimate the wait time for a Supercharger based on how many Teslas are nearby with a low state of charge.

This feature would be a small penance for Tesla’s recent choice to open up the Supercharger network to other car brands (possibly causing more instances of Supercharger congestion).

Tesla plans to solve Supercharger congestion by tripling the size of their network in the next few years.

With over 30,000 Superchargers (3,500 stations) reported at the end of 2021, Tesla undoubtedly operates the largest and most successful fast-charging networks.

In fact, Tesla now plans to add CCS (Combined Charging System) plugs to US-based Superchargers in order to make them even more compatible with other EV manufacturers.

In the near future Tesla drivers may not only have a heads up that their intended Supercharge station is congested, by possibly be offered other Supercharger options that could reduce their total travel time.

Tesla wins Autopilot, FSD 'misleading' marketing lawsuit in Germany

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla was being sued for the use of 'Autopilot' and 'Full self-driving' terms
Tesla was being sued for the use of 'Autopilot' and 'Full self-driving' terms
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In 2020, a Munich court ruled that Tesla used misleading marketing tactics in Germany by using the words "Autopilot" and "Full Self-Driving" for its driver-assist features. The lawsuit was filed by Wettbewerbszentrale (Competition Center), a network of German companies and one of the largest, most influential national self-regulatory institutions.

The allegation was that Tesla’s use of the words “Autopilot included” in its vehicles was false advertising since the car still requires the driver to operate and stay vigilant. It was also alleged that Tesla's Full Self-Driving suite was misleading marketing.

In October of 2021, Tesla appealed the court’s ruling in the Higher Regional Court of Munich, which ruled in Tesla’s favor. The decision was only made public recently, according to TeslaMag.de, an industry insider who was able to confirm the verdict.

This was an important victory for Tesla, as the Competition Center wanted to ban the company’s use of words like “Autopilot” in its marketing. This suggestion was rejected by the Higher Regional Court of Munich, which said that anybody visiting Tesla’s website to purchase an electric vehicle is suitably informed that the product is not fully autonomous.

Despite Tesla's overall win, the court ruled that the company would have to modify some language on its official website in Germany when referring to its vehicles’ upcoming features. Full Self Driving, for example, would have to be listed with an estimated availability rather than “by the end of the year.” More specifically, the feature language can't just read "coming soon," "next up," or "by the end of the year."

Instead, there has to be a date that Tesla expects the feature to be available to its customers. This was only a small win for the Competition Center which initially wanted to ban what they called misleading language on the company website.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles also initiated legal action against Tesla over the company's use of the words “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving” for its driver-assist features. The legal action is aimed at preventing the misuse of new vehicle technologies. Tesla’s successful appeal in Germany is hopefully a sign that they will be equally successful in the United States.

Musk discusses details and cost of Optimus robot, working prototype this year

By Jorge Aguirre
Tesla will have a working prototype of Tesla Bot this year
Tesla will have a working prototype of Tesla Bot this year
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Ahead of the unveil of the first working prototype of the Tesla humanoid robot on September 30, CEO Elon Musk has disclosed more information about Optimus and how he envisages it being used over the next decade.

Musk wrote about a variety of subjects in his column, "Believing in Technology for a Better World," published in China's Cyberspace Administration official journal. He doubled down on his previous statements that the Tesla Bot is intended to replace human labor in repetitive, boring, and dangerous tasks.

Musk also stated that the vision for Optimus is to have the robots serving millions of households globally. Tesla wants the robot to function not only in industrial settings, but also domestic ones.

“Tesla Bots are initially positioned to replace people in repetitive, boring, and dangerous tasks. But the vision is for them to serve millions of households, such as cooking, mowing lawns, and caring for the elderly”, he wrote.

According to Musk, the Tesla Bot was designed in a humanoid form because it will make it easier for humans to accept it, and it will help it integrate better into a world built for humans.

“The Tesla Bot is close to the height and weight of an adult, can carry or pick up heavy objects, walk fast in small steps, and the screen on its face is an interactive interface for communication with people. You may wonder why we designed this robot with legs. Because human society is based on the interaction of a bipedal humanoid with two arms and ten fingers. So, if we want a robot to adapt to its environment and be able to do what humans do, it has to be roughly the same size, shape, and capabilities as a human,” he continued.

The CEO confirmed that he’s planning to launch the first prototype of the humanoid robot this year, while focusing on improving its intelligence and solving the problem of large-scale production.

“Thereafter, humanoid robots’ usefulness will increase yearly as production scales up and costs fall. In the future, a home robot may be cheaper than a car. Perhaps in less than a decade, people will be able to buy a robot for their parents as a birthday gift,” he said.

Elon Musk talks about the Tesla Bot at AI Day

Tesla Bot was first introduced at the first Tesla AI (recap of event) in August of last year.

The Tesla bot will have its own specialized sensory and actuative systems, in addition to being equipped with the same Autopilot computer used in Tesla electric cars, which will enable it to recognize real-world objects.

It will also be able to lift up to 150 pounds, carry 45 pounds, walk at 5 miles per hour, and have human-like hands and visual sensors.

Tesla's Autopilot cameras will be installed on the front of the robot's head, and its inner workings will be powered by the company's Full Self-Driving computer. Tesla's Full Self-Driving computer interface, which is found in all newer Tesla models, will apparently serve as the bots’ brain.

Tesla's AI Day Part II is being held on September 30th, where Tesla is planning to show off an early prototype of the Tesla Bot and potentially its integration of Steam games into Teslas.

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