Tesla is letting your connect your Wall Connector to the app
Tesla, constantly growing its interconnected ecosystem of products seems to have set its sights on the initial oversight of leaving Wall Connectors to fend for themselves on the internet.
While the Generation 1 and Generation 2 Wall Connectors lacked WiFi connectivity, Generation 3 Wall Connectors were designed with 2.4 Ghz WiFi (unfortunately they don't support 5 Ghz networks) which allowed for over-the-air (OTA) firmware upgrades and Ad-Hoc connections with devices in order to set up and troubleshoot the device.
Oddly, the chargers didn’t exchange data with the Tesla App (keeping owners in the dark about any data, updates, usage, etc).
However, it it appears this may soon change.
According to Tesla_Adri on Twitter, the latest app update, 4.10.0, has new string references in the code to Wall Connector connectivity.
It is possible that Tesla may be preparing to allow owners to fine-tune Wall Connector settings.
These settings may include the ability to control what cars can utilize the wall connector and the ability to choose to install updates via the Tesla app.
It could also allow owners to select “allowed” Teslas and non-Teslas to charge via their phone. In addition, there are references to a “garage manager.” While details are scant, it is conceivable Tesla may also allow the integration of a Wifi garage door opener as part of this focus on improving the home charging experience.
It now appears that Tesla is testing this functionality with some users who have the latest Tesla app.
You can see if you have access by tapping on your Profile icon on the top right corner, then choosing Add/Remove Products. If you have access, you'll see the ability to add a Wall Connector in addition to the usual options of Vehicle and Powerwall.
Needless to say, for many Tesla owners that enjoy the ability to view live data and easily make settings changes to their solar roofs, solar panels, Poweralls, and cars, this small change to Wall Connectors will be welcome.
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Hundreds of Tesla cars synced to the Indian blockbuster film RRR's award-winning song 'Naatu Naatu'
Tesla owners recently came together in New Jersey for an incredible display of technology and art. Hundreds of Tesla cars synced to the Indian blockbuster film RRR's award-winning song "Naatu Naatu" to create an unforgettable light show. The energizing event showcased Tesla's upgraded light show feature, part of the Christmas update.
The Twitter account for the movie, @RRRMovie, posted a video, which can be viewed below, of the mesmerizing light show. Elon Musk responded with two heart emojis. After Tesla retweeted the unique video, @RRRMovie replied by expressing their love for Elon Musk. "Naatu Naatu," composed by M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose, became the first-ever song from an Indian film to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Try the Synced Light Show
A recent update allows owners to schedule their light shows up to 10 minutes in advance or even create multi-car orchestras by starting them simultaneously. This feature can be accessed by tapping the Application Launcher > Toybox. The update also allows Tesla owners to activate the light show using their smartphone app, making it more convenient and fun for those who use the feature as part of their exterior decorations.
The New Jersey event displayed the innovative capabilities of Tesla vehicles and highlighted the growing influence of Indian cinema worldwide. As more Tesla owners come together for events like this, we can expect to see even more mesmerizing light shows in the future, celebrating the convergence of technology and the arts.
Tesla continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with its electric vehicles. Features like the light show demonstrate that the company is committed to creating an experience beyond driving a car.
Prominent figures such as Senator Josh Hawley and media personality Joe Rogan have come to the defense of Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. Both spoke against the negative public perception and criticism while highlighting the importance of free speech. While Rogan spoke about the unfair treatment of Musk by members of the media, Hawley went after one — on his own show.
Senator Calls out Reporter
St. Louis’ KSDK News political editor Max Maxwell set up a recorded segment with the republican senator. While crews were getting the technical aspects sorted out, Hawley confronted Maxwell about his anti-Elon Musk tweets, which the Senator described as "vitriolic." The senator read one of Maxwell's tweets aloud, calling Musk's supporters "bootlickers." Hawley questioned Maxwell's intentions and expressed concern about the journalist's use of a public platform to attack people he disagreed with.
Maxwell explained that his tweet was a moment of frustration and defended his comments as satire, protected under the First Amendment. But it got more awkward as the reporter suggested he was drinking at the time of the tweets. Hawley emphasized that journalists like Maxwell have a lot of access, making their public comments particularly influential and potentially concerning.
Rogan to the Rescue
In another instance of public defense, popular podcaster Joe Rogan discussed the shifting public perception of Elon Musk on his show. According to Rogan, any narrative about Musk's political ideology is baseless. He questioned why people have gone from viewing Musk as a savior who brought about electric cars and reusable rockets to someone who is an "alt-right piece of shit." Rogan argued that the resistance against Musk and the publicity campaign against him have been fascinating to watch.
“The narrative has spread through progressive people where they'll just say it now,” Rogan continued. “It’s like they've reached the memo, the memo’s got to them… I hear people I know like, ‘Oh, Elon's just so crazy. Something happened to him. He went nuts, and he’s a right-winger now… They just have this narrative that reaches them as a signal. Like, ‘Elon bad now.’”
Senator Hawley and Joe Rogan's reactions to the criticism against Elon Musk and his supporters emphasize the importance of free speech and raise questions about the fairness of the media's treatment of the world's richest person. As public figures continue to engage in these discussions, it remains to be seen how perceptions of Musk will evolve in the future and how his tweets will impact Tesla.
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