What's new in beta 2018.21

Tesla release versions odd numbers have historically been betas only pushed to a handfull number of users (3 - 5 according to Teslafi) under an NDA. Last time that a beta was rolled out was a few weeks before the NN rewrote, so we have high hopes that this one includes something big as well. The lucky ones who have rooted their Tesla are dropping some bits of info on TMC, see below (Thanks BigD0g and dennis_d for all the info!):

  • Screen showing blind spot messages and detection (read more)
  • Improvement on how AP handles road dividers (read more)
  • AP2 running 2018.21 showing cars in adjacent lanes (ala AP1) (video)
    Read more: TMC Forum

New oak decor and graphite trim

Check out the pictures, thank you Mat Jensen for sharing!

Read more: Twitter

AP2 allowing changing lanes in roads that weren't available before

Multiple people have reported this in Norway, Finland, and the Netherlands.

Read more: TMC Forum

Performance Version AWD is being rolled out before regular AWD version

Per conversation on Twitter, it seems like Tesla is trying to sell higher price versions first in order to avoid negative margins.

Read more: Reddit

Model 3 Brake performance started rolling out on May 25th

Tesla reduces stopping distance by nearly 20 feet after OTA braking update. Just wow!

Read more: Consumer Reports

Model 3 v 8.2 will introduced improvements reported by users

Model 3 version 8.2 will allow Tesla owners to report bugs via voice, select a song from the Tesla app, and receive blind spot notifications, according to Elon Musk’s tweet.

Read more: Twitter

Airplane vs. Tesla Autopilot

Ryan is an airline pilot and flight instructor, as well as a Model S owner. In this episode of Supercharged Podcast he compares his experience with autopilot in airliners and Teslas.

Read more: Supercharged Podcast

Recent work in large-scale distributed training of NN

«Lots of exciting recent work in large-scale distributed training of neural nets: (very) large-batch SGD, KFAC, ES, population-based training / ENAS, (online) distillation, …» - said Andrej Karpathy on Twitter.

According to jimmy_d Karpathy’s tweet is referring to recent and substantial advances in techniques that enable efficient partitioning of experiments across thousands of machines.

Read more: TMC Forums

HW2 anonymous snapshot (oldie but goodie)

Lukcyj was able to capture one of the anonymous snapshot/image/video uploads that got pushed out over his home network. So far, only partial success in getting anything useful out of it. One example is below.

Read more: TMC Forum

Ideas for your next Tesla road trip

As charging infrastructure grows across the country, electric car manufacturers are reassuring owners that long road trips are just as feasible as with fossil-fuel powered vehicles.

To illustrate this, USA TODAY asked electric car maker Tesla to identify charging options on five popular long distance routes across the country.

Read more: USA TODAY

What the acronym?

As Tesla fan I find myself sometimes having to remember what are all those acronyms, here is a list of the ones you can find in this issue.

  • AP - Autopilot
  • AP1 - Autopilot hardware released after late September 2014 and before October 2016
  • AP2 - Autopilot hardware released after October 2016 and before August 2017
  • AP2.5 - Autopilot hardware released after August 2017
  • NN - Neural Network
  • M3 - Model 3
  • HW2 - Hardware 2
  • OTA - Over-the-air

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