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Issue 103 - Exactly one year after, the first Model Ys are here!

Preparation for FSD with MCU1 and actual stopping at stop signs coming

According to Greentheonly, the latest update 2020.12 is basically the same as 2020.8.1 but it introduces two important changes:

  • Preparation for cars with MCU1 to be able to be upgraded to FSD
  • What seem to be preparations to enable actual stopping for stop signs/traffic lights

Read more: Twitter

Submit your pictures for our community mosaic poster by March 31st

Thank you to everyone who is sharing pics of their cars with us for the community mosaic poster. Quick update on that:

  • We’re going to be collecting images to be included in the mosaic until 3/31
  • The poster should be available to purchase online on 4/2

If you already submitted a picture or were in the first mosaic, no need to resend :)

Submit your pictures

Supercharging across Canada in an epic coast-to-coast nonstop road trip

Ian Pavelko and Trevor Page from Tesla Owners Online have finally been able to complete this epic coast-to-coast nonstop road trip across Canada. It took them 73 hours… who said EVs can’t be used in cold weather? Or bad for road trips? This is amazing and will for sure help a lot of people realize EVs are a solid choice and are here to stay. Check out their video sharing the good and the bad of this adventure.

Giveaway Alert: Win DIY Chrome Delete Kit for your Tesla

Thank you TesBros- formerly known as TeslaBros- for partnering with us for this one giving away one DIY Chrome Delete Kit (Satin black) to a lucky Model 3, Model S, or Model X owner.

Make sure to check out our pinned tweet to participate! If you’re having doubts about the DIY part, here’s our experience applying the kit to our Model S ๐Ÿ‘Œ

P.S.ย TesBros promo is still going on. Get your kit at half the price!ย Model 3ย |ย Model Sย |ย Model X DIY Chrome Delete Kit.

Tesla owners shares their experience after getting the MCU2 upgrade

The first folks who purchased FSD + MCU2 are already sharing their experiences after the retrofit. User zanary on TMC Forum with a Model S P100D (AP2.5 and MCU1 before the upgrade) has shared quite a few very interesting details from his experience, check it out! A few highlights:

  • Both the IC and the MCU get replaced (you don’t get to keep MCU1 pieces unless you pay for it)
  • All settings are retained except for wifi connections, Bluetooth, web browser favorites
  • Beeps (like in ‘Joe Mode’) are louder
  • Wifi appears to be faster, needed for a couple of initial things after the upgrade (downloading games and navigation udpate)
  • And our favorite one… “it’s so damn quick. It’s night and day!”

Read more: TMC Forum

Tesla Model Y first in-depth review

Great video by Tesla Raj. Tesla started delivering the first Model Ys exactly one year after the unveiling and six months ahead of schedule. The day after it the first Model Y was delivered in Fremont I had the opportunity of seeing it in real life and I have to say the car is gorgeous.

Driver profiles attached to phones

The last software update introduces Bluetooth improvements to detect the driver in the seat and connect to their phone. Well, this is only the beginning since Elon said it will also connect to your driver profile preferences and apply those when the driver seat is detected. This makes more and more sense as the number of households with two or more Teslas increases, assuming this means your diver settings are stored in the cloud and used in different cars. Very cool.

Read more: Twitter

First look at Tesla Model Y power liftgate in action

As a Model S owner with power liftgate, I’m really pleased to see the Model Y comes with this feature. Believe it or not, thanks to this video I discovered that I can adjust the height of my powered liftgate ๐Ÿ˜Š. Very cool that you can set the height to anything you like!

Read more: Teslarati

More 'Additional Vehicle Information'

One thing that seems to have gone unnoticed is that the latest update brings two new fields in the ‘Additional Vehicle Information’ section recently introduced:

  • Infotainment processor - This makes sense with the MCU2 upgrade announcement earlier in March
  • WiFi Mac Address

Read more: Reddit

Model Y's secret trick

Uncle Trevor is going to tell us a secret that is going to make the Model Y perform much better in cold weather.

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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.

  • FSD - Full Self-Driving
  • MCU - Media control Unit (touchscreen)
  • MCU1 - Has an NVIDIA Tegra-3 chip. All Model S and Model X built before the end of March 2018 have this version.
  • MCU2 - Has a more powerful Intel x86_64 processor. All Model 3 have this version as well as the Model S and Model X built after the end of March 2018.
  • EV - Electric Vehicle
  • IC - Instrument Cluster, the screen above the steering wheel
  • AP2.5 - Autopilot hardware manufactured after August 2017 and by Hardware 3

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