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Issue 106 - Tesla Dashcam Viewer is here

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Charging and Service πŸ”ŒπŸ”§

Safety measures currently being taken at Service Centers

Great to see that Tesla is taking safety measures and ensuring excellent communication with customers during these unprecedented times. Thank you Chad (@mortchad) for sharing!

Tesla ramps up first V3 Supercharger installations for Europe

Tesla V3 Superchargers for Europe being made in the Buffalo Gigafactory 2 are planned to arrive in Europe in early April. We’re not sure what’s going to happen with their installation due to current events, but we hope that France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands can get their promised permanent V3 Superchargers soon.

Software updates πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Stop sign and traffic light stopping mode mass rollout is coming!

Elon Musk recently shared on Twitter that stop sign and traffic light stopping mode are coming soon to the US and a worldwide release will probably happen in Q3. E-X-C-I-T-E-D!

Tesla started rolling out 2020.12.5 earlier this week and it brings Dashcam Viewer

Tesla started rolling out 2020.12.5 in mass last Monday night (Tuesday morning in Europe) and as I read somewhere, it’s like we’re having a second Christmas update this year. Main features include:

We haven’t had a chance of trying the Dashcam Viewer ourselves but we have spoken with owners who installed the update- thank you @CodingMark- and it looks very neat. One thing we discovered is you can actually watch any movie/video from your USB drive or storage device in your Tesla’s screen now 🀯

Future feature: WiFi garage door opening

A few months ago, Tesla stopped including Homelink in all their cars and made it available to purchase after delivery. Just this week, Elon said on Twitter that soon the car will be able to open a WiFi garage door- obviously for ‘smart’ garage doors. This seems great given that Homelink costs $300 on the Tesla store. WiFi remote openers sell for about $40 and full on WiFi garage door openers for $200.

Under the hood πŸ€“

[Video] Model Y Teardown: Front of the Vehicle (New Aeroshield, Crash Safety Design)

Aeroshields between the Model Y and Model 3 comparison, hood alignment, and more detail on engine bay rail reinforcements catered toward Small Offset Rigid Barrier (SORB) impact testing.

DIY 🧠

[Video] Houdini Tesla Track Mode rendering from a CSV

With the release of Track Model v2, Tesla also introduced the ability to store track sessions, including video and a bunch data, but they didn’t release is a way of visualizing it. This is why Reddit’s user u/CAPSLOCKCHAMP has built a Python script to parse the Track Mode 2 information from a .csv file to make a visualization of the data in a program called Houdini. Houdini is really good for this type of procedural animation combined with data, the end result is pretty impressive.

Community πŸ’š

Tesla community members helping with the fight against COVID-19

There are people everywhere trying to do everything they can to fight Covid-19 and the Tesla community is no exception. We wanted to highlight a few Tesla community members (who we happen to know personally or well) who are making exceptional contributions to help support Covid-19 patients and hospitals taking care of them πŸ‘

[Video] Model Y - Tesla's Ventilator

Tesla Engineering has published an update on the Tesla ventilator to help hospitals taking care of patients with COVID-19. Amazing to see the Model 3 center display touchscreen, infotainment computer, and vehicle controllers, powering a ventilator. By utilizing car parts Tesla is aiming to not take away from medical supplies. Way to go, Tesla!

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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.

  • HW2.5 - Autopilot Hardware version 2.5, manufactured after August 2017 and by February 2019 for Model S / Model X and April 2019 for Model 3
  • MCU2 - Media Control Unit (touchscreen)
  • SORB - Small Offset Rigid Barrier

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