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Full Self-Driving

[Video] Traffic light and stop sign detection

A few days ago, Tesla started rolling out a new version 2020.12.5.6 (EAP only) introducing the expected new Traffic light and stop sign control feature. It’s looking pretty good although it’s still not a final product e.g. it will stop at all traffic lights, no matter if green or red, unless you override it. In our opinion, Tesla is being conservative with the rollout which is good because it’s a matter of safety. In case you missed this, check out these videos we shared to see it in action.

[Video] AI for Full-Self Driving by Andrej Karpathy

Earlier this year, Andrej Karpathy talked about AI for Tesla’s FSD at the ScaledML Conference. It’s not the first talk by Karpathy that we share, you know we’re big fans. In this one, he discusses some of the work being done at Tesla around AI and Vision to improve FSD. In particular, he talks about how they’d like to train neural networks to do the planning and the prediction of the bird eye view inside the network itself vs. them being explicit predictions like they are today.

Referral program

[Pics] Waiting for the Arachnid Wheels from the referral program?

Tesla recently updated their referral page which now instructs customers to schedule a service appointment for the β€œInstall of Model 3 Referral Wheels». It might be that your service center doesn’t have them yet, but it’s worth reaching out to see what they say. Also, check out the pictures, they look πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Tesla is extending the time to use free Supercharging miles

Given the current events around COVID-19, Elon Musk has said on Twitter they will extend the period of time to use the free Supercharging miles earned through the referral program- which is normally 6 months. This is great news for those with one or two referrals that are expiring soon, way to go Tesla!

Insurance

Tesla Insurance is giving back customers a 20% credit for the months of March and April

Tesla Insurance is not the only insurance doing this, in fact, most car insurance are giving back some kind of credit to their customers due to the current situation with COVID-19. So if you haven’t done it yet, check with your insurance (some companies may require you to call or reach out) to save some πŸ’΅

Under the hood πŸ€“

[Pics] Tesla Model Y vs Model S heated seats: Thermal imaging temperature test

DAErik, a well known Tesla Youtuber who owns a Model Y and a Model S, has used a FLIR thermal camera to check out the differences between the Model Y and the Model S in-heat heater’s layout:

  • The Model Y front seats reached temperatures consistently throughout the seats while the Model S the backrest warmers reached lower temperatures than the ‘but warmers’
  • The Model Y back middle seat doesn’t have full heating, the Model S does

Ok, the first one explains a lot… πŸ˜‚

[Pics] Model Y computer upgrades

Greentheonly has been tinkering with a Model Y computer and shared on Twitter that it’s actually different than the Model 3. For example, the autopilot-infotainment link got upgraded to 1GB from 100mbps. Some pretty in-depth details being discussed in this Reddit thread.

[Video] Upgrading a Model S 75D

Rich Rebuilds swaps the battery, the motor, and the computer of a Model S 75D and replaces it from the ones from a P100D. Pretty insane.

Cybertruck design adjustments rendered side-by-side

This is a super cool renderization of the Cybertruck comparing the final version with the one presented at the reveal back in October 2019.

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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.

  • EAP - Early Access Program
  • FSD - Full Self-Driving
  • AI - Artificial Intelligence

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