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Issue 109 - Would you subscribe to FSD?

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Giveaway Alert: Win an SSD storage unit for Sentry Mode/Dashcam videos

This week we’re partnering with PureTesla to give away a Solid State Drive (SSD) to reliably store videos from Sentry Mode and Dashcam. It comes pre-formatted for TeslaCam – simply plug into your Tesla and it will start recording.

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

2020.12.6 is here and it brings as all Traffic lights and stop sign detection

Ok, not all of us, only those of you with FSD. But it’s here for everyone and it’s really exciting. While this isn’t fully autonomous, the idea of the car stopping by itself and restarting when the driver says so sounds pretty good to me! Remember to be in control of your car at all times.

FSD subscription will be available later this year

Earlier this week, Greentheonly shared on Twitter that there’s code for a β€˜pay as you go’ subscription plan type in Tesla’s source code and it has been there for a while. Taking into account that FSD’s current price is $7,000 when purchased with a new vehicle, a ‘pay as you go’ model could certainly help Tesla’s FSD to become mainstream when the right time arrives. Just yesterday at the earnings call, Elon confirmed that FSD will be available as a subscription later this year.

Model Y & Cybertruck

Tesla to start deliveries of the Model Y 7-seater in Q2?

User @handytsla on Twitter has been contacted by Tesla to get delivery of his Model Y Performance 7-seater in Q2. This same owner had been contacted regarding his Model Y Performance 5-seater reservation earlier this month and Tesla had said he’ll have to wait for the 7-seater.

We hold a reservation for a Model Y 7-seater too (Long Range, AWD)… Tesla if you are listening, you have my number, so call me maybe πŸ’ƒ

[Pics] Rare footage of Tesla's Cybertruck and ATM of Jay Leno’s Garage

Since Tesla unveiled its Cybertruck and ATV in October 2019, we have only seen a few pics of the new vehicles on the roads. These is some rare new footage from the Jay Leno’s Garage show, which is starting its fifth season next week, in which he appears driving a Cybertruck.

Referral program

Tesla extends validity of free Supercharger miles by at least one month

As a follow-up from Elon’s tweet last week saying that Tesla would extend the free Supercharging miles from the referral program due to the current situation, some folks have now started seeing those changes reflected in the mobile app. The free Supercharging credits are being extended by one month for those whose miles were expiring in May 2020. For everyone else, it seems it’s going to be six months. Nice!

Accessories

[Pics] All you wanted to know about the Model 3 Zero-G forged wheels

Ian Pavelko, AKA Mad Hungarian, got his hands on a new Model 3 Zero-G forged wheels and shares his insights about them on this Twitter thread. Ian is an expert on wheels, so you want to read this!

Under the hood πŸ€“

Greentheonly confirms EMMC life of newer hardware is much better

After a month of owning a two year old Tesla, Greentheonly has taken a look at his car’s EMMC stats and he thinks that, in ideal conditions, it should last somewhere between 100 and 200 years. The EMMC he has analyzed is for Model 3/MCU2 cars, and even if these numbers are not realistic, it’s definitely an improvement if we compare it with the MCU1 EMMC (which has been giving problems after 3-4-5 years).

[Video] Model 3 battery and BMS signals

Very nerdy video about the Model 3 (and Y) battery pack while looking at the signals that explain how the BMS thinks.

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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.

  • SSD - Solid State Drive
  • FSD - Full Self-Driving
  • AWD - All-Wheel Drive
  • EMMC - Embedded Multi-Media Controller
  • MCU 1 - Media Control Unit (touchscreen). Has an NVIDIA Tegra-3 chip. All Model S and Model X built before the end of March 2018 have this version.
  • MCU 2 - Media Control Unit (touchscreen). 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.
  • BMS - Battery Management System

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