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Issue 116 - Speed limit recognition is coming soon

Software & Hardware Updates

Speed limit recognition worldwide and roundabout support

Greentheonly was able to find new assets that hint at speed limit recognition coming to our Teslas. According to Green, we should expect this worldwide soon.

Check the Twitter thread to see the renders, interestingly some Tesla owners in the thread are claiming roundabouts being recognized as traffic signs and, in fact, check out the video below to see how FSD with 2020.16.3.1 handles entering an exiting a roundabout all by itself!

Read more: Twitter

FSD follows navigation and completes a roundabout (UK) ๐Ÿ“น

Check out minute 10.05 to see how Autopilot with firmware version 2020.16.3.1 handles a roundabout and follows indications to exit it all by itself. This AP version still doesn’t stop at stop signs and traffic lights. Just amazing. FSD is certainly not fully functional yet (same AP aborts entering a roundabout towards the end of the video), but seeing things like this makes me believe. PS. Lorry = truck ๐Ÿšš

See more: YouTube

Tesla hacker unlocks performance upgrade

A company called Ingenext is offering Model 3 Performance software upgrades at a discounted price ($1,100 instead of $2,000). They are not only selling ‘Acceleration boost’ but also including some additional capabilities like ‘Drift mode’. While is neat to see people unlocking stuff in our Tesla’s I have no doubt that Tesla could issue a software update to make this upgrade stop working.

Ingenext is also offering the upgrade to Model 3 Dual Motor cars with the caveat that you’d lose the ability to receive software updates. That would be a deal-breaker for me, but I assume if they are offering this there must be some demand for it ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Read more: Electrek

New Model 3 come with a wireless phone charging pad and USB C ports

By now, everyone who’s been following the Model Y deliveries knows that Model Ys come with a wireless charging pad. What I did not know is that new Model 3s being delivered right now also include the wireless charging pad as well as USB-C ports. I read about it on a Facebook Group the other day and was gladly surprised to see how fast changes in the newer models make it to the existing ones.

Cybertruck, Semi, Model Y

Cybertruck: Extra storage room option being considered

A lot of people are thinking about the Cybertruck as their ultimate camping car. The @TeslaTruckClub suggested to Elon the option to roll down the rearview window, it would definitely make a difference and be also helpful to carry stuff longer than 8’.

Read more: Twitter

Tesla is making a 12 passenger electric van

A Tesla electric van? Maybe! It seems that a county official working on a new Boring Company project may have leaked a new Tesla vehicle program that the company would use and it’s … an electric van! In the past, Elon Musk has talked about two segments where electric vehicles are needed, «heavy-duty trucks» and «high passenger-density urban transport», and it looks to me like Tesla may have plans to tackle them all.

Read more: Electrek

Model Y, Peformance or LR AWD? ๐Ÿ“น

The Model Y with the Performance upgrade adds $8,000 to the cost of a LR AWD Model Y with 19โ€ Gemini or $6,000 if you compare it to a LR AWD with 20โ€ Induction wheels. But… is it worth the investment? I guess the answer is it depends on what you’re looking for but according to this comparison by ‘The Kilowatts’, if you’re looking for the extra performance, it’s totally worth it since the two are not that different in terms of range.

See more: YouTube

Semi getting ready for 'volume production'

The last news we got about Tesla’s Semi is that it’s scheduled for launch in 2021. But we know little about when production is going to start or where. A few days ago, an internal email got leaked and Elon Musk said it’s about time to bring the Semi to ‘volume production’. It’s about time, so we hope to learn more about it soon!

Read more: Twitter

Batteries

New Smart Splitters by NeoCharge

NeoCharge is rolling out newer versions of theirย Smart Splitters (Dual Car and Dryer Splitter) which are now available on their website. If you’re not familiar with what they do, their Dryer Splitter allows you to share your existing NEMA plug (NEMA 10-30 appliance or a NEMA 14-30) between your appliances and your EV car. The best thing is you can take the splitter anywhere and it doesn’t require panel upgrades.

They are also offering a $20 discount to Tesletter readers with the code ‘TESLETTER’ at checkout. Get $20 off NeoCharge’s Smart Splitters

New Model S LR with 402 miles of EPA range

First, Tesla lowered the price of its Model S and X Performance and LR versions. Now, they are claiming their new Model S LR version has an EPA-rated range of 402 miles. A year ago, Elon said we’ll soon see Tesla with 400 miles of range and, soon enough, they are here. This update represents a nearly 20% increase in range when compared to a 2019 Model S 100D with the same battery pack design… just let that sink for a moment.

Read more: 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.

  • FSD - Full Self-Driving
  • AP - Autopilot
  • LR - Long Range
  • AWD - All-Wheel Drive
  • EPA - Environmental Protection Agency

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