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Issue 117 - Lights, (interior) camera, action!

Full Self-Driving (FSD)

Autopilot available to purchase for $2,000 until July 1st

Autopilot is available at $2,000 via Tesla in-app purchases until July 1st. In addition, if you have EAP, you can also purchase FSD for $3,000 until the same date. After July 1st, FSD price will go up to $4,000 for owners with EAP.

The question is, should you get AP or FSD? If you ask me, I think Autopilot is worth it if you have a long commute o travel often in your Tesla. It definitely makes driving safer and more relaxed- or less stressful, depends on your personality and how much you like to drive. Basic Autopilot does not include Navigate on Autopilot, lane changes, summon, Autopark, or traffic and stop sign control. If those are the features you’re looking for, then go for the FSD before its price increases.

Read more: Twitter

Workshop on Scalability in Autonomous Driving by Andrej Karpathy 📹

Mostly a rehash of stuff from the last talk he gave in February, but there’s some new details about speed limit signs that starts at 11:00 and also some impressive demos of the birds-eye view predictor handling complex intersections and lane lines at 19:45.

See more: YouTube

Software & Hardware Updates

The cabin camera is officially on (update 2020.24.6)

A few weeks ago @greentheonly revealed some unknowns about the cabin-camera. Now, with the latest software update 2020.24.6, Tesla has officially told us about it and they’re planning on using it to build safety features. In case you have privacy concerns, know that you can opt-in/out to share your cabin videos with Tesla.

Read more: Twitter

Apple announces support for EV routing in Maps & new Car Key NFC unlock feature in iOS 14

Apple just announced a couple of interesting features for EV cars at the WWDC20, good to see Apple moving in this direction. The first one is support for EV routing in Apple Maps. The second one is Car Key, which will allow to wirelessly unlock your car with your iPhone and iWatch. The feature is part of the newly revealed iOS 14 and it will work over NFC. The advantage is that it would allow NFC car unlock up to 5 hours after your phone battery dies. Great backup to using Bluetooth as a primary key. No news about if Tesla is going to integrate with it or not, since they have their own system to use as your Tesla Key.

Read more: The Verge

Screen mirroring from phone to Tesla being considered

How cool would it be to be able to mirror things from your phone to your Tesla? @teslaownerssv asked Elon on Twitter and he said: «we’ll look into it». I mean, having video streaming services integration in your car is already a dream, but this would just make it so much easier.

Read more: Twitter

Batteries & Solar

Battery Day & Tesla's Shareholder Meeting tentatively scheduled for Sept. 15th

Tesla’s Shareholder Meeting usually takes place in June but, due to the global pandemic, Elon Musk just recently shared on Twitter that it has tentatively been pushed to September 15th. And as a bonus surprise, it will be the same day as Battery Day. My question- which I asked on Twitter but hasn’t received and answer yet- is if by owning Tesla stock you’d be allowed to attend both. That’d be super cool!

Read more: Twitter

Bjorn Nyland thinks fast-charging accelerates Tesla Model 3 battery capacity fade 📹

In this video, he compares his 6% drop to another Model 3 with similar mileage, but less frequent DC fast charging and found out that those lost only 4% of the initial capacity.

See more: YouTube

Solar panels updated: ~10% bigger and 20% cheaper

Tesla has upgraded its solar panels from 315w to 340w, giving a 10% capacity upgrade for each size. The downside is that the Powerwalls installation got more expensive (less discount for the combined install). Overall, the largest system is still the same price as before the latest update when combining Solar and Powerwall.

Read more: Reddit

Cybertruck & Model Y

Cybertruck is making a display debut at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA 📷

For those who can’t wait to see the Cybertruck in person, a prototype is being displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA just for one week (June 20-27). This is the first stationary public display since the Cybertruck reveal back in November 2019. If you have the chance of going, I totally recommend it, it’s even more impressive in person!

Read more: Electrek

Model Y at Jay Leno's Garage 📹

Jay reviews the new Model Y and checks out its full self-driving capability. In a nutshell, he says «The gas car is not going anywhere, but in terms of efficiency and (avoiding) pollution, electric vehicles are the way to go.»

See more: YouTube

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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
  • EAP - Enhanced Autopilot
  • AP - Autopilot
  • EV - Electric Vehicle
  • NFC - Near Field Communication
  • DC - Direct Current

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