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Issue 156 - Turn it up to (V)11

FSD Beta & Autopilot

Autopilot is doing tire thread depth estimation

Greentheonly reported that someone discovered that Autopilot is doing tire thread estimation, probably to understand if the weather conditions, speed, etc. are safe with the current state of the tires.

No button, at least for now

According to Elon, given the fundamental changes in the FSD Beta that are currently underway, there isn’t much point in more testing of the 8.X version, he expects to deliver v9 in April and add the ‘Download FSD Beta’ button then.

Community & Giga Tours

Giveaway Alert: Win a Frunk Cooler for your Tesla

It’s giveaway week again! Going out and about with your Tesla? Need a cooler to take snacks and drinks with you while keeping them at the right temperature? Participate in this week’s giveaway (on Twitter) and win this awesome frunk cooler by Evannex.

Radio station or podcast stored in your profile

Marc Benton shared that the same radio that he was listening to in his Model 3 was saved when driving his wife’s Y. If this is Tesla linking profiles to accounts maybe they do it based on the phone key paired, maybe in a different way? I have to say this is the first time I’ve heard about this, and it’s great that Tesla is starting some synchronization between cars.

Tesla exec shares plans for Gigafactory Shanghai tours

Tesla owners may soon be able to tour Giga Shangai. We loved the tour in Fremont a few years ago, I hope things go back to normal and I can go back to see how it has changed in the last two years!

Model S & X

New Model S refresh OS

I have to admin that I like it very much. I wonder how Tesla is going to adapt this (if at all) for the 3 and Y given that they need to leave room for the car visualization there.

Tesla Model S refresh inside look reveals V11 UI, 'Drag Strip Mode', 'Smart Shift', and more

A Tesla owner ran into a Plaid Model S at the Kettleman City and was able to sit inside and snap some pictures of the UI. In the pictures, we can see a total redesign of the software (V11 UI?) as well as some other details, for instance, the inside acceleration mode or the ability to enable and disable smart shift. In the UI, we can also find a ‘Drag Strip Mode’, can you imagine this beast in the drag strip?

MCU2 retrofit price increased by $500

Well, almost. If you have MCU1 with AP2 or AP2.5, the MCU2 retrofit just went up tp $2,000 vs. the $1,500 that cost before (or if your car has AP3). There is a good reason for this, several people that I know got AP3 when they got the retrofit even if they wouldn’t bought FSD.

Plaid Model S: 0-60 in under 2 seconds and seven seats

Elon mentioned this many months ago and just confirmed it in another tweet: the Plaid Model S will come with seven seats. Can you imagine a seven seater doing a 0-60 in under two seconds? In Elon’s words “The new Plaid S is our best car ever”.

Safety & Protection

Built for safety

Tesla’s are so safe that I have a hard time imagining my family in any other car. After all, Tesla is well known for building their vehicles around safety, not an overall five star rating but five stars in each category. They just published a site to explain the world how they think about it, cool stuff!

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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.

  • AP - Autopilot
  • FSD - Full Self-Driving
  • MCU - Media Control Unit
  • OS - Operating System
  • UI - User Interface

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