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Issue 172 - The mind of the car

Giveaway Alert: Win a CarTray for your Tesla

This week we have partnered with the team at Elon Accessories to give away one of their new amazing CarTray. Re-imagine your car, the sky is your limit. Head out to Twitter to participate!

FSD Beta v9

Release notes FSD Beta v9

FSD Beta v9 is finally here, this is the result of months of work where the AP team transitioned the system to Pure Vision (they stopped using the signal from the front-facing radar), improved visualizations showing additional surrounding information, and activates the cabin camera for them.

Tesla's FSD Beta v9

FSD Beta v9 was released last Saturday. Here’s a great circuit testing by DirtyTesla.

'The Button' might still be coming

Elon is an ambitious person and that can make him be overly confident with deadlines, as we have seen many times. He believes that if the v9 beta goes well during the limited testing, they might release the famous button for the rest of us to opt-in into the FSD Beta in a month or so.

FSD Beta v9 mind of car visualization

Cool to see how Tesla is trying to communicate to us, the drivers, what the car sees and how confident it is on that. In Elon’s words, “Brightness/translucency indicates the confidence of neural net in predicting any given object.” “Acid test is being able to assess with quick glance at the screen if a car fully understands the environment.”

v9 is now detecting brake lights from other cars

It is great to see v9 detecting and showing more and more details. In response to this video, this is what Elon said: “It will soon capture turn signals, hazards, ambulance/police lights & even hand gestures”.

Car updates

Tesla Model Y orders open in Europe

GigeBerlin isn’t ready yet, but if you are in Europe and want a Model Y, you can order it now and get it MIC. If you are considering ordering a Tesla, and we have helped you, please consider using our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266

Model S and X got a price increase

We have seen a number of price increases in the last few months, maybe because of the components shortage or maybe because of high demand. This week Tesla increased the price of the Long Range Model S and X by $5,000 in the US, they are now $84,990 and $94,990 respectively.

Fremont-made Tesla Model Y now equipped with HEPA filters and Bioweapon Defense Mode

All Model Ys built starting on July 1st come with a HEPA filter and Bioweapon mode. According to a tweet from @SawterMerritt, Tesla will also offer an option to retrofit it into existing Model Ys soon. Living in California, where we get more and more wildfires every year, this is great news!

Under the hood

Solar batteries from recycled Model S Modules

Jason Hughes, a famous Tesla tinkerer, shared his solar batteries recycled from Tesla Model S modules. They have the equivalent cycles of driving ~250k miles and show degradation of 5.2%, with 3% of it happening in the first 2 years. Pretty good if you ask me! Note, the photo is sideways.

TOO Podcast Episode 105

Sandy Munro joins the folks from the Tesla Owners Online podcast for an episode. He talks about his background and Tesla.

💡 Tip of the week

If you are going to buy another Tesla and you use your own referral code, Tesla will only give you 1,000 miles of free Supercharging (not 2,000). However, if you use the one from a friend or someone who might have helped you, Tesla will give 1,000 miles to each one of you.

🤓 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
  • HEPA - High-Efficiency Particulate Absorbing
  • MIC - Made in China
  • TOO - Tesla Owners Online

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