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Issue 261 - Tesla app to display vehicle navigation routes


Tesla Takeover 2023

Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, along with other clubs, is hosting the biggest Tesla meetup of the year at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA on July 29th and 30th. This is the third year for the event, which features Maye Musk as a confirmed speaker and promises to be a celebration of all things Tesla. Early bird tickets cost $55 for both days for attendees aged 18+.

Software Updates

Keeping the car 'on' for entertainment and comfort if the camera detects occupants

After a request on Twitter, Elon mentioned that Tesla will be making a change to keep the car on (HVAC, entertainment, etc.) if the cameras detect an occupant in the car. Currently, occupants need to touch the screen to turn everything back on, which isn’t as convenient as keeping it on automatically, but it’s not too bad either.

Tesla app to display vehicle navigation routes

Tesla is preparing to introduce a new feature that will display your vehicle’s navigation route within the Tesla app. This enhancement is expected to make route planning more seamless and user-friendly for Tesla drivers. Personally, I’ve wanted to know the best route and stops directly on my phone when planning a trip multiple times, and so far, I have defaulted to apps like A Better Route Planner. This feature is very much welcome!


Cybertruck crash test

On April Fools’ Day, Tesla tweeted a video of the Cybertruck crash test, but the prank was that they cut it right before the crash. Come on, Tesla, can you release the rest?

Cybertruck spotted at Fremont test track

Tesla’s Cybertruck has been spotted undergoing suspension testing at the Fremont test track. The video features the Cybertruck navigating through three distinct lanes, each with differently sized, shaped, and configured bumps.


Insane downtown drive with Tesla FSD Beta 11.3.3

DirtyTesla tests FSD Beta 11.3.3 in downtown traffic in this video. Chris expresses his admiration for the car’s performance, citing excellent perception and trajectory in challenging situations like heavy traffic and parallel parking. Despite a few close calls, he rates the FSD’s safety performance as A-grade. I can’t wait to get back to my car and update it to 11.3.3!

Under the hood

Tesla's routing process

Greentheonly, a Tesla enthusiast, delved into the workings of Tesla’s alternate route system and discovered some intriguing aspects. In addition to gathering alternate routes from Google Maps, Tesla vehicles download near-real-time information, such as stop signs, speed limits, and lane data. These regular updates significantly enhance the navigation experience, especially for those who frequently travel the same route. This system keeps Tesla’s maps more up-to-date than relying solely on larger map updates.

Lars explains Tesla vehicle safety

In this video, Lars Moravy, VP of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla, explains why Tesla vehicles provide a very low probability of rollover risk and occupant injury. Key features include energy-absorbing structures like the bumper, crush can, and front underbody casting, which help distribute impact energy across multiple load paths. The battery’s positioning lowers the center of gravity, reducing rollover risks, while backup structures such as door rings, glass, and battery support provide additional protection.

🤓 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
  • FSDHVAC - Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

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