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Issue 56 - Look ma' no hands!
Tesla spent almost four hours on Monday presenting to investors the current state of FSD. Luckily for the rest of us, the event was livestreamed.
Tesla covered their hardware, the famous HW3 designed in-house; their software, including an intro to NNs by Andreij Karpathy; and their future plans for a robo-taxi fleet. Honestly, the presentation was deeply technical and it didn’t seemed addressed to investors that much. If you are the type of person who likes learning about the nerdy details I encourage you to watch the entire presentation, it’s really worthy.
After the presentation at the Autonomy Day, Tesla offered rides to all investors to experience the FSD first hand. It was a pre-determined route, and sadly they didn’t allow recordings, but they released a video. After the ride, a few investors shared their excitement on Twitter:
“Parking lot to city streets, to freeway, to city streets back to parking lot, ~10 mile drive, 100% autonomous” - Hamid Shojaee
“It can totally drive the roads. Everything. Stop signs. Lights. Bikers. Etc. you can’t curate real life driving” - Ross Gerber
drummerboy7816 summarized everything that he has learned from others during the process of purchasing a CPO vehicle from Tesla. Honestly, if you are thinking about purchasing a used vehicle from Tesla, this seems like something that you should print and go through a few times. Great job!
Read more: TMC Forum
As we shared a few weeks ago and Elon re-iterated yesterday on Twitter, the price of FSD is expected to go up ~$1k on May 1st. If you still haven’t purchased FSD and you feel like you are going to miss out and regret not buying it now at $5k, hurry up and get it before May 1st.
Read more: Twitter
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Tesla announced several changes to the Model S and X lines:
- The all-new drivetrain increases the range of the Model S Long Range to 370 miles and the one of the Model X Long Range to 325 miles
- New Model S and Model X are are capable of achieving 200 kW on V3 Superchargers
- A new air suspension that constantly adapts by sensing the road and adjusting for driver behavior, automatically softening for more pronounced road inputs and firming for aggressive driving
- Tesla just re-introduced the SR version of both Model S and Model X that leverages the new air suspension and the new drivetrain
- Existing owners purchasing a new Model S or Model X Performance will get the Ludicrous Mode upgrade, a $20,000 value, for free
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Read more: Tesla
wk057 published an internal doc on the M3 battery that reveals that there is only two batteries, one with 50kWh and another with 75kWh. Honestly, this seems kind of surprising given the range they can squeeze from them.
Read more: TMC Forum
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
- HW3 - Hardware 3
- CPO - Certified Pre-Owned
- SR - Standard Rage
- M3 - Model 3
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