Past Tesletter articles
Tesla has filed a new patent which shows that they are working on a new steering wheel-based user interface with a bunch of new features, including one replacing the gear stalk, a bunch of touchscreens, haptic feedback, and more. This may or may not become a reality. I like the idea of less levers and more control from the steering-wheel, I wouldn’t like a steering-wheel that is too cluttered. Good design will be key here.
Is it just me or the drawing in the patent matches almost perfectly the supposed leaked redesign of the Model S that Electrek published a while ago?
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #98
This is how Tesla describes the patent application:
«In some embodiments, a glass structure for a vehicle includes an outer layer of glass and an inner layer of glass, wherein the inner layer of glass is perforated by a plurality of holes and wherein the outer layer of glass and the inner layer of glass are separated by a gap disposed between opposing surfaces of the outer layer of glass and the inner layer of glass. The perforations, layers of glass, and gap between the inner and outer layer may further be tuned for desired noise reduction characteristics, insulation properties, visual appearance, and the like.»
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #93
Cooling batteries is critical to extending the lifetime of batteries, that is why Tesla keeps researching better ways to improve the cooling systems for their power packs. In this patent, Tesla describes two strategies, one of these involves the use of a cold plate, this system could help to remove heat generated by the battery pack while in use. For the second strategy, the patent mentions regions that are designed to give away gas in the case of battery failure. It’s cool to see possible improvements in the future in the form of patents. It’s good to remember that, in the spirit of accelerating the advent of sustainable transport Tesla «open sourced» all their patents.
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #82
For the most part, Tesla’s navigation system is all that I need to go places but from time to time I want to take an specific route - like going south following the Pacific Cost Highway - or stop at an specific Supercharger. When that happens, I need to use 3rd party tools like https://abetterrouteplanner.com/ or just go with my instict. According to a recently filed patent, Tesla would be planning on adding features to their navigation system. For instance, according to the filed mockups, shortest distance, most scenic, lowest energy consumption, and least time spent charging would be preferences for the existing navigation prioritization. It seems like adding waypoints - finally - will also be an option.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #75
This route is key for folks wanting to go across Canada. According to u/ElonMousk many stations either have pedestals in the ground or are fully assembled but just not online. This route looks to be 70-85% done!
Read more: RedditFrom issue #83