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In this issue, we want to give a big shootout to tesla_raj who received 2019.5.1 early and gave us all, mere mortals on 2018.XX versions, a good overview at what is coming (hopefully soon) to our cars in the next few weeks. You can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to his YouTube channel.


Tesla Sentry Mode review and more

The amazing tesla_raj released one of the first - maybe the first?- look at Tesla’s Sentry Mode. I love how sketchy he looks, I think is a miracle that his neighbors didn’t call the cops 🤣


Updated language on Sentry Mode hints at possible cloud storage

tesla_raj this time shows the updated text of the info button next to the Sentry Mode on 2018.5.3.

Read more: Twitter


On the road to full autonomy with Elon Musk

ARK talks about FSD with Elon Musk. Elon shares his insights about Tesla’s autonomous strategy, and the timeline of how the process is laid out.

Read more: ARK Invest


Deep-dive into Autopilot Shadow Mode

Since there is a lot of misinformation about how Tesla’s «Shadow Mode» works, verygreen went on a Tweetstorm to try and throw some light about what it does do and doesn’t. In a sense it’s more advanced than what people think -lots of rules and triggers- but not what other people thought -like not constantly monitoring what the driver does and communicating discrepancies to Tesla. Pretty informative read, as always, from verygreen.

Read more: Twitter


How much battery does Sentry mode consume?

For now, Sentry mode can’t be permanently on by default. Speculation says the reason why is because it drains too much battery. Spamium just turned it on on his LR and reported on it on Reddit. The result is only 2.5% or 1.5kW. 6.5 hours of Sentry mode on which doesn’t seem bad at all!

Read more: Reddit


Specifications of all Teslas

Really useful if you are shopping for a used Tesla or want to know what exactly is in the Tesla that you own.

Read more: EVSpecifications


Following up on his Tweetstorm, verygreen explained the software internals for AP2+. Since it is pretty hard to summarize it I would recommend you to go and read the whole thing on Reddit.

Read more: Reddit


Sentry will become easier to turn on soon

A shortcut in the screen when you put the car into parking would be pretty handy, Elon agrees and says that in the future there will be an option for automatically turning it on all locations (including unknown). Elon, if you are listening, it would be great to be able to turn it on from the app as well!

Read more: Twitter


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
  • LR - Long Range
  • SW - Software
  • HW2+ - Hardware 2
  • AP2 - Autopilot hardware released after October 2016 and before August 2017
  • AP2.5 - Autopilot hardware released after August 2017
  • AP2+ - Autopilot hardware released after October 2016. Includes both AP2 and AP2.5

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