By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla today updated its iOS app to version 4.8. In this update, Tesla has added the ability to manage your vehicle’s lease.
Tesla also introduced the ability to view the status and updates of service requests related to Tesla Energy Services.
Features under development
However, there have been several other fundamental changes to the app for features that are currently in development.
Tesla now allows the ability to charge non-Tesla compatible vehicles from select Superchargers in some regions (why that’s a smart move).
However, the list of Superchargers displayed in the app does not currently offer a way to filter by stations that are not Tesla compatible. It looks like Tesla will soon offer this as an in-app feature.
Another feature that Tesla is working on is the ability to transfer vehicle ownership directly in the app. This feature will arrive in a future update, but some of the core code is already there.
Instant vehicle data
However, it appears that one of the biggest features of the Tesla app is currently in development.
In the future, the Tesla app may be able to instantly display information about your vehicle. If this development pays off, you will no longer have to wait for your car to wake up before you can view the car’s range or charging status. This information will be displayed almost as soon as you open the app.
The new API in this update will allow the app to retrieve cached vehicle data. Your car will send information to your Tesla the same way it does today, but it will now do so automatically before you go to sleep.
This change may allow for several big improvements.
The app can use this new API to display the latest vehicle data without having to wake the vehicle first.
This means that as soon as you open the Tesla app, you’ll instantly have the latest battery charge status, vehicle range, open door/window information, odometer reading, and everything else, all without having to wait for the vehicle to wake up first.
Less ghost drain
This change will allow the vehicle to sleep longer, thus reducing the vehicle’s energy consumption, which is often referred to as phantom drain.
When this feature is ready to go, Tesla will likely not wake the car every time the app is opened.
Today the Tesla app is used for more than just vehicle information. We have shipping statistics, insurance information, Tesla Solar, Tesla service, and more.
Waking up the car every time the app is opened results in unnecessary power loss.
Since the latest vehicle data will be displayed in the app without you having to wake your vehicle, Tesla will likely wait for the owner to issue a command, such as turning on the climate system, before waking the vehicle.
Having your vehicle data visible as soon as you open the app will be a huge improvement. It’s pretty much a global problem first, but instant access to your vehicle’s information will make the app more useful.
By Jorge Aguirre
We’ve heard about Tesla’s Robotaxi concept a few years ago, but it looks like we’re close to finally becoming a reality.
Here’s everything we know about Robotaxi.
Deux master plan part
The history of Tesla’s Robotaxi begins with CEO Elon Musk Part Deux’s master plan, published in 2016.
At the time, the concept was promoted as the regular Teslas with fully autonomous driving capability (FSD).
Once Tesla achieves full autonomous driving, it will create a “Tesla Network” taxi service that will take advantage of Tesla-owned vehicles and customer cars that will be rented when not in use.
However, in April 2022, at the opening of Tesla’s new plant in Austin, Texas, Musk made headlines by announcing that the company would be working on a custom Robotaxi that would be “completely futuristic looking.”
A variety of robot axes
In a way, developing a tailor-made vehicle makes sense in order to add some desirable features we expect to see in the Robotaxi, such as face-to-face seating, large sliding doors that provide easy access, four-wheel steering, easier cleaning, etc.
Tesla can create a variety of Robotaxis that help with special needs. For example, Tesla could offer a car that is better suited to rest, which can allow you to sleep on the way to your destination.
Another car could be similar to a home office, offering several screens and accessories that let you start working as soon as you get in the car.
Features like these can bring significant improvements in quality of life for some; Give some people an hour or two in your day.
The diversity of robot hubs doesn’t have to end there. There may be other vehicles specifically designed for watching movies and entertainment or other vehicles that allow you to relax and talk with friends, as you would expect in a limousine.
Lowest cost per mile
While several companies have announced plans for dedicated taxi bots, most notably Zoox, Cruise and Waymo, Tesla’s plan appears to be accelerating in order to compete with these options.
Additional details about Tesla’s vision for the future of Robotaxi emerged during the conference call following the release of Tesla’s financial results for the first quarter of 2022.
During the call, Musk stated that the car will focus on cost-per-mile, and will be greatly improved for autonomy – meaning it won’t have a steering wheel or pedals.
“There are a number of other innovations around it which I think are very exciting, but basically optimized to achieve the lowest fully considered cost per mile or km when everything is factored in,” he said.
During the call, Tesla acknowledged that its vehicles are largely inaccessible to many people due to their high cost and sees offering Robotaxis as a way to provide customers with “the lowest cost of transportation they have ever seen”. The CEO believes that the car will result in a lower cost-per-mile than a subsidized bus ticket, and ultimately will be a key driver of Tesla’s growth.
During his Q1 2022 earnings call, Elon talked a little about the schedule for Tesla’s Robotaxi vehicle. Tesla plans to announce the car in 2023 and start mass production in 2024.
The difficulty in launching a self-driving taxi is the aspect of self-driving, which Tesla is still actively developing. Robotaxi’s release date will continue to shift in line with Tesla’s advances in FSD.
During the earnings call, there was no mention of the array of sensors Tesla was considering for the vehicle, or whether it would use a modified version of the company’s Full-Self Driving software to navigate its surroundings autonomously.
Their current approach is based solely on the camera system, unlike other automakers who bet on a combination of cameras, lidar and radar.
During the call, Musk appeared confident that their method would pay off later this year.
“In terms of fully self-driving, for any technology development I’ve been involved in, I’ve never seen more false dawn or where it looks like we’re going to hack, but I’ve never seen full autonomous driving,” Musk said. Complete subjectivity, you actually have to solve AI in the real world, which no one else has solved. The entire system of methods was created for biological neural networks and eyes. And in fact, when you think about it, in order to solve the driving problem, we have to solve neural networks and cameras to a degree of ability that really equals or exceeds humans. I think we will achieve that this year.”
Musk has promised that all FSD-equipped Teslas will be able to drive safer human-powered vehicles in the future. However, it is not clear whether Tesla still plans to allow customers to rent out their cars as taxis in the future.
If Tesla succeeds in getting a self-driving car that costs less than a subsidized bus ticket, it will revolutionize car ownership.
In the future, it may be cheaper to use a Tesla robotic hub than to own your own car.
Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of being able to relax and get to your destination safer and faster than driving on your own.
By Jorge Aguirre
The next iteration of Tesla’s fully autonomous driving program, expected to be 10.12, should make some improvements to the visualizations displayed on the car’s display.
Notably, it will now show a new sedans rendering that will feature wheels and open doors in yellow.
Tesla is gradually increasing the number of visuals available on the car’s screen, showing what the car can perceive and respond to in its surroundings. At first, Tesla mainly offered road signs and a few vehicles, and over time it gradually started adding more types of vehicles, pedestrians, traffic cones, speed bumps, and even dogs.
Vehicle visualizations are not related to what a computer can recognize and use to make decisions, but are closely combined with object detection so that drivers have a solid understanding of what the vehicle can see, thus increasing confidence in their abilities. Vehicle self-driving capabilities.
The news comes from Tesla owner and Twitter user Omar Kadi (Tweet embed), who recently posted on his Twitter page: “FSD Beta 10.12 will include a new car model in the visualization. The new sedan model has wheels, unlike the design of the previous Tesla floating switch. Opening doors will also be shown in the visualization. I can’t wait.”
The statement gained credibility when responded to it by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who tweeted: “The aesthetics of the new display will improve.” Musk hasn’t detailed how the rendering might otherwise improve, or if we might see any other changes in version 10.12.2.
The 3D model that Tesla uses to represent our car on screen is much more detailed than other vehicle models. Tesla can make other car models with the same details, but they are intentionally vague to represent any vehicle. This change likely marked the beginning of more elaborate composites of visualization. It is not clear if only the sedan models will be updated or if other car models will be updated as well.
Elon previously said that Tesla will soon feature turn signals, hand gestures, and more in addition to brake lights. We may see future renderings depicting more details such as open trunks, hazard lights, and more.
In future iterations of the software, we can expect to display more objects, including buildings, walls, trees, pathways, and other static elements that the vehicle wants to avoid.