. First up today, Tesla recently updated their app for iOS., Overall, its a great update that makes managing multiple cars much easier and pre conditioning the car much quicker.. We talked about everything new for Tesla cars, but the app also got big updates for Tesla. Energy.. Tesla has added the ability for power wall owners to go off grid with the touch of a button.. This new go off grid button allows owners to preemptively detach from the grid when planned, blackouts or outages are coming. For many Tesla power wall owners in California. This could come in especially handy since blackouts during wildfires are becoming more and more common. Each year.. The power wall allows you to stay completely powered for the duration of most blackouts.. Additionally, in the new update, Tesla has updated the way that you look at power generation with solar panels further allowing users to download their data to a spreadsheet or third part app., While the Tesla energy part of Teslas business has had slow growth over the last few Years Tesla has big plans, including decentralizing power systems, for many states or countries. They just recently filed for an application in Texas for whats called retail electric provider or REP under Tesla Energy Ventures.. With this, they could do a number of things, but ultimately they want to expand their AutoBidder software that provides provides independent power, producers, utilities and capital partners. The ability to autonomously monetize battery assets. Autobidder is a real time trading and control platform that provides value based asset management and portfolio, optimization, enabling owners and operators to configure operational strategies that maximize revenue according to their business objectives and risk preferences.
. Its definitely something to watch For the future, because Tesla appears to be working on a system that could help solve many electricity issues, bring down costs and do so with solar generation that reduces emissions. Next up the Tesla Model, S just got a large update. That brings a few impression features.. One of those is something most dont realize can be updated with software. The suspension. Tesla just began pushing this software to Model Ss, and it includes a new version of their adaptive suspension dampening.. This is whats on screen and allows you to customize many things for sport. Comfort or other ride, settings.The release notes, say A recalibrated suspension. Damping algorithm allows for smoother control and improved ride. Comfort., A rebalanced rebound to compression ratio works with the all new multilink rear suspension to enhance, steering response and handling for a higher degree of road connection and more precise control during spirited driving.. My guess is that most wont be able to tell the difference, but Id love to hear that people can or try out a Model S before and after to see if the difference is notable. Either way. Its always great to see improvements like this coming to Teslas via software., The next part of the update s for Autopark.. This is a feature included in the full self driving package and the release notes say: Your vehicle can now automatically park in parallel and perpendicular posts., While driving below 15 mph 25 kmh.
The instrument cluster will display a parking icon if it detects a potential parking spot. To initiate Autopark tap and hold the Autopark button in the shift panel and release the steering yoke. For more information on Autopark. Please refer to the Owners Manual… Lastly, the child lock button is more accessible, replacing the duplicate camera button under controls.. This was something Doug Demuro specifically complained about in his plaid review, so either Tesla was already working on this change or they heart his feedback and made an adjustment. When they do things like this. It really shows the benefits of a primarily software based interior., While these updates are exclusively for the new refreshed, Tesla Model S for the time being, they are expected to all come to the Model X when it released and the auto park. Improvements are expected to come fleet wide. Next up lets talk about the latest for the Tesla Bot. Tesla unveiled the Tesla bot at the end of their AI Day, and it really seems to have been part of their plan to have a headline grabber. At the Tesla Semi unveil, they talked about an electric semi which is exciting, but not to the general public. So to finish out the event they unveiled the Roadster version, 2. At Teslas, Cybertruck event they unveiled the crazy Cybertruck, but also a Cyber ATV.. In that case, the Cybertruck took the headlines, but then there was battery day at the end of 2020.. It was a lot of technical talk about batteries, so at the end they unveiled that the Plaid Model S was shipping soon and they specifically talked about their 25000 Tesla for the first time.
That 25000 car took the headlines.. So, for AI Day, the majority of the event was deep: complicated computer talk talking about nodes, data 3D and 4D labeling neural networks and more., Even though they unveiled their AI Training, supercomputer DOJO, which is the most powerful in the world. There still wasnt much for the average person to understand and put in the news, which is where the Tesla Bot came from. Right away. Everybody was hearing about Teslas AI Day, regardless of whether or not they think the Tesla Bot is good or bad.. The Tesla Bot is 100 a concept as far as we can tell. Elon Musk said The Tesla Bot WILL be real, not that it isyet. Tesla had a mannequin concept on stage but talked about how they plan to make this robot, not that they have one yet.. They are hoping to have a prototype for next year, but many have cast doubts on the reality of this thing.. Is this going to be another Tesla concept, thats impressive, like the Roadster, but is so heavily delayed that you wonder if itll ever truly come. It has specific specs like how many electromechanical actuators it has how much it will weigh the tech included inside and more.. Then, if you actually go back and watch the event, you realize that the software side is very much in progress and logically leads to this thing.. While Tesla hasnt been writing the specific Tesla Bot software, yet as far as we know, they have been writing some insane neural net training, software for full self driving that can be applied to general AI or a humanoid form.
. That all sounds somewhat up in the air and exciting at the same time. So what has Tesla or Elon Musk said since this event Does it seem like itll, be talked about again On Teslas website? You can see details about the Tesla bot on their Artificial Intelligence and Autopilot page. We develop and deploy autonomy at scale in vehicles, robots and more.. We believe that an approach based on advanced AI for vision and planning, supported by efficient use of inference hardware, is the only way to achieve a general solution for full self driving andbeyond… There are details about Hardware. They are building neural networks, Autonomy, algorithms code, foundations, evaluation infrastructure and, lastly, the Tesla Bot. Develop the next generation of automation, including a general purpose. Bi pedal, humanoid, robot, capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive or boring. Were seeking mechanical electrical controls and software engineers to help us leverage our AI expertise beyond our vehicle. Fleet.. Tesla tweeted about this further pointing to the fact that they are recruiting for this project. Saying Join us to build the future of AI. Shortly after the event as well: Elon Musk tweeted a few times about the goals of this Robot.. When someone asked if it will be mass produced and sent to mars, Elon said Hopefully.. This falls in line with his plan for SpaceX to go to mars, and then he also tweeted about the production of it saying We have almost all the pieces needed for humanoid robots since we already make robots with wheels.
. The last thing weve directly heard from Elon on the bot, is in regards to Teslas mission to accelerate the worlds transition to sustainable energy.. For that he said, Bot is not directly on the path of accelerating a sustainable energy future, but it aspirationally improves the probability that the future is good.. All of this sounds cool, but it doesnt point to much other than goals and recruiting goals. Well. Tesla has actually begun recruiting in a very specific way, with many different jobs and jobs, hinting that this thing will be primarily produced at their Giga Texas factory.. It was previously reported that Tesla had posted 4 job listings directly concerning the Tesla bot. Like Mechanical Engineer, actuator integration. That job listing said The Tesla humanoid robotics modeling team is looking for a highly skilled and motivated colleague that would like to help building the next generation biped robot.. You will be working closely with a multi disciplinary team with the goal to build a humanoid robot that can support manufacturing operators in tedious and exhaustive tasks.. Now they have added at least 8 more jobs, including electrical engineer. Mechanical design, engineer, controls, engineer, autonomy, test, engineer. Software engineer embedded firmware, engineer and engineering technician all specifically pertaining to the Tesla Bot.. For the test engineer, Tesla Bot job the location is in Austin Texas, where their new factory is. The listing says. The test engineer will develop test processes, data infrastructure, test equipment and automated test scripts that will accelerate the production of mobile robotics systems.
. In addition, the test engineer will be tasked with understanding ways. The system can fail designing tests to validate and driving improvements with the design teams to address these issues. Due to the variation in the robots produced. The test systems is a particularly challenging and dynamic area of the program.. Specifically quoted in there is to accelerate the production of mobile robotics systems, which leads many to think that the Tesla bot will primarily be designed and produced at Giga Texas. When it comes about.. Tesla has big plans for that factory, including the Model Y Cybertruck, Semi, 4680 battery cells and now the Tesla Bot and it further solidifies the idea that Tesla very well may move primary operations to Texas in the future.. For now, the Tesla bot is in a similar position to when Tesla first announced the Cybertruck.. It seems impossible, but Tesla is immediately hiring the people necessary to make this a reality.. Will we see a functional prototype of a robot which is Teslas first attempt next year? Probably now, but Tesla is serious about this goal and mission hiring 12 specific people for the task a few weeks after the concept was unveiled. Well have to see what comes of this and how functional this thing is when it eventually comes and Ill be sure to Keep you posted on the latest for the Tesla Bot. Real quick Id like to give a shoutout to todays sponsor StockBattle. StockBattle is a fun web app that works just like fantasy football, but with stocks.
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. Currently ARM licenses. The ARM chip architecture and pre made CPU designs to many large tech companies. So many, including Elon Musk, fear what this merger would do for competition. Elon Musk raised concerns over this purchase, and others have said that it raises serious competition. Concerns. NVIDIA is known for self driving chips and Tesla used to use their chips before making their own Full Self Driving computer. Their own computer is what they call the best chip in the world by a huge margin, and it is built using ARM processors., While Teslas Fsd chip is Teslas, it uses ARM tech, so this merger or acquisition would mean that Tesla is once again getting their supply directly from NVIDIA.. The concern here is that NVIDIA would change the way ARM licenses, their technology in favor of NVIDIAs own self driving chips and that more chip shortages could result if NVIDIA controls ARM in any way to benefit themselves. Right now, Tesla is reliant on ARM and specifically moved Away from NVIDIA. In the future, if this happens, they may have to get their chips from NVIDIA, a direct self driving tech competitor and that just doesnt sit right for Elon Musk or a lot of the tech. Industry. Well have to see what happens with this acquisition, but with chip shortages already occurring, it could have a large effect on the future for these companies who rely on ARM. Next up a quick feature that could be coming to all Model Ss and Xs soon.
. Both of those cars include what Tesla calls Bioweapon defense mode.. It has a crazy name, but out actually makes great use of their large HEPA filters to completely clean the air inside the cabin. Tesla tested this by putting a Model X in a pollution bubble and it scrubbed the extremely dangerous air allowing testers to remove their gas Masks and breathe fresh air inside the cabin of the car.. This is a great feature during wildfires, where air quality is terrible. However, you have to initiate this feature inside the vehicle and it takes a few minutes to fully work.. Well, someone asked Elon Musk if they could add bioweapon defense mode to the app allowing you to prep the car before getting in and he said sure. Every time, Elon Musk says sure there is a varying success rate, so well wait and see. If anything truly comes of this, but it would be a great small feature to add to the climate controls already in the app. Last up today, a crazy story about a Tesla Model, S that was found on a frozen river burned to a crisp.. This photo surfaced in 2019 and left a huge mystery over the years that has now been solved. At the time. The details were that the owner drove to the lake struck a rock and the car caught fire.. Now the truth has come out and its a pretty wild story.. According to the US Attorneys Office, this Model X was part of an intense scam executed by Michael, A Gonzalez from Vermont.
. He would acquire Teslas by exploiting a part on their system that allowed him to take deliveries before the full bank transfer cleared.. His first attempt at this scam was, with a Model 3.. He paid the 2500 downpayment set up. The scheme took delivery, the funds were rejected and then he sold it to a used car dealership a couple months later. He did the same with a Model X worth 144200 at the time took delivery. The payment was declined and he sold it on Craigslist for 90000.. The vehicle found at the lake was a different car, the 3rd of 5 total that he did this with coming in at 152663, at the time. Tesla didnt give him ownership paperwork this time, which is necessary to register or resell the car. So he took it to the frozen section of Shelburne Bay and later it was found in flames.. He actually tried an insurance claim on this incident, but didnt show up to a required examination, so the claim was denied.. It isnt known how the car caught on fire, but it seems very likely that it was his own doing. After that car. He did this scheme two more times and now is being charged with five count of possessing and selling stolen motor vehicles, for which he is potentially facing ten years in prison for each count. Thats. All the latest Tesla news for today. So in the meantime, if you want to see all of the electric trucks coming in the next year or so you can check out that video linked over here or in the description below.