Teslas will report real-time data to help with road closures and traffic issues


By Lennon Cihak

Tesla recently wrapped up its 2022 annual shareholder meeting, and CEO Elon Musk hinted at a potentially cool feature coming to the fleet: vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

Towards the end of the shareholders’ meeting, a gentleman in the audience mentioned how airplanes use a system called Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS). He explained how ACAS relays an aircraft’s telemetry to avoid a collision.

“Sometimes too much telemetry,” Musk adds with a laugh, referring to the Twitter account that follows his private jet.

“Do you see Teslas communicating with each other and Dojo turning into some kind of air traffic control for Tesla and Robotaxi supply chains?” adds the gentleman.

Musk responded by saying he had never thought of that before, which is interesting. He added that the goal with Dojo is to be the de facto computer to train the neural network with videos.

“Oh. That’s an interesting idea. I haven’t thought of that,” Musk replies. “Right now our goal with Dojo is to be really good at video workouts. We have probably the fourth or nearly the third most powerful computing center in the world for AI training. Our first goal with Dojo is to make it competitive and more efficient at training neural networks than a whole bunch of GPUs. We could get there…soon.

Musk also added that Dojo is built “from the ground up” to train AI using videos, and building such a computer has never been done before.

This question stirred Musk’s mind. He paused for a moment and said it might be difficult to get Teslas to communicate with each other – and won’t be necessary with full self-driving.

“There will be benefits to Teslas communicating [with] each other, but that won’t be necessary at all for full self-driving,” Musk replies. “But for a long time, the vast majority of cars will be driven manually, so the value of Tesla to Tesla communication is not that high, except maybe traffic problems, accidents, nest- potholes and road closures. A Tesla ahead of you has seen a road closure and you get this real-time update to your car so you don’t get stuck in the road closure situation. That’s what we’re working on right now. »

Elon Musk’s response

As of January 2022, Twitter user and Tesla enthusiast @BLKMDL3 tweeted at Musk asking for this kind of functionality. “Hey @elonmusk, can we get the Model S/X’s air suspension to automatically raise quickly if the car senses a dip in the road ahead, then remembers the location for next time?” BLKMDL3 writes. “That would be an awesome feature to have!”

Musk replied “Yeah”.

BLKMDL3’s tweet got quite a bit of attention.

Tesla recently rolled out updates to improve a vehicle’s ability to raise and lower its suspension when it arrives at a specific location. This is so that the vehicle does not scratch the pavement and does not damage its underbody.

Since Musk said he hadn’t thought about vehicle-to-vehicle communication or how it would happen, we don’t expect this feature to roll out anytime soon. However, we can hope that it will be added to the upcoming feature pipeline due to its seemingly positive reception and desire. It could also increase the safety of Tesla’s vehicles, even though they are already the safest cars on the road.

It would be nice for vehicles within a 5-10 mile radius to notify each other of a construction zone or accident, similar to Waze. This would allow the vehicle to redirect to a more efficient route or handle the situation accordingly. Going a step further, it would be exceptionally cool to see snapshots or videos of the upcoming situation when seeing a “hotspot” on the maps, similar to how Snapchat shows hotspots, which are recorded via the vehicle’s cameras to better prepare for it. But it can open a Pandora’s box when it comes to privacy.

Turning Tesla’s fleet into a mobile social network may run counter to Musk’s vision. He has previously said that any user input into the vehicle should be considered an error, so having an interactive feature like this may not be in Tesla’s card game.

By Nuno Cristovao

Tesla is now updating maps in North America with build NA-2022.28-14046

Yesterday we started seeing the first signs of updated navigation maps for Tesla users in North America.

The updated maps are the version AN-2022.28-14046. Similar to the release scheme used by Tesla for software updates, these maps were created in the 28th week of 2022.

It’s been about eight months since the previous map update in North America, which was build NA-2021.44-13555.

The updated maps are around 100MB larger than the previous iteration according to @Greentheonly.

Map downloads are very similar to software updates, although they are downloaded and installed silently in the background without any user notification.

You must be connected to Wi-Fi to download map updates as Tesla does not do delta updates. Cards are usually several gigabytes in size and this latest version comes in at around 6GB.

Since the map data is so large, it is divided into different regions, instead of all maps being available in each car.

For example, your Tesla will only contain map and voice navigation for a specific region, such as North America or Europe.

Checking for map updates

As with software updates, you cannot force a map update. Tesla deploys map updates the same way as software updates. It will be based on your location and your specific model.

You can see if there is a map update for your car by going to Controls > Software.

Under the “Software” section, you will see “Navigation Data” and the map version your vehicle is currently using. It will be presented in a “region-year-week-construction” format. For example, in the United States you will see NA-2022.28-14046.

What’s new

Occasionally we see Tesla making visual updates to the maps, such as an updated color scheme, but this update doesn’t appear to include any visual changes. Instead, it seems to focus on data, such as updated streets, points of interest, and speed limit data.

If your car is ready to download a map update and is not connected to Wi-Fi, you will see a download progress bar in the Software menu, similar to how you would see a software update. Simply connect to Wi-Fi and your car will download the latest Tesla maps.

By Lennon Cihak

Tesla supports external drives for games

Tesla should support external storage devices in an upcoming software updateaccording to hacker Tesla @greentheonly.

Teslas already support an external drive to store dashcam and Sentry Mode footage, as well as local music files. It looks like Tesla may soon support games on an external drive as well.

This news comes after Elon Musk saying that Tesla is working on making Steam games playable in the car and will show a demo of their progress this month.

Tesla’s internal hard drive is divided into multiple partitions, one of which is reserved for Tesla Arcade only.

The size of the internal disk on a Tesla varies by model and MCU version. The smallest drive comes with MCU 1-8GB with an extra SD card which is used for maps, however, few games are supported for MCU 1 vehicles and Steam games should not be available for vehicles MCU 1.

MCU 2 equipped Teslas include a 64GB drive and would likely benefit the most from an external drive, as MCU 3 vehicles include much larger drives (up to 256GB NVMe drives, depending on model and device). year).

According to Green, the ability to use external storage is not yet available to the user, and it is not clear if it would be available for all vehicles.

Most USB ports on a Tesla are USB 2 ports, which can only transfer speeds of up to 60MB/s, which is slower than most portable hard drives available today. The only available USB 3 port is in the glove box, but it’s only available on newer Teslas.

It’s unclear if Tesla would need a USB 3 port for external storage, as that would provide the best experience when loading content from the USB drive.

@Greentheonly also mentioned that games will be able to be installed and removed by the user, which will be essential when managing a large library of games. Theora and VPX codecs will also be added. Theora and VPX are video compression methods that could allow for a greater variety of content available in Teslas.

Unfortunately, MCU 2 can’t seem to be upgraded to MCU 3, due to “totally different power and other unit harnesses and thicknesses”, according to @Greentheonly.

Tesla’s newer and more powerful AMD Ryzen processor shows a significant increase in performance across the board. The web browser and video streaming services like Netflix and YouTube are much more responsive.

Tesla’s most recent software updates have included significant improvements and new features, including energy prediction improvements, seat belt system improvements, adaptive suspension adjustments when approaching roads accidents and the green light chime for non-FSD vehicles, among others.


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