By Lennon Cihak
Elon Musk says that a FSD Beta update with “additional polish” is coming out in a few days.
Musk took to Twitter to announce that “10.69.2.1 [is] coming out in a few days with additional polish. 10.69.3 comes out shortly after AI Day.”
Additionally, Tesla will expand its beta program to additional users who have achieved a Safety Score of 80 or higher once version 10.69.2.1 is released.
FSD Beta 10.69.2.1 comes roughly one week after they rolled out version 10.69.2 to its 100,000 beta testers. Musk did not clarify how long after the update goes out will Tesla expand it to additional testers, but it could be in the next couple weeks..
Beta expanding to safety scores above 80 after 10.69.2.1 goes out
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 15, 2022
Version 10.69.3, Musk says, will be released “shortly after” AI Day, but it’s not clear what improvements it will bring.
Tesla’s second AI Day is slated for September 30th and will feature “many cool updates,” according to Musk. During the event, the automotive company is expected to share details about Full Self-Driving Beta, their new self-driving chip and the Dojo supercomputer, and hopefully updates on its Robotaxi program and FSD HW4.
There’s a chance that Tesla may also talk about its recent work on Steam gaming integration in its vehicles.
Finally, and perhaps the most exciting part, Tesla is expected to show off a working prototype of its Tesla bot known as Optimus.
You can watch Tesla’s first AI Day event from last year below.
By Kevin Armstrong
An unidentified part has appeared on Tesla’s Parts Catalog, and the internet is confused. Twitter user, and popular Tesla hacker, @greentheonly spotted the item on the diagram.
This mysterious item is marked but suspiciously not given a name, a part number or description. However, given his experience with the inner workings of these vehicles, Green believes it is a new Tesla radar. In a follow-up tweethe doubled down on his stance, saying the part matches the high-resolution radar Tesla registered with the US Federal Communications Commission in June.
This latest twist has left hundreds of Reddit users on Tesla’s unofficial community scratching their heads. The comment voted up the highest is by iphoneman321, who posted: Radar is dead, long live radar.
A year ago, Tesla announced it was transitioning to Tesla Vision, which is camera-based technology without a radar’s assistance or perhaps interference. The support section of Tesla’s webpage reads: Beginning with deliveries in May 2021, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for the North American market will no longer be equipped with radar. Instead, these will be the first Tesla vehicles to rely on camera vision and neural net processing to deliver Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, Full-Self Driving and certain active safety features.
Elon Musk clearly prefers the cameras to collect data to maneuver the vehicle, not radar. In April of 2021, he replied to a tweet from @WholeMarsBlog that questioned the removal of radar. It read: Can you tell us more about your thinking behind the pure vision approach? Lots of people arguing that the radar is a step backwards. Why did you guys decide it was better not to use it? Musk responded: When radar and vision disagree, which one do you believe? Vision has much more precision, so better to double down on vision than do sensor fusion.
But in an interview with Electrek later that year, he left the door open to bring radar back to Tesla. Electrek quoted Musk saying, “A very high-resolution radar would be better than pure vision, but such a radar does not exist. I mean vision with high-res radar would be better than pure vision.”
Musk reiterated that comment February through Twitter: Only very high resolution radar is relevant.
Tesla’s AI Day Part II is on September 30, and Musk has promised “many cool updates.” He has also said that Tesla’s work on Full Self Driving has been ground-breaking in artificial intelligence. Therefore, it is conceivable that the CEO introduces a new high-res radar to the world during the next AI Day.
By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
In 2019, Tesla introduced Joe Mode, a volume setting that helps ensure that sleeping passengers in the rear seats are not disturbed by the vehicle’s chimes and alerts. This volume setting is practical for those who have young children who may be sleeping and could be disturbed by loud noises.
In a recent tweet, Elon Musk said that Tesla could make the Joe Mode volume setting even quieter. Elon responded to a tweet from Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, in which they asked if Joe Mode’s alerts could be made quieter.
I guess we could make Joe mode quieter
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2022
Joe Mode is a feature that ensures passengers in the back seat (especially kids) are not disturbed in their sleep by reducing the volume of sounds by 50%. Joe Mode reduces the sound volume from turn signals, ultra-sonic sensors and Autopilot chimes in order to minimize disruption, while maintaining an effective alert volume for the driver. Since this feature was introduced with the V10 software update, Tesla owners have repeatedly shared requests in the past to make Joe Mode even quieter.
For many owners, the alerts and chimes from the car are still loud enough to disturb or wake up children even with the Joe Mode feature enabled. The inside of a Tesla is already fairly quiet, so any loud sounds like Autopilot/TACC chimes can seem even louder and easily wake someone up. To enable Joe Mode, tap Controls > Safety & Security > Joe Mode.
The feature Joe Mode is named after a guy named Joe, who asked Elon Musk if Tesla could reduce the Autopilot chimes in the vehicle because they kept waking up his baby.
Tesla listened to Joe and added the feature via a software update. Tesla honored Joe by naming the feature ‘Joe Mode.’
Back in 2020 Tesla Owners Silicon Valley asked Elon Musk on Twitter whether Tesla could add a volume slider to Joe Mode so that owners could set their own preferred volume.
At the time Elon Musk responded with ‘Yes,’ but it’s now been a couple years since that interaction, so it’s not clear whether Tesla still plans on adding a volume slider to Joe Mode, or simply reduce its volume.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2020