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Latest Tesla app will now display any recalls for your vehicle

By Alex Jones

Latest Tesla app will now display any recalls for your vehicle

Like other automakers, Tesla issues vehicle recalls (many involving minor software tweaks) when a
vehicle feature or hardware needs to be changed.

With the release of their latest
app update (version 4.9), Twitter user Tesla_App_iOS, noticed that Tesla added a new API that could potentially show vehicle recall information.

It didn’t appear that the Tesla app was yet using this new API, but just a couple days later it can
now be seen in the Service area of the app.

The service section of the app is loaded via a webview, which is essentially a webpage that the app
loads when the user navigates to that section.

This allows Tesla to make changes to that section without requiring an app update to display new
information.

Tesla, along with other car manufacturers, maintains a database of applicable recalls based on the
VIN of each respective vehicle, so Tesla already has all the information needed in order to
display recalls for your specific vehicle.

In the App

The Tesla app can now displayed vehicle recalls

Upon navigating to the Service section, Tesla will list any recalls available for your vehicle.

Tapping an individual recall will give you additional information.

Tesla also has a Learn More button that links off to Tesla’s site, where they display detailed
information about the given recall.

Notifications

Since the feature appears to just have gone live recently, it’s not clear yet whether Tesla will send
a push notification to the owner when there is a new recall issued.

A notification could prompt the user to schedule service for critical recalls.

What is currently unknown is if software recalls will also be included in the app, or if it’ll be
limited to recalls that require Tesla service.

Some software-based recalls, like the removal of Boombox while in drive are displayed in the
vehicle’s release notes.

This is a welcome new feature to the Tesla app that makes managing recalls simple and convenient.

You can now easily look at or confirm if there are any outstanding recalls with just a few taps.

The feature is available on iOS and Android.

It looks like this feature may not be available in every region yet, as some users like TeslaChinaRider are not seeing it available in the app yet.

Tesla has a history of testing new features in select markets before releasing it broadly. Hopefully that’s the case with this feature as well.

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By Nuno Cristovao

New car models used in FSD Beta 10.12 visualization

The first signs of Tesla’s FSD Beta 10.12 finally surfaced
yesterday as Tesla employees started receiving the internal beta.

The internal beta initially had a version of 2022.12.3.10, but
it looks like Tesla has aleady issued an update with version 2022.12.3.15 (FSD Beta 10.12.1).

It’s not clear yet whether this will be the exact version that
will be rolled out to public testers or if additional updates will be made.

If Tesla finds any major issues, they’ll want to fix them before
rolling out the update to external testers.

New Car Models

New car models

FSD Beta 10.12 introduces new vehicle models for almost every
vehicle type.

Some of the vehicles have been completely redesigned and are
more detailed and realistic looking than the previous models.

For example, a sedan now has wheels, windows and a glass roof,
instead of the previous simplistic look that resembled a Model S keyfob.

New Brake Lights

Although brakes lights were already displayed as of beta 9.0, Tesla is now displaying the third brake light as well, which
has been required in the US since 1986.

Open Doors

FSD Beta 10.12 will now display open doors

FSD Betas have been able to detect and stop or go around
vehicles with open doors for a while now, but Tesla will now show open doors in the
visualization.

When a surrounding vehicle’s door is open, the 3D model will
also show the open door and highlight the door in orange.

Turn Signals

FSD Beta now displays turn signals

Elon said back in the summer of 2021 that Tesla will detect and respond to vehicle turn signals, hand
gestures and more in the future.

With this release, FSD Beta now detects and visualizes turn
signals in addition to brake lights.

The car will reportedly react to turn signals it has detected as
well, which should help understand the intentions of other vehicles.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The last major FSD Beta release was version 10.11, which was
first seen more than two months ago.

Tesla has been working on beta 10.12 for a while now and the
amount of changes included in this update are huge according to Elon.

Musk said that due to the amount of changes in this beta, we can
expect two steps forward and one step back.

This is a big one! Expect some two steps forward, one step back
situations. These will be great ironed in point releases, hence ~10.12.2 or 10.13 for wider beta release.

– Elon Musk

There will be some issues, and in certain situations FSD may
have regressed.

Tesla plans to fix any issues that arise with minor revisions to
this release. Expect to see additional FSD Beta 10.12 releases such as 10.12.1 and 10.12.2 in the coming
weeks.

Current Beta Testers

As we have seen with other recent betas, it may be a while until
all current beta testers receive this latest beta.

With beta 10.11, we saw two revisions before the majority of
testers received the beta. We may see a similar situation with this update, given the amount of changes
that were made.

If you’re a current beta tester, you may be waiting a couple
weeks before getting this updated FSD Beta.

Additional Testers

There haven’t been any signs of Tesla adding additional beta
testers in the US since late 2021.

Elon has previously said that he hopes that Tesla will be able
to add more testers who have opted in to the beta and have a Safety Score of 95 or greater in later revisions of beta 10.12.

Update 2022.12.3.15

FSD 10.12.1

Last updated: May 26, 1:16 am

Interpretation of Beta 10.12 Release Notes

We have the technical releases notes for FSD Beta 10.12, but
Reddit user asimo3089 did a great job at interpreting the release notes to give us a better
understanding of what Tesla has improved in this update.

1. Your car better understands what is and is not drivable space.
This makes it more confident in easy situations, and more capable in tricky situations. Your car can
also now use medians for difficult left turns, and accelerates quicker to complete turns.

2. Your car now has a better idea of objects blocking camera views.
Creeping should be less scary.

3. Improved path predictions of where other others on the road will
be. This gives your car better decision making for turns.

4. Sounds like: Your car will drive itself to safety much more
smoothly if your car finds itself in a place it shouldn’t be. Better problem solving?

5. Your car should better see the lanes on the road, and how many
of them there are, thanks to new data. This gives better turn confidence and path planning during a turn.

6. Your car is now trained on 180,000 new clips related to what
lanes look like.

7. Your car is less likely to panic brake in a yellow light
scenario, and has a better understanding of lane guidance when going through an intersection.

8. Road edges and road lines are now more accurate.

9. Your car now better understands visibility from the cameras,
thanks to 30,000 new video clips of training data.

10. Speeds of motorcycles, pedestrians and cyclists is now more
accurate. Plus, your car now better predicts which direction a pedestrian is walking.

11. Your car is now less likely to confuse a parked car and an
idling car thanks to 41,000 new clips of training data. This should result in fewer “phantom brakes” or
silly lane changes.

12. Your car now better understands objects that are far away from
you.

13. Your car will plan a better path around vehicles with car doors
open.

14. Objects that are not pedestrians, cyclists, etc, should have
more accurate speed predictions.

15. When changing into an adjacent lane, your car will look further
ahead at vehicle speeds. If somebody up ahead is braking, your car will handle it more
comfortably.

16. Your car used to only predict acceleration (Not speed) for
objects moving adjacently. Now your car will predict acceleration of all moving objects including
objects accelerating across your path.

17. New 3D models for vehicles on your screen. You’ll also be shown
vehicles with their doors open.

18. Tesla retired a few old systems and gained 2 frames per second,
per camera, resulting in better performance while self driving.

FSD Beta 10.12 is currently only available to employees, but we
may see a wider release in the next couple days that includes public testers.

However, it could be several weeks before all current testers
receive this update.

More details will surely be uncovered about this beta in the
next few days. Stay tuned for more.

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By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

Tesla Model Y wins U.S. News Best Luxury SUV

Tesla’s Model Y has won U.S. News ‘Best Luxury Electric SUV’ award. U.S. News writes “Despite the onslaught of
new competitors, the Tesla Model Y is one of the most capable and well-rounded luxury electric SUVs that you can
buy at the moment,” U.S. News added, “If you’re in the market, this is an option that’s well-worth a test
drive.”

The Model Y was first delivered to owners in early 2020 and was the automaker’s second mass-market vehicle after
the Model 3. The Model Y effectively expanded Tesla’s product line to include a new body style. Tesla’s Model Y
has rapidly become the company’s best-selling vehicle, despite being more expensive than the Model 3. This
speaks to the prominence of the Model Y, dominating the widely-popular crossover SUV sector. 

Tesla’s Model Y starts at $62,990, making it much more appealing to mass markets than the Model X which starts at
$114,990. Tesla’s Model X has been offered for seven years, but is still only produced for sentimental reasons,
according to CEO Elon Musk.

U.S. News highlights that, while the Model Y offers less cargo and utility room than the Model X, it still
includes many of the same tech features and comparable performance. A fully enhanced Model Y has a 0 to 60 MPH
of just 3.5 seconds while still having over 300 miles of range and a 155 MPH top speed.

It’s no surprise that the Model Y was the recipient of the U.S. News ‘Best Luxury Electric SUV’ award as it
topped the list of best-selling EVs in the US in Q1 2022. In Q1 2022, U.S. EV sales were up 60% year-over-year,
demonstrating the continued shift away from internal combustion engine vehicles.

Tesla had the top 3 best selling EVs

Tesla took first, second and third place with an impressive 52,051 registered units for the Model Y, and 47,682
registered units of the Model 3. These two models alone make up the bulk of the entire U.S. EV market. Tesla
also achieved third place with 9,250 registrations of the Model S and seventh place is the Tesla Model X with
4,899 registrations. Tesla remains the leader in EV sales, consistently selling a number of vehicles
unattainable to competitors.

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