Tesla transitioning its first radar vehicles to ‘Tesla Vision’

Tesla has recently started rolling out their latest 2022.20 update, version 2022.20.9.

Although minor revisions such as these usually only contain minor fixes, this update appears to contain several new features.

Transitioning to Tesla Vision

In May of 2021 Tesla introduced their first vehicles with Tesla Vision. These vehicles no longer included the radar hardware and instead relied on Tesla’s vision-only system.

Although the initially vehicles lacked some features when compared to their radar-equipped counterparts, they are now mostly caught up through software updates.

Early on Tesla Vision vehicles did not include Smart Summon or Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance. Autopilot speeds were also limited to 75 MPH (120 KPH) and the minimum follow distance was increased.

However, most of these features have now been added to Tesla Vision vehicles. The only area in which vision-based cars are still behind vehicles with radar is the maximum Autopilot speed allowed and the minimum follow distance.

After several updates, the maximum Autopilot speed for vision cars is now 85 MPH and the follow distance can now be set between two and seven car lengths.

With update 2022.20.9 Tesla appears to be adding Tesla Vision to vehicles with a radar for the first time.

The only other instance that we’re aware of in which a radar-equipped vehicle would have Tesla Vision would be if they were enrolled in the FSD Beta program.

If you have Tesla’s FSD Beta, then your radar has already been turned off and your vehicle relies on Tesla Vision exclusively.

It’s not clear yet whether all vehicles with radar will transition to Tesla Vision with this update or if Tesla will be rolling out the feature slowly while listening closely for feedback. Tesla used this method when they carefully rolled out the ‘Apply Brakes When Regen is Limited’ feature. Although the feature was initially part of 2022.16, many customers only found the feature enabled in later software updates.

Dynamic Brake Lights

Another new feature in 2022.20.9 is the introduction of Dynamic Brake Lights into additional markets.

Tesla’s Dynamic Brake Lights feature will automatically flash your brake lights quickly if you suddenly slow down.

Your hazard lights will also flash temporarily if you come to a complete stop.

This feature was previously rolled out to many European nations in 2020, but it is now being expanded to several new countries. Some of the new countries include Australia and New Zealand, but there may be others included as well. We do know that the US is not one of the new markets.

We should know more about vehicles transitioning to Tesla Vision and which markets are receiving the Dynamic Brake Lights feature as update 2022.20.9 continues to roll out to additional vehicles.

Update 2022.24 includes various undocumented features

Tesla started rolling out software version 2022.24 to a wider section of its fleet (update 2022.24.5), introducing some appreciated new changes.

Tire Pressure

Before the current update, checking your tire pressure while the car was stopped was not possible. In order to prolong the battery life of the wireless tire pressure sensors, Tesla would only display the current tire pressure if the vehicle was in motion. Now the Service section (under Controls) will display the last known tire pressure for each wheel.

Keeping tabs on your tire pressure is not only to mount to your safety, but also improves efficiency while driving. An NHTSA study suggests that low tire pressure can reduce your driving range by around 0.3% for every 1% reduction in tire pressure.

Update 2022.24 includes various undocumented features

With the new update you will also see the recommended cold tire pressure for the front and rear wheels, at the top of the screen.

Tesla recommends a tire pressure range of 40 to 45 PSI. This is often the minimum air pressure required to support your vehicle at its maximum load, depending on the type and vehicle configuration.

Reddit user Wugz reported a while ago that Tesla’s vehicle state API would soon include data from the internal TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), so it could be possible we will soon have access to that same data via the Tesla app.

Uninstall Games

Update 2022.24 includes various undocumented features

Update 2022.24 also enables the user to uninstall individual games, freeing up space on the vehicle’s internal drive. In addition to uninstalling games, you can also view the size of each game, and which drive they’re installed on.

When a game has been uninstalled, it can still be viewed as an available game in the vehicle and you’ll be given an option to reinstall the game.

Tesla has been giving its video game selection more attention. Elon Musk says that Tesla may show off its upcoming Steam integration next month.

Depending on your model, the vehicle’s internal storage ranges from 8GB (MCU 1) to 64GB for MCU 2, and up to 256GB for MCU 3. Tesla is expected to support external storage devices when they roll out Steam support.

Currently, most Tesla games in Tesla cars are Atari classics, including well-known titles like Super Breakout, Tempest, and Missile Command. Additionally, there are more recent games like Fallout Shelter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Cuphead, and Beach Buggy Racing 2, as well as some more traditional ones like Solitaire, Chess, and Backgammon. Users can enjoy some of these games using the touchscreen or the steering wheel and pedals.

GPS Directions

GPS directions have also been moved to the top left corner of the screen. When the vehicle’s navigation is active and the maps are covered with another application, the next step in the directions will now be shown at the top left corner, instead of the bottom left corner.

Amongst other notable features included in update 2022.24, the company rolled out ‘Tesla Profiles’, giving you the option to tie your driver profile to your Tesla account.

This means some of your vehicle’s settings, such as mirror, seat and wheel positions, will be able to travel with you from one Tesla to another. Read more about Cloud Profiles.

Tesla to increase the price of FSD

Tesla started its rollout of the next big release of FSD Beta on August 20th. And alongside its many improvements, Elon Musk announced that Tesla will be raising the price of FSD to $15,000 – a 20% increase. The price increase will go into effect in North America on September 5, 2022 “after the wide release of FSD Beta 10.69.2.”

“Current price will be honored for orders made before Sept 5th, but delivered later,” Musk adds.

Musk followed up with a tweet that added how easy it was to upgrade your existing vehicle to FSD via the Tesla mobile application.

“Note, you can upgrade your existing car to FSD in 2 mins via the Tesla app,” Musk writes.

FSD Beta’s sudden and large increases in price over the last year has drawn criticism from the Tesla community. After more than 100,000 Tesla owners were added to the FSD Beta program, the software has gotten a lot of hands-on experience from owners who are having some doubts about its hefty price tag.

Tesla owner and YouTuber James Locke (@arctechinc) shared an echoed recommendation via Twitter to Musk. He asked that the license for Tesla be looked into since FSD is in development and is not a finished product yet. He suggested that a “commercial license” be used when owners place their vehicles into the robo-taxi fleet.

“.@elonmusk I humbly recommend it’s time to rethink the way the FSD license works,” Locke writes. “While FSD is still in development and not a finished product you should have a personal use and commercial use license. Personal use should be much cheaper to allow for maximum safety /1.”

“When the robo-taxi fleet is a reality you could offer an upgrade to buy into the commercial license which is more expensive and offers higher profits for putting the car into the fleet. Or owners could let Tesla take a great [chunk] of the robo-taxi profit for personal license.”

Locke adds that everyone who purchases a Tesla should have FSD included with their purchase because its features are tantamount to the vehicle’s safety.

“IMHO @elonmusk everyone who buys a Tesla should get FSD included for personal use to ensure the safest cars on the road are affordable to everyone.”

In January of 2022, Tesla raised the price of Full Self-Driving from $10,000 to $12,000. At the time, many were discussing FSD’s price and stating that $10,000 was too much for the software in its current state.

Last year, Tesla launched its Full Self-Driving subscription. Owners could pay $99 per month or $199/month for the FSD subscription, depending on whether their vehicle already has Enhanced Autopilot.

At the time Tesla’s FSD package cost $10,000 and you’d have to subscribe for more than four years (at $199) before it made sense to buy the FSD package.

However, with the upcoming price increase, you’d now need to subscribe for more than six years before buying the package outright was the better deal.

There’s no word whether Tesla will also increase the monthly subscription, which is starting to look like a better deal for new owners.

A monthly subscription certainly has a lot more flexibility as you can cancel or renew whenever you’d like without any penalties.

It’s certainly possible that Tesla is trying to shift users toward a subscription model.

Tesla’s FSD monthly subscription has remained the same price since its introduction.

As Full self-driving becomes better with each update and Tesla gains more data, we can anticipate the price of FSD to continue to go up. With the continuous sudden and large price increases, it’s becoming more difficult to justify such a large price tag.

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