Sneak Peek Into Software 2023.20, New Autowipers v4, FSD Beta Suspension Policy Shortens in Update 11.4.2, Hardware 4.0 Makes Model

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Sneak Peek Into Software Update 2023.20 

Tesla is getting ready for their next software update, version 2023.20 as release notes have now surfaced. It's currently being tested and although Tesla does not provide release dates for upcoming software updates, we may see update 2023.20 start rolling out in the next week or two. Based on the previous update, which added many new features, this one seems to be smaller in nature. However, we now have a sneak peek at some of the features included in the update:

Tire Mileage Tracking — Owners can monitor mileage since the last tire service, useful for rotations, replacements, or seasonal tire changes. Counter reset manually by the owner or service center. Accessible through Controls > Service.

Expanded Accessibility — Text size adjustment is now available in all supported languages, ensuring a seamless experience for global users. As of now, it is unclear if the text size feature extends to Model S and Model X in this update, but likely in future releases based on Tesla's history.


Autowipers Receive v4 Update  

Tesla has released an upgrade to their auto wiper system called Autowiper v4. This update aims to improve the performance and user experience of the system, which has received mixed reviews in the past. The new version is part of the Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta 11.4.2 release and includes the option to disable a feature called "Deep Rain." Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, apologized for the previous performance of the autowipers and explained that Tesla is now using a new approach. Instead of relying on a single camera and frame, they are stitching together video from all the cameras to create a 360-degree video. This allows the system to have a better understanding of weather conditions and results in more accurate and responsive autowipers.


FSD Beta Suspension Policy Shortens in Update 11.4.2 

Tesla has made further changes to its Full Self Driving (FSD) Beta suspension policy. Previously, users were suspended until Tesla globally reset strikes, which happened every three to nine months. Recently, the suspension period was reduced to approximately two weeks on an individual basis. However, with the latest FSD Beta 11.4.2, Tesla has further reduced the suspension interval to about one week. The shorter suspensions are expected to improve driver behavior while not significantly restricting access to FSD. This shift seems to strike a balance between driver accountability and continuing to gather essential autopilot data from real-world usage. Tesla is also planning to rely more on the in-cabin camera for assessing driver attentiveness, potentially eliminating the need for resistance on the steering wheel. Currently, FSD Beta 11.4.2 is available on about 35% of the fleet with access to FSD Beta.


Hardware 4.0 Makes Model Y Debut

Tesla has quietly introduced Hardware 4.0 (HW4), their most advanced self-driving computer, in the Model Y lineup. This comes as a surprise since it was expected to launch with the Model Y redesign, but this follows the Model S and X as HW4 was integrated into these models earlier this year. The upgraded side repeater and forward-facing cameras indicate the presence of HW4 in both Long Range and Performance variants, however, the transition to HW4 will take time as Tesla factories incorporate the changes. The phased implementation may lead to differences among Model Y units based on their manufacturing origin. While certain functionalities may not be instantly available, further enhancements are expected as Tesla perfects HW4, including better handling of complex maneuvers. Comparisons between HW4 and its predecessor, HW3, show that HW4 enhances the existing camera system rather than introducing additional cameras as initially anticipated.


New Teslas will be Delivered at 50% Charge

Tesla has changed its car delivery process to align with industry regulations and reduce the risk of battery fires. Instead of delivering vehicles fully charged, Tesla now delivers them with only a 50% charge. This practice is common for the transportation of battery-operated devices to enhance safety. To compensate for the inconvenience caused by the change, Tesla offers customers a 150km free Supercharging credit. This credit can be redeemed a few days after the car is delivered through the Tesla app's Loot Box feature. Although some may find it bothersome, many customers appreciate Tesla's considerate gesture, as it allows them to visit Supercharging stations without incurring any costs.

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