Welcome to our weekly Tesla news recap, where we discuss and share the latest Tesla news. If you don’t have the time to constantly monitor Tesla and their ever-changing company and products, this is for you. This week, we got some more insight into Autopilot 3.0, a new “Sentry Mode” feature, advanced Summon, $35,000 Model 3 rumors, and more.
Tesla Sentry Mode
Tesla Sentry Mode coming soon for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot https://t.co/x2buQWiABX
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 22, 2019
With the V9 update last year, Tesla allowed recording access to one of the eight onboard cameras for a built in dash cam. Since then, owners have been requesting access to the other seven for a 360° viewing experience. We now know such a feature is in the works and will be called “Sentry Mode”. All AP2+ cars will receive it through an over the air update. We should see it available sometime next month.
Rough beta in 2 to 3 weeks
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2019
Advanced Summon Coming Soon
Almost ready to roll out. Regulators just approved.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 22, 2019
It has been over 12 weeks since Elon took to twitter to announce that the advanced Summon mode would be available in “~6 weeks.” In typical Elon and Tesla fashion, that deadline was not reached. The latest Tesla news is that they have received regulatory approval for the feature. Advanced Summon will allow you to control your car like a big RC, have it follow you on foot, and even have your car pick you up with a tap of a button.
Supercharger Prices Lowered
Last week we reported that Tesla drastically increased their Supercharger pricing globally. Almost doubling overnight, owners weren’t happy. After much negative feedback, Tesla decided to lower it a tad bit. A 10% reduction in pricing has set the new nationwide average from $0.31 per kWh to $.28 per kWh. The same, newer, pricing system is still in place. Prices are now on a per station basis rather than a state by state or region by region.
Rumors continue to circle the release of Autopilot 3.0. Patents were made publicly this week pertaining to upcoming changes. Autopilot 3.0 is set to hold the full self-driving capabilities we’ve been hearing about for years. Any current owner who purchased the Full-Self Driving package with their car will receive the upgrade for free. Currently, the package costs $5,000 and is only available after you’ve taken delivery of the car.
$35,000 Tesla Rumors
We can only hope that the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 is getting closer and closer and with that rumors are starting to form. Apart from last week’s layoffs, people are wondering how Tesla will achieve the promised base price point.
Got word, from a what I believe to be a credible source, that the standard range Model 3 will still have the glass roof BUT will have a roof liner (textile fabric) on the inside covering the glass.
— Marc Benton (@marc_benton) January 21, 2019
You might remember Marc Benton as the guy who gave us early insight on the much hyped Tesla software V9.
Tesla’s online configurator has been showing the base model as 4-6 months away for well over 4-6 months now. But with the year over, production hell overcome, and the Model 3 entering Europe, maybe, just maybe, the estimate is accurate this time.
Ask Tesla Your Questions
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— HyperChange (@HyperChangeTV) January 24, 2019
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Tesla’s $35000 Model 3 is further away now than it was 6 months ago. Musk’s explanation for the discharrge of those 7% employees (to enableModel 3 base model) is transparent hogwash –
they were let go because Tesla discontinued the base Model S and Model X, which is what all those let go worked on. This will have zero effect on anything having to do with the Model 3.
They discontinued those models because the Porache Taycan and Jaguar I Pace destroyed
Tesla sales. Tesla got creamed by the first direct competition it has faced.