By Kevin Armstrong
Unfortunately, accidents happen. There are more Teslas on the roads every day. Consequently, more of them are likely to be involved in collisions. A Tesla write-off is much more than your average vehicle write-off. Tesla has previously banned salvaged vehicles from its robust Supercharger network (v4 Superchargers are coming) and other third-party charging stations due to liability concerns. But that could change soon.
electr has acquired internal documents outlining a new inspection process to reintroduce salvaged Teslas to the network. Electricity, a popular electric vehicle and green energy website, reports that the document is titled Salvaged-Titled Vehicle Fast Charging Safety Inspection. It explains a two-step process for inspecting the high-voltage battery pack and all charging components. When the car comes by, it’s back to the start; If not, the components can be repaired at Tesla at the owner’s expense.
The document, reportedly distributed to employees, lists the steps the car will go through. The fast-charging ELV safety inspection begins after the Tesla passes the high-voltage ELV safety inspection. It is also clear that if the owner does not authorize repairs at Tesla, the inspection will be dropped and the vehicle will fail the report. The document states: “Diagnosis and component elimination are not part of this test procedure and may only be performed at the customer’s expense.”
How much two inspections would run has yet to be discovered, but it’s fair to say that this would increase the cost of recovered vehicles. These devices are usually bought by people who can have them repaired for a reasonable price. However, the inspection and other repairs discovered during the double inspection might move the price tag a little too much for some prospects. However, Teslas have a massive battery that stores a lot of energy. An expert should inspect them to prove they are safe and roadworthy.
It seems Tesla is adapting as it grows. For example, in May 2022 there was free access to all of its service manuals on its website. This move alone encourages more people who enjoy car repairs to try a salvaged Tesla. While the company would probably much rather sell more new vehicles than invest in certifying salvaged cars, this latest document shows that demand needs to increase and Tesla needs to address it.
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Elon has previously announced that video conferencing capabilities will be available in Teslas, but Zoom has now officially announced that its video conferencing software will be available in Teslas soon.
Zoom made the announcement during its 2022 annual event, Zoomtopia.
Although Zoom made the announcement, it looks like the integration will be developed by Tesla.
Tesla appears to be using Zoom’s popular web interface for this new feature. This means Zoom will work in-vehicle much like Netflix and Youtube currently, where it runs in a Chromeless browser and Tesla essentially builds on top of that.
Once released, the Zoom app is expected to become part of Tesla Theater and function in much the same way, e.g. B. Requires premium connectivity and is only available while the vehicle is parked.
camera and resolution
Rather than requiring a separate camera, the Zoom app appears to use the vehicle’s interior camera, meaning that for the first time we have direct access to the cabin camera’s video stream, although it’s over GreenTheOnly have previously demonstrated the capabilities of the camera.
The vehicle’s cabin camera has a resolution of 1280 x 960, which corresponds to an aspect ratio of 4:3. However, Tesla may crop that camera feed to 16:9, meaning it’s 1280 x 720, or 720p, resolution.
The only remaining cameras that the driver cannot access directly are the B-pillar cameras and two of the front-facing cameras.
The new zoom controls are similar to those on a phone call. In a Model 3 and Model Y, the controls appear in the lower-left corner of the display and have options to turn the video and microphone on and off.
The last two buttons appear to be used to view the call participants and end the meeting.
The video also showed that Zoom meeting links will now appear on your vehicle’s calendar when available. Tapping the link will automatically launch Zoom and start the meeting.
Since this new feature will likely rely on the vehicle’s cabin camera, it will most likely be limited to the Model 3, Model Y, and the new Model S and Model X.
During the announcement, Zoom said the feature will be coming to all new Tesla models “soon.”
It’s not clear if this means that Zoom will only be offered for MCU3-based vehicles or also for older models with Atom processors. However, given the similarity to other streaming apps, we expect this feature to be offered for MCU 2 and MCU 3 vehicles.
Elon previously alluded to video conferencing being added as early as 2020 and the first MCU 3 vehicle being unveiled in June 2021.
When a Zoom icon was found in a Tesla interface video earlier this year, it sparked rumors of an app store coming to Teslas.
However, we don’t think that’s happening here. While an app store may be an idea being developed at Tesla, we think this Zoom integration will simply be another app offered on top of YouTube and others.
Zoom and Tesla didn’t share an official timeframe for the release of this feature, but Zoom did mention that the feature would be available soon during its keynote.
It’s possible that Zoom let the cat out of the bag with this announcement and that it was planned as one of the surprise features in Tesla’s upcoming 2022 Christmas update.
Check out Zoom’s segment on Tesla video conferencing integration below.
By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla, this tiny little electronics company that settled in California nearly two decades ago, is now moving into the heart of the Americas Big Three. Ford, General Motors and Dodge have a new neighbor, Tesla. The city of Southfield, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, has changed some rules to allow Elon Musk’s company to expand.
The City of Southfield’s slogan takes center stage and it bills itself as Michigan’s premier business address. The 21375 Telegraph Road address will soon have a new tenant after the council issued three regulations to allow “electric vehicle research, testing, repair and maintenance facilities” as required by Tesla Inc.
Corresponding Automotive News, the company will operate from a nearly 35,000 square foot building. That’s nothing compared to the 10,000,000-square-foot Gigafactory in Texas, but it’s still a significant size that the city is welcoming. Southfield planning director Terry Croad said: “It’s a household name. We continue to say that we are the center of everything. We are finalizing our master plan in which we try to anticipate the evolution of the industry electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and automated vehicles. And we are trying to position ourselves flexibly for these new technologies with our zoning.”
It appears that the community’s master plan is forward-looking, as Croad also said, “Like I’ve told people, this isn’t your grandfather’s craft store. You know, there are no oils and gases. There are lots of computers and chips and diagnostics much cleaner than a typical auto repair shop.”
Tesla should have no problem recruiting employees for the new facility, as Forbes magazine named Southfield one of the most livable suburbs in the United States’ metro region. It also has seven colleges, universities, and trade schools, including Lawrence Technological University, which is ranked among the top 40 institutions specializing in engineering, architecture, and business.
Again, it’s not a huge building, just the move to the neighborhood that has played such a significant role in the development of the automobile over the last century is significant. This area is set up for the transportation of automobiles and auto parts for efficient transportation to and from suppliers in Michigan and north of the border. Speculation continues that Canada could get the next Gigafactory. If that happens, Tesla will likely need even more space in Detroit. There goes the neighborhood.