Tesla is preparing for Steam games, will support external storage

By Lennon Cihak

Tesla should support external storage devices in an upcoming software updateaccording to hacker Tesla @greentheonly.

Teslas already support an external drive to store dashcam and Sentry Mode footage, as well as local music files. It looks like Tesla may soon support games on an external drive as well.

This news comes after Elon Musk saying that Tesla is working on making Steam games playable in the car and will show a demo of their progress this month.

Tesla’s internal hard drive is divided into multiple partitions, one of which is reserved for Tesla Arcade only.

The size of the internal disk on a Tesla varies by model and MCU version. The smallest drive comes with MCU 1-8GB with an extra SD card which is used for maps, however, few games are supported for MCU 1 vehicles and Steam games should not be available for vehicles MCU 1.

MCU 2 equipped Teslas include a 64GB drive and would likely benefit the most from an external drive, as MCU 3 vehicles include much larger drives (up to 256GB NVMe drives, depending on model and device). year).

According to Green, the ability to use external storage is not yet available to the user, and it is not clear if it would be available for all vehicles.

Most USB ports on a Tesla are USB 2 ports, which can only transfer speeds of up to 60MB/s, which is slower than most portable hard drives available today. The only available USB 3 port is in the glove box, but it’s only available on newer Teslas.

It’s unclear if Tesla would need a USB 3 port for external storage, as that would provide the best experience when loading content from the USB drive.

@Greentheonly also mentioned that games will be able to be installed and removed by the user, which will be essential when managing a large library of games. Theora and VPX codecs will also be added. Theora and VPX are video compression methods that could allow for a greater variety of content available in Teslas.

Unfortunately, MCU 2 can’t seem to be upgraded to MCU 3, due to “totally different power and other unit harnesses and thicknesses”, according to @Greentheonly.

Tesla’s newer and more powerful AMD Ryzen processor shows a significant increase in performance across the board. The web browser and video streaming services like Netflix and YouTube are much more responsive.

Tesla’s most recent software updates have included significant improvements and new features, including energy prediction improvements, seat belt system improvements, adaptive suspension adjustments when approaching roads accidents and the green light chime for non-FSD vehicles, among others.

By Kevin Armstrong

FSD Beta 10.13 shows its intended path much further

Elon Musk shook up the Tesla community with a simple tweet: “FSD Beta 10.69 drops 8/20”.

He followed the Full Self Driving announcement tweet with another saying: This release will be important. Days earlier, the CEO had promised Tesla shareholders at the 2022 annual meeting that FSD would be publicly available this year.

He told shareholders that the next update is so amazing it might need a different name. “10.13, we’ve been working on it for a while and what’s happened is we’ve made some pretty significant architectural improvements. So it’s really more than 10.12 to 10.13. It might, I don’t want not to speak too soon, but it could qualify for 10.69. It must be worth it, of course!

Musk said the FSD team was working seven days a week and there had been major improvements in complex left turns, including Chuck’s Turn. But also spectacular breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. “We’re solving a very important part of AI that can ultimately save millions of lives. And prevent 10 million serious injuries by driving just an order of magnitude safer than people.

Chuck’s turn

This announcement follows the California Department of Motor Vehicles filing two complaints with the State Administrative Hearing Office alleging that Telsa is misleading owners with FSD and Autopilot. CNBC reported that the filings state that “these labels and descriptions ‘Autopilot’ and ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ indicate that vehicles equipped with ADAS features will operate as autonomous vehicles, but vehicles equipped with these ADAS features could not at the time of these ads, and cannot now, operate as autonomous vehicles.

The DMV wants the company to better educate Tesla drivers about the capabilities of these programs. Tesla has 15 days to respond. The documents were filed in the office on July 28. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also conducts at least 37 crash investigations that have found some form of ADAS in use at the time of the collision.

Musk told shareholders that FSD Beta has flown more than 40 million miles and expects more than 100 million by the end of the year. He also reported on his experience: “It works well for me.” He added that FSD Beta will be available to anyone who requests it by the end of the year.

We already know quite a bit about FSD Beta 10.13. In fact, we recently received the full FSD Beta 10.13 release notes for the update. What we don’t know is how much improvement FSD Beta 10.69 has compared to Beta 10.13.

We largely expect Beta 10.69 to be bug fixes on top of the internally released Beta 10.13, but we may still see additions to the release notes. FSD Beta 10.13 was based on Tesla’s 2022.16 update, which is getting a bit long in the tooth, but that’s unlikely to change with Beta 10.69.

Hopefully Tesla has a quick follow up of 10.69 based on the latest public update, 2022.24.

FSD Beta 10.13 has an improved vehicle path that appears to show the vehicle’s intended path in visualizations as far as possible. A big improvement is also expected with the roundabouts.

Elon has previously said that Tesla is working on navigation without map data and even without GPS, but it seems like it’s still a work in progress.

By Kevin Armstrong

2017 Tesla Model 3 HVAC user interface

Happy Birthday Tesla Model 3. It’s hard to believe that five years ago only 30 Model 3s rolled off the assembly line and were delivered. Today, Tesla’s answer to a more affordable vehicle is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, has been named Car of the Year, is considered one of the the safest vehicles on the planet and has a long waiting list of eager buyers.

It’s an anniversary, so we should reminisce about the early days. While this iconic car first hit the road in 2017, it was on Elon Musk’s to-do list for over a decade.

Elon Musk talks to Wired Science about Model 3 in 2006

Years later, as this became more of a reality, the car was given the code name BlueStar. It was to be called the Model E, but Ford had already trademarked the wording. Then Musk turned the E into a 3, but he didn’t want the number; he planned 3 lines, similar to Tesla’s current E. But Adidas called that off, arguing it was too close to that brand’s three stripes. This is how the 3 was named.

The Model 3 was meant to be the smaller, streamlined version of the Model S to invite more Tesla and EV buyers. However, this more affordable entry-level Tesla stands up to luxury sedans and even its bigger sibling, the Model S. Tesla has rolled out several updates throughout the Model 3’s existence, allowing vehicles to keep up with and even overtake the Joneses. .

In 2019, Model 3 received a significant software upgrade when beta versions of Navigate on Autopilot and Smart Summon were added. Voice commands, a voice keyboard and new language supports have also been implemented with the popular Camp mode. Once owners posted photos and videos of comfortable beds in the Model 3 with the back seat down, Tesla had to add air conditioning and a campfire to complete the experience.

Tesla introduced dog mode in Teslas in 2019. In fact, the manufacturer used a Model 3 to unveil the feature to the world. With the help of a sleeping Husky and an excited German Shepherd, Dog Mode was introduced to the world on all of Tesla’s social channels. This has made Tesla a must-have for any dog ​​lover!

Sentry mode was also included with the Model 3 in late 2019 and early 2020. This comprehensive security system registers and notifies the owner if something happens around or at the Tesla. It is arguably the most advanced off-the-shelf vehicle alarm system on the market.

In 2020, the Tesla Toybox has been overhauled and updated across all Model 3s. The shows, sketchbook and many other favorites have been overhauled and made even more fun. But it’s not just the games that have been updated; although many games have been added over time, Tesla has improved its maps and dashcam. Later in the year, Full Self Driving beta was added to all Teslas including the Model 3. Although FSD is still under development, system availability even in the entry Model 3 range was a big attraction. .

A crowd pleaser is the Boombox. It was another addition in 2020 to all models. When the car is parked, the boombox plays music or sound effects through an external speaker. You can even add your own sounds via USB. Maybe the Boombox should be used by all Model 3 owners to wish their Tesla a happy 5th birthday!

Shirlene J. Manley