Tesla plans to raise the price of its proprietary self-driving software, CEO Elon Musk has announced.
Today, Tesla vehicles come standard with a driver-assistance system called Autopilot. For an additional $12,000, owners can buy the FSD (full self-driving) feature, which greatly expands the unmanned capabilities of the car and is already working on ordinary city streets.
However, Tesla vehicles, even those equipped with a full self-driving system, are not self-driving. It requires the driver to remain alert and take control when necessary.
Musk said Wednesday that Tesla has deployed FSD with city navigation capabilities to more than 100,000 owners to date. The latest version of FSD 10.13 includes updates such as improved unprotected left turns, animal detection, speed limit accuracy, pedestrian and cyclist detection.
Musk didn’t say how much the price would increase, but said it’s “ridiculously low” at the moment. Tesla has been raising the price of FSD over the years. Most recently in January 2022, when the automaker increased the cost from a one-time payment of $10,000 to $12,000. Musk did not say if Tesla would increase the cost of the monthly subscription, which is currently priced at $199 per month.
Musk said the price increase would come before Tesla moves into “public beta,” which means anyone who wants to use the beta software can do so.
Musk also said that by the end of this year, Tesla will “solve the problem of full self-driving driving.” This could mean reaching level 4 of autonomy, where the car can drive most of the time under certain conditions without human intervention.
Traction batteries from China’s BYD have been approved for use in the Tesla Model Y for the European market. The first batch of batteries has already been delivered to the company’s Berlin factory
According to the source, the Dutch regulator RDW on July 1 of this year issued a permit for the use of traction batteries in the Tesla Model Y electric car. Moreover, the first batch of such batteries has already been delivered to the Gigafactory Berlin for car assembly.
Tesla Model Y with BYD solid-state traction batteries is coded Type 005 and internal code Y7CR. The battery capacity is 55 kWh, the weight of the Model Y with such a battery is 2087 km, the cruising range is 440 km.
At the moment, Tesla traction batteries are supplied by LG Energy Solution, Panasonic and China’s CATL. Last year, Tesla became the largest buyer of CATL batteries, shipping $1.9 billion worth of products to the American company. Now, the second Chinese company has entered the Tesla traction battery supplier pool. Moreover, in the domestic Chinese market, Tesla and BYD are direct competitors, since both produce electric vehicles.
An alternative to electric scooters: Airtrick shoe rollers accelerate to 28 km/h
The Hong Kong company Airtrick came up with an interesting initiative. It offers removable E-Skates that can be used instead of electric scooters.
Rollers weighing 1.5 kg each are suitable for shoe sizes from 36 to 46. According to the manufacturer, such rollers can be easily put on, taken off and put into a bag.
The rollers are equipped with 150-watt electric motors, capable of accelerating to 27 km / h and providing a power reserve of 15 km. They are protected from moisture (IPX3).
The price starts at $ 399, the versions are rich in equipment, some have a helmet. So far, the videos are being produced in China and recently entered the Indiegogo co-financing platform.
Revealed jet-powered Zapata JetRacer flying car that flies on kerosene
The JetRacer flying car was unveiled this month by former jet ski world champion Frankie Zapata. The Frenchman’s eponymous company has produced a number of other microjet-powered aircraft that operate above water or above ground, including the recently introduced JetRacer.
JetRacer Zapata differs from other aircraft in its unusual shape. Also, unlike other electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, the JetRacer has no visible propellers and runs on kerosene instead of batteries.
It flies using 10 microjet engines, climbing up to 3,000 meters and reaching a top speed of 250 km/h. JetRacer can move at speeds up to 250 km/h.
“JetRacer is built on a lightweight and modular chassis, which allows it to meet a variety of needs, both civilian and military, as well as be remotely controlled,” Zapata’s official website says. “All critical systems are designed to provide an extremely high level of safety: propulsion, control, power supply, etc.”
The JetRacer is designed to keep flying even if two out of ten engines fail. Zapata is working on two additional JetRacer prototypes, with plans to sell the machine to individuals, businesses, security agencies and the military.
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