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The price war has begun. Tesla has brought down the prices of its Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y cars in China by as much as 9%

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Tesla has decided to cut the price of its electric vehicles in China by as much as 9%, according to Reauters, while ramping up production at its Shanghai plant.

It comes shortly after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said a recession in China and Europe would see the company miss its 2022 supply target.

The starting price of the Model 3 sedan was reduced to $36.7 thousand, while the price of the Model Y crossover dropped to $39.6 thousand, according to data posted on Tesla’s official website in China.

The main reason for the decline in prices for Tesla cars in China is increased competition from local electric car manufacturers such as BYD, Nio and Xpeng, which are actively expanding their lineup and increasing sales.

The price war has begun.  Tesla has brought down the prices of its Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y cars in China by as much as 9%

In the first seven months of 2022, Chinese brands accounted for nearly 80% of total electric vehicle sales in China, according to the China Passenger Car Association. Back in the summer, forecasts were made that Tesla would cut prices. And so it happened. This decision, according to observers, will spur demand.

“The price cut underscores the start of a price war that we have been paying attention to since August,” said Shi Ji, an analyst at China Merchants Bank International.

Earlier it became known that Tesla set a new sales record in China by delivering 83,135 Shanghai-made electric vehicles to local customers.

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Tesla wants to update Model 3, but primarily to reduce production costs

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Tesla is going to significantly change its bestseller Model 3. But we are talking about classic restyling.

Tesla wants to update Model 3, but primarily to reduce production costs

The project, codenamed Highland, is designed primarily to reduce manufacturing costs, but at the same time, Tesla also wants to focus on features that consumers love.

As one of the directions, the Reuters resource calls the reduction in the number of components and the complexity of the interior of the Model 3. Changes in the design may also take place, but there is no exact data yet. Recall that the Model 3 has been in production for five years, and automakers usually resort to restyling or at least facelift even earlier.

The updated Model 3 will be produced in Shanghai from the third quarter of 2023. Also, production can be established in California.

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Vivo and Iqoo smartphones can now serve as digital keys for BMW cars

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Vivo and Iqoo smartphones can now serve as digital keys

Vivo has officially announced that the digital car key feature in its smartphones now supports cars from the German automaker BMW.

This feature is featured in the Vivo X90, Vivo X80, Vivo X Fold, Vivo X Note, iQOO 10, iQOO 9 series and many other models. All you have to do is launch the My BMW app on a Vivo phone that supports BMW Digital Keys and sign in to your BMW account.

Vivo and Iqoo smartphones can now serve as digital keys for BMW cars

How to unlock/lock the car door: When unlocking the car, the user needs to hold the top of the Vivo phone to the NFC detection area on the driver’s side door handle until the phone displays “Completed”. The BMW Smart Key can only unlock the driver’s door.

How to start the engine: Simply place your Vivo phone on the wireless charging pad and press the Start/Stop button.

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Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot

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Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you

The Teslascope team, who understands Tesla software updates, found something interesting in the latest FSD beta update. Tesla vehicles can now detect devices designed to simulate hands on the steering wheel while the autopilot function is in operation. If such devices are detected, the system will disable the autopilot.

In order to use the beta Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features, Tesla requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. That being said, the automaker regularly asks drivers to apply some torque to the wheel in order to continue using autopilot.

Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot

This prompted some people to use some tricks. Someone just put a water bottle under the steering wheel rim, and some companies even tried to mass-produce special steering wheel pads that fool the Tesla computer.

Because the technology is still in beta and undeniably dangerous if drivers aren’t in control, Tesla is trying to get drivers to take the wheel regularly to be ready to take over.

Tesla is also increasingly using a cab-facing camera for driver attention monitoring, which can detect when drivers are not looking at the road.

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