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All undocumented changes found in Tesla 2022.28.2 update

By Nuno Cristovao

With every major Tesla update, there are often smaller changes or features that aren’t mentioned in the release notes.

The main attractions of Tesla’s 2022.28 update are the ability to minimize full-screen video and alternate routes, however, several undocumented features have also been incorporated into 2022.28.

Dark mode colors

Tesla has made some changes to dark mode

The Dark Mode color scheme has been adjusted so that various screens now use lighter gray tones. For example, before this update, the car viewing area and apps like media player both used the same dark gray color for the background.

However, with this update, Tesla has changed the background color of the apps from a dark gray to a much lighter gray so that they stand out from the vehicle visualizations.

Vehicle alerts

Some vehicle alerts are now linked to the car manual for more information

Some vehicle alerts will now contain an arrow that you can tap for additional information.

Tap the arrow to open the vehicle manual to the appropriate section and view additional details about the alert.

Changes to the Theater Status Bar

Most Tesla Theater status bar options removed

With this update, Tesla is introducing the ability to minimize Tesla Theater, allowing you to access vehicle menus and settings without leaving your streaming video.

Previously, when streaming full-screen video, there was a quick access bar at the top of the video that could be revealed by tapping near the top of the screen. This status bar allows you to access certain vehicle controls without exiting the video. Video controls such as cabin temperature, screen brightness and volume can easily be changed.

Since you can now minimize a full-screen video without leaving the video app, Tesla has mostly removed the options that once appeared at the top of a video.

When you tap near the top of the screen, the number of options has been reduced to minimize theater, a back button, and your battery charge status.

A gray line has also been added to the top of the screen to let you know that you can now swipe down the full screen video to access other car functions.

Phone icon

Phone icon is now always visible when a call is active

When on a call in the vehicle, the green phone icon will now always remain visible in the status bar, whether the phone card is hidden or not. The icon in the status bar has also changed shape slightly, from a pill shape to a square.

LFP Battery Calibration

Vehicles with an LFP battery will now display when the vehicle calibrates its battery

Vehicles with an LFP battery will now display “Calibration” on the vehicle screen when the vehicle is nearly fully charged.

New radio icon

Tesla updated the radio icon and removed the FM label (rendered)

The radio icon has also been updated to be more ambiguous with this update. Traditional analog radio markers have been reversed so they now operate vertically instead of horizontally.

The letters “FM” have also been replaced with a generic circular icon to better include other supported bands such as DAB, which is supported in many parts of the world.

HomeLink buttons

The HomeLink button text has been changed again. Tesla displayed the name of the garage door or gate inside the button, with the words “Activate” or “Cancel” below the button. The problem with this approach was that the text under the button was way too small and it wasn’t obvious how to override a door auto-opening.

However, Tesla recently swapped the location of the action name and text so that “Enable” appears inside the button and the garage door name appears below the button.

The HomeLink buttons have been changed once again.  This time for the better.

This might be confusing for those with multiple garage doors, as you would be presented with multiple buttons that would be labeled “Enable”, the only differentiating feature being the small text below the button.

With the 2022.28 update, Tesla has taken a hybrid approach. As you approach your garage door, the buttons will again be labeled with the name you gave your garage doors (top photo).

However, if you have auto open or close enabled, you will see the text “Cancel” inside the button for the specific door that will be opened or closed. The rest of the buttons will still display their given labels (bottom photo).

Of the many iterations Tesla has gone through, this approach seems the most logical. It is now more obvious how to override the automatic opening of a garage door or gate and you will still see the garage doors name in the predominant text most of the time.

Reorganized security menu

Security menu options have been reorganized

The vehicle options under Controls > Security have been reorganized slightly. Sentinel mode, pin code for driving and pin code for the glove box have increased. This allows you to quickly turn them on or off without having to scroll.

Did you notice any other changes in 2022.28? Let us know.

By Kevin Armstrong

The growth needed to switch to electric vehicles

Elon Musk’s new master plan is not yet ready. The Tesla CEO was asked about the company’s five-year plan and its updated master plan during the stakeholders’ meeting in August. Although he didn’t go into specifics, Tesla’s head of investor relations reportedly spilled the fuse at a Goldman Sachs technical conference by invitation only. Martin Viecha gave one of the world’s largest investment banks extensive details on how the business will look and what will be accomplished by 2027-28.

Business Intern quoted the Tesla employee as saying, “The architecture of electric vehicles is so different from the internal combustion engine that it enables a third revolution in automobile manufacturing.”

Undoubtedly, Tesla has led the way in the field of electric vehicles. However, this space is becoming more competitive, with long-established automakers ramping up production of electric vehicles.

The investing public wanted to know how Tesla would compete. Viecha repeated the numbers from Tesla’s second-quarter earnings call. The cost to build the product has more than halved in the past seven years.

He said in 2017 it cost $84,000 to make one of their vehicles, but now it’s down to $36,000. Incredibly, these cost savings came not from batteries or supplies, but from better vehicle designs and factory optimization. Viecha said cost per car made is the most critical metric to watch. It dictates how many vehicles can be built and how big Tesla is. He said the company will continue to find ways to reduce production costs.

With production costs falling, interest in a cheaper Tesla continues to grow. Although the term, Model 2 (Model 2 Details), hasn’t been reported, it’s no secret that it’s been on the company’s radar for some time. Viecha says the company wants to be a high-volume automaker. Therefore, a more affordable option is needed to expand the portfolio.

However, the demand for Model 3 and Model Y is still so high that a new model is not needed any time soon. This is a key point because the head of investor relations said that a cheaper Tesla would be used in the production of the Robotaxi (everything we know about the Robotaxi).

Of course, investors needed reassurance about fully autonomous driving. Musk has publicly stated that FSD can make a big case for the company. Viecha said supervised FSD is underway. He said more than 100,000 people use FSD in the United States. However, he reiterated that the only way to improve the system is to collect data.

It’s also worth noting that Viecha assigned generation numbers to Tesla products. The first generation is Model S and Model X. While the second generation is Model 3 and Model Y. He referred to Robotaxi and presumably Model 2 as the third generation. However, with the Tesla Semi ready to roll and the Cybertruck coming next year, he may want to revisit the generation breakdown for the next investor meeting.

By Nuno Cristovao

Tesla releases beta 10.69.2.1 internally

Es expected Tesla has now released an updated FSD beta that focuses on fixing bugs found with the previous version, version 10.69.2.

The updated version is 10.69.2.1 and seems to only include bug fixes according to the release notes. It’s currently being sent out to employees, and if all goes well during testing, we can expect a public release in a day or two.

All current beta testers now have access to the latest production version of 10.69.2, but are expected to update to this latest revision in the coming days.

However, the most exciting aspect of this release is that Elon Musk said that Tesla will increase the number of beta testers once beta 10.69.2.1 is released.

It’s unclear exactly when the tester expansion will take place, but we can expect this release to go to current testers first once it clears employee testing, and then maybe we’ll see the release. introduction of additional testers. Tesla will likely introduce new testers gradually, starting with higher security scores, but the plan is for Tesla to send the beta to all owners who have a security score of 80 or higher.

Elon Musk also talked about the next FSD beta, version 10.69.3, which would arrive a few days after Tesla AI Day Part II, so we expect the tester expansion to be complete by then. AI Day Part II is scheduled for September 30, so the wait shouldn’t be long now.

Keep those scores everyone!