Tesla Autopilot Self-Driving Beta Test Will Start Tuesday, Elon Musk Confirms

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KEY POINTS

  • Tesla will roll out its FSD feature in a closed beta system test next week
  • The new autopilot software will be available to a small pool of Tesla owners
  • The updated FSD software is expected to include many new functionalities

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter on Monday that the company’s autopilot self-driving mode would be made available in a small beta test starting next week. 

The closed beta-test system, which will be limited to a small pool of “expert and careful drivers,” will roll out next week, Car And Driver reported. 

The Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature has undergone a complete reboot and is expected to carry a lot of new functionality. The rewrite also updated the autopilot’s labeling software to enable it to interpret the environment in 4D instead of 2D. 

Based on Musk’s recent descriptions, the updated software will build on its current “traffic light and stop sign control” feature and will likely add turns in intersections and integrate it fully on autopilot. 

“The FSD improvement will come as a quantum leap, because it’s a fundamental architectural rewrite, not an incremental tweak. I drive the bleeding edge alpha build in my car personally. Almost at zero interventions between home & work. Limited public release in 6 to 10 weeks,” Musk said in August.

According to Electrek, the new feature will allow Tesla drivers to monitor their entire journey with zero-intervention. However, they must still keep their hands on the steering wheel and be ready to take control when needed. 

Musk has previously said that he was confident that an advanced autopilot software would allow Tesla vehicles to become less likely to be involved in a severe or fatal crash by at least 10 times the current industry average. 

“That’s a lot of lives saved and

Cryometrix trailers – a potential match for Tesla electric trucks for pollution free shipping of COVID-19 Vaccines

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Cryometrix CB-40 TRU

Pollution-free refrigerated trailer - no compressor, Salt Lake City, UT. PHOTO/Reflect Scientific
Pollution-free refrigerated trailer – no compressor, Salt Lake City, UT. PHOTO/Reflect Scientific
Pollution-free refrigerated trailer – no compressor, Salt Lake City, UT. PHOTO/Reflect Scientific

OREM, Utah, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reflect Scientific, Inc. (Symbol:RSCF), is a provider of diverse products and services for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and transportation industries. With several companies working towards introducing electric powered heavy-duty trucks, the Cryometrix 53-foot reefer trailer is ideally positioned to complete an all green package that replaces the diesel-powered tractor-trailers that are currently in use for transportation of goods requiring controlled temperatures.

The need for reliable cold chain management systems is becoming more evident in today’s world as we are faced with the increasing challenge of delivering perishable payloads such as pharmaceuticals and biologics to the point of use. The Cryometrix technology offers a reliable, pollution-free system with a flexible wide-ranging temperature setpoint control that can be adjusted to match payload requirements. This single system approach could be an essential consideration when selecting a transportation means for shipping biologics such as COVID-19 vaccines.

The Cryometrix CB-40 TRU is a pollution free refrigeration alternative to diesel-powered systems for transport trailers. The CB-40 uses a patented self-contained liquid nitrogen cooling system to achieve consistent temperature control with almost no moving parts, no noise and superior reliability. A closed, self-contained refrigeration system ensures nothing but fresh cold air enters the trailer. The system is a direct replacement for current diesel systems and is easily retrofitted into an existing trailer. Not only is there no diesel engine… there is also no compressor. Fewer moving parts contribute to a significantly reduced maintenance requirement. System weight is comparable to diesel systems.

The Cryometrix system was proven in demonstration runs from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles and Denver. A challenging first test —

Will Tesla Continue To See Demand Or Is Another Price Cut On The Way?

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Over the last year, Tesla (TSLA) has been on a fast ride. Its stock has soared more than 400% in 2020, and its delivery schedule has beaten the estimates of Wall Street. But some analysts are concerned that the electric carmaker may be running out of road.

In Q3 2020, Tesla delivered 139,300 vehicles, up from analyst expectations of 136,350, CNBC reported. While Tesla is on course to hit its goal of 500,000 vehicle deliveries for the year, some are wondering if demand for the electric cars will continue.

Joseph Spak, an analyst at RBC Capital, told Market Watch, “We do believe there could be some supply constraint, but bears may also point to some potential demand concerns. Some of the early data we’ve seen in Europe suggests sales may be softer than we expected, and we continue to believe Model 3 sales in the U.S. are down y/y [but Model Y helps U.S. demand].”

Tesla has been making some strong moves in recent months. The company has plans to open a factory in Austin, Texas, by May 2021, and could hit $500 per share in the coming years, some analysts predict, but the carmaker left many underwhelmed by its “Battery Day” event.

Leading up to the Sept. 22 gathering, Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about the company’s plan to produce a cheaper, lower-cost battery, but there was no actual unveiling of an electric vehicle battery or news on the “million-mile battery” as anticipated. Musk, who hyped the event by saying it would be “insane,” left many disappointed.

But one important nugget did come out of Battery Day which could signal what’s ahead for Tesla. Musk reiterated the company’s plans to build a $25,000 electric vehicle. This could be taken as a sign that Tesla is ready to drop its

Tesla wants to build battery cells in Texas alongside Cybertrucks

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  • Tesla may be planning to build batteries at its forthcoming Texas factory.
  • In documents filed to the state’s Commission on Environmental Quality, the company mentions a proposal for cell production.
  • Last month, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla found new innovations to bring down the cost of producing batteries while integrating them inside of its cars more efficiently. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Tesla may be planning to build battery cells alongside Cybertrucks and other vehicles at its newest factory, set to open in 2021.

Documents filed with the state’s Commission on Environmental Quality, first reported by the Austin Business Journal, cite battery cell manufacturing among activities to occur at the 2,100-acre site near Austin.

“The facility is proposing to operate a cell-manufacturing unit to produce the battery packs that are installed in the vehicle,” one of the permit applications first spotted by Bloomberg says.

In recent months, Tesla has touted significant advancements in its battery technology and expressed interest in building batteries alongside cars, instead of at separate factories. The company will continue to buy cells from its partners as well, including Panasonic and LG Chem.

Chief executive Elon Musk said last month that the company was “starting to ramp up manufacturing” at a pilot line in Fremont, California, its main US car factory. The new processes and chemistry should help cut costs while increasing total power output, Tesla has said.

There are also likely cost savings in the move to more closely integrate battery cells inside the vehicles’ architecture, instead of in a separately installed unit. Musk compared this change to the fuel tanks on an airplane, which are part of the wing instead of distinct units.

Some of these new methods will also be used in Germany, where Tesla’s making progress on its first European car

Tesla Versus the Rest: Two Tech Events Help Investors Decide

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The Tesla emblem is seen on a vehicle in Miami, Florida.


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Two analysts looked at automotive electrification technology recently, each coming away with separate findings that are favorable for

Tesla,

yet they are deeply divided on the stock.

New Street Research’s Pierre Ferragu believes Tesla stock is a good bet at the current price. Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi thinks shares are seriously overvalued and could fall almost 60%.

Sacconaghi recently hosted a webinar with Sandy Munro, describing him as an “automotive guru…well known for his extensive tear downs of Tesla and other automobiles and EVs.” Ferragu, for his part, tuned into a Mercedes-Benz automotive technology event to get a sense of what traditional auto makers have in store to compete with Tesla (ticker: TSLA).

What he and this team saw “got us worried,” but not about Tesla, he said. Instead, they are concerned about the state of other premium automotive brands.

“Munro appears most impressed with what he believes is Tesla’s continuous learning,” writes Sacconaghi. Munro used an example of a Tesla cooling system that underwent 13 changes since April, saying it would take a traditional auto maker more than a year to accomplish the same modifications.

Munro is also bullish about the future of EVs. He says that outside of the U.S., electric vehicles will eclipse internal combustion engine models by 2030. That would amount to more than 30 million EVs sold worldwide, a figure Tesla CEO Elon Musk has floated in the recent past.

“I say go to L.A. during one of those brown days. I mean it’s tough to breathe,” Munro told Sacconaghi. The shift to electric cars “could be even faster if somebody comes along with solid state batteries, or a cheaper battery.”

The ability for Tesla to accomplish things faster