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A Glimpse into the Future Through Isaacson’s Lens and FSD V12

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By Kevin Armstrong

In a recent TIME article adapted from his forthcoming book on Elon Musk, Walter Isaacson gives us a rare look into the innovative strides Tesla is making in the realm of artificial intelligence. Musk’s ambitions have consistently set him apart, and Isaacson provides intriguing details, such as Musk’s original intent to merge Tesla with OpenAI.

Though the idea didn’t pan out, Musk’s unyielding vision saw him championing rival AI teams to birth a series of groundbreaking projects. With Tesla vehicles sending back “160 billion frames per day of video” of humans in diverse real-world situations, the scale and scope of the data being harnessed are staggering.

“Tesla’s real-world AI is underrated,” Musk emphasized, highlighting the company’s edge in the AI race. He posed a challenging notion: “Imagine if Tesla and OpenAI had to swap tasks… Who wins? We do.”

FSD V12: More than Just Code

The Full Self-Driving v12 live stream from Musk’s phone to X has generated more than 45 million views. This wasn’t merely an upgrade but a glimpse into a future where technology starts to mimic human intelligence and seamlessly intertwines with it all, thanks to the power of neural nets.

This evolution marks a radical departure for those tracking Tesla’s technological trajectory. Musk revealed that they had scrapped over 300,000 lines of hard-coded programming from the car’s neural networks to take the helm. The FSD V12’s efficacy was laid bare as it tackled construction zones, speed bumps, roundabouts, and traffic with much more ease than we’ve seen in public releases. Musk encapsulated this transition with his apt exclamation, “This is all nets, baby, nothing but net.”

Real-World Challenges & AI Nuances

But it’s not just about making the car drive. As Musk demonstrated, it’s about making it drive like a human — with all the nuances that come with that. From not jerking abruptly to finding a lane to the smoothness in transitioning from one traffic condition to another, the FSD V12 is designed to observe, learn, and replicate the best of human driving behavior. However, it also underscores the challenges of programming AI for real-world scenarios. As Musk explained, the sparse data on drivers coming to complete stops at stop signs poses an obstacle. With less than 0.5% of drivers fully adhering to this rule, it’s a stark reminder that AI is navigating a world where humans often flout regulations.

Looking Ahead: AI & Beyond

Isaacson’s insights, combined with the V12 showcase, hint at a future where Tesla isn’t just leading the electric vehicle market but is also on the frontlines of the AI revolution. Musk’s commitment to AI is evident as he navigates the complexity of running multiple ventures, from SpaceX to Neuralink and the much-anticipated xAI. The next chapter promises even more advancements. Isaacson’s book release is tomorrow, September 12th.

By Kevin Armstrong

Tesla's Cybertruck after a suspected ditch rollover test

Tesla’s highly anticipated Cybertruck continues to be put through the paces, and while security around the vehicle has been tightened, video and images are still popping up.

The latest is a Cybertruck that was involved in testing a ditch rollover. The source of this insider glimpse came from a modest TikTok account @ctllogisticsinc, belonging to trucking company CTL Logistics. Despite the video vanishing from the account, the ever-vigilant Tesla community comes through again. Stills and video footage have been preserved on the cybertruckownersclub forum, giving us deeper insight into the truck’s performance in the challenging situation.

The images reveal a Cybertruck that has been through a rigorous ordeal, yet its cabin remained notably intact, shielding what is inside with a remarkable degree of safety. Even the glass roof, although smashed, withstood shattering — a promising indication of its protection to the vehicle’s occupants from flying shards in the event of a rollover.

Standing Firm Amid the Test

While the details of the ditch rollover test’s parameters remain unknown, the preserved visuals affirm the Cybertruck’s substantial build and its resiliency in safeguarding its interior. This is a testament to Tesla’s continued emphasis on vehicle safety, prevailing yet again with the Cybertruck, contrary to the early speculations regarding the steel frame’s safety attributes.

Behind the Exoskeleton

As we further dissect the visuals, a discussion surrounding the Cybertruck’s exoskeleton construction arises. Initially promoted as a breakthrough in vehicle manufacturing technology, recent sightings have portrayed it leaning towards a traditional unibody frame with flat panels instead of the customary curved ones.

This recent crash test sighting lends weight to this perspective, showcasing how the external panels bore the brunt of the impact, indicating a departure from the originally touted exoskeleton concept. Nonetheless, the Cybertruck exhibited less deformation than what one would expect from a vehicle enduring such a crash, attesting to the durability of its ultra-hard stainless steel body panels.

Inside the Unyielding Fortress

Despite the damage to the outside, the interior looked nearly untouched; indeed, there were signs of debris with airbag deployment and broken side windows, but it was not bad. The revealed rear seat showcased an 8-inch rear screen that stood unharmed amidst the chaos. Also, similar to those found in the new Model 3, the unique ambient light strips embedded in the door emphasize Tesla’s consistent dedication to a harmonious blend of safety and luxury.

The Cybertruck’s release looms closer, and this inadvertent reveal casts a promising light on its safety features and interior amenities. While we wait for Tesla to send the official delivery invites, the Cybertruck seems to have passed the ditch rollover relatively unscathed.

Thank you to Tesla enthusiasts who contribute to the Cybertruck Owners Club and the unwavering Tesla community that consistently has eyes everywhere, ensuring no moment passes undocumented in the Tesla universe.

By Kevin Armstrong

Hilton will add 20,000 Tesla Wall Connector chargers to their hotels

Two industry giants have announced collaborations to achieve a seamless electric vehicle experience. First, in a bid to electrify road trips and facilitate easy overnight charging, Hilton will partner with Tesla to deploy an unparalleled number of charging stations across its hotels in North America. On a parallel track, Honda signs onto Tesla’s rapidly expanding North American Charging Standard (NACS), promising to streamline the charging ecosystem further.

Hilton & Tesla: Powering Up Hospitality

Launching in early 2024, Hilton plans to modernize the hospitality industry by equipping 2,000 of its hotels across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with a staggering 20,000 Tesla Universal Wall Connectors. This initiative sets Hilton to establish the industry’s largest overnight EV charging network, offering at least six chargers at each property to cater to the ballooning community of EV travelers.

Matt Schuyler, Hilton’s Chief Brand Officer, accentuated their commitment to evolving with their guests’ needs, offering experiences that echo their daily routines while promising unmatched hospitality. This partnership envisages a transformed North American landscape, teeming with convenient EV chargers to enhance travelers’ experiences and facilitate sustainable choices.

Tesla echoed this sentiment, with Rebecca Tinucci, Senior Director of Charging Infrastructure, emphasizing the strategic goal of surpassing the traditional gasoline vehicle experience. The venture promises to ensure electric vehicle adoption on a substantial scale, marking a historic milestone in Tesla’s endeavor to install low-cost, convenient AC charging solutions at prominent destinations.

Honda Joins the NACS Coalition

Honda has officially ratified its agreement to integrate Tesla’s NACS into its fleet, initiating with their new EV lineup launching in North America from 2025. This integration will also grant Honda EV owners unprecedented access to Tesla’s Supercharger stations, augmenting charging convenience manifold. Moreover, Honda has assured compatibility with NACS even for its models released before 2025, equipped with the CCS port, leveraging a specially designed adapter.

This development trails Honda’s previous pledge in August 2023 to collaborate with Tesla, making it a vital player in the collaborative mission to foster a robust high-powered charging network for EVs in North America.

The list of NACS continues to grow, it now includes Ford, GM, Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, Electrify America, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Fisker and now Honda & Acura. While Hilton becomes a significant partner in offering EV owners a place to stay and charge up.

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