According to a tweet from CEO Elon Musk, the 500-mile-range version of the truck, produced by electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, will be delivered to Pepsi on December 1.
The 500-mile version’s starting price is anticipated to be $180,000. Additionally, Tesla intends to release a Semi with a 300-mile range. The truck’s base pricing for this Model is rumored to be $150,000.
Since its introduction five years ago, the manufacture of the Tesla Semi Truck has experienced numerous delays. It is now prepared for delivery.
According to a report, in addition to Pepsi, other potential corporations vying for the orders include Walmart, DHL, FedEx, United Parcel Service, and Anheuser-Busch.
The launch of the first batch of Semi Trucks is in line with Elon Musk’s August statements, in which he stated that shipments of the 500-mile-range Semi would start before the end of 2022.
When loaded to the Tesla Semi Truck’s 80,000-pound maximum gross vehicle weight, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 20 seconds.
According to Tesla, the truck has four independent motors for maximum power and acceleration and low energy costs per mile.
According to the article, Tesla is producing the first semi-trucks adjacent to the Gigafactory in Nevada. At the same time, mass production of the vehicles is anticipated at the Giga Texas facility close to Austin.
Tesla makes the following claim on its safety features: “Semi comes standard with active safety systems that work in conjunction with advanced motor and brake controls to give traction and stability in all circumstances. While an all-electric architecture lowers the risk of rollover and cabin intrusion in the event of an accident, the driver is given improved visibility thanks to the central seating position.
Tesla replaces its ultrasonic sensors in its new vehicles with camera technology.
Run by Elon Musk, Tesla has announced that it would stop using ultrasonic sensors in its vehicles to detect nearby objects.
The business announced it will now focus on equipping its vehicles with camera-only Tesla Vision Safety technology.
We started the transition to Tesla Vision in 2021 by getting rid of the radar in the Model 3 and Model Y, and in 2022 we did the same for the Model S and Model X. These vehicles now rely on Tesla Vision, our camera-based Autopilot technology, in the majority of global locations, the company stated.
Next year, Tesla intends to stop integrating the sensors in the Model S and Model X vehicles.
According to the electric vehicle maker, the Model 3 and Model Y with Tesla Vision perform better in automated emergency braking (AEB) intervention for pedestrians and have maintained or improved their current safety rankings in Europe and the US.
Today, we are taking the next step in Tesla Vision by eliminating ultrasonic sensors (USS) from Model 3 and Model Y,” the statement stated.
In the next months, the business will continue this global rollout with the Model 3 and Model Y, with the Model S and Model X following in 2023.
To replace the inputs produced by ultrasonic sensors, a vision-based occupancy network, employed in Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta, was simultaneously deployed along with the removal of USS.
This method uses modern software to give Autopilot high-definition spatial location, extended visibility, and the capacity to recognize and distinguish between objects.
Park Assist, Autopark, and Smart Summon will all be temporarily disabled or limited for a brief period during this changeover for Tesla Vision vehicles without USS, according to Tesla.
These functionalities will soon be reinstated through over-the-air software updates once they reach performance parity with today’s vehicles.
They’ll get to keep some money. Sam Abuelsamid, a Guidehouse Insights analyst, said of ultrasonic sensors, “I mean, those things are relatively cheap. They’ll save some chips as well.
Due to a chip constraint, Tesla started phasing out radar sensors last year.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk asserts that the carmaker can achieve total autonomy using only cameras, although he has not yet succeeded in bringing in autonomous taxis.
The manufacturer’s use of the Autopilot system is now more closely regulated, prosecuted, and scrutinised as a result of accidents.
Ultrasonic sensors will be removed from all Model 3 and Model Y vehicles internationally over the next several months, with the Model S and Model X following in 2023, according to a Tesla announcement.
Tesla claims that although the move will temporarily limit automated parking capabilities, it will not affect accident safety ratings.
According to Carnegie Mellon University electrical and computer engineering professor Raj Rajkumar, it is unclear whether this will be “two leaps forward and one step backward” or the opposite.
Tesla relies only on cameras and computer intelligence to help a car recognize the environment, unlike other self-driving tech companies and automakers that use many sensors, such as pricey lidars.
The concern is “how well the cameras can see surrounding the automobile, which can frequently be limited,” says Carnegie Mellon University’s Philip Koopman.
On Tuesday, a well-known Tesla researcher who goes by the Twitter moniker “Green” asserted that Autopilot’s “fail-safe” lane change mechanism also includes ultrasonic sensors.
“Autopilot’s effect on safety is probably minimal Manual parking, however, might significantly increase safety.