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  1. Who Plans on Towing? And What is Their Plan?

    Yeah that'd depend on a significant towing capacity increase for CT. As I understand it the current limit for the tri-motor is 14K lb. I expect to be towing the occasional rented bobcat and such, and custom mid-sized box trailer built for toy hauling at 80MPH that I have yet to design. I...
  2. Rear Wheel Steering

    That's a really good point. While Tesla has some great engineers and they certainly do innovate, it is really hard to see how four wheel steering doesn't introduce a whole bunch of additional bits and pieces that have cost and weight, and can break, but won't get put to use every day. Unless...
  3. How will delivery of the Cybertruck work?

    Congrats on the Model 3! That experience does make me wonder if our delivery options will be different based on where in the quarter/year the delivery date happens to fall. Tesla still seems to have that funny rush-to-deliver-at-the-end thing going on. Maybe a pickup in early April will be...
  4. Tesla to ‘recall’ nearly 300,000 China-made Model 3 and Model Y vehicles

    I thought Electrek did a nice job with this: https://electrek.co/2021/06/28/tesla-massive-recall-china-adding-a-chime-when-activating-cruise-control/ So, yeah, adding a chime via an OTA update. I don't know how the TSLAQ crowd gets the press to do its bidding, but at least this time it has...
  5. Cybertruck delayed; writing is on the wall.

    Comparisons to Roadster 2 are illogical, IMO. That is a low-volume trophy car that only indirectly supports the company's mission and it is smart to de-prioritize it. Pickup trucks are another matter. Change the emissions footprint of the American pickup truck and you've actually done...
  6. Who Plans on Towing? And What is Their Plan?

    Admittedly I see my CT towing big trailers (boat as big as the road allows, travel trailer with elbow room, that sort of thing). I might have a different perspective if a small cargo trailer would do. Seems likely to me, then, that many circumstances will suggest decoupling a trailer to...
  7. Elon: Cybertruck will not have door handles!

    Why is breaking ice preferable to melting it? I'm still a little lost on this idea.
  8. Cybertruck Production Earlier Than Expected? Pilot line being built @ Fremont

    Agreed, definitely silly! So yes, you're on - and I'll concede at the first evidence of anything panel, underbody, and/or subframe made in Austin showing up a Fremont-made CT. It will be fun to try to figure that out...
  9. Elon: Cybertruck will not have door handles!

    I've seen my share of frozen doors and have broken off a frozen door handle of my own (decades ago, on a Swedish-built Saab, right from Trollhättan, even). In the land where block heaters rule and one occasionally has to pour hot water on a door seal and/or handle to get in, I think the CT will...
  10. Cybertruck Production Earlier Than Expected? Pilot line being built @ Fremont

    I'll take that bet! I expect they'll come up with some scrappy short-term substitute for the underbody castings that would have come off on an 8-ton gigapress, probably (as others have suggested) with more pieces. Certainly would take more time to assemble, and weigh a bit more, but could...
  11. Polestar crash

    Yes, and consider that there is no particular reason for a "camera" to simply produce a human-viewable image. It isn't that expensive to go somewhat beyond the spectra visible to humans, and also supply a neural net with rich contextual data points like time of day, date, lat/long, simple...
  12. Hotwheels RC Cybertruck starts deliveries. Have you received yours?

    Got mine today. Seems there are a few on eBay, some for less than twice the list price, if anyone wants one, though I suppose one can't tell if they are genuine. Fedex wouldn't share a delivery date until the day they chose to deliver it. I thought the journey it took was interesting! Too...
  13. Cybertruck Production Earlier Than Expected? Pilot line being built @ Fremont

    I wonder what Tesla will use in Fremont in lieu of the 8-ton gigapress the CT would supposedly require. Perhaps some different subassembly design that can be made with a smaller machine, e.g. in more pieces?
  14. Are we thinking there will be a re-shuffle of orders?

    Once Cybertrucks start rolling off the assembly line, and enough driving's been done by the employees who will get them first to suggest that sending them to the world won't be a total debacle, Tesla will have three thoughts about them. 1) Deliver the Cybertrucks 2) Deliver the Cybertrucks 3)...
  15. Hotwheels RC Cybertruck starts deliveries. Have you received yours?

    You made me look. I ordered one of each. My order for the "GXG31" (the bigger one) is still marked "Backordered until 2021-05-01" but the "GXG30" (the little one) is now marked "In Progress". Whatever that means, at least it is a signal in what has otherwise been a very quiet environment.
  16. Starlink coming to Cybertruck?

    Oh, hey, you remind me of the day I got XM Radio as a bolt-on for my truck a couple decades ago. Best Father's day present ever! At the time there was a good story, made obvious by the antenna and cable design, about these satellite coverage corner cases. Ground repeaters, as Friday noted...
  17. Who Else is Hoping for a Redesign for Wife's Acceptance?

    Which ones? If I didn't love the CT anyway, bed length would be my issue. Can't imagine doing with less room in the bed than in my Ridgeline. Either truck would probably solve for me, for ground clearance, payload, towing capacity. This is old, but:
  18. Who Else is Hoping for a Redesign for Wife's Acceptance?

    If this is really a problem, why aren't you buying the Rivian instead?
  19. Who Else is Hoping for a Redesign for Wife's Acceptance?

    My wife thinks the look is fantastic, and my to my surprise has also insisted that we buy the Cyberquad. It was _me_ that was dumb enough to sleep on it before putting in a reservation, after the reveal.
  20. Giga Texas - The 8th Wonder of the World

    I'm sure this is covered elsewhere but there are a handful of drone pilots putting up some great vids on YouTube regularly as this wonderful thing goes up. I am particularly a fan of Joe Tegtmeyer's stuff - he does a bunch of research and takes the time to share it. The area that relies more...


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