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I liked Franz's careful choice of words in the interview when asked speculative questions. He answered questions when he could, provided us as much to look forward to as possible, while still keeping their developmental secrets safe. Overall, I think the interview will have intelligent people even more stoked about the Cybertruck.

I also liked the part where Franz talked about wanting to make the Teslas feel like a new car driving experience to the owner even after it is a few years old, specifically when talking about capacitive-touch buttons in the steering yokes of the S/X plaids, and not using a control button type that would collect grunge and dirt. No legacy auto maker wants us to feel like our car is still like new when it is four to six years old, because they instead want us to be getting tired of it for wanting to buy their next style fad model year.

Tesla focuses on the ownership experience for the long term, while legacy auto focuses on the ownership experience as a recurring short term impression to generate sales and service incidents.

There is a contrast between Franz's realism about the Model 3/Y styles, in saying that "...don't fix it if it isn't broken", and the MSM's desperate attempts to throw shade on Tesla by saying their models are stale and haven't been updated, or that they don't have a lot of varying models. In my view Tesla only updates hardware and body design when there would be significant value added for the amount of work and retooling required, such as the Model S facelift, and the Model S/X plaid and interiors refresh.

I think my Model ≡ looks just fine, but of course I think it would look better with a Cybertruck sitting next to it!

I wished he would've asked Franz more about HW4, but maybe that was an intentionally limited subject to some degree, or maybe I missed it. Interesting that this interview actually happened before the Tesla price cuts.

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Just released today, an interview with Franz von Holzhausen about Cybertruck and other Tesla topics.
Ride the Lightening.

It’s much better hearing him say these things than reading the Teslarati spin. Thanks for the link.
 


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I would be most disappointed w/out this feature. I could care less about 4 wheel steering or drive by wire.
And I’m the opposite, 4 wheel steering is a game changer for me, drive-by-wire I can do without but if it really won’t have an option to choose the type of steering (yoke vs steering wheel) then drive-by-wire is a must.
 

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I liked Franz's careful choice of words in the interview when asked speculative questions. He answered questions when he could, provided us as much to look forward to as possible, while still keeping their developmental secrets safe. Overall, I think the interview will have intelligent people even more stoked about the Cybertruck.

I also liked the part where Franz talked about wanting to make the Teslas feel like a new car driving experience to the owner even after it is a few years old, specifically when talking about capacitive-touch buttons in the steering yokes of the S/X plaids, and not using a control button type that would collect grunge and dirt. No legacy auto maker wants us to feel like our car is still like new when it is four to six years old, because they instead want us to be getting tired of it for wanting to buy their next style fad model year.

Tesla focuses on the ownership experience for the long term, while legacy auto focuses on the ownership experience as a recurring short term impression to generate sales and service incidents.

There is a contrast between Franz's realism about the Model 3/Y styles, in saying that "...don't fix it if it isn't broken", and the MSM's desperate attempts to throw shade on Tesla by saying their models are stale and haven't been updated, or that they don't have a lot of varying models. In my view Tesla only updates hardware and body design when there would be significant value added for the amount of work and retooling required, such as the Model S facelift, and the Model S/X plaid and interiors refresh.

I think my Model ≡ looks just fine, but of course I think it would look better with a Cybertruck sitting next to it!

I wished he would've asked Franz more about HW4, but maybe that was an intentionally limited subject to some degree, or maybe I missed it. Interesting that this interview actually happened before the Tesla price cuts.

- ÆCIII
I still hate capacitive touch buttons. Not for me.
 


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Fascinating discussion of the design/engineering/production processes going into the Tesla vehicles.
Likely the Cybertruck will have some very interesting evolutionary changes as production ramps up to popping out a Cybertruck every 40-60 seconds.
The Shanghai plant is already doing this with the model y.
 

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I'm glad he elaborated on the thought process behind the Yoke. I had assumed the idea was to make the vehicle feel more futuristic, and/or feel more like an aircraft. But Franz seems to be saying it's about autonomy, about a driving experience where you don't use the yoke at all, and instead you have more room for other (non-driving) things. That totally changes how I view the yoke.

And since I plan on doing very little autonomous driving, perhaps the wheel is a better option for me. Even though I *want* to love the yoke.
 

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As driver assist continues to advance, a light tug to the steering wheel or Yoke tells the car to help you change lanes.. we would hardly ever need to use steering on highways.

Even without FSD , we will need to steer less and less. The wheel for example when going around a roundabout... you just need to give a slight tug and the car will assist.

We are going from power steering to assisted steering... it may be the Yoke is more than enough.

 

 
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