Update 2022.16 features new vehicle models like FSD Beta

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

The newest FSD Beta, version 10.12 uses more detailed car models for its visualizations, but these new vehicle models are now being added to production software as well.

Starting with 2022.16, you’ll see more detailed vehicles on your instrument cluster or center screen.

These visualizations include various improved vehicle models including sedans, pickup trucks, and semi-trailers.

Some vehicles have been completely redesigned and are more detailed than the previous models.

For example, a sedan now has wheels, windows, and a glass roof, instead of the previous simplistic look that resembled a Model S keyfob.

There are also new models for bicycles and a beautiful new motorcycle model.

FSD Beta 10.12 also includes open doors and turn signal animations, but these features do not appear to be in 2022.16.

Only the vehicle models are being carried over to production builds right now. It doesn’t appear to include anything else the betas are currently detecting and displaying, such as road edges and drivable areas.

FSD Beta 10.12 will now display open doors
FSD Beta now displays turn signals

We hope that Tesla will release additional visualizations and improved detection to production builds in the future. Stay tuned for more details about FSD visualizations.

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By Kevin Armstrong

Update 2022.16 brings better energy usage predictions

Tesla’s latest update, version 2022.16.0.2, makes calculating energy consumption on your next trip even more precise.

When navigating to your destination, your Tesla will already show you the estimated energy available upon arrival.

However, with update 2022.16, Tesla’s ‘Navigation Energy Prediction’ will become even more accurate.

Before the update, Tesla’s routing system estimated energy usage by distance, elevation changes, and some additional information such as your vehicle type and its wheel configuration.

The new Navigation Energy Prediction makes this projection even more definitive by forecasting wind conditions, assessing if you will be driving into a headwind or crosswind, determining the humidity, and gauging the ambient temperature.

Since Tesla is relying on additional weather information for these predictions, your vehicle will need to have an active cellular connection, but Premium Connectivity is not required.

All Teslas in supported regions (US included) will have access to this information except for older Teslas (2015 and older) that only supported 3G cellular networks which have recently gone offline in the US. Tesla offers an upgrade for those owners affected.

This latest update may not be the most significant factor for short trips; it could be a meaningful upgrade for those who use their Tesla for long-distance traveling when every acceleration and regenerative braking matters.

Also, for those who live in regions with a wide range of inclement weather conditions. One of the biggest rebuffs about Tesla, and all EVs, is that they are not as efficient in extremely cold conditions. Certainly, using the heater will use more energy.

Those concerned about traveling in the winter months now have access to even more detailed information about consumption and can better plan for stops along their way to the chilly destination.

Tesla first included environmental factors in a 2018 update, and the wind calculations have been showing up in the code since March 2022, but it’s now available in the production build of 2022.16.

Although these changes are completely invisible to the owner they will help reduce range anxiety on long trips and increase our confidence in the vehicle’s predictions.

These changes will also improve the accuracy of your suggested wait time at a Supercharger before you’re able to move on to your next stop or destination.

Energy App

A great way to track your energy usage on a long trip is by using the graph in the Energy app.

The energy app will also use these new predictions and will now more accurately display the predicted energy curve.

The energy graph displays two graphs. Your predicted energy usage and your actual energy usage. You may sometimes see your vehicle performing worse or better than the prediction. With 2022.16, these graphs should be even more similar, as the predictions have become more accurate.

Before 2022.16, if you were driving against a headwind, it was possible to use significantly more energy than anticipated, but those instances should be far reduced now.

The energy graphs are still a great way to keep tabs on your energy usage on a long trip and a reliable way to see how your car is performing compared to its prediction.

The Energy app is available on all Teslas, except the new Model S and Model X. Tesla appears to still be tweaking the app to work on the larger display, but there is a little workaround to get it to work.

If you have a new Model S or Model X, you can access the Energy app by using the voice command ‘Open Energy’.

Increasing Range

There are several ways to increase the range of your Tesla’s energy consumption with or without the Navigation Energy Prediction enhancements.

These include driving in Chill Mode and using Speed Assist to monitor bursts of speed. Tesla also encourages users to understand how to control the accelerator pedal to slow down instead of using the brake pedal.

Then, of course, regenerative braking slows the car and puts energy back into the battery. Drivers can also reduce the use of creature comforts such as heat, air conditioning, driver assistance, and even the Toy Box.

However, Caraoke is a must for long trips, so you may want to better plan your route by using the Energy app.

This action ensures you can sing all the tunes you want to entertain, or annoy, your passengers.

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By Alex Jones

Tesla now supports multiple logins for Spotify

A welcome feature that allows Tesla driver profiles to independently control their streaming accounts has dropped as part of software update 2022.16.

Tesla introduced their Spotify integration in 2019, delighting premium Spotify users with a seamless streaming experience that enabled users to log in and easily stream their playlists.

But, for owners sharing a Tesla with multiple driver profiles, it required users to login in and out of their respective accounts if they wanted to view their own playlists, song likes, and suggested content.

This led many owners to create a separate shared Tesla Spotify account that would be shared for everyone in the vehicle.

Thankfully, taking pity on the countless users stuck listening to their significant other’s playlists, Tesla has now tied streaming account logins to driver profiles.

Users have begun to note that the differentiated account experience works with the other streaming services available on Tesla like TIDAL.

There are no new menus or options to set. When you log in to Spotify or another music service, your car will now simply remember that login should be used for the current driver profile.

This does not yet work for video streaming services like YouTube since those are essentially web pages, but we hope that Tesla can separate out more user specific information like browser data in the future.

While Tesla drivers are undoubtedly thankful for the integration of multiple streaming profiles, one cannot help but wonder if Tesla will get around to the other popular streaming services believed to be coming in future updates.

Apple Music, the second most popular music streaming service, remains absent from the streaming lineup.

Amazon Music, a close third-place finisher, also misses the cut. If the rumored Tesla App Store is on track for deployment before the first Cybertrucks, there is hope that additional music streaming apps will appear as Tesla opens up their software to others.

It should be noted that workarounds exist for playing content from excluded streaming services like Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Youtube Music, etc. through the use of Bluetooth streaming.

Audiophiles would point out that the act of streaming via Bluetooth degrades the quality of the music to compress the data stream for wireless transmission.

You can also store music on a USB drive to play directly in your car, but there’s no doubt that streaming music directly in your Tesla is the most convenient way, even if it requires Tesla’s Premium Connectivity.

Dedicated Tesla streaming integrations ensure a higher-quality stream. For now, Tesla owners are just thankful they don’t have to listen to their co-owner’s German Techno Spotify playlist on repeat ever again.

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