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Tesla’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders Set for 1:30PM PT, Sept. 22, Followed by Battery Day

Tesla has posted an update this evening in regards to its 2020 Annual Meeting, detailing the time, format and location, set to be followed by its separate Battery Day event.

“The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time,” says Tesla. “Tesla’s separate Battery Day event will follow immediately after the conclusion of the 2020 Annual Meeting,” explains a press release.

Tesla will also let any stockholder as of July 31, 2020 to join the Annual Meeting virtually, which will have the same video webcasts accessible to the general public.

“In addition, Tesla expects to accommodate a very limited number of stockholders in-person at the 2020 Annual Meeting and the Battery Day event due to mandated restrictions on the size of in-person gatherings,” says Tesla.

Both the 2020 Annual Meeting and the Battery Day event will be held at:

  • Tesla, Inc.
  • 901 Page Ave.
  • Fremont, CA 94538

“We are excited to be able to host attendees in strict accordance with a format that provides robust health control measures. We will also employ additional safety measures and screening protocols to protect our attendees and personnel,” clarifies the company.

Tesla says “a random drawing to determine stockholders’ eligibility to attend both events in person,” will take place.

Tesla Rear Camera Now Shows a Transparent Homelink Menu in 2020.32.2 Update

Homelink tesla

The latest Tesla 2020.32.2 software update has started to roll out to more vehicles and one of the newest features is the addition of a Homelink menu in the vehicle’s rear camera.

As shared by a user on Reddit, a transparent Homelink menu can now be seen in a Tesla’s rear camera, detailing the open/close status of your garage door.

Homelink reverse screen

If you have your Homelink set to auto-close when you back away more than 5 feet, it’ll show on your Tesla’s display.

“The Homelink Automatic Garage Opener can be installed as a retrofit for Model 3 and Model Y. Homelink connects your Tesla to a maximum of three radio-frequency controlled devices (including garage doors, gates, lights and security systems),” explains the Tesla website.

Homelink costs $300 USD to purchase for Model 3 and Model Y, with owners required to contact Tesla afterwards to setup an installation appointment.

The Homelink menu status in the rear camera has been a highly-requested feature by Tesla owners and now it’s here.

Tesla Autopilot FSD Will Soon Be Able to Steer Around Bumps and Potholes Says Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has detailed what’s coming next for the company’s Full Self-Driving feature within Autopilot.

On Friday, Musk provided more details in regards to the rewrite of Full Self-Driving, saying, “The FSD improvement will come as a quantum leap, because it’s a fundamental architectural rewrite, not an incremental tweak. I drive the bleeding edge alpha build in my car personally. Almost at zero interventions between home & work. Limited public release in 6 to 10 weeks.”

When asked if FSD would be able to get around potholes, Musk replied, “Yes! We’re labeling bumps & potholes, so the car can slow down or steer around them when safe to do so.

The details about the FSD rewrite were follow up tweets to Musk’s announcement, “Tesla is developing a NN training computer called Dojo to process truly vast amounts of video data. It’s a beast! Please consider joining our AI or computer/chip teams if this sounds interesting.”

Also coming soon to Autopilot visualizations will be outlines of actual Tesla vehicles in colour as well.

We shall await more FSD updates and battery news when Tesla holds its annual shareholder meeting and Battery Day on September 22.

Tesla’s Fremont Factory Installs ‘Biggest Casting Machine Ever’ for Model Y Production

Model y rear underbody

During Tesla’s Q1 2020 earnings release, the company shared how the Model Y rear underbody was made from two pieces of metal, and would be eventual be a single piece, thanks to a new casting machine.

Compared to the Model 3 rear underbody at 70 pieces of metal, a new “giga press” used by Tesla for Model Y would increase production efficiency in a major way.

This morning, Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to a tweet from @WholeMarsBlog, with the latter citing the company’s single piece casting machine had been installed at its Fremont factory in California.

Musk replied, “Will be amazing to see it in operation! Biggest casting machine ever made. Will make rear body in a single piece, including crash rails.”

Back in June, Automotive Engineering shared more details about Tesla’s so-called “giga press”.

Tesla will be sourcing the large machine from Italian company IDRA Group, with the EV maker being the first customer for the massive OL6100 CS casting machine.

This casting machine has an upgraded locking force to handle Tesla’s special casting, while it also measures 64 feet long (19.5m) and 17 feet tall (5.3m), weighing in at a whopping 401 tons.

“The single-piece casting has no CNC machining—it doesn’t even have datums. It took us a lot of iterations, by the way, to get there” said Musk on Third Row Tesla Podcast back in April .

Musk also previously described the huge casting machine as, “It’s the size of a small house, basically,” adding, “it has a big effect on the ease of manufacturing.”

With the “giga press” installed at Fremont, the second will be soon installed at Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory in China. There are only two of these giant castings made and Tesla will have two of them, with its upcoming Gigafactory in Berlin to eventually follow suit.

A giant casting machine able to make a rear body in a single piece will save labor costs and reduce footprint for Tesla’s factory. Musk previously stated the IDRA machine will decrease its body shop size by 30% and will eventually transfer to the Model 3 well.

The cons of producing a vehicle with a single piece for the rear body? If there’s a major accident, castings don’t repair well and the entire vehicle could be written off. Alas, that’s the price to pay for driving a piece of technology from the future, today.