Tesla Camping Mode Helps Ukrainians Survive, Electric Vehicles Become Power Banks

Electric vehicles give people a high-tech feel. Some of the new electric vehicles also have a “discharge” function, which can be used as a power bank to provide power. Recently, a Ukrainian Tesla owner said that this function allowed him to survive the war.

Ukrainian Tesla owner Bogdan Golovatiuk said that the fuel supply in the capital, Kyiv, is quite tight, but Ukraine has been an advanced country for years of electrification, and there are enough charging stations. Tesla also provides a “camping mode” like a mobile power supply, allowing people to flee Electricity is also available.

The original intention of “camping mode” is to allow car owners to obtain electricity from the car while camping, and to use electrical appliances in the wild. However, if the situation in Ukraine deteriorates and even the power supply is interrupted for a long time, the electric vehicles will not be able to replenish the power fundamentally.

On the other side of soaring oil prices, Tesla expands the free range of overcharge

Since the outbreak of the Ukrainian war, Tesla has opened free use of super charging stations throughout Ukraine. In response to many people fleeing by car to neighboring countries, Tesla announced today that all super charging stations in Poland and Slovakia are also free.

The chain effect caused by the war has led to soaring oil prices. Gasoline is an important strategic material on the front line of the war, and it is not easy for ordinary people to obtain it. Electric vehicles may be able to help a little.

After Russia officially invaded Ukraine, Tesla announced the opening of supercharging stations in Ukraine for free use, hoping to help local car owners not be affected by the war as much as possible, and also opening four border supercharging stations in Poland, Slovakia and Hungary for free use.

As the war spread for more than two weeks, many Ukrainians fled to nearby countries, so Tesla announced today that the more severely affected Poland and Slovakia have also opened free overcharging throughout the country.

“We hope this helps you gain a little peace of mind and travel to a safer place,” the Tesla announcement reads.

Due to the EU’s complete electric vehicle policy, Tesla has opened the use of supercharging stations for other brands of electric vehicles this year. Therefore, this policy not only benefits Tesla owners, but also many brand electric vehicle owners can use the supercharging stations to recharge their batteries. , go to the shelter.

Tesla abandons radar altogether, Model S/X will enable Tesla Vision

Tesla announced today that it will fully switch to the Tesla Vision self-driving system, including the high-end Model S and Model X, and will also bid farewell to in-vehicle radar.

Tesla said that starting in mid-February 2022, the Model S and Model X produced in the North American market will have the Tesla Vision system enabled. In other words, these two high-end cars will no longer be equipped with radar.

Starting in May 2021, Tesla has begun to introduce Tesla Vision, an autonomous driving software that relies entirely on cameras and computer calculations, and does not require other sensors. The first models to be launched were the Model 3 and Model Y, and now high-end models will join the ranks.

In the process of autonomous driving development, automakers and software manufacturers around the world are divided into two camps. One is Tesla, which believes that computer vision can do all the work that the human eye can handle without the assistance of other sensors; the other is Tesla. Manufacturers other than Latin America believe that computer operations are limited and must rely on lidar, radar, ultrasonic, infrared and other sensors to assist in checking speed, distance and other factors, and with high-precision maps, in order to achieve true autonomous driving.

As of now, no manufacturer has achieved Level 5 fully autonomous driving, so it is too early to say which one will win, but Tesla Vision has passed the safety verification amid many doubts. At the end of 2021, both IIHS and Consumer Reports gave Model Y the highest safety rating for the pure vision solution, proving that it can have the same effect as radar and lidar with only cameras.

At present, only the Model S and Model X in the North American market will use Tesla Vision, and other regions will still have radar, but according to Tesla’s style, Tesla’s entire car series will soon bid farewell to radar.

Musk rants: Tesla will achieve self-driving this year! Volkswagen CEO: At least 25 years

What will the car of the future look like? At present, many manufacturers and individuals are working hard to explore, and there is no consensus on their views, but there is a consensus on one thing: fully automatic driving.

Today, there are many companies in the world that have more in-depth research on autonomous driving, such as Google, Baidu, and Huawei. In terms of car companies, Tesla is the most well-known.

Since last year, Tesla’s fully-autonomous driving FSD Beta has been tested on the road. It has been more than a year and accumulated a lot of experience. This is also the capital of Musk’s frequent “guts.”

At the end of last month, at the Tesla earnings conference, Musk also announced a blockbuster news that Tesla will achieve fully autonomous driving this year!

However, Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess clearly has a different view. In an interview with the media this Wednesday, he made it clear that the auto industry will see the popularity of autonomous driving technology within 25 years.

He also said Volkswagen was seeking further cooperation to increase its self-sufficiency in software and add features such as brand-specific voice assistants to its cars.

Interestingly, at the same time, there was news that Volkswagen was planning to acquire Huawei’s autonomous driving unit for a multi-billion-euro deal.

Musk said that fully autonomous driving can be achieved this year, while Diess gave a figure of 25 years. The gap between the two was too large, which caused heated discussions among netizens.

Some people say that Musk is not credible, because every time he is asked how long Tesla will be able to achieve full self-driving, the answer he gives is always 1 year. This response has started since 2014. In 2017, Ma Ske said in public that Level 5 autonomous driving will arrive in a few months, and the same words were reiterated in 2018, but back to being slapped in the face by reality.

Some people also swear that after watching the video of Tesla’s fully autonomous driving on the road, what Musk said is true, and it will be realized soon.

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