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Tesla unveils new Cybertruck off-roading features, Cybertent mode, and more

Tesla has unveiled a new Cybertruck software update coming to bring new off-roading features to the electric pickup truck, as well as Cybertent mode, and more.

Despite starting deliveries a few months ago, Tesla has yet to fully develop the electric pickup truck’s software, and it is still missing some important features.

It’s not uncommon for Tesla to deliver a new vehicle program with incomplete software and start to deliver more features after the deliveries.

We reported in February that Tesla released the first big software update for Cybertruck. It improved the truck’s handling, charging, and more.

Now, Tesla announced a new big software update for Cybertruck with a focus on off-road features:

Tesla is introducing two new off-roading modes geared for different terrains:

  • Overland Mode – More consistent handling & better overall traction while driving on rock, gravel, deep snow, or sand.
  • Baja Mode – Vehicle balance is improved & the vehicle handles more freely when Stability Assist is set to Minimal.

The automaker is also adding locking differentials for better off-roading capability for the dual motor version of Cybertruck:

On uneven or slippery terrain, if a wheel has limited or no traction, Cybertruck can direct that torque to the opposite wheel. In Off-Road Mode, choose from Locking Differentials options on the vehicle status area or in the Off-Road app.

The Cyberbeast, the tri-motor version, is getting a front locking differential:

Go to Off-Road Mode > Overland to enable Locking Differential feature. Cyberbeast tri motor has a virtual rear locked differential which is always working in overland mode.

Keeping with the theme of the update, off-roading, Tesla is releasing a trail assist under off-road mode.

Tesla wrote about the feature:

It’s like cruise control, but for off-roading. Trail Assist helps maintain a set cruising speed so you can focus on steering. Trail Assist works as both a hill ascent and descent control helping to keep the wheels from slipping. Off-Road Mode > Trail Assist

The automaker is also releasing a few new “on road” features.

The first one is called “slippery surface”. The automaker wrote about it in the release notes:

Better traction control on snowy, icy, wet, or slick roads to distribute traction evenly across all tires. Dynamics > Slippery Surface Dynamics > Engage Rear Locking Differential for increased traction (should be used temporarily only)

Still with on road features, Tesla says that it is also improving ride and handling with a load:

Adaptive suspension now estimates payload more accurately & automatically adjusts damping to deliver a more comfortable ride & more consistent, confident handling.

Finally, the upcoming software update also comes with the highly-anticipated “CyberTent Mode”.

Top comment by FC

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Amazing Tesla can fit a camera on the nose of the CT but it’s too much to ask to fit one to any other Tesla model, or under the mirrors so the car and its drivers could actually have an idea where the car is in relation to curbs (either for parallel parking or when pulling up to a tall curb). It has to cost less than $10 to add each camera. Charge 3X more than cost. Say it’s $50 each. Charge an extra $500. NOBODY would care. Tesla raises and lowers prices faster than the wind changes direction. $500 permanent increase for a legit 360° camera system would be a welcome change and answer a long requested feature. It would also probably help FSD/autopark stop hitting curbs and better detect cross traffic. They also need to better situate the rear view cameras on the S3XY and make it an ultra wide angle lens so you can see more than a 20’ wide area directly behind the car. Most other cars give you multiple camera views to select from which helps see things like pedestrians walking towards your car before you start backing up.

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We previously talked about the upcoming mode with the first review of the Cybertent.

Tesla confirms that the mode levels the suspension to automatically keep the surface flat for the CyberTent. It also keeps the tonneau cover open to accommodate the tent. Tesla added that “lights, AC and outlets will stay on as well if enabled.”

There’s no word on the timing of the release of the update other than it is coming “soon”.

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