You’ll soon be able to connect your Wall Connector to the Tesla app

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By Alex Jones

Tesla, which continues to develop its ecosystem of interconnected products, seems to have set its sights on the initial forgetfulness of leaving Wall Connectors to fend for themselves on the Internet.

While Gen 1 and Gen 2 Wall Connectors lacked WiFi connectivity, Gen 3 Wall Connectors were designed with 2.4 Ghz WiFi (unfortunately they do not support 5 Ghz networks), which allowed over-the-air (OTA) and Ad-Hoc firmware upgrades with devices to configure and troubleshoot the device.

Curiously, the chargers didn’t exchange data with the Tesla app (keeping owners in the dark about all data, updates, usage, etc.).

However, it looks like that could soon change.

According Tesla_Adri On Twitter, the latest app update, 4.10.0, has new in-code string references for Wall Connector connectivity.

Tesla may be preparing to allow owners to fine-tune Wall Connector settings.

These settings may include the ability to control which cars can use the Wall Connector and the ability to choose to install updates through the Tesla app.

It could also allow owners to select “allowed” Teslas and non-Teslas to charge through their phone. Additionally, there are references to a “garage manager”. While details are scarce, it’s conceivable that Tesla could also allow the integration of a Wifi garage door opener as part of this focus on improving the home charging experience.

Now it looks like Tesla is testing this feature with some users who have the latest Tesla app.

You can see if you have access by tapping your profile icon in the top right corner, then choosing Add/Remove Products. If you have access to it, you will see the option to add a Wall Connector in addition to the usual Vehicle and Powerwall options.

Tesla lets you connect your Wall Connector to the app

Needless to say, for many Tesla owners who appreciate the ability to view live data and easily change settings on their solar roofs, solar panels, Poweralls, and cars, this small change to wall connectors will be a welcome one.

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

Johnna Crider interviews Elon Musk on your podcast

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently unveiled some details about Part 3 of Tesla’s master plan. His comments come from a preview excerpt from @JohnnaCrider“Getting High Podcast”.

“The third part of the blueprint is about scaling, like how can we scale to get to this fully sustainable energy economy and what tonnage do we need what materials, and what is perhaps the best way to get all these materials and turn them into piles”

He added: “The fundamental regulator of the rate at which we can move towards sustainability is the rate at which we can increase the production of lithium-ion batteries.”

Elon has said before that part 3 of Tesla’s master plan is about achieving scale, but here he clarifies that it’s about the tonnage of materials needed to achieve that scale.

Given these comments and Tesla’s concerns about lithium supply, it seems that Tesla is getting involved in mining although Summary of Jhonna’s interview said:

“Elon emphasized that he doesn’t want Tesla to get into the mining industry. He made that very clear to me and I just wanted to point that out for anyone curious or even hopeful.”

Maybe Elon is saying he personally doesn’t want Tesla to get into mining, but they have to to achieve a fully sustainable energy economy.

The full interview was released today and is available below:

Other topics covered include the declining birth rate, poverty and literacy as a solution.

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

Tesla could soon offer several routes in the United States

A recent tweet from a Twitter user @greentheonly revealed that the Tesla navigation system will now offer alternative routes to your destination.

The navigation displays two alternative routes and indicates the fastest route to the destination.

This feature was added in version 2022.12. The release notes for 2022.12 said it was only available in Japan, but some users in the US are seeing it as well. It’s possible that Tesla is testing the feature as it only appears in certain scenarios.

Alternate routes are a popular feature that is now standard in most navigation apps, including Google Maps and Apple Maps. Google Maps now even allows you to choose between the fastest route and the ecological route.

The ability to choose from multiple routes has been available in China for some time and more recently in Japan, but it looks like this feature is now available in other regions. It may be officially released in Tesla’s upcoming 2022.20 update.

Another browsing feature that was recently added in 2022.16 is the ability to redirect to a less busy supercharger.. If the Supercharger you selected becomes too crowded, the navigation system will now redirect you to another Supercharger location within range.

This is according to a recent tweet from @cybrtrkguywhich shows a photo of their trip planner and the message “Rerouting to a less busy supercharger” in Sheffield, Ohio.

Tesla drivers will now know when a Supercharger is congested and have the ability to change their route to reduce their total travel time.

It’s great to see Tesla improving the software in the car and the navigation system in particular. Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on improving cars’ software.

“I think we have a lot of work to do with the basic car software. Our web browser sucks,” Musk said during an interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley.

“If you try to use the web browser in the car, it takes a long time to load and it’s a garbage browser. It’s worse than some iPads from five years ago, by far.”

Musk didn’t specify what improvements to make, but employees seem to have gotten the message, improving the car’s navigation features and overall software.

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