Tesla‘s Full Self Driving Beta could navigate a bumpy ‘drunk’ lane as the electric car company unveiled huge new casting machines that will simplify production at its factories.
A street in Hollister, California was mistakenly painted incorrectly by a contractor after the city rebuilt the road to add bike lanes and traffic circles — the lines were meant to be curved and ended up in a weird, zigzag pattern — according to a report by KKTV.
After the ‘drunk’ lanes were shared online, it was only a matter of time before a Tesla owner with FSD Beta uploaded a video on Reddit showing the driver-assisted system deftly navigating the curvy street.
The software system, which is just about to roll out version 10.13, maintained a consistent speed and stayed within its own orbit, even when the orbits were not typical.
At the same time, Tesla released images of one of its robots pulling a large casting component from a Giga Press machine.
The powerful casting machines are a key part of Tesla’s strategy to simplify its manufacturing process and meet intensive production targets amid ongoing supply chain chaos.
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A street in Hollister, California was mistakenly painted incorrectly by a contractor after the city had redesigned the road to add bike lanes and traffic circles, seen above.
Once the street was discovered by Tesla owners, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to test Full Self Driving Beta on the curvy road
In the short clip that Tesla shared on Twitter, you can see the single part, which appears to be about a quarter of an entire car body, coming out of the press.
The company’s first Giga Press has a clamping force of 55,000 to 61,000 kilonewtons, according to Electrekwho also notes that Tesla can produce the Model Y with ‘a single rear body that replaced 70 different parts in the car.’
That was the first of several giant casting machines delivered to the company’s Gigafactory Texas and it plans to use the machines for its Cybertruck, reports Electrek.
The reason the machines have simplified the manufacturing process is because they have reduced the total number of robots per unit of production capacity.
“Our huge casting machines can make our full-size cars the same way toy cars are made,” Tesla shared on Twitter.
CEO Elon Musk also explained the usefulness of the machines on Twitter:
“One-piece casting reduces weight, greatly simplifies manufacturing, increases ride quality and reduces noise pollution,” the billionaire said.
Tesla has released a video, seen above, showing off one of its massive casting machines
Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared his thoughts on Twitter regarding the benefits of the giant casting machines, which have become an important part of the company’s strategy to boost production
Tesla’s Full Self Driving Beta has traveled 35 million miles — gathering a gigantic amount of data that will further improve its capabilities — with most of those miles driven in the past seven months.
“We’ve now deployed our FSD Beta with City Streets driving capabilities to over 100,000 owners – they’re very happy with the system’s capabilities and we’ll continue to improve it every week,” CEO Elon Musk said during Tesla’s earnings call this week.
‘We have now driven more than 35 million kilometers with FSD Beta.’
‘That’s more autonomous miles than any company that we’re aware of, I think probably more than – it might be more than all the other companies put together. So – and that mileage grows exponentially.’
Still, Tesla faces headwinds that include investigations into crashes and production problems as it continues to be affected by economic forces that have wreaked havoc on supply chains worldwide.
The reason the machines have simplified the production process is because they have reduced the total number of robots per unit of production capacity
“One-piece casting reduces weight, greatly simplifies manufacturing, increases ride quality and reduces noise,” Musk said on Twitter.
WHAT IS TESLA’S ‘GIGAFACTORY’?
Tesla’s last Gigafactory in the United States is located in Austin, Texas, near the Colorado River.
The name of the factory comes from ‘giga’, a unit of measurement representing billions.
One gigawatt hour is the equivalent of generating one billion watts for one hour – one million times that of one kilowatt hour.
The factory covers 2,500 acres with more than 10 million square feet of factory floor and will be a production hub for Model Y and future home of Cybertruck.
That is the equivalent of the production of the whole world in 2014.
New York City uses about 52 gigawatt hours of energy per year.
Tesla also has extremely large factories in Nevada, New York, Berlin and Shanghai.
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