Tesla’s ‘Joe Mode’ in its V10 update is a lifesaver for parents

Tesla owners who travel with kids can breathe an extra sigh of relief with the electric car maker’s V10 Update, as the company has introduced a new feature known as “Joe Mode.” The new feature will allow drivers to lower the volume of alerts and prompts that will are engaged while the vehicle is in motion.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced some details on V10’s “Joe Mode” earlier this year while replying to numerous followers who speculated about what new features will be coming to be new update. As one follower asked for a mode that would help keep his children asleep during drives, Musk replied with introductory information about the V10 feature.

The addition of “Joe Mode,” while seemingly minor, will likely be a welcome feature among parents, particularly those who regularly take trips with their kids. Any parent could attest that keeping kids asleep during drives is an exercise in both patience and silence, and any loud noises within the cabin could easily wake children up. This is especially true if parents are traveling with babies or toddlers, who could easily make a nighttime drive very stressful if they are awake and agitated.

Tesla’s Joe Mode in the V10 Update. (Credit: Tesla Owners Online)

It is not known who Joe is, or why he was the inspiration for a mode that would enable children or adult passengers to not be disturbed by alert noises, but Musk has once again proven that Tesla is adapting to the needs that owners seek. Parents everywhere will have the ability to halve the volume of any number of alert noises that notify drivers of upcoming maneuvers, including Autopilot lane changes. Owners will be able to activate “Joe Mode” by entering Controls > Safety & Security > Joe Mode.

Apart from “Joe Mode,” the V10 Update will also feature new entertainment options, like “Theater Mode”, as well as improvements to stop sign and traffic light recognition, highway Autopilot and Smart Summon. “Theater Mode” will allow a parked Tesla to stream video from both YouTube and Netflix. In conjunction with a large dash and surround sound speakers, viewers are in for one of the best movie viewing experiences from inside of a car in the world.

Tesla’s ‘Joe Mode’ in its V10 update is a lifesaver for parents

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Rimac C_Two undergoes crash testing

It’s hard to take your eyes off the Rimac C_Two. After all, the car is a beautifully styled electric hypercar that can go from 0-60 in just 1.85 seconds and hit a top speed of 258 mph. But for Rimac’s latest C_Two test, you might want to look away.

That’s because the C_Two has moved on to the crash testing phase of its development. And while some of that testing is taking place in the virtual world, the company is also performing real world crash tests with its pure electric Bugatti Chiron rival.

Rimac C_Two

Rimac C_Two

Rimac has released a teaser video showing all that’s going into the crash testing of the C_Two for global sales. The video doesn’t actually show the C_Two getting smashed up, but there are a few cringe worthy clips that end abruptly just before the $2 million electric hypercar collides with a fixed barrier. The result can’t be pretty.

Although not pretty, the crash results on the C_Two have been positive. Rimac says the 1,914-horsepower EV has passed its first round of crash test with flying colors.

Rimac C_Two

Rimac C_Two

That’s an extremely positive takeaway given the company’s history with crashes. Recall, an episide of “The Grand Tour” saw Richard Hammond injured when the Rimac Concept_One, the C_Two’s predecessor, he was driving skidded off track and caught fire.

Once the C_Two clears its safety testing, it’s scheduled to go on sale some time in 2020. As mentioned, the C_Two will carry a base price of $2 million, and the average buyer has been adding on $600,000 worth of optional extras. But even if you’ve got a spare $2.6 million laying around, you’re out of luck—Rimac has already taken orders for all 150 units it plans to make of the C_Two.

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Tesla’s ‘Plaid Powertrain’ could be game over for the Taycan before it’s begun

Now that Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company’s research and development team have revealed the existence of upcoming ‘Plaid Powertrain’ variants, a few more questions about their recently-announced competition come to mind. Will the Porsche Taycan’s engineering achievements be overshadowed before they’ve even been enjoyed by future customers? Will Taycan reservation holders decide to wait for Tesla’s newest Model S to come out before making their Porsche purchase?

Musk’s latest play to stop the competition looks like it may just be as effective as he’s hoping it will be. Brian from the YouTube channel i1Tesla summed the move up nicely in a message to Porsche: “Your car’s not even out yet, and Tesla’s diminishing what you’re going to be doing…With powertrain technology and battery technology…Tesla is so superior.” Brian further opined that what the Taycan has ultimately achieved is along the lines of what Tesla did with the Model S in 2012, or perhaps a step above it. The Plaid system then becomes an achievement that renders the question of whether the Taycan is a ‘Tesla killer’ completely moot.

Tesla Model S with development ‘Plaid’ powertrain sets Laguna Seca track record for 4-door sedan (Credit: Tesla)

As its flagship electric car, Porsche considers the Taycan is one of its most important vehicles since the 911. It’s priced in the same bracket as the iconic sports car, around $150,000, and claims a battery range in the neighborhood of 240 miles per charge with a 100 kWh battery pack. A current Model S Performance, which now includes Ludicrous Mode and Autopilot as a standard offering, has about 100 additional miles of range than the Taycan’s ratings and has a price tag around $50,000 less. Perhaps there are significant differences in the driving experience of both cars and the customers they are designed to appeal to have differences as well, but on paper there’s definitely a nod to Tesla’s current Model S. Once the new Roadster is on the market, of course, an entirely different comparison will be on the table.

Although the upcoming “refreshed” Model S and X are arguably exciting enough to depress future Taycan sales, there’s the other question of whether or not the latest plaid-centered announcement will impact Tesla’s sales as well. Musk has said that the newer versions will be more expensive than current offerings, but it’s not clear that the additional cost would deter buyers from investing in the superior battery and powertrains that would come with them. New Model S and X sales could suffer as a result if customers take the ‘wait and see’ approach.

Musk cited this particular concern when it came to the Model Y. If customers stopped purchasing the Model 3 in favor of waiting for the Model Y, Tesla would majorly suffer as a result, especially considering the annual sales expectations for the all-electric crossover are estimated to be around 1 million units per year. This was probably why the Model Y unveiling event was notably subdued compared to other unveilings. However, it was likely important for Tesla’s long-term investment worth to show the progress being made towards a vehicle that is hoped to be a game changer in the electric vehicle market (and greater auto market overall) despite this risk.

Obviously, the results of the so-called battle between the Porsche Taycan and Tesla’s current and future Model S offerings remains to be seen. The first front looks like it will take place on the Nürburgring racetrack in Western Germany as Tesla attempts to beat the Taycan’s 7 minutes and 42 seconds track time using a Plaid prototype Model S (or other variants) with a roll cage and 7 seats. For the record, Brian at i1Tesla has put his bets on a Tesla time of 7 minutes and 38 seconds. Stay tuned!

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Tesla’s ‘Plaid Powertrain’ could be game over for the Taycan before it’s begun

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