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Tesla will raise price of “Full Self-Driving” driver assistance to $12,000, says Elon Musk



Tesla will raise price of Full Self Driving driver assistance to 12000



Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the company will raise the price of its premium driver assistance package; marketed as Full Self-Driving or FSD; from $10,000 to $12,000 on January 17, for customers in the U.S. only.



In a series of posts on Twitter, where he has 69.2 million followers, Musk wrote; “Tesla FSD price rising to $12k on Jan 17. Just in the US. FSD price will rise as we get closer to FSD production code release.”


When a follower asked him about Tesla’s FSD subscription product (which currently costs $199 per month for most customers) Musk noted; “Monthly subscription price will rise when FSD goes to wide release.”



He also teased a new release of FSD Beta, an invitation-only program; which offers more advanced features to select drivers who meet Tesla’s qualifications.


ALSO READ: How Elon Musk hired Indian-origin Ashok Elluswamy as Tesla’s autopilot head



Tesla does not disclose in its earnings reports exactly how many of its customers pay for FSD up-front or subscribe to FSD each quarter.



So it’s not clear how much a price hike in the U.S. could bolster its margins in the future.



The company’s standard driver assistance package is marketed as Autopilot and comes standard with all its new vehicles (the Model S, X, Y and 3).



Autopilot functionality includes but is not limited to automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping and adaptive cruise control; which basically matches the speed of your car to that of the surrounding traffic, according to Tesla’s website.



Tesla’s Full-Self Driving option, also known as FSD, is a premium package that includes the Autopilot functions, and more sophisticated features like automatic lane-changing; stop light recognition, and “smart summon” which lets drivers call their car from a parking spot to come pick them up, using their smartphone and the Tesla app like a remote control.



Despite the name, it does not today allow cars to drive themselves automatically with no driver intervention.


Separately, there’s also an FSD Beta tier; which includes even more advanced features.



Musk said in a tweet on Friday that a new 10.9 release, updating FSD Beta, is nearing completion.



Only drivers who receive, purchase or subscribe to FSD and receive high marks in a “safety score” from Tesla, can get access to FSD Beta.


ALSO READ: Elon Musk reveals his biggest concern over Tesla Cybertruck



Once they’re in, they can test unfinished features like “autosteer on city streets;” which Tesla says will eventually enable drivers to navigate around residential and urban surface streets, avoiding all obstacles, without having to steer on their own.



The California Department of Motor Vehicles and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating different aspects of Tesla’s FSD development and technology.



Tesla has told both agencies that its technology is only a “level 2” system. By the DMV’s definition; “Level 2 systems may enhance safety or provide driver assistance but are not capable of driving or operating the vehicle without the active physical control or monitoring of a human.”



But Musk has implied the company’s technology is more advanced than level 2.



In an interview published on December 28, 2021, YouTuber Lex Fridman asked Musk; “When do you think Tesla will solve Level 4 FSD?” Musk replied, “It’s looking quite likely that it’ll be next year,” meaning 2022.



Tesla has been promising self-driving cars since around 2016; but the company still hasn’t demonstrated the hands-free drive across the US that Elon Musk said would be possible by the end of 2017.



2023: Ohanaeze Ndigbo rejects Atiku’s proposal



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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has described Atiku Abubakar’s proposed single four years tenure if elected as president in 2023 as a practical joke.

Raymond Dokpesi, the leader of the technical committee for the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign, had said the former Vice President would govern Nigeria for a single term if elected as president.

Dokpesi also vowed to go naked if Atiku fails to hand over to the Igbos after his tenure.

However, Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the proposal was a collective disrespect to the people of the southeast.

Isiguzoro also declared that Igbos will reject the vice-presidential slot.

He stressed that the region should be allowed to produce a president in 2023.

Isiguzoro also recounted how Atiku rejected a single-term offer from Igbo elders in 2019.

He said: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has declared openly that attempts to trick and entice the southeast with attractive offers from the ally of former Vice President and 2019 PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Raymond Dokpesi to get southeast’s support for his principal (Atiku) in 2023 are hoaxes and collective disrespect on the sensibility of the people of southeast, no amount of enticing promises will make southeast to swap their right to 2023 presidency to anyone.

“Atiku Abubakar’s refusal to adhere to a written request from Igbo elders for a Mandela option of a single tenure in 2019 will continue to haunt his 2023 presidential ambitions, instead, he replied to Igbo leaders in 2019 with his then six years economic blueprint for Nigeria (2020-2026) which was a clear understanding of having the ambition of a two-term as president if elected.

“This evidence is now contradictory to the recent request from Atiku’s ally for southeast’s support, as no force can thwart the 2023 Igbo Presidency Project with a vice-presidential offer to the southeast, which is not feasible, as there will be a power shift from the North to the East in 2023.”


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Recruitment: Police announce date for screening of applicants



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By Monday Ijeh

The Nigeria Police has fixed Feb. 1 for commencement of physical and credential screening of applicants who completed the 2021 online registration for recruitment into the constable cadre.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the screening would be conducted by the Force in conjunction with the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Mba said the exercise, slated to commence on Feb. 1 would end on Feb. 6 at designated venues in states across the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to him, all applicants are to proceed to their respective states of origin and appear at the various screening centres in their clean white T-shirts and shorts.

He said other mandatory basic screening requirements were two white flat files with recent passport photographs attached and National Identity Number (NIN).

Mba said other items for the screening were original and duplicate copies of credentials, Certificate of Origin and birth certificate/declaration of age.

He said printout of application submission confirmation/profile page and duly completed guarantor’s form were also, mandatory for the exercise.

Mba said candidates who failed to present the mandatory requirements would not be considered for the screening.

He urged applicants to pay attention to detailed and specific guidelines on the exercise for each state, particularly, the location of screening and dates of screening per local government area.

Mba said the guidelines would be announced by the Police Public Relations Officers in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

He said the Inspector General of Police, (I-G) Mr Usman Baba, had assured that the statutory entry requirements into the Force as clearly stated in the Police Act and Regulations, would be followed.

The I-G said the officials deployed for the screening had been directed to ensure that all applicants shortlisted were allowed to participate.

He said the officials were expected to recommend the suitability or otherwise of applicants in the spirit of transparency, accountability and fair hearing using the already established benchmarks as contained in the Act.

Baba said that a total of 135,027 valid applications were received in the online registration.

He expressed satisfaction over the increase in the number and geographic spread of the applications, particularly in the South-East and South-South region of the country following the extension of the online registration.

The I-G said the exercise was free of charge and urged applicants to be wary of criminal elements who would want to take undue advantage of the exercise to perpetrate recruitment related scams.

Baba however, warned that anyone found wanting would be made to face the wrath of the law.


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Major airlines shrugged off 5G fiasco, but small regional carriers still face turbulence



Major airlines shrugged off 5G fiasco



In the lead-up to AT&T and Verizon’s rollout of their upgraded 5G C-band equipment; it seemed like the sky was falling.


For years, the Federal Aviation Administration and airline organizations had voiced concerns that the upgraded cellular tech could interfere with vital safety equipment on planes; while the FCC and carriers insisted it was safe, pointing to similar rollouts in dozens of other countries.


Even after several delays, there were still last-minute deals being made between carriers and regulators; with airlines banding together to warn that the activation could cause a “catastrophic disruption” to air travel and shipping. Several international airlines canceled flights to certain US airports.


But just a few days after the carriers switched on their equipment; United and American Airlines’ CEOs were telling investors that things largely seemed fine, according to CNN


The large-scale delays and cancelations hadn’t come to pass, and American Airlines’ CEO even reportedly predicted that; “I don’t think you’re going to see any material disruption going forward because of this.”


But while many of the large jets used by major airlines have been deemed safe by the FAA(in most conditions — on Tuesday; the regulator issued a directive “prohibiting Boeing 747-8, 747-8F and 777 airplanes from landing at airports where 5G interference could occur”); the story isn’t necessarily the same for the smaller regional planes used for connecting flights; or that land at more rural airports.

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The saga is centered around a device with which almost every aircraft comes equipped: the radar, or radio altimeter.


Its job is to figure out how far away the plane is from the ground and help pilots land in bad weather with low-visibility conditions.


“The radar altimeter gives you really fine readings of altitude when you get very close to the ground; which is really helpful, especially in instrument conditions where you may not be able to see the ground,” said Pat Anderson; a mechanic, pilot, professor of aerospace engineering, and director of the Eagle Flight Research Center.


“In older generation airplanes, that was sort of an isolated system that the pilot would read and interpret;” he explained. In more modern planes, though; that data is accessible to and used by a wide variety of other systems such as brakes or spoilers. “As we get more integrated airplanes; there might actually be a cascade effect where it’s not just denying the pilot information — it’s actually affecting other aircraft systems on landing.”


Given that altimeters are so critical; the FAA has taken concerns that they could improperly pick up 5G C-Band signals very seriously.


It put out notices restricting how planes could land at airports where the rollout was happening and said it would clear specific models of altimeters to be used at those airports.


It’s worth noting that the FAA says it has to re-evaluate the clearances every month; based on how the carriers roll out their service.


These restrictions are gospel, but they’re not necessarily tied to the material situation.

ALSO READ: Airlines scramble to rejig schedules amid US 5G rollout concerns


“Whatever Verizon, AT&T do, it doesn’t really matter,” said Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Currentan online publication about the aviation industry.


“Verizon could have literally shut the entire 5G network down nationally on Wednesday, and it wouldn’t have mattered because the FAA had already issued its airworthiness directive.”


Once the FAA started approving altimeters, the process seemed to go relatively quickly: on January 16th; it announced that around 45 percent of the US commercial fleet was cleared to land at “many of the airports”; where 5G C-band was deployed.


By January 20th, that number was up to 78 percent and seemingly applied to all US airports with C-band.


By January 25th; the FAA estimated that 90 percent of the US commercial fleet had an altimeter cleared for “most low-visibility approaches in 5G deployment.”


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