We're guessing this means the truck is coming soon?
Production of the Tesla Cybertruck is due to get underway in the near future at the automaker's still under construction Austin, Texas Gigafactory. Another assembly line for the in-demand Model Y is also due to open there. Interestingly, Tesla has yet to reveal the Cybertruck's final design though CEO Elon Musk has said more than once the production-spec truck won't look much different than the radical concept. At most, its dimensions will be slightly altered.
But what we're also keen to learn more about are the truck's features. Will the final software package be largely similar to the recently updated Model S and Model X? Are there Cybertruck-specific systems? Answers should be coming soon because today we learned about a huge deal between Tesla and electronics maker Samsung.
We know for sure the Cybertruck will have have cameras for core features like Autopilot and Sentry Mode. Where will those cameras come from? Electrek cites South Korean reports that Samsung has just signed a huge $436 million deal to supply cameras to the "number 1 American EV manufacturer," specifically for a vehicle that was revealed in November 2019.
We can't think of any other make and model other than the Cybertruck, though the reports can't be confirmed by Tesla because it eliminated its entire PR department. Each Cybertruck will require several cameras. Unlike existing Teslas, the truck lacks traditional side mirrors because they're replaced by small cameras embedded in the front fenders.
The images are then projected into the cabin, presumable on a screen or a head-up display. There will also be front- and rear-facing cameras for self-driving purposes. Another camera is required underneath the front bumper, a useful tool to have when owners go off-roading. The ability to see what's happening under the truck, especially when rock crawling and other similar scenarios, is extremely helpful. We're guessing at least four cameras per truck.
Musk hopes to begin Cybertruck production by the end of this year but his stated goals aren't always in touch with reality. It's very possible that date could be pushed back until early 2022. This wouldn't surprise anyone given the supply chain issues Tesla and other automakers have been experiencing over the past several months.