A snapshot of an improved Tesla Cybertruck prototype atop a semi-truck trailer was recently circulating on social media. The giant electric truck appears to have just finished having some fun and may be on its way to play a little more. Aside from the truck’s shabby appearance, visitors were drawn to the equipment mounted on it.
Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog), a Tesla owner, rushed to Twitter to post an image of the Cybertruck prototype. He saw it on a trailer as Tesla was unloading it. Not long after Whole Mars uploaded the photograph, people in the Tesla community began sharing it and discussing the cameras and/or sensors mounted on the prototype electric pickup truck.
We’ve observed Tesla vehicles out and about experimenting with various cameras and mapping systems, as well as what appears to be Lidar. However, in this situation, it is not on the truck’s roof and is far more visible than some of the equipment in other cases. As you can see, the Cybertruck’s frunk lid has some pretty huge contraptions.
According to insiders, the Cybertruck prototype in the photo has numerous sensors, which appear to be used for calibrating the truck’s cameras. At this time, it’s merely speculation, but the Tesla community believes Tesla is still deciding on the Cybertruck’s camera placement.
The Cybertruck has had a long wait, with only glimpses of the brutalist pickup vehicle since its debut three years ago. However, those who had placed orders for the vehicle would most likely have to wait a little longer. The Gigafactory Texas, where the pickup truck will be manufactured, is already functional.
Elon Musk has stated that the Cybertruck will go into production next year. The vehicle’s sightings and the progress of Giga Texas indicate that this is indeed the case.
But perhaps in this scenario, we won’t believe it until we see it, given that Tesla is still working out the details.