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Tesla Cybertruck release date, specs: Elon Musk confirms heat pump, floating mechanism on upcoming electric pickup

Tesla Cybertruck | Photo credit: Tesla / YouTube screenshot

Tesla CEO Elon Musk does not fail to hype automobile fans for the upcoming all-electric pickup they named the Cybertruck. He recently confirmed at least two more features to expect from the vehicle: it will have a heat pump and can “float” on water.

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk hints at more features to expect from the futuristic truck

The Tesla Cybertruck was announced last November and was received with mixed reactions among car enthusiasts mostly because of its very futuristic design. But the doubts do not seem to reflect the number of pre-orders made that reportedly reached around half a million after just a few months.

Just earlier this week, Musk once again met a Cybertruck-related question on whether or not it is going to have a heat pump. He said, “Yeah, and whole lot more!”

In the same thread, another fan asked about the truck’s wading depth – a question that matters for people who like to go on fishing trips or off-roading where crossing streams are typically necessary. Musk responded, saying he has thought about Tesla Cybertruck’s wading depth and added, “It will even float for a while.”

It would take a while before Tesla could demonstrate how a Cybertruck could float if it really ends up in the final prototype. The release date window for the pickup truck is still unknown, but Tesla eyes its production to start in late 2021.

Tesla mobile app to get better security feature ‘soon’

Tesla drivers also have something to look forward to in the near future. In another conversation with a fan, Musk promised that the two-factor authentication feature on Tesla mobile app is “coming soon.”

The app is quite central to the entire Tesla experience. Many of the key features of all available Tesla models can be navigated through the official app. For example, drivers can initiate the Smart Summon feature by practically “calling” their cars through the app.

Tesla has yet to explain how the added layer of security would work, though. The typical way for dual authentication nowadays is by entering a password and then submitting a one-time code through SMS or email. But it would not be surprising if Tesla would opt for more sophisticated options such as using fingerprint, face, or iris recognition.

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