It's been a year and a half since Tesla unveiled its mammoth Cybertruck to the world, yet we still get excited when we hear about new patents emerging around its tech.
And that's precisely what's going on since Twitter user "AMuchVaccinatedFace" posted a note on May 27 saying that Tesla had filed a patent for the Cybertruck's user interface (UI).
Update: Tesla filed another patent for 'armor glass' on Friday. Original coverage may be found below.
New updates abound, but perhaps the most compelling (read: relatable) update is the "durable glass for vehicle" patent application PDF. Tesla filed this latest application on the same day as the UI patent, but the newer one features a generic image of a Tesla vehicle, with engineer Rosie Mottsmith listed as one of the investors, who initially helped to design the "armor glass" for the Tesla Semi truck. It's hard not to take this as a response to that time Musk smashed his own Cybertruck window at a live event.
The newly-patented armor glass sounds much like Corning's Gorilla Glass, and is composed of three layers: an inner one, an outer one, and an adhesive layer between. The internal layer is 0.5 mm to 1.1 mm thick, and is composed of aluminosilicate. The outer, external one is listed as 2 mm to 5 mm thick, composed of borosilicate. The company Corning also uses these materials. Tesla claims its aim for the glass sandwich is to offer "at most a 10% chance to failure with an impact of 2 J," according to an initial report from The Verge.
Cybertruck patent hints at more than 610-mile range
The earlier patent was also published Friday on the USPTO website, and shows a number of grainy, black and white renderings and images of the Cybertruck, offering additional hints about how the truck will perform.
For starters, it looks like the tri-motor Cybertruck's range could go as high as 610 miles (981.7 km), instead of its initial 500+ mile (804.6 km) promise. That said, patents' drawings aren't always what we end up seeing come to fruition, so the 610 miles (981.7km) number should not be taken too literally.
Other interesting speculations were drawn up in the patent, such as eye-tracking technology that can help move the Cybertruck's mirrors when needed, as well as a very fancy air conditioning system that adjusts itself automatically based on what it gauges from its passengers' body temperatures.
Drawings showing off the Cybertruck's potential camping comforts were also put on display with images of a pull-out stove top and tent, as well as its ability to tow a 20,000 pound (9,071.8 kg) trailer and a 20-inch suspension option. These features would certainly compliment the truck's camping capabilities, which Tesla assures us is possible.
Cybertrucks may be gracing the U.S.'s roads as early as the end of this year, Teslarati reported, and given the recently-published patent's information, as well as some leaked images of the truck in late April, many people will be waiting with bated breath until that date.