Perhaps this is a somewhat separate download description on Tweakers, but modern cars are now also provided with public software updates that can be offered over-the-air. Tesla released version 9.0 of its software package for the Model S, Model X and Model 3 earlier this month, and will automatically find its way to the car. After this update you can also update the car with your smartphone and the Tesla app when you are somewhere else, and can control passengers with their own smartphone media. You can also control the climate control and the Autopilot is extended. The announcement of this issue is as follows:
Introducing Software Version 9.0
This week, Tesla owners across North America are waking up to a car that is smarter, safer and more intuitive than ever before. Our most substantial update yet, Software Version 9.0, introduces a refined and simplified user interface, along with entirely new features for Model S, Model X, and Model 3, as well as Tesla’s mobile app.
To receive Version 9.0 as quickly as possible, connect your car to WiFi. Here’s an overview of what’s new:
Tesla Mobile App Updates
- Using the Tesla app, you can initiate a vehicle software update remotely without having to be in your car.
- Now, you can use your phone to send to your car’s navigation. Simply use the “Share” button in your favorite folder app.
- Passengers are now able to access Media controls from their mobile devices. Drivers can enable or disable this feature from their car’s center screen by going to Media Settings> Allow Mobile Control.
- Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles built with Hardware 2.5 (in August 2017) now allow you to record and record video from the forward-facing camera when your car is in use. You will need to configure file formatting and allow for a minimum of 1.8 GB of free space on a flash drive. The drive should be inserted into a front row USB port.
- Tap the Dashcam icon to save 10-minute video clip, or, press and hold to pause recording.
New Apps & App Launcher
- For Model S, Model X and Model 3, the new application launcher brings all your apps together in one place, including your Calendar, Energy, Web Browser, Rear View Camera, Phone and Charging apps. You can also access your last-used app by swiping upward on the app launcher, and you can dismiss the current app by swiping downward.
- Three new apps for Model 3 bring web-browsing capabilities, calendar integration with your mobile device, and the ability to monitor energy consumption in real-time or view the projected energy use for an upcoming trip.
Updated Climate Controls
- You can now access all weather options in Model S and Model X, including rear seat heaters, steering wheel heater, and wiper heater all in one place. You can also press and hold on to the climate.
- In Model 3, you can easily adjust the temperature to the right or left. . A new 3D visualization of the dashboard shows you how air is flowing into the cabin, and you can direct the channels of air.
Navigate on Autopilot (coming soon)
- With Software Version 9.0, we’ll be expanding our existing suite or Autopilot features with future over-the-air updates and all-new functionality in the coming months.
- Our most advanced Autopilot feature ever, Navigate on Autopilot is an active guidance feature that, with driver supervision, guides on the road to off-ramp, including suggesting lane changes, navigating highway interchanges and taking exits. It is designed to make it easier and easier to use on the highway when Autopilot is in use.
- Once on the navigation, drivers can choose to “Navigate on Autopilot” for that trip , and the feature is then activated when Autosteer is engaged through the normal prompt on the cruise control stalk (Model S and Model X) or gear selector stalk (Model 3). When a lane change is suggested, drivers must confirm that they are ready for the turn signal (for Model S and Model X, the turn signal or cruise control stalk). Drivers can continue to use Autostilot and other Enhanced Autopilot features without Navigate on Autopilot anytime they choose.
- With Software 9.0, Navigate on Autopilot will be released in Shadow Mode – a dormant logging-only mode which lets us validate the performance or the feature in the background based on millions of miles of real-world driving. Once validation is complete, we will introduce Navigate on Autopilot as a beta feature to customers in the U.S. Navigate on Autopilot will be used in other markets in the future pending validation and regulatory approval.
Full 360 ° View
- Now, all eight external cameras from our Full Self-Driving hardware in every Model S, Model X and Model 3 are active, enabling better situational awareness on the road with a 360-degree visualization of surrounding vehicles.
- Blind spot monitoring, which has previously been used for the ultrasonic sensors, now uses the on-screen sensors. When the turn signal is activated and the vehicle is detected in your blind spot, the lane line is shown in the on-screen visualization turns.
- New classes of vehicles are displayed, including bikes / motorcycles, light duty trucks and heavy- Duty trucks, to provide drivers with a more complete understanding of their surroundings.
- The 360-degree visualization also shows vehicles in adjacent lanes, even when they’re behind or far ahead of your Tesla, and multiple lanes to each side or your car are now visible.
Enhanced Navigation Routing
- The turn-by-turn directions shown on Model S and Model X touch screens now provide more information about upcoming turns, including highway exit information. Your next navigation step is always prominently displayed, and see complete route details during a trip, simply tap or pull down on the navigation panel.
- In Model 3, turn-by-turn directions have been moved to the left side. the touchscreen and are simplified to display relevant upcoming information, including highway exits. Tap or pull down to see additional details in the full Trip Overview. You can now select whether or not your car is eligible for high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, allowing our navigation system to more efficiently route you.
- If an obstacle is detected while driving at low speeds (i.e. while parking), full acceleration is reduced in order to help prevent drivers from accidentally accelerating. This feature can be enabled or disabled in Controls> Autopilot.
Fun & Games
- While Tesla cars are known to be fun to drive, they’re just a little more fun while in ‘Park.’ Classic arcade games from Atari are now discoverable as hidden Easter Eggs. If you can find them, your car becomes a game console with controls on the touchscreen and steering wheel. Happy hunting!
Every single Model S, Model X and Model 3 ever built will receive new features and improvements from Software Version 9.0. This is just the latest reminder that when you have a Tesla, you will have a better time.