Tesla Latest Software Updates: Driving Visualizations, Stardew Valley, Twitch, and More!

by Jack

One of this automakers many benefits is their ability to continuously improve and add to their vehicles through a Tesla over-the-air update. The company is constantly looking to improve the safety of their vehicles, adding owner requested features, or simply making owning a Tesla more fun. With each Tesla software update your car feels new again. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest Tesla software updates along with previous versions and release notes.


Latest Tesla Software Update

The Tesla software update today can be a little confusing. Not every vehicle is on the same version, updates are done in batches spontaneously, and not all features are available to all cars. You can check out our Tesla software update history and release notes showcasing compatibility and breakdowns below.

The current and latest Tesla update today is 2019.40.50.1, but don’t start to worry if you’re a bit behind. Tesla rolls out their updates in small batches. You can use TeslaFi, a Tesla firmware tracker, to view fleet progress and check out what percent of the Tesla owners are on which Tesla software versions.

At this point, Teslafi is a necessary tool if you want to truly stay up to date with your car. While many use it as a free Tesla firmware tracker, it’s much more than that. When registered you can track everything about your vehicle such as range loss, electricity savings, software updates, and charging data. If you wish, you can check out their full list of features on their About page. The site uses data from those registered to give us a better understanding of Tesla’s overall fleet. The service is well worth it if you’re data driven or just want to know if you are truly getting the most out of your battery. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, Teslafi has a leaderboard tracking the longest ranges achieved on a single charge.

You can earn a month-long free trial simply by using our referral code, EVBite.

How To Update Your Tesla’s Software

The latest Tesla software update is usually reserved for those in the early access program. Those who purchased the FSD package prior to March 2019 are in a second program and receive updates slightly faster than the general public. There was also an opportunity to enter the program through gaining a certain amount of referrals but that option is now gone.

When a new Tesla software update is available, your car will notify you with a request to install it. There is currently no way to force a Tesla software update. The company pushes out available updates at random and the cars slowly download them in the background. You can promote faster download times and more frequent updates by leaving your car connected to WiFi. Additionally you can go into your cars settings and change your update preferences for priority support.

‘Controls’ > ‘Software’ > ‘Software Update Preference’

If your Tesla software update failed you’ll just have to wait for the company to push it out again. The same process above applies to Tesla map updates as well.

What Tesla Features Do I Get?

Not all vehicles get all the new features. Your available Tesla features will be dependent on your MCU (Media Control Unit), your Autopilot version, and your countries regulations. All new Tesla’s built today are on Autopilot 3 with MCU 2. Any car built after March 2018 should receive all new and present features excluding those that are region-specific.

For your convinced, we’ve compiled a list outlining Tesla features with their respective Autopilot and MCU version. If you’re wondering what your car is missing out on or are considering buying a used Tesla we highly recommend checking out our list.

We also suggest you head over to the latest Tesla software update mega-thread on Reddit for some discussions with other owners.


Driving Visualization Improvements

The driving visualization can now display additional objects which include stoplights, stop signs and select road markings. The stop sign and stop light visualizations are not a substitute for an attentive driver and will not stop the car. To see these additional objects in your driving visualization, tap Controls > Autopilot > Full Self-Driving Visualization Preview.

First Noticed 2019.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 1+ AP 3+

As a further refinement of the Stop Sign Warning that was featured in the previous update, the driving visualization will now attempt to show you even more objects such as stoplights, stop signs, and other road markings. Once again it will not respond to stop signs at this point, but you will be able to gauge how accurate Tesla’s latest iteration of Autopilot is really like.


Voice Commands

Voice commands have been rebuilt to understand natural language. For this initial release, we focused on commands that minimize having to touch the screen so you can keep your eyes on the road. A few areas and examples of what you can say are:

Climate: “Set the temperature to 70”, “Turn on the passenger seat heater”
Vehicle: “Adjust my right mirror”, “Open the glovebox”
Navigation: “Let’s go to work”, “Where are the nearby supercharging stations”
Media: “Play the Beatles”, “Search for Joe Rogan podcast”,
Communication: “Call Davis Lewis”, “Send a text message to Evan”
Other: “Show me the rear camera”, “Open Autopilot settings”

Anonymized voice commands will be captured to further train and improve the system in future software updates.

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 2+ AP 2+

In an effort to have you sound less like you’re giving orders to a robot, Tesla has started to revamp its voice command structure to understand “natural language” better and encourage you to use voice commands instead of the touch screen so that you keep your eyes on the road. As always Tesla will continue to try and improve on this feature and release more refined versions in future updates.


Phone Improvements

You can now read and respond to text messages using your right scroll wheel button. When a new message is received press the right scroll wheel button to have your text message read out loud and press again to respond by speaking out loud. You will also be able to view messages as they come in via the “Cards” section of the touchscreen.

To view messages that have been received while your phone is connected via Bluetooth, tap the Application Launcher > Call > Messages. You can read and reply to a message by tapping an entry in the Messages list. To enable this feature, tap the Bluetooth icon on the top of the display, and enable “Sync Messages”. Once enabled, you can also choose to play a chime whenever a new text message is received by enabling “Chime on New Message”.

Additionally, if you have favorite phone contacts on your device, you can now easily access them from the Favorites tab of the Phone app.

Note: Notifications need to be enabled on your device from the phone’s Bluetooth settings to send and receive text messages. Due to the limitations of Bluetooth support from your device, you will not be able to send group messages. As usual, Bluetooth behavior may depend on make and model of your device.

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 2+ AP 2+

In another effort to have a more hands-free experience, Tesla now added the ability to have your text messages read out loud and will also allow you to respond to text messages by speaking out loud. Additionally, you will be able to view messages directly as they come in via the “Cards” section of the touchscreen.


Camp Mode

Your car can now maintain airflow, temperature, interior lighting, as well as play music, and power devices when Camp Mode is enabled. To enable Camp Mode, tap the fan icon at the bottom of the touchscreen and set Keep Climate On to CAMP while your car is in PARK. Big batteries rock.

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 1+ AP 2+

Feel like camping out in Tesla? Tired of having to tap your screen every time your screen goes dim so that your car doesn’t power off? Well, Camp Mode might just be the thing for you! Turning on the option will allow your car to maintain all of its functions while in Park so that you can comfortably chill out without having your music or air conditioning stop.


Tesla Theater Twitch

You can now watch Twitch in the Tesla Theater app. To launch Tesla Theater, tap the Entertainment icon in the Application Launcher and select the Theater tab while your car is in PARK. Note: Premium Connectivity is required to stream videos over cell. To subscribe to Premium Connectivity, please visit your Tesla Account online.

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 2+ AP 2+

Can’t leave home without watching your favorite Fortnite stream? Tesla’s got you.


Stardew Valley

You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 2+ AP 2+

As a holiday bonus, Stardew Valley becomes the second modern full-fledged game to make its way onto the Tesla…console? Stardew Valley might be the perfect way to kill tens of minutes while your charging as the whole game revolves around you building up and managing your farm. Need 10-20 minutes to charge up? Why not go pick some of your crops or figure out your next expansion plot. Above you can find a video of some gameplay.


Backgammon

Two players, two sides, one is light, one is dark. Play Backgammon against your passenger or challenge your Tesla to a game. Move by dragging and dropping the checker pieces during your turn. As with all Tesla Arcade Games, you can play when your car is in PARK by tapping the Application Launcher, then tap Entertainment > Arcade and select your desired game from the menu.

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 1+ AP 2+

Need a more classic game to get you through your wait? Challenge your friend to one of the oldest board games in human history, all in the comfort of your futuristic electric car.


Voice Keyboard

You can now use dictation to input text in your car. Simply tap the microphone icon on the keyboard to input text via voice control.

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 1+ AP 2+

Another feature to keep your eyes on the road. You will now be able to speak out your text input after tapping the microphone icon on the keyboard.


TRAX v0.1

In addition to creating a visual masterpiece with the Tesla Sketchpad, you can now make audio masterpieces with TRAX. Simple add some instruments, adjust the tempo, and record multiple tracks to start creating original music right in your car. Once you are done, SAVE your music and LOAD it for future playback. To access TRAX, tap on the Application Launcher > Toybox > TRAX icon.

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 2+ AP 2+

Done perfecting your art skills on the Tesla Sketchpad? Your next challenge will be to improve your music production skills with the new TRAX software which allows you to create various musical compositions in your Tesla and then challenge your friends to a rap battle right then and there.


Save Dashcam Clips on Honk

Dashcam can now automatically save clips whenever you honk your car horn. To enable, tap Controls > Safety & Security > Save Clips on Honk. To learn more about how to setup and use Dashcam, please refer to the Owner’s Manual.

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 1+ AP 2+

A further improvement to the TeslaCam will now automatically save a clip when you press on the horn instead of relying on you to press the icon on your touchscreen, which let’s face it, we all have forgotten to press at least once at this point.


Driver Profiles

Additional navigation settings are now saved to your driver profile such as volume levels for navigation voice guidance as well as traffic display settings.

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 1+ AP 2+

Driver profiles will now save more than seat positions, allowing your preferred volume levels and traffic display settings to be maintained.


Danish Language Support

You can now select Danish as your language. To upgrade your language setting, tap Controls > Display and select the desired option from the Language drop down menu.

First Noticed 2019.40.50.1 (December 2019) MCU 1+ AP 2+

Shoutout to all the Danes out there, you can finally navigate your Tesla in Danish.

1 comment

Linda Whitmore May 6, 2019 - 10:27 am

Regarding the new Sentry Mode, I am concerned about the Hispanic men who will provide this around-the-clock security. You wrote that the new service “activates cameras and senors to monitor any criminal activity.” (Ha!)

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