One of Tesla’s many benefits is their ability to continuously update their vehicles through over-the-air software updates. They constantly improve their vehicles safety and add owner requested features making your car feel new again with each and every update. Here are just some of the latest Tesla software updates to come from the manufacturer.
Latest Tesla Software Update
The current, most recent update is 2019.20.1, but don’t start to worry if you are behind. Tesla rolls out their updates in small batches. You can use TeslaFi to track current firmware progress and check out what percent of the Tesla owners fleet are on which firmware version.
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 the early access program. There was also an opportunity to enter the program through gaining a certain amount of referrals but that option is now gone.
Not all vehicles get all the new features. Your features will be dependent on your MCU, Autopilot version, and your countries regulations. We are currently on Autopilot 2.5 with MCU 3. Any car built after March 2018 should receive all new and present features that aren’t region specific. MCU 3 is just now being rolled out but we expect months to go by before we see any MCU 3 specific updates.
Check out the latest Tesla software update mega-thread on Reddit for some discussions with other owners.
The newest update allows owners to charger their Teslas at third-party CCS chargers at up to 200kWh.
The driving visualization has been adjusted to automatically zoom in and out to better utilize screen space and inform you when a vehicle is detected in your blind spot. The visualization remains zoomed out when driving on highways.
Sentry Mode Improvements
It’s now easier to enable and disable Sentry Mode by tapping the Sentry Mode icon at the top of your touchscreen when your is in Park.
Your car can also default Sentry Mode to always be enabled when your vehicle is parked by going to Controls > Safety & Security > Sentry Mode > ON if selected ON, you can exclude Home, Work and/or Favorite places by selecting the checkboxes. If a location is selected, Sentry Mode will be disabled when your car is parked near those locations.
Software Update Preference
You now have the option to receive new software updates as soon as they are available for your car configuration and region. Tap Controls > Software > Software Update preference > ADVANCED.
Conditional Speed Limits
Your vehicle will now display conditional speed limits, such as speed limit based on time of day, weather condition, etc. If there is a conditional speed limit for your current road, it will be displayed in grey below the regular speed limit sign.
Your Tesla will now be able to increase its charge rate from its previous maximum of 120 kW, to the new maximum of 150 kW that is provided by Supercharger V2. This should obviously help with charging your battery faster.
On-Route Battery Warmup
As described during the unveiling of Supercharger V3, when you navigate to a Supercharger your Tesla will start warming up the battery so that it doesn’t waste time doing so after you plug it in. The feature is reported to decrease the average time of charging by 25% when compared to a 120 kW charge. When in combination with the improved 150 kW, it should save even more time at the charger.
Multiple Language Support
For a while now Tesla’s software and features were only available in English. Many around theglobe in foreign speaking countries simply had to adapt but with the latest 2019.12 update, we are seeing multiple language support. This will allow you to change both the language on the display and the language for the voice commands.
Web Browser Upgrade
One of the major complaints by Tesla owners is the built in web browser. In simple terms, it’s just not that good. With the 2019.9 update, we now have an updated web browser to improve performance and security. Elon Musk recently mentioned that the Tesla web browser was set to upgrade to Chromium. It is unconfirmed whether this feature is for only MCU2 cars or both.
About to be upgraded to Chromium
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 22, 2019
Auto High Beams
Tesla Auto High Beams is a feature that has been available for the Model S and X for some time now. With this latest software update, the Tesla Model 3 can now take advantage of the same feature. When your high beams are enabled, the system will be on the lookout for oncoming cars, if they see one they will toggle off until that vehicle is out of sight. This is extremely useful for navigating those extra dark roadways without disrupting the vision of others on the road.
Press To Install Software Update
You can now view details about your vehicle software by tapping Controls > Software. In addition to your current software version, you can see when there is a new software update package available to be downloaded. A download progress bar is displayed once the car is connected to Wi-Fi. After the download is complete you will continue to be able to schedule when to install the software update or install it immediately.
High Speed Performance
A few weeks ago we saw a range increase for the Tesla Model 3 with a promised ~5% performance increase coming as well. That update is finally here allowing your car to maintain torque and power for longer periods of time driving at high speeds. It is not yet confirmed which vehicles will receive this performance boost.
New Atari Games
TeslAtari updates inbound! Look for Super Breakout and more in the latest software update which will begin rolling out later this week 🕹
— Tesla (@Tesla) April 4, 2019
In a previous update, Tesla removed Pole Position from their list of Atari games and promised more to come soon. With this latest Tesla software update, we received not one, but two new Atari games. 2048 and Super Breakout have both been added to the growing list of games you can play on your Tesla.
Not all games are available on all cars. For instance, those who have MCU 1, cars built before February 2018, never received Pole Position. There is no confirmation yet on whether some of these games will be limited to certain cars with this latest update.
No Confirmation Navigate on Autopilot
No confirmation NOA has arrived. Video coming when it’s daylight. pic.twitter.com/Ze7EN1y0L8
— tesla_raj (@tesla_raj) April 5, 2019
Tesla has finally released what they have been teasing for a while now, no confirmation Nav on Autopilot. Nav on Autopilot is a feature that allows you to go a full trip on the highway while on Autopilot. The car will make lane changes and maneuvers to get you on the right exits all by itself. Previously, this feature required a confirmation with the turn signal stalk to initiate a lane change that the car wanted to perform. With this latest Tesla software update, lane changes will now be made automatically as long as the driver has a hand on the wheel. You will be notified prior to the lane change via an audio, visual, or physical warning. With that warning you can either cancel the change or let the car proceed. This is just one step closer to a full self-driving Tesla but by no means is this full self-driving.
This feature does not make a car autonomous, and lane changes will only be made when a driver’s hands are detected on the wheel. As has always been the case, until truly driverless cars are validated and approved by regulators, drivers are responsible for and must remain in control of their car at all times.
Back in January, we first heard of Sentry Mode and its wide release to all Tesla models with the previously available Enhanced Autopilot package. Since then, its actual release has been a bit slow with the first sighting being almost a month after conception. Owners of Model 3s started to receive the update with S & X owners left in the dark. Now both models are receiving the same love as the update has finally begun to roll out fleet wide along with a few other neat features.
Sentry Mode is a toggle-able security system. If anyone so much as walks by your car, it will turn on your center screen to show a “recording” message and activates cameras and senors to monitor any criminal activity. If criminal activity (such as a break-in) is detected, the car will trigger an alarm at full volume, increase display brightness, record the incident, and notify you via smartphone. You can then see the recording in your Teslacam. If you still have not set your Teslacam up, or need help doing so, check out this tutorial.
Dog Mode is also being released alongside the Sentry Mode update to Model S and X owners. Your vehicle already has Cabin Overheat Protection, but with this new mode you can enable a screen that notifies any passersby that your pet is safe and the air conditioning is on.
Dynamic Brake Lights
One new feature you probably have not heard of yet is Dynamic Brake Lights, a feature not invented by Tesla that serves as a useful safety features for both the driver and those around. This feature is currently only available in Europe, as U.S. regulations have yet to permit any dynamic brake lights in the U.S.
“If you are driving over 50 km/h (31 mph) and brake forcefully, the brake lights will now flash quickly to warn other drivers that your car is rapidly slowing down. If your car stops completely, the hazard warning lights will flash until you press the accelerator or manually press the hazard warning lights button to turn them off.”
The Tesla Model 3 has also received a peak power increase of about 5% for all versions. Owners around the globe are already reporting their vehicles feeling much faster. Range has also been boosted to 325 miles for the Long Range version and they have also increased the top speed of the Performance model to 162 mph through an over the air software update.
Model 3 Key Fob Summon
The Model 3 was released with no key or fob. Instead, you relied on your smartphone or key card to unlock and start your vehicle. After some owner feedback, Tesla released a key fob for the Tesla Model 3 but unlike the Model S & X, it did not allow the activation of Summon. With this latest Tesla software update, Summon is now available to be used on the Model 3 key fob as well. The fob itself does not come with the purchase of a Tesla Model 3 but can but bought afterwards from Tesla for $150.
Teslacam has been around since ~October of last year. It is a feature that allows you to plug in a USB and use the on board cameras as a dashcam. When the car is on, it is constantly recording and with a press of an on-screen button you can save a 10 minute clip for later use. Originally, the only camera used for recording was the single front facing one. With this latest Tesla software update, Teslacam now uses the two side cameras as well.