Latest Tesla Software Updates: Driving Visualizations, Backup Camera Improvements, Cabin Camera

by Denis Gurskiy
Tesla Software Updates

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.


Autosteer Stop Sign Warning

Your car may warn you in some cases if it detects you are about to run a stop sign, in addition to stop lights, while Autosteer is in use. This is not a substitute for an attentive driver and will not stop the car.

First Noticed 2019.40.2 (December 2019) MCU 1+ AP 3+

The recognition of stop signs and stop lights is a big hurdle to overcome if you want a car to have full autonomy. While this update does not promise that your Tesla will stop at stop signs and stop lights on its own, it will at times warn you if you are going to run one without stopping. This is obviously a test feature to see how well the system works in the real world, kind of like Tesla’s Shadow Mode but you are now able to see the results for yourself. But please don’t attempt to intentionally run stop signs to see if the system works.


Automatic Lane Change Improvements

Automatic lane changes have been tuned to make lane changes with more confidence. When the adjacent lane is detected to be open, automatic lane changes will initiate faster and be more assertive.

First Noticed 2019.40.2 (December 2019) MCU 1+ AP 2+

For those of us who have did not even find “Mad Max” mode, Mad Max enough when it came to changing lanes, Tesla has released some new improvements to the system that will make the lane changes more confident. So if you were dissatisfied with your first outing of Navigate on Autopilot, go ahead and give it another go to see if it feels any better.


Automatic Wiper Improvements

Automatic wipers have been improved to be more likely to activate when it is lightly raining and respond to changes in rain intensity for more environments. The automatic wipers are now employing the first production deep neural network trained with over 1 million images for the detection of water droplets on a windshield and additional weather cues. If automatic wipers is not performing to your preference, any manual adjustment to wiper speed will be captured to further train and improve the network in future software updates.

To enable automatic wipers, tap the windshield wiper icon located in the “Cards” area on the touchscreen and select AUTO.

First Noticed 2019.40.2 (December 2019) MCU 1+ AP 2+

Tesla is leveraging their extensive neural network which will be used to propel us to a full self-driving feature, to get your windshield wipers to act as perfectly as possible. The company has been feeding the system over a million pictures of water droplets, all so you don’t have to manually turn on your wipers. Of course, you can still turn them on yourself if that’s your thing.


Adjacent Lane Speeds

When your vehicle is moving at a significantly faster speed than vehicles in neighboring lanes, Autopilot now automatically reduces your driving speed. This is helpful in heavy traffic situations or when there is a long line of vehicles merging into a different lane or exiting onto an off-ramp. When your vehicle detects that adjacent lane traffic is significantly slower, the lane is highlighted with arrows and its vehicles are highlighted gray in the driving visualization. This speed adjustment can be temporarily overridden by pressing the accelerator pedal.

First Noticed 2019.40.2 (December 2019) MCU 2+ AP 2+

Tesla continues to refine the Autopilot experience, especially for drivers that make extensive use of Navigate on Autopilot. The new feature will hopefully lead to a smoother experience for those that use it in high traffic areas.


Stopping Mode

Along with the previously-available CREEP and ROLL (the previous vehicle behavior if CREEP was disabled) settings, a new setting called HOLD is available as a Stopping Mode selection. When HOLD is selected, your vehicle continues to use regenerative braking after decelerating to a low speed, and applies Vehicle Hold after coming to a complete stop. The HOLD setting maximizes range and reduces brake wear by continuing to provide regenerative braking at speeds lower than approximately 5 mph (8 km/h). See Owner’s Manual for more information.

To change your Stopping Mode setting, tap Controls > Driving > Stopping Mode while in PARK.

First Noticed 2019.36.1 (November 2019) Model 3/Raven Powertrain

Tesla has added another option for your stopping mode. This new option is one brings us one step closer to one-pedal driving by allowing the regenerative braking to continue below 5 mph, allowing you to not have to touch the brake pedal at all.


Driving Visualization Improvements

The driving visualization now displays traffic cones, in cases where a traffic cone is detected and Navigate on Autopilot is engaged (requires Full Self Driving Capability), the vehicle is designed to suggest a lane change (or attempt a lane change if REQUIRE LANE CHANGE CONFIRMATION is set to NO) to avoid cones. As always, you are responsible for your vehicle and are required to pay attention at all times.

Applies to vehicles with the FSD Computer installed.

First Noticed 2019.36.1 (November 2019) MCU 1+ AP 3+

The driving visualization continues to get improvements as Tesla tries to make their cars full self-driving capable. With this iteration your Tesla will be able to identify traffic cones on the road and, if you are using Navigate on Autopilot it will react to the cones and change lanes.


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5 comments

Alan Glenn June 19, 2020 - 12:04 pm

How can I tell which version of AP I have? I know I’m on MCU1 but no idea what version of AP?

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Giovanni June 19, 2020 - 1:23 pm

Tesla recently made this easy. From within your car go to the software menu. Under your VIN you’ll see “Additional vehicle information” just go ahead and click that.

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Alan Glenn June 19, 2020 - 1:48 pm

Thanks. I have AP 2.5 but MCU1 so I’m out of luck for lots of these new features. Can’t do the MCU update as I use XM in a bad cell area.

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Chrus February 1, 2020 - 5:31 am

You have not mentioned that this update provides a lot of pretty useless stuff like backgammon but breaks one of the best things about owning a Tesla which is the voice command to play any Spotify song. Now playing music just takes you to a menu so you have to type. This is really dangerous IMO. So don’t update if you haven’t already. Can live with a glitchy car.

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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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