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

by Denis Gurskiy
Tesla Software Updates

Automatic Navigation

Automatic Navigation starts a route to a likely destination when you get in your car. Automatic Navigation routes you to locations associated with upcoming calendar events, to Work when leaving Home in the morning (Monday through Friday) and Home when leaving Work in the afternoon or evening (Monday through Friday).

To adjust Automatic Navigation, tap Controls > Navigation > Automatic Navigation. To set your work and home addresses, tap Navigate then tap Home or work and enter the address as necessary, then tap Save.

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Automatic Navigation is another small quality of life feature that will automatically navigate to your house or work during the appropriate times of the day or other addresses that are connected to calendar events.

Scheduled Departure

It’s now easier to have your car comfortable and ready to drive with Schedule Departure. For any location (e.g. Home), plug in your car and select a time for when you want your car to be ready to drive. Once your specified time is set, the car will schedule charging to complete before peak electricity rates begin (6AM) to reduce energy costs and ensure consistent regenerative braking and performance. It also automatically starts climate control so the cabin is comfortable at the set departure time.

To enable Scheduled Departure for the current location, go to Charging > Schedule. Then select DEPART AT and set the departure time, choosing whether you’d like Scheduled Departure to apply ALL WEEK or only on the WEEKDAYS. If ALL WEEK is selected, you have the option to “Precondition Cabin on Weekdays Only” by selecting the checkbox.

Note: Scheduled Departure will not precondition your car if it has less than 20% battery remaining. This feature improves and replaces the setting previous called Smart Preconditioning.

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Scheduled Departure is a neat feature for those looking to save some money while charging their Tesla at home. Just set what time you plan to leave your house and your Tesla will adjust itself to try and charge fully during non-peak hours, saving you some money in the process. Additionally it will automatically set the climate control and if you live in a spot with harsh winters, it will precondition your car as well, making sure that you have as much performance as possible before driving out into the cold weather.

Power Increase

Your car’s power has been increased by approximately 5%, improving acceleration and performance.

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The fine folks over at Tesla have done some tweaking with the software and have given everyone a small boost to their power and acceleration. But a boost nonetheless. FREE POWER!

Smart Summon

Smart Summon is designed to allow your car to drive to you (using your phone’s GPS as a target destination) or a location of your choosing, maneuvering around and stopping for objects as necessary. Like Summon, Smart Summon is only intended for use in private parking lots and driveways. You are still responsible for your car and must monitor it and it’s surroundings at all times within your line of sight because it may not detect all obstacles. Be especially careful around quick moving people, bicycles, and cars

To access the feature in your Tesla Mobile app, tap Summon then tap the Smart Summon icon. To activate Smart Summon, press and hold the “COME TO ME” button. Alternatively, tap the target icon, set the destination of your choice by adjusting the map, and then press and hold “GO TO TARGET” button. You can stop your car from driving at any time by releasing the button.

To reduce the time it takes for Smart Summon to warm up, you can keep your car ready by enabling Summon Standby Mode by going to Controls > Autopilot > STANDBY MODE. If selected ON, you can exclude Home, Work, and/or your Favorite places by selected the checkboxes. If a location is selected, Standby Mode will be disabled when your car is parked near those locations.

Additionally, Smart Summon also integrates with HomeLink and can, for example, open your garage door and drive your car out of your garage at the press of a button. Like Summon, Smart Summon is only intended for use in private parking lots and driveways. You are still responsible for your car and must monitor it and its surroundings at all times within your line of sight.

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It finally happened, almost a year after Elon Musk stated that Smart Summon was about six weeks out, it has released a wide-release. For those that are still unfamiliar with what Smart Summon does, it allows you to place a marker within a certain radius of your parked Tesla (about 150 ft. radius) and the Tesla will autonomously drive itself there. This is Tesla’s first major step into proving that full self-driving can be a possibility.

The last part was bolded by me to emphasize that the feature is meant for private roads, but you just know that people will try their luck on public roads.


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Yes, you are reading that right, Tesla has finally added in Spotify support to their models. Go ahead and listen to all your playlists to your heart’s content. The service does require Spotify Premium and does not replace Slack or Tunein

Application Launcher Reorder

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Given the increase in features, there is a slight reorder in the application launcher. On change is Tesla Arcade is now known as Tesla Entertainment which now holds both the Tesla Arcade and Tesla Theater.

Software Update Improvements

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For the stat geeks out there, Tesla will now tell you the exact software version number that you are receiving during an update. Additionally you will be able to track the install progress while the touchscreen is on.

Joe Mode

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Another minor feature, but one that will be helpful to those riding with small children. Joe Mode will lower the volume of the Tesla’s chimes to a level that will still be able to effectively alert the driver, but won’t disturb passengers, such as children who are sleeping.

Coming Soon (V10):Sentry Mode Improvements

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Sentry Mode clips will now be saved in a separate folder to make them more easy to manage. Additionally, older clips will now be deleted if there is not enough space on the USB for new clips and 5GB of space have already been used. For those that might still be having trouble with Sentry Mode in the cars, we wrote up a guide to help you out.

General Map Improvements

We have improved maps to make it easier to find and navigate to where you want to go. When searching for a destination, the autocomplete search now includes the distance to each suggested place. Also, you can now directly tap the labels on the map to quickly view the associated place details and navigate to that destination.

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It’s a minor feature in the grand scheme of things, but probably one of the most useful things the Tesla has added.

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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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