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

by Denis Gurskiy
Tesla Software Updates

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2019.12 New Software Update Page from teslamotors

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

You can now see details regarding her vehicle software by going to Controls > Software. Not only will you be able to see you current software version, but you will now be able to see if there is a new software update available to be downloaded and a progress bar will be displayed once the car is connected to Wi-Fi. Once the download is complete you will be able to schedule when to install the update or have it installed immediately.

High Speed Performance

Model 3/Raven Powertrain

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.

New Atari Games

MCU 1+ AP 2+

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.

Full List:

  • Missile Command
  • Astroids
  • Lunar Landar
  • Centipede
  • Super Breakout
  • 2048

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

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.

MCU 1+ AP 2+

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.

Sentry Mode

MCU 1+ AP 2+

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

MCU 1+ AP 2+

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

“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.”

MCU 1+ AP 2+

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.

Power Increase

MCU 1+ Model 3

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

MCU 1+ Model 3

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 Upgrade

MCU 1+ AP 2+

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.

If you havn’t yet set up your Teslcam or are having trouble, check out our tutorial. You can also buy a simple ready-to-go package from PureTesla.

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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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