A major Tesla software update is to the Teslarati what a big iOS release is for hardcore Apple fanboys—it’s a pretty big deal. Both always come with a host of new features to try and better the user experience for anyone with an upgradable device—or, in this case, car. Taking a break from hot-lapping Laguna Seca and the Nüburgring, Tesla has just announced what it’s calling Software Version 10.0. This is the single biggest software update yet, and according to Tesla, it’s “raising the bar for what people have come to expect from their cars with new entertainment, gaming, music, and convenience features.”
The update is largely focused on entertainment and streaming, but we’ve included every major update here. Keep reading to learn about all of the changes coming to a Tesla near you.
Customers who have purchased Full Self-Driving Capability or Enhanced Autopilot can now have their car meet them at a destination of their choosing in a parking lot. Dubbed Smart Summon, it’s like a sort of self-valet feature. Tesla says it’s perfect for owners with kids in strollers, a full shopping cart, or other hindrances that would make the trip to the car too difficult. Tesla’s website does make this disclosure though: “Those using Smart Summon must remain responsible for the car and monitor it and its surroundings at all times.”
Tesla Model 3, S, and X owners can now get more from the large displays at the center of their dashboards with Tesla Theater. Owners can now connect their Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Hulu + Live accounts to watch all sorts of content from their cars—just as long as it’s parked, of course. The feature also comes with Tesla tutorial videos so owners can learn how to do even more with the litany of features their car has.
No, we’re not kidding. With Tesla software V10.0, cars will now come with a pre-loaded library of songs that customers can sing along to, either by themselves or with their friends or coworkers–if they’re feeling brave enough.
Restaurants & Destinations
Tesla’s navigation function now features “I’m Feeling Lucky” and “I’m Feeling Hungry” options. It’s essentially a shuffle button for people who can’t decide on where to eat. Tesla has also changed the way it sorts destination options; the location nearest the vehicle will appear first on the list, with options farther away appearing lower down.
You don’t know what to do. You don’t know what to eat.
You trust the opinion of strangers, but you don’t want to talk to them.
With V10, your Tesla can direct you to the nearest highly rated places and the best food. You just need to say whether you’re feeling ???? or ????. pic.twitter.com/KVayDPEAtu
— Tesla (@Tesla) September 26, 2019
Music & Podcasts
Tesla has finally added Spotify support directly into its user interface. According to Tesla, this was one of their most requested features, and a must-have for people with long commutes or those who enjoy listening to music or podcasts in the car. Version 10.0 will support Slacker Radio and TuneIn as well.
You might want to start keeping a controller in the center console—V10.0 now supports USB controllers and will be adding CupHead, an extremely popular retro arcade-style game to Tesla Arcade. Tesla owners will get access to the first full level of the game, which can support up to two players.
Where have you parked your Tesla?
But also, who cares?
Our Smart Summon feature means your car collects *you* from the parking lot. pic.twitter.com/boEtjJlY1V
— Tesla (@Tesla) September 26, 2019
Sentry Mode Updates
When recording in sentry mode, the Model 3 will actively sort the videos on your USB device into a separate folder. Your car will also delete older clips if your USB device is running low on storage.
You can also now control the car’s defroster, windows, and your home’s garage door opener all from the Tesla app on your phone.
Streaming Media & Browser Support Coming to all Tesla Model 3s
Tesla is now enabling browser access on all Model 3s. So even if you have the Standard Range Plus or Standard Range car, you’ll still get access to the new features in V10.0 like Spotify, Slacker, and TuneIn as long as you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
The over-the-air update will be available this week, and, just like always, will simply update overnight.
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