This week, Tesla owners across North America are waking up to a car that is smarter, safer and more intuitive than ever before. Our most substantial update yet, Software Version 9.0, introduces a refined and simplified user interface, along with entirely new features for Model S, Model X, and Model 3, as well as on Tesla’s mobile app.
To receive Version 9.0 as quickly as possible, connect your car to WiFi. Here’s an overview of what’s new:
Tesla Mobile App Updates
Using the Tesla app, you can initiate a vehicle software update remotely without having to be in your car.
Now, you can use your phone to send a destination to your car’s navigation. Simply use the “Share” button in your favorite map app.
Passengers are now able to access Media controls from their mobile devices. Drivers can enable or disable this feature from their car’s center screen by going to Media Settings Allow Mobile Control.
Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles built with Hardware 2.5 (introduced in August 2017) now allow you to record and store video captured from the forward-facing camera when your car is in use. You will need to configure file formatting and allow for a minimum of 1.8 GB of free space on a flash drive. The drive should be inserted into a front row USB port.
Tap the Dashcam icon to save 10-minute video clip, or, press and hold to pause recording.
New Apps & App Launcher
For Model S, Model X and Model 3, the new application launcher brings all your apps together in one place, including your Calendar, Energy, Web Browser, Rear View Camera, Phone and Charging apps. You can also access your last-used app by swiping upward on the app launcher, and you can dismiss the current app by swiping downward.
Three new apps for Model 3 bring web-browsing capabilities, calendar integration with your mobile device, and the ability to monitor energy consumption in real-time or view the projected energy use for an upcoming trip.
Updated Climate Controls
You can now access controls for cold weather features in Model S and Model X, including rear seat heaters, steering wheel heater, and wiper heater all in one place. You can also press and hold to turn climate on or off without needing to open the full climate menu.
In Model 3, you can easily adjust the temperature with one touch by simply swiping across the temperature control setting to the left or right. A new 3D visualization of the dashboard shows you exactly how air is flowing into the cabin, and allows you to precisely direct the channels of air.
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