Tesla Motors is having a good week with the announcement by CEO Elon Musk that the company had achieved a positive cash flow last week. In addition to getting their cash flow Back in Black, Tesla has updated the firmware on the Model S to v4.0.
In this firmware update Tesla has added a new energy saving sleep mode, as well as made improvements the door handle capabilities, Voice Commands and enhanced media browsing capabilities, and added functionality for Maps, HomeLink, and Steering Wheel Controls.
The new power saving sleep mode shuts down all electronics when you leave your car, and will power them up again when your key comes in range of the vehicle. This allows for minimal wait time before you can begin driving. This feature saves up to 8 miles worth of electricity from being drained from the battery pack while with vehicle is in storage, your at work or run errands. This will let you squeeze even more range out the the battery pack when you don’t have a charger at your disposal.
MODEL S SOFTWARE RELEASE NOTES v4.0
A new software update will be available in the coming days. The onboard notification will guide you through the installation. If you would like to review the process, instructions are available at the end of this email.
After installation, Model S will feature new energy-saving “sleep” functionality, improved door handle capabilities, Voice Commands and enhanced media browsing capabilities, and added functionality for Maps, HomeLink, and Steering Wheel Controls.
Beginning with this update, Release Notes will be displayed on the touchscreen right after the update and can always be accessed later by tapping the Tesla T in the status bar and tapping the Release Notes link located above your VIN number, next to the software version number.
- Vehicle Sleep
- App Launcher
- Release Notes
- Voice Commands
- Synchronized Door Handles
- USB Media Browsing
- Alphabetical Index
- Calling from Maps
- Steering Wheel Controls – Fan
- Speed / Sunroof
- Throttle Response
- HomeLink – Location Awareness
- Energy App
NEW CONTROLS / SETTINGS
- Auto-Presenting Door Handles
- Metric Distance Unit
- Range Driving Mode
With this release, Model S will power off the display and vehicle electronics each time you exit, transitioning to a “sleep” state. When you return to Model S, you’ll note a modest increase in the time it takes the touchscreen and instrument panel to wake from this energy-saving state.
Model S will initiate the startup process the moment the key is recognized nearby. You can only begin driving once both displays are ready.
If you would prefer to keep the displays powered so they’ll be instantly available each time you return, you can change the setting in Controls > Settings > Vehicle. Note that keeping the displays powered will reduce your car’s range up to 8 miles per day when the car is not plugged in, and will also reduce the life of your 12V battery and vehicle electrical systems. If displays are set to power off, the displays will power off 2 hours after the rest of the car goes to sleep. The displays will also power off when the battery charge is low (or after 60 hours without use), regardless of the setting.
- App Launcher – With this feature, you can easily launch an app in the bottom app window (in addition to the current default behavior, where tapping an icon replaces the app in the top window). To try it, tap and hold an application icon. You’ll notice a small pop-up indicating the top and bottom viewing panes. Drag the icon to your preferred location.
KEEP DISPLAYS POWERED ON
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