Tesla Motors recently released a big update for the Model S, adding further to the car’s growing array of features. The update was pushed to vehicles over the air, which is a common practice and saves owners from having to go to a service center. It involved the installation of a new operating system for the car, called Software v6.0.
There were seven major changes to the Model S’ software, some bigger than others. One of the biggest was the addition of a beta version of a traffic-based navigation system, meaning drivers will receive directions based on current traffic situations and how they impact travel time. The system will continue to monitor the traffic situation as it unfolds, pushing updates to the best route as needed. One way that the traffic information will be updated is through feedback from other Tesla cars on the roads in the area, providing more reliable traffic updates. Considering that Tesla Motors is based in California, which has the proud honor of hosting the worst traffic in the United States, it’s easy to see where the inspiration for this feature came from.
Another big change involves the air suspension. If drivers usually travel on roads where greater ground clearance is needed, the car will store this information and adjust the suspension accordingly whenever the Model S turns onto that street. This means no more bottoming out on steep driveways and other stick situations.
A remote start feature will allow car owners to start the motor using only their smartphone, meaning they can even drive the car without the key fob. To ensure nobody simply steals a phone to then steal a car, owners must input their passcode each time they want to start the motor.
For those who are interested in maximizing the car’s power, a management system can put the car into a mode that saves energy every night. Another setting allows for an automatic connection to be established between the car and the Tesla mobile app, but without sucking down any more electricity.