Tesla goodies

I took delivery of my Tesla Model 3 in August of 2018. Most cars just get older with wear, but Teslas improve in some ways with age. It comes with over-the-air firmware updates. This post details some of the improvements to my car since I got it.

  • Around the time I got my car, Consumer Reports downrated the Model 3 for its long stopping distance. Tesla sent an update that improved it. CR stated that it was the first time that they had ever encountered a car improve track performance without anyone touching the car.
  • Improved range
  • Improved acceleration
  • Dash cam
  • Save Dash cam video on Honk
  • New software-update controls
  • Priority setting for Bluetooth devices
  • Voice keyboard
  • Stardew Valley video game
  • Chess
  • Backgammon
  • Classic arcade games
  • Cuphead game
  • Support for 250 kW charging
  • Activate side cameras
  • Camp Mode (facilitates sleeping in the car)
  • Dog Mode (keeps AC on for pet and displays message for passers by with inside temperature reading)
  • Joe Mode (reduces volume of vehicle notices so as not wake kids)
  • Romance Mode (displays fireplace and plays romantic music)
  • Smart summon (car will pick you up in a parking lot with no driver)
  • Navigate on Autopilot (automatically change lanes to pass slower traffic, follow the route, exit and merge)
  • More voice commands
  • Stop sign warnings
  • Dash cam viewer in car
  • Traffic light and stop sign control (automatically stops)
  • Fallout Shelter Game
  • Beach Buggy Racing 2 game
  • Tesla Theater (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Disney+, Twitch)
  • Slacker streaming service
  • Cabin camera activation
  • Object aware acceleration (reduces how hard the car hits your garage door if you try to plow into it)
  • Battery preconditioning for faster charging when routing to a Supercharger
  • Option to disable walk-away door locks at home
  • Sentry mode
  • Range display options
  • App can send notices if doors/trunks/windows left open
  • Open and close windows from the app (NHTSA said no to closing the windows, so the closing feature was removed)
  • Green traffic light chime
  • Can read speed limit signs (previously relied on maps)
  • Glovebox PIN
  • Cat Quest game
  • Battle of Polytopia game
  • Solitaire
  • Voice text messaging
  • Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance feature
  • Animal visualizations
  • Cold weather improvements including increased regenerative braking
  • Carioke
  • Updated and improved web browser
  • Sky Force reloaded game
  • Detection of emergency vehicles
  • Car wash mode
  • Mirror auto dim
  • Immersive sound
  • Request Full Self-Driving Beta
  • Safety score
  • Full Self-Driving Beta 10 (and several subsequent releases)
  • Display blind spot camera on screen with activation of turn signal
  • Sonic the Hedgehog, Sudoku
  • Christmas light show (all models)
  • Waypoints in navigation system
  • Boom box megaphone (for cars equipped with external speaker)
  • Live camera access from the app
  • Automatic seat heaters
  • Customize app launcher
  • Hide map details
  • TikTok
  • Tidal audio streaming
  • Full Self-Driving Beta 11 (and several subsequent releases)
  • Open garage door with the app (requires HomeLink option)
  • Supercharger occupancy and pricing data display on maps
  • Apple Music
  • Support Bluetooth game controllers
  • Steam game engine (some models only)
  • Car handles stop signs, 4-way stops, roundabouts, traffic lights, lane changes and turns on city streets.
  • Blind spot camera
  • Blind spot warning
  • User accessible diagnostic mode, including camera views and battery health

This may not be a complete list, and I didn’t list all the many improvements to existing features, particularly driving visualizations and self-driving. Oh, and as I type this, a new update is installing.

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One Response to Tesla goodies

  1. Kevin says:

    A month after writing this, I was admitted to the Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta program which adds another dimension to driving (or not driving) a Tesla. The car pretty much drives itself at this point (Beta release 10.12.2) with only occasional correction needed from the “driver.”

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