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Saturday, October 06, 2018
Tesla's Software Version 9.0 Released, New AutoPilot Features Are Missing

Tesla is releasing the much-anticipated software update to Model S, Model X and Model 3 cars is rolling out, bringing features such as Atari games to 360-degree surround camera views, but not the 'Navigate on Autopilot' feature.

The Software Version 9.0, introduces a simplified user interface, along with new features for Model S, Model X, and Model 3, as well as on Tesla's mobile app.

But the highly anticipated Navigate on Autopilot feature is listed as "coming soon."

Navigate on Autopilot is an active guidance feature that, with driver supervision, guides a car from a highway's on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting lane changes, navigating highway interchanges and taking exits. It's designed to make finding and following the most efficient path to your destination on the highway when Autopilot is in use.

Once a destination is entered into the navigation, drivers will be able to choose to enable "Navigate on Autopilot" for that trip, and the feature is then activated when Autosteer is engaged via the normal prompt on the cruise control stalk (Model S and Model X) or gear selector stalk (Model 3). When a lane change is suggested, drivers must confirm that they're ready by tapping the turn signal (for Model S and Model X, the turn signal or cruise control stalk). Drivers can continue to use Autosteer and other Enhanced Autopilot features without Navigate on Autopilot anytime they choose to.

Tesla said that with Software 9.0, Navigate on Autopilot will initially be released in Shadow Mode - a dormant logging-only mode which lets us validate the performance of the feature in the background based on millions of miles of real-world driving. Once validation is complete, the company will introduce Navigate on Autopilot as a beta feature to customers in the U.S. Navigate on Autopilot will be introduced in other markets in the future pending validation and regulatory approval.

Other notable features of the new update include:

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.
  • Passengers are now able to access Media controls from their mobile devices.

Dash Cam

  • 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 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.

Full 360 View

  • Now, all eight external cameras from our Full Self-Driving hardware in every Model S, Model X and Model 3 are active, enabling better situational awareness on the road with a 360-degree visualization of surrounding vehicles.
  • Blind spot monitoring, which previously relied solely on the ultrasonic sensors, now uses the side and rear facing cameras to detect vehicles and displays them on-screen. When the turn signal is activated and a vehicle is detected in your blind spot, the lane line shown in the on-screen visualization turns red.
  • New classes of vehicles are displayed, including bikes/motorcycles, light duty trucks and heavy-duty trucks, to provide drivers with a more complete understanding of their surroundings.
  • The 360-degree visualization also shows vehicles in adjacent lanes, even when they're behind or far ahead of your Tesla, and multiple lanes to each side of your car are now visible.

Enhanced Navigation Routing

  • The turn-by-turn directions shown on Model S and Model X touchscreens now provide more information about upcoming turns, including highway exit information. Your next navigation step is always prominently displayed, and to see complete route details during a trip, simply tap or pull down on the navigation panel.
  • In Model 3, turn-by-turn directions have been moved to the left side of the touchscreen and are simplified to display relevant upcoming information, including highway exits. Tap or pull down to see additional details in the full Trip Overview.
  • You can now select whether or not your car is eligible for high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, allowing the navigation system to more efficiently route you.

Obstacle-Aware Acceleration

  • If an obstacle is detected in the path of your vehicle while driving at low speeds (i.e. while parking), full acceleration is reduced in order to help prevent drivers from accidentally accelerating.

Fun & Games

  • Classic arcade games from Atari are now discoverable as hidden Easter Eggs. If you can find them, your car becomes a game console with controls on the touchscreen and steering wheel.

To receive Version 9.0, connect your car to WiFi.

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