Software updates

Tesla rolls out new software updates pretty frequently. Major releases are only once a year or so, new minor releases include both new features, enhnacements, and bug fixes. Here you can find some details about Tesla’s latest software updates and how to get them faster.

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What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.48.5

December 1, 2020

Tesla is rolling out the latest software update 2020.48.5 which introduces great improvements in Sentry Mode, text messaging, and navigation. Keep reading to see the 2020.48.5 release notes and 'Who gets what' table.

New eMMC failure warning in 2020.40.9.2

November 30, 2020

Tesla software update 2020.40.9.2 introduces an eMMC failure warning message before it's too late so Model S and Model X owners with this problem still would have time to get the touchscreen fixed.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.44

November 3, 2020

Tesla's latest update 2020.44 is out and it contains quite a few new things regarding audio streaming available to all Tesla models, as well as an enhancement to voice commands and a Launch Mode improvement for Raven Model S and Model X.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.40.8

October 21, 2020

Tesla 2020.40.7 and 2020.40.8 introduce 'Improved Efficiency'. Model Y owners are seeing a ~10 mile increase in range.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.40.3

October 7, 2020

Tesla's software update 2020.40.3 contains: Speed Assist, Glovebox PIN, Priority Bluetooth, and more. Tesla 2020.40.* started rolling out to owners a few days ago. Since yesterday, 2020.40.3 seems to be arriving to more owners in the US, Canada, and Australia.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.36.10

September 11, 2020

Tesla is rolling out a new software update, version 2020.36.10, which brings improvements to 'Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control' to Tesla owners in Australia and Europe. The 'go-on-green' feature has been available in the US since version 2020.24.6.

5 things to know before buying a Tesla

September 1, 2020

When I took delivery of my Model S the staff member who helped me said: Remember, a Tesla is still a car. Every time I talk to someone new to Tesla I use that piece of advice. This post is about things that are fundamentally different in a Tesla, about both the car and the experience of buying one.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.36

August 31, 2020

Tesla is rolling out update 2020.36 introducing 'Green Traffic Light Chime' and 'Speed Assist Improvements' (speed limit recognition with cameras), amongst others. See both in action, check out the videos.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.32.2

August 19, 2020

Tesla's latest software update, 2020.32.2 introduces notifications (via mobile app) when the car is left open for over 10 minutes and brings follow-up improvements on the Suspension changes introduced in 2020.28 amongst other things. Read more and find out which Tesla models are getting which features.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.28.5

July 29, 2020

Tesla's latest software update, 2020.28.5, introduces some nice changes in the Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature in the US. The feature won't be available in Europe until 2020.28.10. Keep reading to learn more about 2020.28.5 and which Tesla models get which features.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.24.6

June 22, 2020

As of June 22, 2020, Tesla has started rolling out a new software update, 2020.24.6, which introduces a new cabin camera and green lights follow to all Teslas (not Early Access only anymore). See the release notes and read more about 2020.24.6 here.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.20.1

June 2, 2020

Tesla's latest software update, 2020.20.1, is being rolled out and brings the 'Fallout Shelter' game to your car. It also introduces improvements to Tesla Theater and TRAX. This is all for cars with MCU2 only (Model 3/Y and Model S/X built after end of March 2018).

[New feature] How to format a USB drive in a Tesla

May 7, 2020

Tesla's latest software update, 2020.16, introduces the ability to format a USB drive in the car. In this article we're going to show you how to do that step by step.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.16

May 6, 2020

Tesla has started rolling a out a new version, 2020.16, which introduces the ability to format a USB drive in the car (for Sentry Mode/Dashcam videos) and a redesign of the toy box UI (see video), amongst other improvements.

What's in Tesla's software update 2020.12.6

April 24, 2020

Tesla's latest software update, 2020.12.6 brings everyone a new and very much expected feature: Traffic and Stop sign control. This new feature requires Autopilot HW3 (Full Self-Driving) and enables the car to stop at traffic lights and stop signs by itself. Read more and see release notes here.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.12.10

April 22, 2020

Tesla latest software update 2020.12.10 cojntains minor improvements and bug fixes only, It DOES NOT introduce the new Traffic light and stop sign detection yet (still for Early Access Program only).

[New feature] Tesla's Traffic Light and Stop Sign Detection

April 16, 2020

Tesla has started rolling out an Early Access only version, 2020.12.5.6, which introduces Traffic Light and Stop Sign Dection in beta. I've had access to a few videos source of a Model 3 running 2020.12.5.6 from an anonymous and I want to share with you what I think is interesting.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.12.5

April 7, 2020

Tesla has started rolling out the latest software update, 2020.12.5, to owners outside the private Beta. As anticipated last week, the main new feature introduced in 2020.12.5 is the 'Dashcam Viewer' which allows to view Sentry Mode and Dashcam videos directly in your car's main screen.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.12

March 13, 2020

Update 3/27: 2020.12.1 started rolling out on March 25th. Our Model S just finished downloading version 2020.12, which means we're officially skipping the update 2020.8.1. Here's what's new and who gets what.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.8.1

March 5, 2020

Tesla is rolling out update version 2020.8.1 with third-party charging stations in the in-car navigation system, track mode v2 for the Performance Model 2, regen braking for the newer Raven models, and more.

MCU1 owners are finally getting software updates with 2020.4

January 25, 2020

After a month without any updates, Tesla owners with MCU1 have finally started getting them again. 2020.4 comes with 'Additional Vehicle Information' and most of the missed features released in the 'holiday update'. Here are all the details.

What's in Tesla's software update 2020.4

January 24, 2020

Tesla has started rolling out version 2020.4. Check out the release notes and what's new since the last update. UPDATE Jan. 28th: 2020.4.1 has started rolling out- no feature changes compared to the previous update.

How to enable Tesla's text message integration

December 28, 2019

Tesla's latest software update 2019.40.50.1 (also known as 'FSD sneak preview') introduces the ability to listen and send text messages via built-in command. Here's how to enable it and how it works.

What's in Tesla's software update 2019.40.50.1

December 24, 2019

2019.40.50.1 is out and it comes full of goodies just in time for the Holiday season: Driving visualizatioin improvements, voice commands, phone improvements, camp mode, voice keyboard, TRAX v0.1, driver profiles, Smart Summon in Europe and more.

What's in Tesla's software update 2019.40.2

December 5, 2019

2019.40.2.1 update started rolling out to the masses today, December 10, 2019. On top of fixing what made Tesla stop the previous rollout, it brings two new features: Adjacent Lane Speeds and Autosteer Stop Sign Warning.

What's in Tesla's software update 2019.40.1.1

November 28, 2019

Last updated: Dec. 3rd, 2019. 2019.40.1.1 started rolling out on November 27th and brings back the Supercharging improvements briefly introduced with the previous update. It also introduces new Auto Wiper and Lane Change improvements. As of Dec. 3rd, 2019.40.1.1 rollout has stopped.

How to get Tesla's latest software update

November 12, 2019

Over-the-air software updates are great, but you never know when you’re going to get them. We’ve all been there waiting for the latest software update while others are already talking and sharing pictures about it on Twitter. Here's a few things to make sure your car is ready for new Tesla updates.

Tesla 2019.36.2.1 Update

November 11, 2019

Version 2019.36.2.1 started being rolled out again on Friday, Nov. 10th. 2019.36.1 had been stopped shortly after being released. Here you can read the main differences between the two versions and an updated chart with which models are getting what features.

What to do if Tesla update release notes are blank

November 10, 2019

It's been a while since, every time there's a new software update, I get blank release notes. I've seen quite a few people asking about this on social media, so I wanted to share how I do it to see the release notes after a software update.

What's in Tesla's software update 2019.36.1

November 5, 2019

Tesla has started rolling out the software update 36.1. We’re not amongst the lucky ones who got it and it seems like now they’ve stopped distributing it. My guess is that they have found a bug and that we’ll see a .2 or .3 version being released in the next few days. 36.1 introduces...

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'Autopilot speed limited for emergency lights' in 2021.24.12

It looks much better and includes a couple of improvements that I think are really well received: being able to send commands to the car without having to wait for your car to wake you (e.g. turning on the AC when leaving the store), and for folks with 2+ Teslas, now the phone-as-key works without having to select the appropriate car on the app beforehand. Have you updated yet? Anything else that you like? Something that you are missing?

From issue #183

'Green traffic light chime' and 'Visual speed limits recognition' in 2020.36

A new software update is coming soon with more improvements on Autopilot and FSD. Check out the videos in the link to see the new features in action. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Green traffic light chime (video)
  • Speed assist improvements, or introducing the usage of the cameras to detect speed limit signs (video)
  • Cruise set speed improvements
  • Autosteer stop sign and stop light warning
From issue #127

2018.21.9 release notes and video

See release notes below. The improvement showing the adjacent lanes' cars is new in AP2 and AP2.5.

The following video shows the adjacent lanes' cars:
From issue #11

2018.24.1 brings summon, WiFi, and cabin overheat protection to the Model 3

The latest software update brings these long-waited features to the M3 in addition to speed limit mode and TACC on-ramp off-ramp released for MX and MS as well.

Read more about 2018.24.1

From issue #14

2019.12 - Updated browser, software on demand, new games and more

2019.12 has been released to a few cars - surprisingly 2018.8.X is still releasing - and it brings a tesla browser, more Atari games, and the highly expected feature to download new software on demand. Honestly, reading the release notes we can’t tell if going forward we are going to be able to ask our car to download the newest software or if it would need Tesla to stage it as they do now. If is the later, I guess this is useful for folks not always on wifi or to know if something is wrong with your car and you should call your SC, but if is the former, we are really looking forward to it!

Read more: TMC Forum

From issue #54

2019.16 is scheduled to be pushed on today (Thursday May 16th)

According to a support representative, 2019.16.1 should start releasing by the time you get this newsletter. Thanks to our great verygreen we know what is coming with 2019.16.1, and while it brings a lot of good stuff, it’s introducing some limitations for Tesla owners in Europe. According to the release notes:

  • Due to new local regulations, the limit of how far the steering wheel can turn while Autosteer is active has been adjusted. This may reduce Autosteer’s ability to complete sharp turns.
  • To initiate Auto Lane Change, the turn signal must be engaged to the first detent (held partially up or down) and the lane change must start within 5 seconds of engaging the turn signal.
  • Your phone must be actively connected to your car via Bluetooth while using Summon.

You can release the rest of the release notes here. Honestly, if I were in Europe I would wait to see what great things 2019.16.1 brings before updating.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #59

2019.16 release notes

The release includes several goodies, I would recommend you to read the whole thing, but here are a few highlights:

  • Sentry mode has a new setting to keep it always on and exclude places
  • Set your software update preference and let Tesla know that you want them to send new software updates to your car as soon as they become available for your car and region
  • Conditional Speed Limits are now displayed - if they apply to your current road - under the regular speed limit sign. I assume this still doesn’t include cameras recognizing the speed limits but who knows
From issue #58

2020.16.2.1 and Pedestrian animations

The latest software update 2020.16.2.1 brings some UI changes to the Tesla Toybox and filters for charging but it also brings pedestrian animations. @blktsla shows us it all in his new video.

From issue #113

2020.40.4 introduces maps version and speed download

As of 2020.40.4, Tesla now shows you two new pieces of information: maps firmware and download speed. A lot has happened since the times without even a progress bar. Maybe the size of the download could be next? 😅

From issue #133

2020.48.10 comes with an improved notifications menu

Look at the improved ‘floating’ notifications menu under ‘Service’- very cool, since it still allows you to use the rest of the screen while open. It can also be accessed when you receive an alert at the top of the touchscreen (red triangle). And finally, there’s also a new fade in/out animation.

From issue #142

2021.24.1 release is here

What was initially released as 2024.24.1 and soon after corrected to 2021.24.1 contains some cool new features:

  • Active noise cancellation for refreshed S and X
  • New dashcam improvements
  • Nav improvements for China

And a few other things.

From issue #176

2021.4.15.5 the auto wiper code is now using all cameras as input

According to Greentheonly, the new software is using all the cameras for its auto wiper function. Up until now, the car only used the cameras behind the windshield for this function but given the area, the aerodynamics of the car, and the fact that it’s heated, Tesla seems to need more input to correctly decide when to turn on the wipers. Greentheonly also mentioned that the neural net looks for a lot of stuff such as “ice, rain, foggy, sun-blinded, wet road, tire spray, tunnel, indoors, …. to name just a few”.

From issue #162

2021.4.15.8 adds code to detect when the driver vacates their seat

Tesla takes safety very seriously. It only takes one irresponsible driver to accelerate updates like this one detected by @greentheonly in the software update 2021.4.15.8. It identifies when the driver vacates their seat and a couple of other safety limitations. 🙏

From issue #164

2021.4.18 brings animal assets to the masses

The latest software update also brings cats and dogs visualizations to our cars. Some owners also claim to have seen colored cars for a split second. Or maybe it was a dream about the future?

From issue #164

2021.4.18.3 reduces the nags

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, the new firmware is now using the internal camera to know if the driver is paying attention. Well, it seems that if you are wearing sunglasses you will see a bigger gap between nags, 41 nags without sunglasses to 13 with them on. As Tesla improves the eye and attention detection, we should see the normal nag also getting longer and for the car to almost only nag if we aren’t paying attention.

From issue #170

2021.40 brings 'vehicle sync' to profiles

It isn’t clear how this is going to work, but it is great to see that it is already in progress!

From issue #188

2021.40 comes with Supercharging tips

I assume this will only be shown once, or maybe more, but Tesla’s now show Supercharging tips for new owners to learn the ropes.

From issue #189

[Video] Cheetah Launch Mode Testing and Dashcam Viewer in action

DragTimes has tested the new Cheetah Launch Mode with a Raven Model S and shared their impressions in this video: “Easier to engage launch mode and stays on longer before disengaging (~10seconds vs ~5seconds previously); can do more 1/4 mile consecutive runs before it starts to have overheating issues”. See it in action!

From issue #107

A possible look at what V11 could bring

The former Head of UI Design at Tesla recently left the company and uploaded a pretty cool animation to his online portfolio. Will this be in a future new UI? We don’t know but the UI and the animations look 🔥🔥🔥

From issue #162

Acceleration Boost Upgrade

Want faster acceleration 0-60 mph? No problem. Tesla has confirmed that all AWD Model 3s with version 2019.40.2 or newer can now upgrade to improve their acceleration from 4.4 to 3.9 seconds. Just wow.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #90

Advanced air suspension settings and visualization

The latest software update, 2020.32.1, introduces some advanced configuration settings for air suspension to the Raven Model S and Model X. No more randomly saving settings by default and other enhancements. Check it out!

From issue #124

AP improvements on residential roads with 2020.28.5 update

Cool video by ‘Black Tesla’ showing Autopilot on residential roads with the latest update 2020.28.5. The update introduces the ability to increase the speed limit up to +5 mph when ‘Traffic and Stop sign detection’ is enabled to make the driving experience more natural. And looking at this video, it seems like it does the job!

From issue #122

Apple announces support for EV routing in Maps & new Car Key NFC unlock feature in iOS 14

Apple just announced a couple of interesting features for EV cars at the WWDC20, good to see Apple moving in this direction. The first one is support for EV routing in Apple Maps. The second one is Car Key, which will allow to wirelessly unlock your car with your iPhone and iWatch. The feature is part of the newly revealed iOS 14 and it will work over NFC. The advantage is that it would allow NFC car unlock up to 5 hours after your phone battery dies. Great backup to using Bluetooth as a primary key. No news about if Tesla is going to integrate with it or not, since they have their own system to use as your Tesla Key.

Read more: The Verge

From issue #117

Autopilot 2020.36.11

Testing the latest Autopilot update 2020.36.11. Chime on green, stopping for red lights and challenges with lightning, beeps when driving by people, smoother freeway exiting, keeping in the center of the lane in city roads without lights, and in the freeway with blinding lights, and more! Overall, 💪 progress.

From issue #131

Autopilot HW4 will be coming next year in the Cybertruck

As someone who has driven on the hills of Berkeley, it is amazing to see the car handling these situations!

From issue #178

Birdseye view coming soon

Birdseye view, please? Coming right up if you have FSD, or so said Elon Musk on Twitter this week after being asked by @teslaownerssv. This is a pretty standard feature in other vehicles, so the community has been asking about this for a while now.

From issue #132

Changes to the referral program?

This Redittor found text in the new Tesla App (v4) that hints to a future where referrals could be used for Supercharging, merchandise, or vehicle software upgrades.

From issue #179

Custom sounds, now that is possible

Now that Teslas with the external speaker allow custom sounds we are probably going to see a bunch of these but… Here is a first video showing some custom sounds with the Holiday update.

From issue #144

Customized horn & movement sounds

Tesla started shipping new cars with the pedestrian warning sound in September, and now Elon has announced that they will add custom horns and movement sounds to the vehicles. I love how Elon finds the way of creating something fun out of something that nobody wanted to have in the first place, to the point that folks are asking him how hard would it be to add the speaker to older cars (not easy).

Read more: Twitter

From issue #80

Definitely feel the boost with the 'acceleration upgrade'

Folks who have already purchased the ‘acceleration upgrade’ seem to be happy with it. ‘Chill’ and ‘Standard’ modes are now ‘Chill’ and ‘Sport’. A few owners are saying they wish they’d be an option in the middle (like chill, standard, sport) since ‘Chill’ is just too slow.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #91

Do you need wi-fi for downloading new firmware?

There are a bunch of theories about what is necessary and what is not to download new software. Thanks to dennis_d and XXX - who have root access to their cars - we got some insights about how downloading new firmware works. Here are some of the details:

  • Tesla pushes a job ' firmware update' to your car, the job says that it needs to wait for wifi to start the download process, the job usually says for how long it needs to wait for the wifi to start the download. After that date, the firmware can download over LTE.
  • If ‘Energy Saving Mode’ is enabled the car needs to be charging - maybe plugged does the trick? - or it would only download data 1 hour at the time, we assume to let the car sleep in between downloads.

Note: Map updates are different, they require wifi.

Read more: TMC Forum thread and thread

From issue #27

Driver profiles attached to phones

The last software update introduces Bluetooth improvements to detect the driver in the seat and connect to their phone. Well, this is only the beginning since Elon said it will also connect to your driver profile preferences and apply those when the driver seat is detected. This makes more and more sense as the number of households with two or more Teslas increases, assuming this means your diver settings are stored in the cloud and used in different cars. Very cool.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #103

Drivers profiles being sent to the cloud

According to @greentheonly, the latest software update introduces the ability to send driver profiles to the cloud, which would make it easier for drivers to access their profiles from multiple vehicles. Users could essentially access any Tesla and have their customized profiles, such as game and app settings, migrate with them.

From issue #153

Elon answers questions about FSD beta updates

Once more, not only Tesla but Elon Musk himself is listeting to what participants of the FSD beta are sharing after experiencing the beta and he’s highly engaged answering questions.

  • Builts being rolled out every 5-10 days
  • Focus is on minimizing number of interventions
From issue #136

First look at I'm hungry and I'm feeling lucky

Greentheonly shared a first look at these two features. His videos show us that they are presented as two new shortcuts next to home and work.

From issue #75

First view at Sentry Model Live View

We advanced that this was coming and now there is finally a video of how it looks like in the app. My guess is that this is someone with early access and that it will take a few weeks until we see it in our cars. Still pretty cool!

From issue #187

FSD Beta 10.3 release notes

I love seeing pretty extensive release notes for the new firmware. Hopefully, the team does that for public releases as well.

From issue #187

FSD Beta 10.3 releasing to all cars with 99 and 100 scores

This Friday, Tesla plans to extend the FSD Beta to all cars with 99 and 100 safety scores. From what I’ve seen this week, if you get 100, Tesla send you FSD Beta soon after.

From issue #186

FSD Beta going wide very soon

In reply to @dburkland on Twitter, Elon Musk shared that Tesla’s FSD Beta might be going to a wider audience in two weeks.

I know that multiple Tesla employees receive this letter, maybe you can help us to be on the list of testers, pretty please!?!?! 🙏

From issue #140

FSD Beta v9.1 coming on Friday at midnight

That is all, prepare yourself for another round of great videos showcasing it. FYI, Tesla, if you are there, I volunteer to test the FSD Beta, just let me know 😉

From issue #174

FSD Subscription and Beta this week?

We send this newsletter on Thursday, maybe we will still see the FSD Subscription and Beta this week? Maybe not? Let’s hope we see it soon 😊

From issue #170

FSD Subscription is here

I’ve been waiting for the FSD Subscription since I got my new Model Y in March and here it is, finally!

  • $199/month for those with only basic Autopilot
  • $99/month for those with Enhanced Autopilot

If your car needs to update to HW3, you are going to need to pay $1,500 before you can subscribe. Similarly, if you don’t have basic Autopilot, you are going to need to buy that as well.

Does it make more sense to subscribe or to fully buy FSD for $10k? The answer to this question is very personal. For how long do you plan to keep your car? Do you value the flexibility to stop paying depending on your plans? At the current price, paying for the subscription for 4 years and 3 months would equal the cost of paying it in full in advance. If you need to upgrade your hardware, I would say it is better to pay $10k and get the upgrade. If you have Enhanced on Autopilot, stoplight and stop sign control aren’t worth $99/month in my opinion.

Note: The FSD Subscription doesn’t include the FSD Beta (at least for now).

From issue #173

Future feature: WiFi garage door opening

A few months ago, Tesla stopped including Homelink in all their cars and made it available to purchase after delivery. Just this week, Elon said on Twitter that soon the car will be able to open a WiFi garage door- obviously for ‘smart’ garage doors. This seems great given that Homelink costs $300 on the Tesla store. WiFi remote openers sell for about $40 and full on WiFi garage door openers for $200.

From issue #106

Highway stack still not unified in v10

Elon said the highway stack will be unified with the one for city driving. According to his recent tweet, this has been delayed until v10.1. From what they showed during AI Day, this unification will be a very big deal in highway driving and will bring many improvements. Looking forward to it 👌

From issue #181

Holiday Update (2020.48.26)

Trevor from Tesla Owners Online walks us through Tesla’s Holiday Update.

  • New UI (like the one in the FSD Beta version)
  • Polytopia, Cat Quest, and a bunch of other new cool games
  • Boombox - Or how to personalize external/horn sounds (needs external speakers)
  • Driving visualization improvements
  • Scheduled departure improvements
  • Emission testing mode improvements
  • Supercharging display improvements
  • Release notes are easier to navigate with categories
From issue #144

How (non)-linear is the pedal-acceleration relationship in Teslas?

Join the conversation about the relationship between acceleration and pedal travel. Which mode is your favorite “Chill, Sport, Ludicrous”?

Read more: Reddit

From issue #4

How many miles have you driven in AP?

Another Twitter promise, this time about a section to know how many miles have you driven with AP. It would be even cooler if they expose this via their API, I’m sure some folks would do cool things with that info!

From issue #111

How to tell your car to check if there’s an update available

Some people say it’s a coincidence, but hundreds of people have reported this tip from Zack to actually work. If you want to help your car checking if there is a pending update, just tap a few times on the ‘Advanced’ button in the software menu. This only checks if the update is there, which in theory the car should be checking anyway. However, I’ve seen that not being really accurate, instead Tesla has to have approved your car configuration and region to get the update.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #85

Improved message for the 12V battery warning

Tesla seems to be working on improving its warning messages on the car’s UI. This one used to be a very short message without much context, but now with version 2020.40.* really provides the context needed, no need to freak out.

From issue #140

Improvements around the life of the 12 V battery are coming

In reply to @teslavibes on Twitter, where the user was inquiring about warnings for the 12 V battery when it’s about to die, Elon Musk has shared that software improvements to actually extend its life and other improvements- unclear what those are- are coming soon. The 12V battery is one of the most common failures for Tesla’s, especially for early Model S and Model X.

From issue #129

Improvements on the software update process

The Tesla app now shows the software version your car will update to and the percentage of its download.

In the car, you can see the version being installed on the screen as well.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #79

Increasing the max speed limit for AP Vision only

According to Elon, the next production version is going out next week and is changing the 75mph limit while on AP to 80 mph. Personally, I rarely go above 80mph when using AP, I assume this would be enough for most.

From issue #170

Is this the end of 'where is my software update' obsession?

Many of us feel FOMO every time that we get the notification that there is a new software version out. However, it seems like Elon wants to finally help us with it: “We will add a feature to allow request of latest software version”.

When will we have it? Only Elon knows :P

Read more:

From issue #3

Mad Max mode is real

Elon’s screenshot has revealed not only blind spot detection with different modes when changing lanes including Mad Max mode (woot?!) but also:

  • Follow nav: The car would follow the navigation directions
  • Blinker to fork: some people seem to think that this is the possibility of telling the car where to go on a fork by using the blinker
  • ULC: maybe Unassisted Lane Change?

Read more: Twitter

From issue #14

Model 3 44.2 software contains cold weather improvements

According to the release notes: Window position and charge connector locking behaviours have been optimized for cold weather.

People are reporting that the Model 3 doesn’t roll the windows all the way up and the charger is ulocked by default - both only during really low temperatures - to avoid problems in very cold weather.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #35

Model 3 software update

Two additions in this release:

  • Your M3 now supports key fobs (available to purchase in the Tesla store)
  • Regenerative braking has been improved (only for M3 RWD)
From issue #31

Model S software update

Here’s what’s new in the latest software update for Model S:

  • Navigate on Autopilot (Beta)
  • Viewing Application with Media Player Open
From issue #31

Model Y acceleration boost upgrade experience

A few days ago Tesla announced a new acceleration boost available via a paid software upgrade for the Model Y dual motor. In this video, @klwtts puts it to test in their non-performance Model Y to see if the difference is really noticeable.

From issue #132

Model Y range increase in 2020.40.7

2020.40.7 has introduced an improved efficiency change that gives Model Y owners ~10 extra miles after installing this version (without being plugged) just because of the update. That’s my kind of update 😉

From issue #134

More 'Additional Vehicle Information'

One thing that seems to have gone unnoticed is that the latest update brings two new fields in the ‘Additional Vehicle Information’ section recently introduced:

  • Infotainment processor - This makes sense with the MCU2 upgrade announcement earlier in March
  • WiFi Mac Address

Read more: Reddit

From issue #103

More FSD Beta videos [2020.40.8.12]

A new recap of short FSD Beta videos running the latest update 2020.40.8.12:

  • Roundabout testing. Still not perfect but doing a pretty good job, all things considered!
  • Avoiding road debris. I feel like FSD is definitely getting better at avoiding objects in the middle of the road. What do you think?
  • Charging port open & close FSD beta new UI. The new UI changes coming with the FSD beta make the user experience more intuitive, for example, when opening and closing the charging port.
From issue #136

New 'Passenger Face Vent' in 2020.28.5

Another goodie of the latest software update, 2020.28.5, is the ‘Passenger Face Vent’ feature. In an effort to make the car more efficient, this feature automatically disables the passenger face vents when no passenger is detected, lowering energy consumption in hot weather. This enhancement seems to require a physical component that is only present in the Model Y, this doesn’t mean that Tesla can’t introduce it in future Model 3s, but we doubt this will be available for the Model 3s already out there.

From issue #122

New FSD Beta 10.3 Driving Profile Options

One of the biggest changes in FSD Beta 10.3 is the ability to select driving profile options, similar to the preference for NoAP. This indicates to FSD Beta what is your tolerance when it comes down to following the distance and speed lane changes.

From issue #187

New in 2019.8.3 - Autosteer stop light warning

Although no one seems to have been able to trigger that and record it into a video, it is in the release notes. Thanks Earl for sharing it!

From issue #52

New Model Y acceleration boost upgrade

Tesla has released an acceleration boost upgrade for the Model Y. From 0-60 mph from 4.8 seconds to 4.3 seconds. Available for purchase on the Tesla mobile app. Would you pay $2,000 for the extra boost?

From issue #131

New Software Update 2018.28.1

The release notes don’t include anything exciting but according to dennis_d - who is famous for seeing release notes that people can’t see - it includes the AP trial that Elon mentioned a couple of months ago, fixes traffic rendering on MCU1 as well, and seems to be unlocking the new navigation for all remaning MCU1 cars.

We assume Tesla is keeping the big guns for v9 we don’t expect the versions between now and the release of v9 to have many big improvements but even the small updates are welcome!

Read more: TMC Forum

From issue #20

New software update 2020.44

Tesla’s latest update 2020.44 is out and it contains quite a few new things regarding audio streaming available to all Tesla models, as well as an enhancement to voice commands and a Launch Mode improvement for Raven Model S and Model X. Thank you @sofiaan for sharing the release notes on Twitter 😊

From issue #136

New software update 2020.48.5

Tesla is rolling out the latest software update 2020.48.5 which introduces great improvements in Sentry Mode, text messaging, and navigation improvements, amongst others. Interestingly enough, I have received the maps update that enables the navigation improvements but not the 2020.48.5 update.

From issue #140

New UI coming to Model 3 and Y

Elon confirmed it on Twitter: “updated UI coming with FSD wide release”. Whenever this release arrives, and know we have been waiting for it for a while, it will also include the new visualizations to understand what the car is seeing and what it plans to do a bit better.

From issue #171

New update 2020.16 with ability to format a USB drive in the car, new Toy Box UI, and more

Tesla has started rolling a out a new version, 2020.16. This is not the update of the Traffic lights and stop sign detection, but a newer one which has barely started getting to people just yet. The main changes introduced in this version are:

  • Dashcam Viewer improvements: ability to format a USB drive in the car
  • Redesigned UI of the toy box (see video below)
  • Ability to filter charging stations by power
  • Improvements to Backgammon Game

See 2020.16 release notes

From issue #110

New V3 actively being worked on in Silverthorne

Beautiful beautiful location in Colorado! The last picture shows a stall specifically designed for Teslas that are towing. With the Cybertuck coming soon, I hope to see more Superchargers offering these types of stalls.

From issue #169

Notification history now available 📷

Notifications can be found under the service menu and show all active and past alerts. Or when you tap a new alert, you’re able to see past ones. This seems to be a new enhancement, or I personally had not seen it until now.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #115

Other music streaming services are coming to our Teslas

A while ago, @greentheonly found a bunch of music streaming services in the code. Not all of them work but we can expect Apple Music, Amazon Music, and others to become available at some point. Tidal seems to be the next one that Tesla will actually release.

From issue #144

PIN to drive released in software update 2018.34

As we anticipated last week, the new PIN to drive feature has been released in version 2018.34. Photos courtesy of Philippe DeRuyter.

Read more: TMC Forum

From issue #24

Pin-to-open the glovebox available in China

Pin-to-open the glovebox just became available in China after the latest software update. It seems it may be coming to the US with version 2020.40.* which doesn’t seem to have started rolling out to the fleet just yet.

From issue #132

Play 'Fallout Shelter' in your Tesla 🎮

A new software update is rolling out and it brings Model 3/Y owners (and everyone else with MCU2) a new videogame to play in your car: Fallout Shelter. 2020.20.1 also brings Theater and TRAX improvements (let your creativity run wild!).

We installed 2020.20.1 earlier this week and, unfortunately, for our Model S with MCU1 and AP2.5, it does not bring any new features 😢

From issue #114

Portable driving profiles

It isn’t the first time that someone asks Elon about the ability to bring their driver profiles with them when they driver another Tesla. It seems more important now that Hertz will be offering to rent them. If I can ask for other stuff, I hope things like your favorites and your music go with you as well, that would be cool.

From issue #187

Refreshed Tesla app

It looks much better and includes a couple of improvements that I think are really well received: being able to send commands to the car without having to wait for your car to wake you (e.g. turning on the AC when leaving the store), and for folks with 2+ Teslas, now the phone-as-key works without having to select the appropriate car on the app beforehand. Have you updated yet? Anything else that you like? Something that you are missing?

From issue #179

Regen to a stop regenerates power down to 5kph/3mph

With the introduction of hold in stopping mode Tesla released improvements in their regeneration braking for all Model 3s and Raven Model X and S. Before this update, regenerative braking stopped at 15kph/10mph but now it goes all the way to 5kph/3mph.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #85

Release notes for upcoming Tesla software update 2021.24

Some of the new features are:

  • Disney+
  • Car wash mode. Closes all the windows, locks the charge port, disables windshield wipers, and more
  • Mirror Auto Dim
  • Dashcam can now automatically save clips when the car detects a safety event (accident, airbag deployment)
From issue #175

Saved profiles for passengers 'coming soon™'

In reply to a tweet by @jeremyjudkins, Elon hinted on Twitter that profiles for passengers may be coming soon. My wife and I switch driver and passenger roles pretty often, it would be awesome to get the passenger presets saved as well in addition to the driver ones!

From issue #166

Seamless flow of car alerts highlighted in the app and ready to be addressed

Tesla keeps adding convenience when it comes down to warn owners about problems with their car and scheduling service. This one is a clear example of it. This Reddit user u/TMahlman/ got a system fault alert on his car and when he opened the mobile app, it was right there at the top ready for him to address without any action on his part. It’s also the first time that I’ve seen this flow of car alert + highlighting in the app.

From issue #141

Software update 2018.24 - How is it deployed, encrypted, etc

High level explanation of how new software releases are handled by greentheonly. Pretty cool thread (for us dorks :P).

Read more: Reddit

From issue #14

Software update 2018.24 introduces the ability to limit speed both from the car and the mobile app

As spoiled by the last mobile app release notes :P, version 2018.24 -launched today- introduces the ability of limiting vehicle speed limit both from the car and the mobile app.

From issue #13

Software Update 2020.48.10 in China

New map visualizations spotted after Tesla’s latest software update in China (2020.48.10). The exit visualization looks really similar to the navigation when I got my Model S, before Tesla decided to implement their own. I wonder if this is going to be China-only or rollout to the rest. What do you think, yay or nay?

From issue #141

Software update process from the app in V9

Explained by beastpilot: “You get a normal notification, then in the app you can trigger it. Once you trigger it, you get ‘cancel update’ for 2 minutes, as well as a notification that a SW update is about to start. Once it starts the ‘cancel update’ goes away, and then you get a notification it finished once done.”

Read more: Reddit

From issue #29

Support for 'narrow spaces' on Autopilot is coming

According to Greentheonly, who has looked into the latest update 2020.36.10 a bit more in-depth than what the release notes say, support for ‘narrow spaces’ in the form of mirrors auto-folding in such places is coming. Not sure about this feature while driving but useful while parking for sure!

From issue #128

Tesla Autopark now uses the cameras

Another discovery by Greentheonly. Only enabled by default for the refreshed Model S, although Greentheonly managed to enable it in his car. I hope Tesla releases it to the rest of the cars soon!

From issue #176

Tesla FSD Beta Update v10.5

Our friend DirtyTesla recorded a great video of FSD Beta 10.5. It seems like a solid new update, especially after many testers reported 10.4 having problems. Great update right before the holidays.

From issue #191

Tesla games updating independently of the firmware version

We’ve seen this before with maps and it would certainly make sense for Tesla to push more “micro-updates” for bug fixes and things like that. @alihamze98 has reported on Twitter receiving a game update after the 2020.4.1 update, and he doesn’t seem to be the only one to whom this has happened.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #97

Tesla gives customers access to Event Data Recorder to retrieve event records from the car

Many times in the past, owners in accidents requested access to this data, especially when it came down to prove that they weren’t at fault. Well, now Tesla released the software (Windows only) to retrieve the data from the car and put up a web service that generates a PDF from that information. There is one caveat tho, you need to purchase a cable that costs $1,200 😕

From issue #161

Tesla is brewing major hardware changes, according to Greentheonly

According to @greentheonly, the fact that Tesla suddenly froze their releases after 2019.40 just backporting essential stuff and preventing leakages, that 2020.4.1contains very limited changes, and that something similar happened before HW3 was released, make him think that Tesla is getting ready for new important hardware changes. What and when? There are many rumors but until Tesla announces them they are just that.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #100

Tesla is pressing full steam ahead on a number of high priority features

According to greentheonly and after him taking a look at 2019.32, “feeling lucky” nav mode and “downloadable game packs” are nearly complete. According to the code that he saw there is also a new feature called “Smart AC Charging” coming soon too!

Read more: Twitter

From issue #74

Tesla releases FSD Beta 10.4 with improved vulnerable road user detection and more

There is a long list of improvements, although I have to say that multiple testers have reported regressions in 10.4. Be careful out there.

From issue #189

Tesla started rolling out 2020.12.5 earlier this week and it brings Dashcam Viewer

Tesla started rolling out 2020.12.5 in mass last Monday night (Tuesday morning in Europe) and as I read somewhere, it’s like we’re having a second Christmas update this year. Main features include:

We haven’t had a chance of trying the Dashcam Viewer ourselves but we have spoken with owners who installed the update- thank you @CodingMark- and it looks very neat. One thing we discovered is you can actually watch any movie/video from your USB drive or storage device in your Tesla’s screen now 🤯

From issue #106

Tesla to offer the option to have expanded visualization or not

New Expanded FSD Visualization toggle in 2020.44.10.2. It widens the visualization when FSD is active. Check out the video to see how it looks like (second 34").

From issue #138

Tesla updates Key Card access to no longer require placement on the center console to drive

All good things come in as software updates 🙂 It seems that in one of the newer releases the car doesn’t require you to put the key card on the center console to be able to turn it on. According to this article, the car has now a memory, around two minutes, and it allows you to turn on the car if you just unlocked it. Convenient!

From issue #179

Tesla Vision and Cabin camera updates

Tesla started delivering the first vision only 3s and Ys and here are some interesting findings:

  • The cabin camera is also used to detect if the driver is distracted while using Autopilot
  • Autopilot hard limit is 75 for now
  • You can’t disable auto high beams while on AP
  • Summon and lane departure avoidance can’t be enabled at the moment
From issue #166

Tested driver monitoring on 2021.4.5.11

As we said above, Tesla’s firmware 2021.4.5.11 is now using the cabin camera to monitor the driver’s attention. In this video, the only new behavior happens when the driver is looking at his phone, the car is on Autopilot, and the car is close to other cars. When the driver was pretending to be asleep, looking through the window, or if cars weren’t around, they didn’t observe any difference in behavior.

From issue #166

The cabin camera is officially on (update 2020.24.6)

A few weeks ago @greentheonly revealed some unknowns about the cabin-camera. Now, with the latest software update 2020.24.6, Tesla has officially told us about it and they’re planning on using it to build safety features. In case you have privacy concerns, know that you can opt-in/out to share your cabin videos with Tesla.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #117

The new neural networks (really well) explained

Jimmy_d made an awesome job at explaining to us mortals how the new Neural Networks pushed on 2018.10.04 work. The three main types he observed are called main, fisheye and repeater. “I believe main is used for both the main and narrow forward facing cameras, that fisheye is used for the wide angle forward facing camera, and that repeater is used for both of the repeater cameras."- he says.

Read more:

From issue #1

Track mode software update for the refreshed S

Elon didn’t specify if this will be for the Plaid only or for the LR as well. After all, the LR has both the insane and the drag strip mode. Exciting!

From issue #181

Trip planner SoC predictions getting better

For me, the SoC predictions were a bit too conservative; for others like Greentheonly, it’s the other way around. It seems that they have gotten way more accurate in recent versions.

From issue #177

Turning biodefense mode from the app?

John from TOSV asked and Elon confirmed. In the future, it would be great if Tesla turns it on automatically based on the quality of the air. Honestly, with all these wildfires, I’m waiting for Tesla to release the retrofit to the Model Y.

From issue #179

Upcoming network update and 2FA

It seems to me that Tesla is getting ready to enhance their security infrastructure and support 2FA. Back in November, Elon said on Twitter they were making changes to their core operating system so they could introduce 2FA. Now, they have been sending in-car notifications to owners running very old versions of the firmware so they update by May 2020. The in-car notification specifically mentions security enhancements “The Tesla network is undergoing enhancements for increased security.”

From issue #99

Upcoming software update 2020.32

While 2020.28.6 is rolling out with bug fixes, 2020.32 will be coming soon introducing some interesting new things (I’m guessing Model X owners will particularly like the first one):

  • Get notifications on your phone when your car is left open (yay!)
  • Suspension settings improvements
  • Notifications history improvements
From issue #123

V9 FSD Beta will come with new FSD visuals

We already knew about this, but Elon confirmed it again on Twitter. The new UI will “show actual probability distribution of objects – true mind’s eye of the neural net”. I wonder how this would look like, I believe the more that we know what the car is recognizing the more that we will be able to supervise the car, but it might be that at a certain point it is too much, at least for some. I’m excited to discover what Tesla came up with.

From issue #162

V9.2 patch notes

This is what release notes should be, and not “minor bug fixes and improvements”. Thank you, Elon, for tweeting the internal release notes.

From issue #177


New version 2021.40.5 comes with waypoints. I haven’t seen them in action but I’m excited, this has been one of the most requested features and Tesla finally delivered. Now, it would be amazing if they can do some predetermined routes with them, e.g. in the morning I do drop off of my two kids in two different schools, it would be great to get to my car and get the route with both stops already punched in. What do you think Tesla?

From issue #190

What is the new firmware 2021.12.25?

It seems like 2021.12.25 will bring in-car purchases for EAP, FSD, and rear-heated seats. One interesting addition is “Autoraise suspension on rough terrain”, for cars with air suspension obviously. I remember this feature mentioned in the onboarding videos when I bought my first Tesla (Model S) in 2017, and that only just now has become a reality.

From issue #173

What's in Tesla's software update 2019.36.1

Tesla started (and already stopped) releasing 2019.36.1. This release is one of the biggest in terms of excitement about the features being made available, but it’s also quite complex to understand who gets what since different motors, AP hardware, and other stuff play an important part in it. We created a comprehensive guide to summary what is in the release and what your Tesla will get, we hope you find it helpful!

Read more: Tesletter

From issue #84

What's in Tesla's software update 2019.40.1.1

2019.40.1.1 started rolling out on November 27th, here are the highlights:

  • Model 3 Standard Range and Standard Range Plus have now a charging rate of up to 170 kW, while the Mid Range can go up to 200 kW
  • Automatic wiper improvements
  • Automatic lane change improvements

As of today, it seems Tesla has stopped the rollout of this version. We’ll keep updating this article as we get new information.

Read more: Tesletter

From issue #88

What's in Tesla's software update 2019.40.50.1

2019.40.50.1 dropped just on time for Christmas Eve and it comes with a bunch of new stuff:

  • Driving visualization improvements (HW3 only)
  • Voice commands
  • Read and respond to text messages using the right scroll wheel button
  • Camp Mode
  • Voice Keyboard
  • TRAX v0.1
  • and more

Read more: Tesletter

From issue #91

What's new in beta 2018.21

Tesla release versions odd numbers have historically been betas only pushed to a handfull number of users (3 - 5 according to Teslafi) under an NDA. Last time that a beta was rolled out was a few weeks before the NN rewrote, so we have high hopes that this one includes something big as well. The lucky ones who have rooted their Tesla are dropping some bits of info on TMC, see below (Thanks BigD0g and dennis_d for all the info!):

  • Screen showing blind spot messages and detection (read more)
  • Improvement on how AP handles road dividers (read more)
  • AP2 running 2018.21 showing cars in adjacent lanes (ala AP1) (video)
Read more: [TMC Forum]( From issue #10