Tesla kicked off its Version 8.0 over-the-air update at approximately 4am Pacific Time on Thursday morning to select Model S and Model X vehicles. A first look at the new software shows that Tesla has done a significant makeover of the user interface, providing a new modern look to the center touchscreen.
Tesla confirmed the release of V8.0 through an email blast to subscribers of its newsletter. Among the updates is a revamped Media Player, improvements to its Maps and, of course, the much talked about upgraded Autopilot system.
Following CEO Elon Musk’s tweet that teased of a new feature that would protect children and pets from dangerous overheating deaths while trapped in a car, Tesla has confirmed a new Cabin Overheat Protection feature aimed at safety by keeping safe temperatures within the car, even while its off.
Software Version 8.0 will continue to roll out to Model S and Model X owners over the next weeks, but in the meantime, take a first look at the release notes, courtesy of TMC member edou.
Tesla describes its newest features through a new Software section on its company website which we’ve highlighted below.
Intuitive Media Player
Media Player has been redesigned and personalized to put your favorite content front and center. Search is simpler and more powerful, accessing streaming radio, live stations, and podcasts to help you quickly find what you’re looking for.
Voice controls are clearer and easier to use. Initiation is quick and feedback lets you focus on the road without compromising convenience or control.
Cabin Overheat Protection
In an industry-first safety measure, we are introducing Cabin Overheat Protection, focused on child (and pet) safety. This feature keeps the car at a safe temperature for hours, even when the car is off, and is made possible by our uniquely large battery packs.
Maps, Navigation and Trip Planner have been updated to span the entire touchscreen, displaying the most important details of your trip. The control bar fades automatically for an uncluttered navigation experience.
Advancements in signal processing use the Tesla’s onboard radar to persistently capture snapshots of its surroundings, creating a 3D picture of the world. Learn more about seeing the world in radar.
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