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Introducing Software Version 9.0
This week, Tesla owners across North America are waking up to a car that is smarter, safer and more intuitive than ever before. Our most substantial update yet, Software Version 9.0, introduces a refined and simplified user interface, along with entirely new features for Model S, Model X, and Model 3, as well as on Tesla’s mobile app.
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 simply 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.
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 our navigation system to more efficiently route you.
If an obstacle is detected in the path of your vehicle while driving at low speeds, full acceleration is reduced in order to help prevent drivers from accidentally accelerating. This feature can be enabled or disabled in Controls Autopilot.