Our Tesla wouldn’t start. It kept saying 'Systems Are Powering Up' message for about 2 minutes… The car was parked in a covered parking lot for about 7 hours and did not display any signs of trouble before. It was not shortly after an update nor was there anything we thought about that could have caused the software to fail. We tried reboot the system, but the car powered on without the actual full reboot. Maybe there was something in the reboot sequence that woke it up, but the computer did not go through the entire restart. Then the screen came on…
This happened over a month ago and it hasn’t happened before or since then, but it was a slightly disheartening experience.
Tesla Model S as an convertible! Looks great!
Buried in the digital manual of the 6.0 software update for the Model S are two new features that are impossible to implement without some new hardware. That means Tesla is either readying a new factory option or the first real refresh of the Model S is on the way.
Tesla Model S Software Update v6.0 arrived!
The Software v6.0 update introduces traffic-based navigation and commute advice, provides an in-car view of daily schedules, enables location-based air suspension settings, and allows owners to name their Model S and start it remotely using their mobile phone.
New features include:
Traffic-Based Navigation (BETA)
The Model S navigation system will be a lot smarter. Navigation will now provide route suggestions based on real-time traffic and calculate estimated travel times accordingly. It will also update dynamically as traffic conditions change throughout your trip. This feature will also take into account traffic data shared by other Tesla vehicles on the road.
Navigation isn’t particularly useful when commuting between home and work because most of us usually know the way. But if traffic has an effect on a typical route, it’s helpful to know in advance. Now, Model S will monitor traffic before you even start your weekday commute and alert you with a pop-up message on the 17-inch touchscreen when a faster route is available.
Model S will synch with your smartphone to bring you a large in-car view of your daily schedule. If you’ve already set locations for particular events, you don’t have to worry about re-entering the details into your car’s navigation system. Instead, you can just tap on the event in your calendar to bring up route directions.
You will have the ability to start your Model S using only your smartphone. This function, which is particularly useful if you forget your key fob, will be accessible through the Tesla mobile app and requires you to input your password for each use.
Location-Based Air Suspension
If you regularly drive on roads or driveways that require higher than normal clearance, your Model S will remember where you previously selected high ride heights and automatically adjust the air suspension at those locations. This feature will be especially handy for people who have steep driveways. (Model S must be equipped with air suspension for this function to work.)
Name Your Car
You can now make your Model S nickname official. The car’s name will appear in the Tesla mobile app and in the About Your Tesla section on the touchscreen.
Power Management Options
A new power management option will put Model S into energy saving mode at night to help maximize available energy. There’ll also be an option that allows the Tesla mobile app to always connect immediately to the car, while still saving power.
This software update represents Tesla’s commitment to improving Model S for customers even long after it has left the assembly line. With each update, Model S becomes more attuned and responsive to its owner’s needs without requiring excessive user input. We will continuously fine-tune the software and work on new features in response to customer feedback.
Interestingly, the same version of the software prompted itself for download and install twice… not sure why.
Infinite Miles Warranty - RETROACTIVE!
And how not to love the company that produced the beat car yet - now with infinite miles warranty!
Read the full blogpost here - http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/infinite-mile-warranty
Stolen Tesla Model S crashes at 100 miles an hour - driver survives
If this is not a testament to Tesla’s safety, I don’t know what is. The guy slammed into a light pole, crashed into other cars at 100 miles an hour and still survived.
The car split in half, which is very interesting and surreal to see, but the front still looks solid!
See more here: http://www.longtailpipe.com/2014/07/stolen-tesla-model-s-in-hollywood.html
New software update has just been installed in our Model S. Seems like some of those umprovements were already there - maybe it was bug fixes etc?
Our favorite is saving favorites to the map - very useful!
How the Tesla Model S saved my daughters birthday
My daughter’s 4th birthday passed last month and I just realized my car saved her most precious moment.
She’s been requesting a Barbie cake for her birthday for the past 6 months so we absolutely had to have it. Since it’s a kids birthday, we’ve also opted out for having it in the park. It was close to our house, but with the Sunday traffic, it would have taken a long time to go and pick up the cake in the middle of her party.
It just seemed natural to me to leave the cake in the car! If I would have any other car, you might have to call me crazy for leaving a cake for 3 hours in a car in the beginning of Florida summer!
With Tesla Model S I could use the phone’s app to control the climate in the car for all this time, without the engine running and polluting the environment and with the door locked! It’s been a year and I still love this car!
15 min before the cake time, I’ve put the car on as cold as possible and we’ve all enjoyed a super tasty and cold vanilla Barbie cake!