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!
Tesla Model S Software Update leads to service appointment
After the last software update at the beginning of May, our Model S started showing a Service Required warning. Concerned that there actually might have something wrong, I’ve set up an appointment.
It turns out the software update included a new way to manage a pump that cools the battery (if I understood correctly), and since our car is one of the first versions, the service recommended we get the pomp switched for a new one, free of course.
So far the service has been excellent: the appointment has been made about a month ahead (mostly due to my request), but the rangers will come, pick up my car and leave me a loaner until my car is done. Once it’s serviced, they will drive it back to me. Awesome!
I will also be installing the extra battery shield - it’s probably not necessary, but when you have little kids, there is never enough safety precautions you can take!
The one annoying thing is that ever since the update the message to contact service is always on and the car makes a sound every time I get in to remind me… I would love to have an option to turn it off - or at least have them turn it off once the appointment is made! A feature request?
I will update after the appointment is complete.
List of Celebrities driving Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
Morgan Freeman (Tesla Model S)
Anthony Bourdain (Tesla Model S)
Zooey Deschanel (Tesla Model S)
Cameron Diaz (Tesla Model S)
Ben Affleck (Tesla Model S)
Tony Hawk (Tesla Model S)
Jenna Elfman (Tesla Model S)
Jen Gardner (Tesla Model S)
Laurence Fishburne (Tesla Model S)
Seth Green (Tesla Model S)
Alyson Hanigan (Tesla Model S)
James Hetfield (Tesla Model S)
Rachel Zoe (Tesla Model S)
Clark Howard (Tesla Model S)
Steve Wozniak (Tesla Model S)
Sergey Brin (Tesla Model S)
Jon Favreau (Tesla Model S)
Angelina Jolie (Tesla Model S)
Mark Ruffalo (Tesla Model S)
Ashton Kutcher (Tesla Model S)
Shakira (Tesla Model S)
Will.i.am (Tesla Model S)
Jeremy Renne (Tesla Model S)
John Stamos (Tesla Model S)
Elon Musk (Tesla Roadster)
Bill Maher (Tesla Roadster)
Matt Damon (Tesla Roadster)
Dustin Hoffman (Telsa Roadster)
Both & More EVs
Jay Leno (Baker Electric, Historical EV)
Jay Leno (Tesla Roadster, EV Sportscar)
Jay Leno (BMW 7 Hydrogen EV Sportscar)
Jay Leno (Chevy Volt, EV Sedan)
Jay Leno (Tesla Model S)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Tesla Roadster)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Fisker Karma)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Tesla Model S)
Brad Pitt (Tesla Roadster, EV Sportscar)
Brad Pitt (Tesla Model S)
Compiled from a list made by Ken Green Burridge and posted on EV.com
The new NEMA 14-50 plug sent to us a few days ago due to a recall on the original one. Citing the Tesla’s letter from March 11th, 2014:
"Under increased electrical resistance circumstances, the NEMA 14-50 adapter for the Universal Mobile Connector (UCM) provided with your Model S vehicle, or the electrical wall receptacle, could overheat. An overheated adapter or wall outlet could impact the UMC cord as well and result in an increased risk of burn injury and/or fire."
What Tesla Motors will do
"First, Tesla Motors has developed a software update that allows the Model S onboard charging system to detect any unexpected fluctuations in the input power or higher resistance connections to the vehicle. If detected, the onboard charging system automatically reduces the charging current by 25%."
"Second, Tesla is replacing the NEMA 14-50 adapters with ones of an improved design. (…) New adapters can be readily distinguished by the grey connector face (…)".
To properly function with the new connector, Tesla Model S needs to run software version 5.8.4 or higher.
Excellent Customer Service, as usual.