Tesla is about to launch a big new software update that includes a few new features and a lot of user interface upgrades.
As a Tesla owner, it’s always a good day to get a notification that a new software update is available.
You start wondering what new features or improvements you are getting that day.
Well, now we have a good preview of the next Tesla software update as Teslascope (a service that tracks Tesla software updates) and found out about a new update that the automaker is pushing to employee vehicles, which generally means it will soon come to the customer fleet also.
The update (2023.12) includes a few new features and many significant changes to Tesla’s in-car user interface:
Tesla now plans to offer two different font sizes, standard and large, to help people read the interface better.
The company is also adding a search feature to the settings and control menu. Tesla wrote in the release notes:
Use the ‘Search’ function for quicker access to controls and settings.
Go to Controls > Search and enter a search term. Make changes directly from the result or tap the link to jump to that panel in Controls.
Tesla is also improving its points of interest in its navigation system, with the cards now adding photos and reviews of those locations.
On Tesla vehicles, the left steering wheel scroll is generally used for media, but with the new update, Tesla will let drivers control phone calls when a call is occurring.
Speaking of the scroll wheels on the steering wheel, Tesla is going to allow customizations with this new update:
Do more with the left scroll button on the steering wheel.
You can adjust settings like brightness and Acceleration Mode, or perform actions like toggling the Camera App, opening the glovebox, and saving Dashcam footage.
Long press the left scroll button to bring up a list of functions and scroll through the list.
To choose which function comes up by default, go to Controls > Display > Scroll Wheel Function.
With the new update, Tesla also introduces a new chime that sounds when changing gears, but it is optional.
The automaker is also bringing passenger seat controls to the rear touchscreen in the Model S and Model X:
Adjust the passenger seat from the rear touchscreen to make it easier to enter or exit the rear seat.
To access the passenger sear controls, tap the seat icon on the rear touchscreen. Hold one of the arrows to move the passenger seat forward or backward. The controls are available only when the vehicle is not moving.
To access the same controls from the front touchscreen, tap the App Launcher and go to the rear screen remove control app.
Tesla is also propagating its new “Get to Know Your Tesla” feature, which is basically an in-car on-screen vehicle manual.
The automaker is also bringing new upgrades to its Zoom video calling app and making it available in more markets.
The update is being pushed to Tesla employees right now to be tested, and it will likely expand to the customer fleet in the coming weeks. It might change a bit by then.