The Tesla Model S and X

The Tesla Model S and X

Tesla recently released the software update 8.0 (the big one), which should improve the Model S and Model X.

Improved software touches various areas (the largest are Media Player, Maps & Navigation, Voice Commands and Autopilot) so the whole experience should be better (not only safer on Autopilot).

Safer, More Intuitive

Software update 8.0 kicks off a significant over-the-air overhaul of the Tesla touchscreen. This release combines a modern interface and more intuitive Media Player with display improvements for Maps and Autopilot.

Tesla lists several main upgrades:

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.

Tesla software update 8.0 - Media Player

Tesla software update 8.0 - Media Player

Voice Commands

Voice controls are clearer and easier to use. Initiation is quick and feedback lets you focus on the road without compromising convenience or control.

  • Voice commands initiate with a single press
  • Feedback in the form of a transcript appears on the instrument panel to confirm your command
  • Visual tips remind you what commands are available

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.

Expansive Maps

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.

  • Search for destinations with a single tap or voice command
  • Zoom adjusts based on location to display what you need to see most
  • Navigate to home or work with a single swipe

Tesla software update 8.0 - Expansive Maps

Tesla software update 8.0 - Expansive Maps

Autopilot Enhancements

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.

  • Enhanced safety requirement which disables Autosteer during trip when safety warnings are ignored
  • Autopilot has been tuned to be more responsive and smoother in stop-and-go traffic
  • Vehicles on the instrument panel show direction
  • Redesigned Autopilot indicators

Tesla software update 8.0 - Autopilot Enhancements

Tesla software update 8.0 - Autopilot Enhancements

Better over time

Join four customers as they share their favorite features and reflect on the changes their cars have seen through years of over-the-air updates.

8.0 Release Notes

General

  1. Touchscreen redesigned around providing a large, uncluttered map
  2. Status bar and app icons will fade when car is driving, reappearing at a tap or when parked

Media Player

  1. Updated "Now Playing" view and controls
  2. Favorites across all media types
  3. Play recent media
  4. Remove media from recent list with press and hold
  5. Improved media search and navigation
  6. Improved TuneIn support and navigation
  7. Updated radio design and navigation

Maps & Navigation

  1. Swipe to navigate to home or office
  2. Controls now hide and show as required
  3. Improved location listing
  4. Map automatic zooming
  5. Option to avoid tolls and ferries
  6. Clearer turn instructions
  7. More visible round trip energy estimate
  8. Choice of time savings before traffic based re-routing

Voice Commands

  1. Voice commands are easier to use
  2. More accurate contact matching
  3. Initiate voice commands with a single press of the steering wheel button
  4. Voice command transcript
  5. Voice command tips
  6. Improved voice command response time
  7. French and German support

Autopilot

  1. Enhanced safety requirement which disables Autosteer during trip when safety warnings are ignored
  2. Redesigned Autopilot indicators
  3. Autopilot has been tuned to be more responsive and smoother in stop-and-go traffic
  4. Vehicles on the instrument panel show direction

Additional Improvements

  1. Consistent airflow from fans throughout the car
  2. Smart climate control based on solar heating and position of the sun
  3. Passenger control of the touchscreen now lasts 30 minutes after the driver has left the car
  4. Intelligent HomeLink notifications
  5. Improved regenerative braking on all-wheel drive cars
  6. Improved Auto Front Door functionality
 (Model X only)
  7. Falcon Wing doors open and close more quickly (Model X only)

Through edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum we can check more screenshoots of the 8.0 version:

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)

Tesla software update 8.0 (source: edou, member of Tesla Motors Club forum)