Tesla 8.0 Software Update Arrives – Here Are All The Details

SEP 22 2016 BY MARK KANE 42

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)

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42 Comments on "Tesla 8.0 Software Update Arrives – Here Are All The Details"

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Snooze. Some old skeuomorphic crap… with tiny buttons that mimic real-world controls… when they’ve got this entire amazing touch screen to work with. This has always been the most disappointing thing about the Model S. I mean, why is something like the A/C fan level so hard to control while driving? It’s a tiny slider in a dialog box. WTF?! I would like to see Telsa TRULY innovate in car UI design. For starters, all of the touch controls should be large and easy to tap, with interaction/sensitivity designed to be forgiving to an arm/hand that is wobbling around while the car is in motion. And the controls don’t need to look like real-world things. And there should definitely be no dialog boxes involved with ANY common task. To be more specific, why not take advantage of the freedom and possibilities the touch screen offers and and allow “gestures” to simply DO THINGS. For examples… – Moving two fingers up or down on the screen (anywhere) could control radio volume. Two fingers left and right, the track. – Three fingers up/down could perhaps control the cabin temperature, and left/right the fan level. – Spreading all fingers out from a point… Read more »

Because asking people to learn random gestures to do things rather than mimic an existing well understood item like a keyboard worked wonders for the Palm Pilot.

I love how well those have done compared to that sad attempt to mimic a keyboard that the iPhone tried.

Moving fingers up and down is hardly a “random” gesture. We do it all the time for scrolling on our tablets and phone.

But for the car, we’re talking well-defined gestures that Tesla would standardize on. Two fingers = audio. Three fingers = HVAC. Four fingers = navigation. Some sort of simple system like that.

Don’t get me wrong, there would still be visuals on the screen, but not using the touch screen for a truly “touch-based” user-interface seems silly.

I can think of a user interface purpose for a 1 finger gesture…

Don’t quit your day job.

Thanks for the insightful response.

Lol all those gestures you want are much more easily accessible through the scroll wheels on the steering.

And if you have your “fan” scroll wheel set to adjust brightness, how many button pushes are involved, and how much time did you spend looking away from the road during that mini-reconfiguration?

Then move a couple of notches to fan?!?

And that’s easier than simply reaching over to touch the screen with three fingers and moving them down a bit?

+1 This post could grow and grow. If you’re Elon, you pride yourself on enabling screen focus, not the other way around. What’s the point in looking out into space, if you’re on a space ship? You’re miles away from hitting anything, just like Tesla’s sensors are sure to pamper and keep you safe.

I’ll grade and comment freely on 8.0, to a different standard. Thank you.

Perhaps… but that’s no where we are today. People still need to actively drive their Teslas.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Tesla. But, my points of not being able to use the touch screen as effectively *as you might be able to* with a different, and more innovative and car-appropriate user-interface design, still stands.

Geez people, have some imagination. The Tesla user-interface is not terribly easy to use while the car is in motion. The “hit targets” are small, don’t recognize taps if your hand is the slightest bit shaky, and important bits of functionality are hidden in menus and dialogs.

Frankly, it’s just not a very good UI in general. But, on top of that, it seems to be designed for someone who might be sitting at a computer (with a mouse) or on the couch with a tablet, rather than thoughtfully designed for use in a car, and especially by the driver.

Heeeyyy… somebody out there is thinking like me:

http://matthaeuskrenn.com/new-car-ui/

If I want to faff around with stupid gimmicky gestures and have a big childish UI with huge buttons, I’ll buy an Apple product. Otherwise I’ll stick with Tesla, particularly if I’m a passenger and have the freedom to play with the controls, but I wouldn’t mind it as driver either.

Ultimately, though, the better solution would be to allow the owner to customise the UI to their liking, kind of like with Android. Then they could choose whatever gimmicks they want, and make the buttons extremely large and child-friendly.

I hardly thinking making simple up/down or left/right movements is gimmickly. I’m not talking about writing out “R A D I O” when you want some music.

I’m talking about a simple up/down/left/right gestures, for making things “more” or “less” or “previous” and “next”. Those, plus using one, two, three, or four fingers gives eight different functions you could do without looking at the screen.

And why are big controls (suitable for hitting easily while driving) childish? You’d rather fumble or around with tiny buttons and miniature scrollbars like an “adult”?

Big controls are intuitive and useful, especially when you get old.

Mainstream car manufacturers have discovered many times that the masses prefer easy to find and use analog controls, which is why buttons and knobs keep returning to the dashboard.

Foo makes a valid point.

Foo said:

“I hardly thinking making simple up/down or left/right movements is gimmickly.”

You want Tesla to listen to what you personally want, but you don’t seem to be willing to extend that principle to others.

I wish you’d be put in charge of handling customer requests for changes to Tesla’s touchscreen for a few days. I doubt it would take long for you to learn that old adage: “You can’t please everyone.”

Plus one

No, I was simply arguing my point.

Writing out “R A D I O” would be gimmicky. Swiping a direction to make linear setting is logical. We all do it every day when we scroll something on our gimmicky smart phones, without even thinking.

Oh and also if you want something a little different wait for the model 3. Rumour has it there may be a HUD option. A hud could incorporate gestures quite cleverly.

How does a HUD helps with gestures? By giving you line-of-sight visual feedback?

Meh.. wisual feedback would be nice, but not a prerequisite for adjusting the radio volume by sliding your fingers on a touch screen. Plus, there would already be the audible feedback of the volume changing.

Speaking of which, any other function could also have audible feedback.. subtle dings and beeps to confirm. Adjust the fan up with a swipe… high tone. Adjust it back down… low tone. These sounds, like any well-designed user-interface, could be tasteful and pleasant. There could also a distinct sound for each operation, again aiding in confirmation.

Once learned, these types of natural and direct interactions can become incredibly intuitive and convenient — always within reach, without really thinking. Babies today attempt to “scroll” pictures in magazines, for gosh sakes, because the interaction is so natural (once learned from a tablet).

The beauty of these gestures I’m imagining are possible is that they would always be available directly — no clicking through menus, no temporarily reconfiguring your steering wheel controls with several clicks and scrolls just so you can make one adjustment (talk about “gimmicky”).

You do have some passionate ideas to improve the user interface. It would be nice to reach out to Tesla, talk to the UI team / product manager, and see how they could incorporate the ideas.

“Wisual feedback”

Mr. …Chekov is it?

Sorry, I know it’s too early for humor. My apologies. 🙂

Tesla car was inwented in Russia! Everybody knows Nikola Tesla was a Russian!
😉

Hahah.. yeah, I saw that after I posted. Too bad there isn’t an edit feature.

Because the first idiot they crashed the car while doing gestures will be Tesla’s fault and consumer reports will call Tesla out for killing people.

Good ideas. Voice control is supposed to make it easy to control such task.

Obvously the AP updates don’t apply to 2012 cars…but I wonder how many others will go back to 2012vehicles?

Tesla needs to implement a biometric scanner ( retinal scanner ) that scans your eyes and face so the car “knows” if you’re paying attention to the road or not.

Mercedes is doing this and it makes more than a whole lot of sense. If you’re not watching the road, “Autopilot” ( Grrr…CHANGE THAT NAME! ) will switch off back to full manual mode.

A steering wheel sensor that also disengages autonomous driving if your hands are off the wheel makes sense too. Make it one minute or so – instead of the few seconds of Audi or Mercedes. This way, you can show off for YouTube viewers or your next door neighbor, but on real trips you won’t be tempted to do your taxes on your tablet, for instance….

Mercedes has if for extremely expensive cars as accessories, must of Mercedes don’t have this futures. The system must be implemented in cellphones so you cant text and drive.

Soon… still no navigation via-points?

That Cabin Overheat Protection function is a nice touch.?

It’s a very good idea…

Unfortunately someone will put their child or dog in there with 21% battery capacity, then come back in 3 hours and wonder why it died.

Must be careful to not over market the feature with excessive expectations.

Yeah, I wonder among the causes of 17″ screen failures, whether heat contributes to bubbles showing up on the sides, on a small number of cars. It isn’t that the problem is wide spread, as much as the out of warranty cost.

Why does Tesla continue to ‘roll their own’ instead of using Apple and Android standard car apps.

Because it’s a unique selling point

Wouldn’t that make Tesla cars vulnerable to security holes in Apple and Android apps?

Tesla wants to maintain control of its own software for several reasons. One reason is to prevent things like this:

http://insideevs.com/hackers-gain-remote-control-access-model-s-tesla-pushes-security-fix-wvideo/

What is the data plan for Teslas? Can you stream Pandora or do you have to do it through your cell phone?

I’m reading data is free for 4 years. Now, what will they charge after 4 years?

I don’t like the “x-ray” picture of the charging battery. The simple bar graph was better.

Agree. Also having the SoC as well as range numbers (energy and distance) request was not met.

While I haven’t warmed up to AP’s graphics when not using AP, the application is amazing. I look forward to describing the “radar bounce” as how the car sees in front of the car in front. I don’t look forward to falsing as the geo “whitelist” gets built.

Also, having reported AEB as too weak, I’m glad Tesla will be engaging higher braking forces that will prevent a collision, rather than make it survivable at the expense of the car. 7.0 currently brakes the moment the one in front does, but won’t go near ABS as it catches up to it.