By Lennon Sihak
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Tesla owners around the world.
Tesla is rolling out the Holiday Update widely, with Apple Music integration, Steam, indoor camera viewing while in Sentry or Dog Mode, MyQ, and more.
Similar to Apple, every year Tesla releases a facelift update to overhaul its operating system and add a number of exciting features. These updates usually range from quirky light displays to useful features like automatic turn signals. It is usually the most anticipated update that Tesla releases each year.
The Austin-based automaker took to Twitter this afternoon to announce the start of the rollout. This was followed by a series of videos showcasing the new additions in the update.
“The Holiday Update is rolling out now,” Tesla wrote.
Here are some of the biggest features in the Tesla Vacation Update.
Apple Music is one of the most requested additions to Tesla’s software. Prior to this addition, Slacker, Spotify, TIDAL, TuneIn, and SiriusXM were the only music streaming services. If you want to use another service, you will have to connect your phone via bluetooth and stream that way. Spotify and TIDAL are great competitors to Apple Music, but Apple’s streaming service boasts a catalog of 100 million songs and industry-leading audio quality.
Adding Apple Music to Tesla cars could mean Dolby Atmos support is just around the corner, as reported by BGR.
Apple Music is available in most markets, although there are some exceptions such as Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Cabin camera view
When Dog Mode or Sentry Mode is enabled, you will now be able to view the live cabin camera video feed through your Tesla app.
When any of these modes are enabled, you will see a button to view live video in the app. Keep in mind that when Remote View is enabled, Tesla will display a message on the center display letting users know that the in-vehicle camera is being actively used.
Although Tesla is currently in beta, it has been hogging Steam integration since early 2022. Musk has said that increasing gaming on Tesla cars is important as fully self-driving becomes a reality. Steam integration is only available on newer Model S and Model X cars, as they have the computing power to run games smoothly.
Hopefully, Tesla will continue to improve its software and hardware so that other MCU3 vehicles like the Model 3 and Model Y can play Steam games in the future.
Steam currently requires the powerful GPU available in these vehicles. The GPU is only available on Model S and Model X and is not included in MCU3-equipped versions of Model 3 and Model Y.
Steam also currently requires 16GB of RAM, which means previous 2021 Model S and Model X versions are left out for now. Tesla will likely roll this out in phases and will reduce Steam requirements in subsequent revisions, however, the game catalog could be reduced as well.
“Entertainment will be paramount when cars drive themselves,” Musk said on Twitter in December 2020.
Bluetooth controller support
For the sake of compatibility with Tesla’s Steam integration, Tesla also supports Bluetooth controllers with this update, however, it’s also limited to the new Model S and Model X. It would make sense if this feature eventually rolls out to other vehicles, but it’s not clear Whether it is associated with the Steam client.
Media controls are now closer to the driver for easier access. Users can now swipe right to ‘Recents & Favorites’ and ‘Sources’. Swiping left or right also accesses trip information and tire pressure. We’ve covered the updated UI cards in detail if you’d like to see what they look like and how they work.
Climate control fan speed
In this update, Tesla has removed the slider to adjust the fan speed. The new speeds are low, medium and high. This is a welcome improvement, as the sliding scale from 1 to 10 wasn’t entirely intuitive or easy to use.
MyQ is a proprietary technology that enables users to control supported garage doors, gates, and lights over a WiFi network. Until now, users could only control MyQ devices from their smartphones, but Tesla is adding support for their cars. Tesla will allow users to open and close MyQ-powered garage doors in a similar way to how HomeLink works. ”
HomeLink is included with the Model S and Model X, but it’s a $350 add-on for Model 3 and Y.
However, MyQ integration does not appear to be free. MyQ charges $179 for a 5-year subscription to use the car. You also need a smart garage door opener. Most openers can be made smart by adding a MyQ device, which is available from many retailers for about $20.
Automatic turn signals
Your car’s turn signals will now turn off once the driver completes a lane change, fork or merge. This feature is available worldwide for Model 3 and Model Y vehicles with 3 hardware. To turn it on, tap Controls > Lights > Auto turn signals.
Scheduled light show
Last year, Tesla added a fun “dancing” light show to all vehicles. The 2022 update enhances these features. With this year’s update, software owners will be able to schedule a light show up to 10 minutes in advance or watch a multi-car orchestra by setting them to start at the same time. Tesla has also included a new song and light show included in this update.
This is Tesla’s biggest update of the year, so look for build 2022.44.25.1 in the Tesla app to enjoy these great new features. Tesla is slowly rolling it out and we think everyone will receive it in the next couple of weeks.
This update has a lot of features, including both big and small. You can read about all the features by viewing the release notes for the holiday update.
Written by Kevin Armstrong
Tesla owner Ian Jordan has set an interesting precedent. He took the automaker to small claims court in Washington and won. But, unlike the other court case involving Tesla, there were no truckloads of files and teams of attorneys involved. No, this has flown so far under the radar that Tesla hasn’t even sent anyone to represent the company in court, giving Jordan the win.
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But the victory may just be the beginning because there are likely to be more Teslas owners who are in the same position as Jordan. A Model 3 owner found himself without access to full self-driving, despite the company claiming that all vehicles built since 2016 have all the hardware needed for FSD.
The latest FSD hardware is Hardware 3.0, and Tesla is offering owners a free upgrade to the latest hardware if you purchase Tesla’s FSD package.
This is where the problem started. The Jordan 3 model is equipped with a 2.5-inch computer, which is not FSD-compliant, but it didn’t order the full self-driving package. He wanted to subscribe to the program at $199 per month instead of the $15,000 upfront cost. Tesla wanted to charge owners $1,500 (later reduced to $1,000) to add the newly upgraded computer. This didn’t sit well with Jordan, and the judge agreed.
according to ElectricJudge Matthew A. Defendant knew, in fact, that installing the self-driving functionality would cost $1,106 in additional hardware upgrades in violation of Tesla’s false advertising.
The false advertising of teamwork continues
Meanwhile, a class action lawsuit was filed against Tesla in September, alleging continued false advertising about full self-driving. Tesla asked to dismiss the lawsuit. CNN Tesla is reported to have stated, “The mere failure to meet an ambitious long-term goal is not fraud… The mere failure to meet Musk’s own expectations is not evidence that anyone has intentionally attempted to deceive consumers, which would constitute fraud.”
As for the much smaller case, Jordan has filed a separate lawsuit against Tesla. He claimed that his other Tesla car was equipped with an MCU1 media unit, and although it was still under warranty, Tesla would not repair it and recommended paying for the MCU2. Again, the judge found a breach of contract, and ordered Tesla to pay Jordan for the upgrade to the new computer. Tesla quickly paid both court orders.
what do you think? Tesla already upgrades owners to the 3.0 hardware for free if they purchase an FSD, but do they have to upgrade for owners who want to subscribe? Should Tesla require owners to sign up for a certain period?
By Lennon Sihak
Tesla has begun rolling out version 10.69.3.3 for full self-driving to its employees, which is version 2022.40.4.10.
This year’s holiday update is expected to be packed with storage stuff for Tesla owners, like adding Apple Music. Not only will owners receive a fun show for the holidays, but we’re also hoping to see FSD Beta integrated into the company’s flagship releases. This means that production updates (non-FSD) and FSD Beta updates will not be two separate releases.
Release notes for 10.69.3.3 aren’t available yet, so it’s not clear exactly what Tesla has addressed with this build and whether it will be primarily a bug release or contain larger improvements for the FSD Beta.
Either way, users will get the new features found in Tesla 2022.40 update. It will also open the beta to owners who participated in one of Tesla’s 2022.40 updates.
This build could also be in the works for Tesla’s upcoming FSD Beta v11, which will be a larger update that integrates tech stacks that Tesla uses for highway and city driving.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stated that the 11 will come in a limited way before Thanksgiving, but that hasn’t happened yet. Instead, Tesla has pushed its fully self-driving pilot program for everyone in the United States and Canada.
“The Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta is now available to anyone in North America who orders it from the car screen, assuming you purchased that option,” Musk wrote on Twitter at the time. “Congrats [the] Tesla Autopilot/AI Team Achieves Major Achievement! ”
While Musk’s message was correct, the FSD Beta was open to everyone, and it should have had an asterisk, as there are some additional requirements.
You needed to be on a production update that was below the current FSD Beta release, and have compatible hardware, which at the time excluded MCU 1 owners and certain vehicles that required camera upgrades.
While significant improvements are expected in FSD Beta v11, Tesla is also expected to make significant improvements to FSD hardware in the coming year.
Tesla continues to remove devices such as radar and ultrasonic sensors from its cars in favor of Tesla Vision, Tesla’s camera-based vision system. However, in January 2023, Tesla is expected to add HD radar to its vehicles. This is likely to be one of the first of many additions to the next-gen Devices 4 update.
We also expect to implement a number of these “4 Hardware” improvements with the revamped Tesla Model 3, which is expected to go into production in the third quarter of 2023.
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