Tesla releases a new software update that adds a host of new features to their cars. These include the new "Smart Summon" feature, which allows cars equipped with the optional $ 5,000 full self-driving package to automatically drive themselves from a parking space to collect you in a parking space.
This is one of the most advanced semi-self-driving features that Tesla has yet to release to the public, and the company still says you should only use it in batches and when you have a clear view of your car. The company also notes that you are ultimately responsible for the car, so be mindful of what happens to the car and its surroundings if you plan to use it – and you can stop the car remotely if you feel the need. to. Smart Summon has been out in a limited preview beta for some customers, but now it will roll out to all vehicles that have purchased the FSD option.
Other new features included in this update include the much sought-after native Spotify support, which is available to all Spotify Premium account holders in all markets where it is available. That should go a long way to satisfy Tesla owners who have been less than happy to play Bluetooth audio from this extremely popular streaming music alternative. In China, Tesla is also rolling out Ximalaya, a podcast and audiobook streaming service.
Tesla Theater Mode, also new in version 1
Many of these updates focus on entertainment options, including the new "Car-aoke" mode, which, as you may have guessed, adds a car karaoke experience that includes a "massive" library of music and lyrics, says Tesla , with multiple languages supported. Singing on car trips has long since come up with only low-tech alternatives, but official support may encourage more amateur James Cordens.
Last, but not least for new entertainment features, is the launch of the Cuphead Gate at Tesla Arcade, the game software Tesla launched earlier this year. Cuphead is a cult-smash-hit indie game, with an iconic art style reminiscent of early Disney animation, and this is definitely a nod to Tesla's core geek audience (and probably a treat for the Musk man himself). Again, this is only available while you are parked, in case you were concerned about distracted driving.
Tesla also added some new navigation features that suggest interesting restaurants and sightseeing opportunities along the way, which may result in some more interesting spontaneous experiences. There's also a new file system customization that separates videos taken by the car's camera when in Dashcam and Sentry Mode to make it easier for users to find them, and they are automatically deleted when there is a need to free up storage.  This is a big ol 'update full of new features, and it will roll out into the air for vehicles this week. As mentioned a few places above, you can see some small differences region by region, but Tesla says you can also check out the in-store updates on showrooms if you want a sneak preview.