No more wait times to get Tesla Software Updates, safety and Sentry Mode enhancements roll out (2019.16)
Tesla has started deploying a bunch of new features with the latest software update 2019.16 starting today, after getting the latest update Tesla owners will have the option to download and install a new software update as soon as it becomes available for your car variant and region.
This is a huge development for Tesla owners as previously they had to wait for days and even weeks to get the latest software updates while Tesla would deploy them in batches and according to VIN series, now as soon as it becomes available in your country and specific Tesla trim level you can get it instantly.
Tesla is also deploying the latest lane departure safety features that we reported yesterday with the 2019.16 over-the-air software update (see release notes below on how to turn the feature ON or OFF).
Owning a Tesla vehicle has a clear advantage as the cars even get safer and safer with time, Tesla owners get these updates for free, getting new safety features for ‘Free’ is a tremendous gain over having a traditional car.
Tesla has also made it easier for the owners to enable/disable ‘Sentry Mode‘ on their vehicles, with the 2019.16 software update, the Sentry Mode icon (HAL 9000) now appears at the top of the center touchscreen while the car is in ‘park’, making it easily accessible.
2019.16 Release Notes:
The driving visualization has been adjusted to automatically zoom in and out to better utilize screen space and inform you when a vehicle is detected in your blind spot. The visualization remains zoomed out when driving on highways. (check out video demo)
Sentry Mode Improvements
It’s now easier to enable and disable Sentry Mode by tapping the Sentry Mode icon at the top of your touchscreen when your is in Park.
Your car can also default Sentry Mode to always be enabled when your vehicle is parked by going to Controls > Safety & Security > Sentry Mode > ON if selected ON, you can exclude Home, Work and/or Favorite places by selecting the checkboxes. If a location is selected, Sentry Mode will be disabled when your car is parked near those locations.
Lane Departure Avoidance
Lande Departure Avoidance is designed to warn you or assist you with corrective steering if it detects your vehicle unintentionally starting to drift out of the driving lane without a turn signal engaged. Touch Controls > Autopilot > Lane Departure Avoidance and select from the following options:
ASSIST: Your car will attempt corrective steering back into the driving lane if an unintended lane departure is detected when traveling between 25 and 90 mph (40 and 145 km/h). When steering intervention occurs, the designated lane line is highlighted in blue.
WARN: Your steering wheel vibrates when an unintended lane departure is detected.
OFF: Disable both steering assistance and steering wheel vibrations when an unintended lane departure is detected.
Note: Lane Departure Avoidance features are intended to help keep you safe, but they do not work in every situation and do not replace the need to remain attentive and in control (further reading).
Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance
To improve safety, Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance is designed to steer your vehicle back into the driving lane if a potential collision is detected. When emergency steering intervention occurs, the designated lane line is highlighted in red, a warning on the touchscreen is displayed, and a chime will sound. This setting is always enabled when you start your vehicle but can be turned off for a single drive by going to Controls > Autopilot > Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance (further reading).
Software Update Preference
You now have the option to receive new software updates as soon as they are available for your car configuration and region. Tap Controls > Software > Software Update Preference > ADVANCED.
Conditional Speed Limits
Your vehicle will now display conditional speed limits, such as speed limit based on time of day, weather condition, etc. If there is a conditional speed limit for your current road, it will be displayed in grey below the regular speed limit sign.
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