The Latest Tesla Software Update: A Closer Look
The recent software update 2023.38.8 from Tesla marks another step in the company's ongoing efforts to enhance the functionality and user experience of their vehicles. This update, which is being rolled out to Tesla owners, includes noteworthy advancements in Autopilot/FSD Beta activation and offers an improved audio experience for passengers in the backseat.
Simplified Autopilot/FSD Beta Activation: One of the key features of this update is the streamlined process for activating Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta. Previously, drivers had to depress the gear stalk twice to activate these features. With the new update, Tesla has reduced this to a single stalk depression. This modification aims to simplify the activation and disengagement process, making it more intuitive and user-friendly. As Tesla moves towards making self-driving a fundamental aspect of the vehicle ownership experience, such enhancements in ease of use are crucial.
Enhanced Backseat Audio Experience: Another significant improvement brought by the 2023.38.8 update is the ability for backseat passengers to enjoy separate audio via Bluetooth headphones. This feature is particularly beneficial in vehicles equipped with a rear screen. It enables passengers in the backseat to connect wireless Bluetooth headphones, allowing them to listen to audio from the rear screen independently of the front audio. For example, while the driver listens to music or other audio through the front speakers, passengers in the back can watch a show on the rear screen using their headphones.
Tesla has detailed the process for utilizing this new feature: users can pair their headphones by navigating to App Launcher > Rear Display > Settings > Add New Headphones. Once paired, up to two headphones can be used simultaneously to listen to content from the Theater app on the rear screen.
The deployment of this software update began this week, and while it may take some time to reach all vehicles, it represents Tesla's commitment to continuously improving the driving and passenger experience through technological innovation. These updates, though seemingly small, significantly enhance the convenience and enjoyment of Tesla vehicles, reinforcing the brand's position at the forefront of automotive technology.
Earlier Tesla released a video on its official X account demonstrating the Full Self-Driving Beta software in Austin, Texas, showcasing its "vision neural networks" and following Elon Musk's previous livestream of FSD software V12, which had garnered mixed reviews. It was tested on 2023 Model S.
Doing so well, no wonder 2023 Tesla X got itself a spot in the best 7 seater electric SUVs of 2023 list.