There’s plenty of news (as always) in the world of Tesla, but this week has been dominated by one big item: the introduction of Version 10.0 of the Tesla software, which Tesla is calling “our biggest software update ever.” We’ll have a more detailed breakdown of what exactly is contained in the update below, along with a couple of other noteworthy items that may have gotten lost in the shuffle of the 24/7 news cycle.
Version 10 Launches
The update was delivered over-the-air to Tesla vehicles and includes a wide range of additions, from expanding the car’s multimedia and entertainment offerings to the most headline-grabbing change: Smart Summon.
The Smart Summon feature has been added for Tesla owners whose vehicles have Full Self-Driving capability or Enhanced Autopilot enabled, and it will allow owners to use the Tesla app to call their vehicle to them, provided that the vehicle is “within their line of sight.” Tesla also noted that those using the system are responsible for the car and should be monitoring the vehicle and the surroundings at all times.
Predictably, this development has set social media abuzz with users delighted with the system working flawlessly, while others are reporting problems — and even accidents. The feature has only been out for a few days now, so we can’t make a final judgment without more time or testing it ourselves, but the launch has not been the smoothest. So, if you see a Tesla cruising through the Whole Foods lot sans human driver, now you know why.
Other updates include the addition of a bunch of entertainment options, such as a game called “Cuphead.” Owners also gain the ability to connect the car’s display to various streaming services (Netflix, YouTube and Hulu, for example), as well as Spotify Premium integration. There will also be a “Car-aoke” feature, which comes with its own library of songs (use this at your own risk). The car’s navigation has also been enhancedwith “I’m Feeling Hungry ” and “I’m Feeling Lucky” controls, which will take you to restaurants or points of interest in the area.
Model S Police Car Chase Ends With No Charge
Those living outside of California may not know this, but out here on the West Coast, we love ourselves a good car chase. Every time one starts (especially in Los Angeles), the local news channels fire up the helicopters and cover them from start to finish. Last week, there was another car chase up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but this one had a unique twist: A Model S police car was involved and at a certain point, called off the chase because of a battery that only had six miles of range remaining.
This obviously is a fertile breeding ground for jokes about range anxiety, but we should note that the chase was also called off entirely soon after that, as the suspect drove more erratically through thickening traffic, which made it too dangerous to continue the pursuit. But the Model S had to juice back up before returning home to the city of Fremont, the police department that owns the car (and reportedly was the first in the country to use a Tesla in its vehicle fleet).
The police department reported earlier that, usually, the car can get through a normal shift with 40 to 50 percent of its battery remaining, but it seems in this case that the car was not charged before the start of the shift that ended in the chase.
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SpaceX Unveils ‘Starship’ Enterprise
SpaceX has been launching cargo into space for a few years now and has plans to send up its first astronauts to the International Space Station later this year, but the goal has always been to provide some sort of commercialized passenger spaceflight, as well. And last week, the company cleared a hurdle toward that end with the unveiling of its newest prototype, the Starship.
Starship, which looks like a big, very shiny bullet with wings, is intended to be able to ferry either passengers or cargo to other planets, including the moon and eventually to Mars. The ship will be powered by the new Raptor engines. At the unveiling, Elon Musk predicted that the rocket’s first trip to space could come within the next six months, with manned flights coming in the year after that.
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