Tesla drops Camp Mode into its new update.
It didn't take Tesla owners long to work out that they could fit a mattress in the back of the Model S. While few Tesla owners are actually using their car as a camper, enough have been that some issues were identified when sleeping in the car. Mainly, you couldn't leave the climate control running for very long with the car parked while you enjoyed the great outdoors. Enterprising owners found some workarounds, but these included leaving either the lights on or the car unlocked. Tesla listened to its customers and gave them the ability to leave on the climate control system for longer while the car is parked. Following on from that, Tesla has now dropped a full "Camp Mode" in its latest update.
Last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned the company was working on a "Party And Camp Mode," and now it's here. From the updates release notes:
"Your car can now maintain airflow, temperature, interior lighting, as well as play music, and power devices when Camp Mode is enabled. To enable Camp Mode, tap the fan icon at the bottom of the touchscreen and set 'Keep Climate On' to 'CAMP' while your car is in 'PARK.'"
It appears Tesla is thinking about the future as well with the update, as Musk has told us the Tesla Cybertruck will have an option for a camper setup when it goes on sale.
Also included in what Tesla calls its "holiday update," is some catchup technology like "phone improvements," that allows drivers to read and send message texts through Tesla's voice command system. The entire voice command system itself has had a drastic update, and now has the ability to recognize natural language rather than needing specific commands for many tasks. On top of that, "Driving Visualization Improvements" have also been added, giving the driving visualization function the ability to display additional objects like stop lights, stop signs, and select road markings.
Tesla has started pushing the update out to its customer's cars, but it can still take a few weeks to reach all of the vehicles affected.