Tesla Has Updated The Model 3 A Staggering Number Of Times

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Some things never change, but the Tesla Model 3? That changes all the time.

For the most part, cars don't change an awful lot after they leave the dealer lot; unless an owner goes and seeks out additional equipment after the fact - heated seats, perhaps, or a dealer-installed remote-start system - all a car can offer is what it was built with.

But Tesla has been doing things a bit different. It's not uncommon for Tesla vehicles to leave the factory with equipment that hasn't yet been activated, only to come into play months later when the automaker issues a software update. The way those software updates are applied is a bit different, too, being downloaded and installed wirelessly at home, where many automakers require owners to stop by the dealership for updates.

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That update method is known as "over-the-air" or "OTA" software updating, and Tesla relies on it a lot. Case in point: reportedly, there have been a staggering 124 OTA software updates for the Tesla Model 3 in the few short years it has been on the market. That's according to YouTube's TeslaRaj, who put together a video cataloging most every known free update that's been applied to customer Model 3s across the US.

The list, it must be said, is staggering, ranging from the mundane - things like USB music playback, wiper-speed adjustments, and a revised touchscreen layout - to the more sophisticated - like automatic emergency braking, driving visualization enhancements, and the 3's new "Smart Summon" feature, which allows operators to "summon" the Model 3, autonomously, from anywhere within 200 feet.

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And then, of course, Tesla has administered some more trivial updates to the Model 3, like Christmas-themed "Easter Eggs" (a bit of an oxymoron), touchscreen Atari games, and something called "Romance Mode", which displays footage of a crackling fire on the touchscreen while some sappy music plays and the seat heaters activate.

With the power to add (or take away) features wirelessly at Tesla's fingertips, what else might lie in wait for owners of the Model 3? Time will tell.

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