Summon your Tesla to pick you up at the parking lot with new software update.
Tesla's over-the-air-updates have continually added new features to its current models, from improved self-driving Autopilot technology to playable classic video games. A software version 10.0 update has just rolled out for the Model 3, Model S, and Model X, and Tesla is touting it as its "biggest update ever".
The most interesting new addition is Tesla's 'Smart Summon' feature that enables Tesla models to navigate a parking lot with no driver behind the wheel and come to them or their destination of choice as long as the car is within their line of sight. Don't be alarmed, then, if you see driverless Teslas navigating your local parking lot the next time you go grocery shopping.
This function is only available to customers who have purchased Full Self-Driving Capability or Enhanced Autopilot. It's a handy convenience feature if you have an overflowing shopping cart or simply don't want to walk to your car through the rain. Tesla says its customers who have had early access to Smart Summon say it adds "convenience to their trips and provides them with a unique moment of delight when their car picks them up to begin their journey".
In addition, the new Tesla Theater mode connects the infotainment system to NetFlix, YouTube, Hulu, and Hulu + Live TV accounts, allowing owners to watch TV shows and movies while the car is parked. More global streaming and entertainment services will be added in the future. Tesla tutorial videos are also included in the new Theater mode for owners to learn more about their vehicle.
The Software 10.0 update also adds a new karaoke mode that Telsa aptly calls 'Caraoke,' which includes a massive library of music and song lyrics, with support for multiple languages.
Tesla's navigation also includes new "I'm Feeling Lucky" and "I'm Feeling Hungry" features that direct drivers to a local restaurant or point of interest that's within the car's range and maps have been improved so that your search results are sorted based on the distance to each destination. Cuphead, a popular run-and-gun action game with visuals inspired by 1930s cartoons, has also been added to the Tesla Arcade.