Tesla's Holiday Update Has A Controversial Feature

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Some will find it hilarious, others not so much.

Tesla owners woke up Christmas morning to a wonderful surprise. The EV automaker's 2020 Holiday Update, Firmware 2020.48.25 has arrived and provides owners with an overhauled experience via the touchscreen, more games, and driving visualization that'll come in handy for the upcoming release of Full Self Driving (FSD). But there is one new feature Tesla owners and non-owners alike might find controversial.

It's the new Boombox mode that enables Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y owners to customize their car's horn honk. Someone at Tesla, most likely Elon Musk himself, has a quirky sense of humor because these sounds include applause, a goat, "La Cucaracha" and even a farting noise. Owners can also add up to five custom sounds using a USB key, but the driver-selected sound only plays after the conventional horn honk.

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Boombox also enables Teslas to make different EV driving sounds while in motion, regardless of whether you're driving forward, parking, or initiated Summon mode. It should come as no surprise that some owners immediately began playing around with the new sounds instead of spending the holiday with their families. Boombox can be accessed in the infotainment system's Toybox menu, which also includes a number of games.

Three new games have also just been added: The Battle of Polytopia, Cat Quest, and Solitaire. The driving visualization refresh now offers a larger visualization that provides drivers with more details of the road surroundings.

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Other features have been relocated to different parts of the screen for easier driver access, such as one-touch backup camera and wiper capabilities. Perhaps more importantly, the updated visualizations now support Tesla Full-Self Driving technology, the rollout of which is still underway.

Also noteworthy are improvements made to the Scheduled Departure feature which can now precondition the vehicle's battery and cabin even when the car is unplugged. Supercharger Display Improvements include displaying the number of available chargers at stations in your area.

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