These changes should make Tesla ownership more convenient than ever before.
Tesla is credited for introducing over-the-air (OTA) updates to the automotive industry and continues to roll out software that provides owners with better cars, more features, and added convenience. The latest upgrade, 2022.40.1, isn't as significant as past updates, but there's plenty to get excited about. For a start, the battery will now charge more efficiently.
The company has achieved this by updating the thermal controls; the components are now capable of monitoring the power output of individual Superchargers. Faster charging is also available with regular fast chargers and should make for a more practical experience. "During DC fast charging, the thermal system controls have been optimized for each charging station's power capability, improving both charging and on-route battery preconditioning efficiency. This results in fast charge time and reduced energy costs," explained the automaker.
Elsewhere, Tesla owners can look forward to a slightly tweaked infotainment system. It's not a big change, but the Media Player will now display radio station logos. This will make it easier for motorists to operate the touchscreen while on the move, merely glancing at the screen instead of having to read it. Research has shown that complicated infotainment systems make for distracted driving, so we're all for a more intuitive setup.
Another convenience feature comes in the form of a Drive Door Unlock Mode. This allows the driver to unlock all the doors and the trunk at the same time, by simply pressing and holding the lock button for a longer period of time. To unlock just the driver's door, owners will continue to briefly press the button as before.
Lastly, the update will now allow drivers to use Dog Mode and Sentry Mode simultaneously. Previously, pet owners had to choose between keeping their pooch comfortable or protecting their vehicle. Interestingly, the update disables the Sentry Mode alarm if Dog Mode is also activated. It's possible that your pet, through its movements, could trigger the cabin sensor - and a loud alarm would unsettle your waiting companion.
Of course, should someone attempt to steal your vehicle, you'll still get a notification via your smartphone, and Sentry Model will record and save video footage of the incident.
It may not be the biggest software update issued by Tesla, but it certainly makes living with a Model 3 a more pleasurable experience.