Tesla is beginning to roll out its highly anticipated over-the-air 2020 ‘Holiday Update’ that includes new driving visualizations for Full Self-Driving, new games, and an improved display for Supercharger and Vehicle Information, among others.
The following are some of the most notable aspects of Tesla’s 2020 holiday update as part of Firmware 2020.48.25.
Arguably, the Tesla community fan-favorite comes in the form of a new “Boombox” feature that enables the much-talked-about Snake Jazz and Goat easter eggs.
Tesla has removed the Tesla “T” from the top menu, which provides better use of the touchscreen display’s real estate. Display improvements can be seen throughout much of the 2020 Tesla Holiday Update.
“The Tesla ‘T’ has been removed from the top status bar. Tap Controls > Software for the same information.”
Release Notes Improvements
Release notes can be accessed under the controls menu. Each feature has been itemized into a tabular left menu that provides quick access to the description for previous and current features.
“Release notes now include improved browsing and access. To view current and previous release notes, tap controls > Software > Release Notes.”
Driving Visualization Improvements
Improved driving visualizations to support Full Self-Driving capabilities take center stage in this year’s highly-anticipated Tesla Holiday Software Update.
“The driving visualization has been refreshed and now offers a larger visualization to allow drivers to view more details of the road surroundings. The next turn will now appear above the visualization if the navigation turn list is covered by another app.
Additionally, select items have slightly moved but will continue to look and behave the same. Some notable differences include the following:
- Quick access to the backup camera and wipers has moved to the bottom bar.
- Indicator lights have been moved to the side of the touchscreen.
- Autopilot set speed, Autopilot availability, and detected speed limit are now displayed next to the driving speed.”
Scheduled Departure Improvements
A refreshed look for the “Scheduled Departure” feature, previously known as “Smart Preconditioning” and released in October 2019, puts more emphasis on a simple design for easier control of charging costs and interior comfort when ready to drive. Tesla notes that Scheduled Departure can operate even when the vehicle is unplugged.
The previous language of not being functional below a 20% battery state of charge is no longer visible.
“Schedule departure can now precondition your battery and cabin even when your car is unplugged. To account for different utility rate plans, you can now set the time when your off-peak rates end to save on charging costs. To access, tap SCHEDULE from the climate control or charging panel when parked.”
Supercharger Display Improvements
Real-time Supercharger occupancy information was rolled out nearly 4 years ago (see version 1.0), and since then Tesla has continued to make user experience improvements for drivers looking to quickly access information from their touchscreen for distraction-free driving. This includes the ability to see available charging stalls at-a-glance and without the need for unnecessary taps of the touchscreen.
“Supercharger pins on your touchscreen will now display the number of available stalls at charging sites. Quickly search for nearby amenities by tapping an amenity icon on the Supercharger popup display.”
Tesla has replaced the iconic Tesla Supercharger lightning bolt icon with a number that denotes the number of currently available chargers at the location.
Emissions Testing Mode Improvements
How can one improve upon Tesla’s famed “Emissions Testing Mode”, better known as “Fart Mode”? Fart at strangers.
“Emissions Testing Mode can be used outside the car. To setup, select your desired sound and place the cushion on the external speaker. When ready, play selected sound by pressing the left scroll wheel button or using the turn signal. To access, tap the Application Launcher > Toybox > Emissions Testing Mode.”
Elon Musk has made good on his promise to give Tesla owners the ability to entertain crowds and passersby through honking-fart and goat sounds, plus more.
Customized horn & movement sounds (coconuts being one, of course) coming to Teslas soon
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2019
In addition to several new out-of-the-box sound clips that blast out of Tesla’s exterior speaker, the latest Boombox feature enables the upload of five custom sounds.
“Turn your car into a boombox and entertain a crowd with your media player when parked. You can also customize the sound your car makes when you press the horn, drive the car or when your car is moving with Summon. Select an option from the dropdown menu or insert your own USB device and save up to five custom sounds.”
Tesla Arcade: New Games
Tesla launched a series of new games for its Tesla Arcade collection, including The Battle of Polytopia, Cat Quest, Solitaire, and Boombox.
- The Battle of Polytopia
- Cat Quest
Last month, Elon Musk teased the community when he tweeted about this year’s holiday software update. Musk hinted that 2020’s holiday update would be “lit.” He also mentioned that the highly-anticipated update would include features that customers wanted, and some that they didn’t even know they wanted.
Last year, Elon Musk and the Tesla team outdid themselves with the holiday software update. Tesla’s 2019 holiday update included a sneak preview of the company’s Full Self Driving suite, TRAX v0.1, and introduced new games to the arcade, such as Stardew Valley and Lost Backgammon.