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"Range Anxiety" + Valet Mode + new Autopilot Features - Version 6.2 Details

"Range Anxiety" + Valet Mode + new Autopilot Features - Version 6.2 Details

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http://www.teslamotors.com/presskit

Energy and Range

Our energy and range functions eliminate “range anxiety” and remove the hassle of planning road trips before you embark. By introducing Range Assurance and Trip Planner into Model S’s navigation, long distance travel is now foolproof.

Navigation automatically routes Model S through Tesla’s charging network. Currently 90% of the US population is within 175 miles of a Tesla Supercharger; finding quick and convenient charging has never been easier. Include Tesla Destination Chargers and 95% of the US Population is now within ample range of Tesla’s charging network.

Trip Planner

Model S owners can now take road trips with confidence. Simply select a destination, and Navigation will now automatically route through the appropriate superchargers if charging is needed for your trip. Trip Planner will select a route to minimize driving and charging time. At each supercharger stop, Trip Planner will notify you via the iPhone app when you’ve charged enough to continue on your trip. Android app users can monitor charging needed for the trip via the Charging screen.

Automatic routing along Tesla’s Charging Network Push Notifications at Superchargers

Model S will notify drivers via the App when they have enough juice to depart for the next Supercharger or their final destination.

Range Assurance

Model S does the thinking for you. By continually monitoring and advising owners when they are at risk of driving beyond the range of reliable charging locations, “range anxiety” is gone. When the warning is triggered, Model S provides a list of Superchargers, Tesla Destination Chargers, and locations where the vehicle has previously charged that are within current range. Drivers then select a charging destination from the list and Navigation will provide turn-by-turn guidance along with the predicted battery energy when you get there.

Driver Assistance Features

The new Driver Assistance features in 6.2 are designed to intelligently anticipate and react to potentially dangerous situations. Since the unveiling of autopilot in fall 2014, Tesla has pushed a number of active safety features to Model S via wireless software updates that enhance the safety of Model S and bring Tesla closer to rolling out full autopilot capabilities to vehicles on the road.

Automatic Emergency Braking

This new Collision Avoidance Assist feature automatically engages the brakes to reduce the impact of an unavoidable frontal collision. Automatic Emergency Braking will stop applying the brakes when the driver presses the accelerator pedal, the brake pedal, or sharply turns the steering wheel.

Blind Spot Warning

Blind Spot Warning assists the driver to change lanes safely. When Model S is travelling between 20 mph (30 km/h) and 85 mph (140 km/h) and detects a vehicle in the driver’s blind spot, a white arc will appear on the instrument panel near the bottom of the speedometer. If a collision with the vehicle becomes likely, two red arcs will appear, the steering wheel will vibrate, and the driver will hear a chime.

Valet Mode

Valet Mode conveniently and discreetly limits Model S’s driving performance and restricts access to certain settings and personal information. With the touch of a button, owners can place a limit on speed, lock the glove box and frunk, and disable personal information like driver profiles and homelink settings.

P85D Top Speed

The top speed for P85D is now 155 mph (250 km/h).

Turbo25 | 19. maaliskuu 2015

In version 7.0, UI overhaul and auto-steering per Elon.

Turbo25 | 19. maaliskuu 2015

Additional details from the call:

-- Tesla is rolling out LTE in cars (guessing this means new cars?)

-- Elon mentioned that cell service will continue to be free post the 2017 stated life (with limitations for excessive media usage) given dependence of the new features on cell service

-- New self-steering feature will be released in about 3 months

-- Version 7.0 UI update will reflect the car being "more sensor-aware." This sounds like a major update to the current interface.

Mike83 | 19. maaliskuu 2015

I love it. My Tesla has become very smart. I like it showing times to spend at chargers. Valet mode is here too. Thanks for the update. Hasn't arrived yet for me but I have patience.

PorfirioR | 19. maaliskuu 2015

@Turbo25, thanks for putting together this summary.

I had been staying away from this forum for a while (thanks Wolfe), but had to chime in today to express my disappointment in whoever is making these PR decisions at Tesla. I love the company but this press event amounted to briefing the changelog from an OTA update (or like a Jimmy Fallon piece of reading Tweets).

If Tesla wants to advertise, then do that, but don't use the press to do your advertisement for you. If Elon would have tweeted a link to a video or blog post, it would have had a more positive effect than his pre-announcement hype, which he then had to defend against stock pumping accusations (vindicated after an announcement so counter-productive for that purpose).

This almost had the feel like there was something else to be announced but was then deemed not-ready-for-primetime at the last minute.

jfemd.va.us | 19. maaliskuu 2015

I don't think he really ended range anxiety but I like the other enhancements announced. And I hope LTE is not just limited to new vehicles. Perhaps an easy hardware update during a routine service??

TytanX | 19. maaliskuu 2015

@PorfirioR

Don't worry, if Elon pulls more stunts like this the press will stop covering these events and he will no longer get the free advertising.

Georg85d | 19. maaliskuu 2015

Dode hoek waarschuwing? Elon speaks Dutch?

dpena23 | 19. maaliskuu 2015

So does this mean you have to tell your Model S where you are going every time you go out to make use of the Range App features? Maybe for local trips, it'll figure out where you are going just by your frequent visits? Then it'll warn you if you have enough juice to get home or toward your destination?

logicalthinker | 19. maaliskuu 2015

This announcement set is nothing short of stupendously INCREDIBLE.

Three is not another car company in the world adding in incredible features like this.

Yet a few of you complain?!

Wow.

logicalthinker | 19. maaliskuu 2015

*There

Chunky Jr. | 19. maaliskuu 2015

I think it is great, pretty much exactly what I thought it would be. I was hoping for crowd sourced data being fed into trip/charge planning.

jordanrichard | 19. maaliskuu 2015

It would have been nice if part of this press kit, they said which cars these apply to.

I have a pre-AP car, so I can automatically disregard the driver assist stuff.

Do all cars get the valet mode?

Also just how exactly does the range anxiety "fix" apply to cars that don't have nav.....?

Haggy | 19. maaliskuu 2015

Considering that LTE exists even in sub $100 cell phones, it wouldn't have come down to very much for Tesla to switch over to capable chips even if they didn't have formal plans to introduce the service. It's hard to tell which cars will have what, but Tesla hasn't historically been of the mindset that hardware upgrades should be a matter of plugging in new cards.

garygid | 19. maaliskuu 2015

One cannot really do TRIP planning without being able to specify WAYPOINTS,
and specifying what (if any) charging is available at the destination (or waypoint)
and how long one expects to be able to charge there (if at all).

Planning Trip Segments, where the first segment has the first waypoint as
the destination, and the 2nd segment starts at that 1st waypoint, requires
setting a start point other than "where the car is NOW", and saving these
several, or many trip segments for use later.

Watt fun | 19. maaliskuu 2015

@benefit

Since EM is originally from South Africa, perhaps he has Afrikaans as well as English. Not exactly Dutch, or Flemish, or Frisian, but related. I don't know how many languages EM speaks, but I always thought that he had an Afrikaaner accent. Here is Charise Theron speaking Afrikaans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3TTi_gAS5c

Watt fun | 19. maaliskuu 2015

@benefit

Since EM is originally from South Africa, perhaps he has Afrikaans as well as English. Not exactly Dutch, or Flemish, or Frisian, but related. I don't know how many languages EM speaks, but I always thought that he had an Afrikaaner accent. Here is Charise Theron speaking Afrikaans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3TTi_gAS5c

DarrellH | 19. maaliskuu 2015

As expected, the cars just keep getting better. Thanks Tesla!

cpmarino | 19. maaliskuu 2015

Range anxiety means different things to different people. For some, it's "can I make that long trip without being stranded"; for others, its more about daily life, feeling like you constantly have to plug in just in case you need more range later that day, etc. ... if I forget to charge one day, will I be stranded the next. Nothing short of increased battery capacity is going to change that, so his choice of words in the tweet are disappointing. The features announced today are great and will go a long way toward resolving the long distance issues.

But ... I'm with logicalthinker on this one: People will be disappointed because they were expecting some magic reserve battery power or whatever they can imagine (500+ entries in one thread) ... but this is freaking amazing. ANY new feature that can change the character or functionality of your vehicle for FREE, while you SLEEP, is amazing.

The features announced today are cool, and functional and the ability to do this never ceases to amaze me. Just like people who will complain about it never cease to amaze me.

GeekEV | 19. maaliskuu 2015

@dpena23 - If you can't figure it out on your own for local trips, you've got bigger problems.

P85D | 19. maaliskuu 2015

lmao

avanti5010 | 19. maaliskuu 2015

It won't alleviate the "anxiety" of having to plug in every day. I always will have the feeling of keeping it adequately charged for those last minute, unplanned trips that pop up.

"

logicalthinker | 19. maaliskuu 2015

You know that's all in your head: "those last minute unplanned trips that keep popping up."

At least, for 99% of the population, it is.

brian | 19. maaliskuu 2015

Is there any updated intel on when the P85D will get the quicker acceleration? I see the 155 has been put in, not sure if I would have ever known, except at the track.

dpena23 | 19. maaliskuu 2015

@GeekEV well, obviously for local trips you won't need to rely on Range App, but I'm talking about those times when you didn't charge the night before and think you still have enough juice to run your errands and get home...but you get side tracked....say you get a call and you gotta go somewhere u didn't plan, or hey lets stop by this place or hey lets pick up a friend and drive him here or there.....or you get stuck in traffic for the longest time....(which happens a lot in L.A) so you have to turn your a/c and stereo off and drive slower than usual to conserve energy...isn't that where range anxiety starts? And this is all local driving....

Driving 40 miles from my place to my friend's place in the L.A area is still considered local driving. It's a big city. EVerything's very spread out. I can easily see people overestimating their distances in this city. The other day I saw a lady at the grocery sitting in her Tesla while it was charging. I'd hate to run into those experiences.

So will the Range App just automatically warn you that you don't have enough to get home if you've gone too far off your range? Will it just know where you're going based on frequent visits to a place so you don't have to tell it where you're going every time you go out? Or will you then have to do a lot more pre-planning in your head in miles/km.......Or even cancelling on people just so you can get home without getting stuck at charging stations? The only Supercharger in L.A is in Culver City which can be out of the way if you're in other parts of the city...which is pretty much all the time.

Dramsey | 19. maaliskuu 2015

So, did they anywhere say when 6.2 would start rolling out?

JagMan | 19. maaliskuu 2015

Apparently it's currently in Beta and could start rolling out in about 10days.

JAD | 19. maaliskuu 2015

Ten days for 6.2 if beta goes well.

Grinnin'.VA | 19. maaliskuu 2015

@ logicalthinker | March 19, 2015

"This announcement set is nothing short of stupendously INCREDIBLE."

Really? I thought I'd seen many of your posts on the Tesla forums. Yet you're suggesting that you were positively surprised by this. For example, Tesla on 10/9/14 announced that the P85D and 85D would have top speeds of 155 mph. Please tell us a single new feature in 6.2 that Tesla had not previously talked about.

I'm not complaining about the content of 6.2. I believe it's a good step forward. I'll eagerly try out the new features, expecting most of them to be worthwhile for me. And yes, I think it's great for Tesla to improve our cars by OTA software updates. But this isn't news.

Pungoteague_Dave | 19. maaliskuu 2015

@grinninvas +1 There was virtually nothing new here today for current owners in the know. I am not complaining at all about 6., but it isn't worthy of a tweet given whats been done in other more important releases. There's another agenda here. Not sure what it is, but something's up.

Karim | 19. maaliskuu 2015

@GrinninVA
So because Tesla talks about features in advance, they should no longer do press events? Today they mentioned the auto steer functionality that will be available in update 7. So by that logic, update 7 will have nothing new or exciting...

Just because everyone unrealistically expected some magical improvement in range doesn't make this announcement bad.

It's great news for potential new customers who don't want to do a bunch if planning before going in road trips. This eliminates one more barrier.

Valet mode, the ability to be updated with which superchargers are in use, and blind spot detection are all features we've been wanting...

georgehawley.fl.us | 19. maaliskuu 2015

Gee, My car will soon get even better. Never mind expectations. It is hard to complain about that. I guess I won't.

grega | 19. maaliskuu 2015

@dpena23 said "So does this mean you have to tell your Model S where you are going every time you go out to make use of the Range App features? Maybe for local trips, it'll figure out where you are going just by your frequent visits? Then it'll warn you if you have enough juice to get home or toward your destination?

There are 2 parts - trip planner, and range assurance.

Range assurance is always on and stops you going somewhere you can't get back from. 'By continually monitoring and advising owners when they are at risk of driving beyond the range of reliable charging locations, “range anxiety” is gone. When the warning is triggered, Model S provides a list of Superchargers, Tesla Destination Chargers, and locations where the vehicle has previously charged that are within current range...'

I would hope you could have a few levels of warnings. "Going out of range of home" "Going out of range of superchargers that are on the way home" etc. No point not getting a warning just because you can theoretically go and visit your uncle and charge for 10 hours (known charging location because you once charged a few hours previously).

Haggy | 19. maaliskuu 2015

I have to separate "what more do I need" from "what more do I want." 6.1 was big for me because TACC was high on my list. For people who are used to it, not having it is disappointing. Before I had it, I left the car in annoy mode so whenever I went to fast if flashed the speed limit sign and gave the chime. TACC makes it much easier.

From a safety standpoint, I want collision avoidance. I had it before, never needed it in a real life situation, but did have ACC do the equivalent of saving me from an accident. I also want blind spot warning because drivers around here lack the common sense to slow down if somebody is changing into their lane, missed the admonition not to linger in people's blind spots when they studied for the written test, and would rather stubbornly defend what they see as their right of way rather than try to avoid an accident.

Beyond that, it's getting into the "what I want" camp. Those things were promised to me and I'd like to see them, but it's like getting a new toy that I'd like rather than something that would make driving much safer or much less fatiguing on long trips. I might end up being wrong, but for features I haven't had yet, I wouldn't know any better.

Brian H | 19. maaliskuu 2015

dpena;
If you have a lifestyle subject to those variations there is no solution other than to plug in nightly as recommended and to charge to 80%+. Unless you like living on the edge.

Red Sage ca us | 20. maaliskuu 2015

I'm rather happy this isn't an announcement of gimping the cars to get more range. Sure, a person could just drive in Valet Mode all the time, dependent on its parameters, I guess... And that limitation in power & speed might make for improved range... But the Tesla Model S was designed to have useful range on the Supercharger network and this software update will certainly help to alleviate counts on, or near, Tesla Motors' charging infrastructure.

90%... 96%... I'm pretty sure those numbers relate to population centers rather than land mass. Elon Musk, and Tesla Motors, do not necessarily use American Standard Idiomatic English. So sometimes the correct thing is said, but different concepts are communicated. Luckily, there are Tesdla Motors™ Certified® Fanboy Apologists© such as myself around to translate.

Red Sage ca us | 20. maaliskuu 2015

"...help to alleviate [concerns] on..."

Stupid autocorrect...

Grinnin'.VA | 20. maaliskuu 2015

@ Karim | March 19, 2015

@GrinninVA
So because Tesla talks about features in advance, they should no longer do press events?

Where did you find me saying that Tesla "should no longer do press events?" Well, you'll not find that in any of my posts. So why did you write this?

Today they mentioned the auto steer functionality that will be available in update 7. So by that logic, update 7 will have nothing new or exciting...

Auto steering functionality was promised as part of Autopilot by Elon on 10/9/14. I suppose you're comfortable with him making such announcements multiple times as "news". I'm not. IMO "news" needs to be "new" information, not just a repeat of previous "news" along with a promise of making the new stuff available to customers some time "soon".

BTW, I don't have a clear idea of what will be included in software release 7. Do you? Nor do I know when I should expect to be able to download and install it in my 85D. Do you? Let's get this straight. You consider it wonderful "news" that Tesla is actively working on software release 7, hoping to release it this summer. Right? And evidently, you don't like me pointing out the lack of real news in this week's announcement.

What the hell, Tesla could just schedule another "news" event once a week, repeating over and over substantially the same information with minor updates to the words.

Bottom Line: "News" that repeats information over and over isn't really "news".

randrave | 20. maaliskuu 2015

I think that one of the reasons for disappointment was based on the rigorous "crowd-sourced" discussions that you find here and on TMC that eliminate the capacity to be surprised.

Yeah, a lot of this was familiar to those "in the know," which includes a lot of the heavy posters on this forum. I remember how underwhelmiing the autopilot stuff was in October, since there had already been lengthy and rigorous discussions here about the sensors that people had found on their cars since late September.

We will see the same thing in a few weeks when a Tesla announces the new colors, and people here yawn and say "we knew that already" because someone clever deconstructed the app and found them.

Red Sage ca us | 22. maaliskuu 2015

Grinnin' Ron made me grin with, "Bottom Line: 'News' that repeats information over and over isn't really 'news'."

Have you ever seen a weather report in Los Angeles?

"Sunny!"

;-)