4.5 Update rolling out

4.5 Update rolling out

Perhaps this is a better way to discuss the topic of software updates, rather than bumping an unfortunately titled thread about the effect of an incomplete install of 4.4 on one owner's car.

So, how is 4.5 going? I'm still waiting. I'm on 4.4 and have had no problems with my car of any kind, ever. I love it. It just keeps improving.

Jcmason | June 1, 2013

@elguapo I had the same thing happen to me last night. I tried several times to install and kept getting the same message as you. This morning, after it failed again, I rebooted the main screen (holding down both buttons on steering wheel), and the clock icon had disappeared, so there's now no update available to install. I imagine there was some sort of a problem with the download, so hope it will get pushed again at some point. If it doesn't show up in a couple of days, I'll call service.

cgiGuy | June 1, 2013

@drp: Thanks. I was aware of that method, but actually find it more difficult while driving, since I have to look to see the small windows, versus just dragging down to the lower 50% of the screen. Love that they have designed many ways of doing things so we have options.

Now if we could get some non-Apple (ha!) way of magnifying the letter that you're pointing to on the URL line of the browser or map search, that would be terrific.

elguapo | June 1, 2013

@Jcmason Thanks. That's what I was afraid would be the solution. I didn't care about 4.5 before, but now that I almost got it, I want it!

Mliss | June 1, 2013

I got the software upgrade last night. Big problem. When my car is in drive, the dash now says "p". When in reverse the car says "d" and when in park it says "r". Dash indicates "car needs service". I contacted tesla and the engineers are going to look into it. Car is driveable as long as I don't mind driving while the car thinks it is in park. I will post an update later.

nickjhowe | June 1, 2013

According to "Ashley" on the ownership team this morning, the rollout of 4.5 has been cancelled. If any of you have the update message but you get the "try again later" message when you try to install, reboot the car and the update message will go away until the push it. Looks like .44 isn't going to be the last 4.5 version....

elguapo | June 1, 2013

I just did the reboot and the message disappeared as described here.

Mliss | June 1, 2013

Here is the update. It's about 4 hours after my call to tesla. They have gotten into my car via the internet and patched the software. Back to normal and running 4.5 1.33.44. Driving again and "d" is drive again. Thanks tesla!

Lush1 | June 1, 2013

I thought I set my car to install 4.5 at 11p.m. last night, but I must have messed up and not hit the OK button. I just checked it and the 'Install now/defer install" screen was showing. I hit "Install now" and a 2 minute countdown started, after which, the "Software update in progress" message came on. It appears to be installing right now, 6:26 p.m. EDT, Saturday June 1, 2013. I have never watched the install process before. This may be normal, but the small display is showing my range and at the bottom is a message that says "car needs service, call Tesla." The big screen has a dialog box in the middle that says the software is being updated. Guess I'll check back in a few hours and see what happened. The car is still reporting it's location to my phone app, but it does not respond to commands like "honk horn", but then it wouldn't during an update. Hope I didn't screw the pooch by telling it to update. I'm not worried...yet.

Captain_Zap | June 1, 2013

The car goes through all sorts of strange behaviors during an update install. No need to worry until it says it has completed the update or it says that the install failed.

If there is a failure all you need to do is call Ownership and they will push another one through to you again.

Lush1 | June 1, 2013

Good news. The car is fine and 4.5 has finished installing. I'm not sure how, if Tesla has stopped the rollout, unless it got cached in the car yesterday and was just waiting for me to OK the install. I don't know how it is done, but I've got 4.5 and no warnings or error messages.

I like the bigger font on the maps, the first name sorting of contacts and I'm sure I'll like the 2 stage defrost option when I need it. The other enhancements like Superchargeer locations don't do much for me since I charge at home, but bully for Tesla for their efforts in this area. Battery management tweak is a good thing too, but is a system enhancement, not a new feature.

It just keeps getting better.

Lush1 | June 1, 2013

Oh, I almost forgot. I REALLY like the fact that the car will draw current from the wall for HVAC and other accessories when we run them while plugged in. I do that all the time. My garage has a communicating door to my office/studio on the first floor of my house. I frequently go sit in the car when I want privacy for phone calls, etc. It's a comfortable, cozy, private mobile office. Even when it's at home, I like to hang out in it and now I can cool or heat it without pulling juice from the battery. Fantastic. Thanks Tesla.

sidney_wang | June 9, 2013

Since receiving the 4.5 update at the Fremont service center last week, I noticed that I'm only getting 182 rate miles when fully charged. This is down from 188 before 4.5. Is this expected? I did not change the setting of the slider bar - it is at the default position (which represents 90% capacity?). Just curious what other 60Kwh owners are seeing in yours?

DouglasR | June 9, 2013

It is expected. Read the release notes.

JoeFee | June 9, 2013

"mklcolvin | MAY 29, 2013 NEW
It would be nice to be notified that our cars had an update available on our phones. It would be even better if we could trigger the update to install from the phone apps!"


My S is parked under ground (condo) and never gets updates unless I call or drop off at the SC…PITB for sure!

Paul1839 | July 7, 2013

Wow July 7th and I still don't have 4.5. Anyone else without the update?
Red P85 picked up on April 26th

Carefree | July 7, 2013

I don't have 4.5 either. They are taking their time. We'll get it eventually. I am in no hurry - there's really nothing in 4.5 that is exciting anyway.

cb9 | July 7, 2013

Me neither. I would like the option for charging to a different %, but that would be most useful if I could change from iPhone app. Plug car in at airport, charge to 50%. Before flying back, change to 80 or 90 or whatever I need from the app, so it's ready when I arrive.

wheatcraft | July 7, 2013

No problems at all with 4.5. I've had it for a couple of weeks.

Robert22 | July 7, 2013


Although not formally promised, it's expected that software updates will also be wifi-capable once the functionality is enabled in the car. Unless you're really in the bowels of the earth, you might be able to setup a bridge network with one or two of the new Airport Express devices to get the signal to the garage. The range is quite good. Interestingly, my condo garage is two floors underground and it still picks up a 3G signal. I'd check all four corners of your garage, you might get lucky. Disregard the 3G signal strength meter, mine reads 0 but I can still request songs and get updates. Good luck.

bp | July 7, 2013

In another post, a Tesla rep said there were only 9 software developers at Tesla.

This is way, way too small at this stage. At least until they can get all of the functionality implemented, they should add more developers to fully develop the onboard and phone app software - and once they've done that, then they should be able to operate with a smaller staff performing maintenance and adding smaller features.

Plus, if they can get the "app" store released - we should be able to get new features from non-Tesla developers.