Software Update 4.0 Received

Software Update 4.0 Received

Who has received the latest update? I was told that updates go out in batches to make sure if there are bugs that the fewest number of people possible have an issue, but I am getting really anxious with this update. I was just curious how many have gotten the update so far.

mrspaghetti | 13 dicembre 2012


Have you tried rebooting both screens as suggested by others?

stephen.pace | 13 dicembre 2012

If screen reboot doesn't do the trick, I assume you've put the car in Park to switch to Creep mode? I've noticed that in my car a few times the Creep button was disabled until I was in park and my foot was on the brake.

jd3tm | 13 dicembre 2012


Ahha!!! The secret seems to be having to have one's foot on the brake in addition to being in Park. That enabled CREEP mode to be set (not grey'd out). Guess it isn't a bug; rather, a Feature!


Volker.Berlin | 13 dicembre 2012

Ahha!!! The secret seems to be having to have one's foot on the brake in addition to being in Park. That enabled CREEP mode to be set (not grey'd out). Guess it isn't a bug; rather, a Feature! (jd3tm)

That description sounds an awful lot like hill assist, which has also been promised for some time now. How does it behave on an incline? Would be weird though if they rolled that out w/o mentioning it in the release notes.

jamesgx | 13 dicembre 2012

@jd3tm - I posted last night about my flat tire and the sensors, but if you have the 21" wheels then make sure your tire pressure is around 45 psi, otherwise you will keep seeing the tire pressure warnings for a short bit until the tires warm up and increase their psi above the warning threshold.

Still waiting for the update. I can't wait for the letters for my flash drive music and the auto door handle extension. I am crossing my fingers that this will also fix my Homelink.

NJS1207 | 13 dicembre 2012

Is there any rhyme or reason to the order in which they are rolling out the updates? Has anyone on the East Coast received v4.0. I'm in NJ (VIN 660) and have not.

Brian H | 13 dicembre 2012

WiFi in Jan.?

jd3tm | 13 dicembre 2012


Good to know...yep, I have the 21" wheels. will check tire pressure tonite.


I haven't seen any rhyme or reason to the order of rolling out of V4.0 update. I will say that I got an email FIRST which formally announced the SW update; then, approx. 24 hours later, I got the alarm clock indicating I had an upgrade pending and I should pick the time to enable the update.

Essentially, I got in my Model S to go to work and noticed the alarm clock. I let the installation of the update happen while at work!

I gather the code had already been downloaded to the vehicle by the time the alarm clock displayed.

I am in San Jose, CA. Sig 692, VIN 00495 (although I gather neither Sig # or VIN # are used to decide when you get the upgrade).


mwillmsn | 13 dicembre 2012

All - for what it is worth I used to work at a company called Dash Navigation, where we were building a connected GPS device and we rolled out software updates over the cell network like Tesla does. Note that this was pre-iPhone days, and the device was basically a Garmin unit with cellular data and wi-fi.

Anyway, the way we rolled out updates was to take users and put them into groups and roll out to ever larger groups so long as we weren't seeing any issues in the previous smaller group. I would bet that Tesla is doing the same thing and that they want their groups to be spread out geographically as well as based on configuration.

Just a guess, but one based on some experience.

mshahmd | 13 dicembre 2012

Can you please tell me how I would know when the Update has occured?
I have multiple softwrae related issues, like the Charge Port wont open, except from the inside release, the Google maps freeze, or the pointer travels all over, or I cannot turn the radio on, or the camera will only stay on the top part, etc. Have tried re booting with partial success. I am told that the Update will fix all this.

Equest | 13 dicembre 2012

To NJ1207, I am Sig572 and in NJ and no update as of yet...

jamesgx | 13 dicembre 2012

@mwillmsn - You are right on! Based on my discussion with Tesla regarding the updates, "Those are pushed through vehicle region, equipment, and several other factors."

Epley | 13 dicembre 2012

It is software--really fricking cool software, but still software. A soft restart every now and then seems to fix the issues.

portia | 13 dicembre 2012

@mshahmd I haven't got the update yet, and this one requires one to schedule, so you will see on the screen a dialog about when you want to schedule the update. I was told by Tesla that minor updates may not require user interaction, but this one apparently is more than that and would have to be scheduled by you, so you will know! You can touch the Tesla icon in the middle of top edge of the 17" display and it tells you what version you have.

dahtye | 13 dicembre 2012

I had my s/w upgraded at the Menlo Park Service center last week Friday (12/7) when I took it in for the "12V Battery alert" message. The tech told me it would take about 2 hours total (depending on download speed of 3G). I left and came back and in two hours and it was already upgraded. Some of that time was downloading and the other time is the actual upgrading. I agree with other posts above that the actual installation (or upgrading of s/w) is the part that needs owner/user intervention and scheduling since this is the time when the user cannot operate the car.

I am noticing:

I cannot quickly open the trunk without first standing near the rear bumper with the keyfob in my pocket. Eventually, the car picks up the keyfob signal and unlocks and presents the door handles. At that time, I can open the trunk.

Anyone else notice this?

Theresa | 14 dicembre 2012

VB, I think that you misunderstood what the issue is with creep mode. There is an option to turn it on or off from the control setting screen. When I try to change it the only time I can do it is when in park. Apparently with the new software not only do you need to have the car in park but you also need to have your foot on the brake pedal. Since I have not gotten the update yet I can't comment if this is the case but from the posts so far it sure seems so.

I would expect when hill hold arrives that it will be selectable as well but I am wondering if it will be an either/or option between creep and hill hold. I hope not as I can see both being used in a trip (even a short one).

Carmine | 14 dicembre 2012

Theresa, I'm S00622. Got the 4.0 upgrade on 12//11. I don't think I had to put my foot on the brake to creeperize. I have yet to try to do it while moving.

tezco | 14 dicembre 2012

Woldn't it be nice if there was a way to download the upgrade on USB flash and plug it in?

Brian H | 14 dicembre 2012

It's already downloaded before it begins to install and the fun starts. Someone should video it for us! Sounds like quite a show.

William9 | 15 dicembre 2012

Check on cinergi on TMC. He did a video on the process.

tezco | 15 dicembre 2012

@brian h -- Probably won't download in my garage -- only minimal 3g out here. A way to download from the net would speed up adoption, and would save Tesla $$ in cell fees. Use cell download only for those owners that haven't installed after a certain date?

Brian H | 15 dicembre 2012

Apparently the download happens silently, when you are out and about. Then it notifies you when parked so you can leave it alone for the 2 hr. install.

Anonymous | 15 dicembre 2012

Received mine last night. Works great so far in the garage. Looking forward to taking it out and testing the new throttle sensitivity. Not sure I like the power saving mode with the screens. I like the instant on. Something to get used to.

Vin #808

tezco | 15 dicembre 2012

@ brian h -- Yes, I did go out and about, but 3G was only 1 bar most of the time. Maybe when I'm down in Denver tomorrow I'll get the code download!

tezco | 17 dicembre 2012

The following was reported on the Tesla Motors Club forum:

To hopefully put the minds at ease of those who haven't received their update - Tesla evidently is doing this on purpose. They already have a version 4.1 coming out because of all the bugs in 4.0. If you are one of the ones who haven't received 4.0, it is because they are planning to send you 4.1 directly, and are not going to send out 4.0. I was told this from my service rep.

Josh | 17 dicembre 2012

Just heard the same thing on 4.1 when I called the Ownership Experience guys about some other stuff. Got my car on Saturday without the 4.0 update and was a little puzzled by that but now makes sense.

Theresa | 17 dicembre 2012

Carmine, True that to creep you don't need to do anything except take your foot off the brake. But the question was about San Fran hills where the creep will not hold you still. In that case using boot feet (one on brake and one on accel) will get you enough power applied to keep the car from rolling back.

Theresa | 17 dicembre 2012

Carmine, Sorry forgot which post I was on. I thought I was on the San Fran post.

iholtzman | 17 dicembre 2012

Thanks for the update just got my car today VIN#1692 with the old software. When should I expect to get 4.1?

Brian H | 17 dicembre 2012

Boot feet? Which are those? Big fat ones?


DouglasR | 17 dicembre 2012

Brian, I have one pair of feet I use for my boots, hence "boot feet," and another pair I use for my shoes.

Brian H | 18 dicembre 2012

And s(c)andalous ones for your flip-flops?

ScottM | 18 dicembre 2012

Tesla mentions "improved throttle response" for this release and it does seem a bit zippier off the mark. Anyone mesaured to see if the 0-60 or 0-100 times have improved? If the M5 was looking for a re-match, they might be disappointed...

BYT | 18 dicembre 2012

I am still waiting for the 4.x update for my Model S, would love to also know what "zippier" really means?

DouglasR | 18 dicembre 2012

I have only had version 4.0, but I am amazed at how smooth and finely tuned the accelerator is at low speeds (something that was complained about with earlier software versions). I can easily move the car a half inch at a time without jerking or stuttering. I wonder whether this is what they are referring to?

SMOP | 18 dicembre 2012

I have noticed my display running extremely sluggish (i.e. takes over 1 minute to load up Does downloading this full update consume all the 3G bandwith or is it throttled? I still have not gotten the update but I have a feeling that is due to the car trying to download the update but poor cell reception in my area.

DouglasR | 18 dicembre 2012

I think they stopped pushing out the 4.0 software. They want to clean up some bugs and then push out 4.1. You might try rebooting your display (hold both scroll wheels down for 10 seconds or so).

iholtzman | 18 dicembre 2012

Just got the software update today. Will be installing it tonight. Not sure what version it is until tomorrow morning. VIN#1692 Just got my car yesterday.

Per O | 19 dicembre 2012

I got 4.0 update yesterday VIN#1851 in NJ
Says 1.17.52

TeslaModelSOwner | 19 dicembre 2012

What is suppose to be in 4.1?

Josh | 19 dicembre 2012

Got 4.0 last night - in CT.

timdorr | 19 dicembre 2012

@Per O, is that a typo. As far as we know, no one else has seen that version.

@E60 M5 Owner, it's mostly, if not entirely, bug fixes from the 4.0 release.

nickjhowe | 19 dicembre 2012

@timdorr - we are only 12 days away from the end of the month. I thought there was another big software update coming "in early January". Would seem strange to push out 4.1 and then another big update only a couple of weeks later. Wouldn't surprise me if they rolled the 4.0 bug fixes into the next big release.

WetSpotGarage | 19 dicembre 2012

Version 4 software loaded last night. I found that I could now quickly click the right wheel on the steering wheel and get a menu of items that could be assigned to that wheel. I chose screen brightness. Now I find that I can't go back to the original choices. I am stuck with the brightness function. Has anyone here figured this one out?

WetSpotGarage | 20 dicembre 2012

I answered my own question this morning. The Menu button below the right steering wheel roller allows me to program the wheel. Never mind.

mkh1437 | 20 dicembre 2012

So, it sounds like some people are still getting the 4.0 software update, despite the fact that Tesla is planning a 4.1 update to address some bugs in 4.0? Sure would be nice to have some official announcement to eliminate all this speculation and wondering.

BYT | 20 dicembre 2012

"speculation and wondering" It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas... :)

Per O | 21 dicembre 2012


1.17.52 No, I am pretty sure it's not a typo. Can't check since I am on vacation

Robert22 | 24 dicembre 2012

4.1 is a maintenance update. It takes a very short time to install and the release notes provided are identical to the 4.0 notes.

Epley | 7 gennaio 2013

Where are you all finding release notes? And how do you know it's 4.x--how does that 4.x number correlate with the 1.17.5x number? I'm in the dark here!