New Software Version?

New Software Version?

Took delivery yesterday at the factory and was told that they are starting to roll out a new software version. Said it should DL in next few days. Anyone else aware of this?

BYT | 30 november 2012

I also heard of it, haven't seen it yet.

space09 | 30 november 2012

I haven't received it yet. Did they say what the primary issues / features were in this release?

kent | 30 november 2012

Just started the update. Will post if I get any additional information.

jd3tm | 30 november 2012

maybe we need a permanent forum topic with the Version (and contents) of the "latest" Model S SW download. That would enable anyone to check for the latest and compare to theirs.

I for one live in a weak signal area of San Jose so might not get the notice. If I knew there was a new version and I hadn't been notified in a reasonable timeframe, I could contact my service center or someone at Tesla to track and fix.

Does anyone know how we can make a permanent, "sticky" forum topic?

DouglasR | 30 november 2012

The only way to make it sticky here is to bump it periodically.

Schlermie | 30 november 2012

I heard it's going to enable some of the long-awaited proximity features. FOB proximity for door handles, proximity for Homelink, and others.

kent | 30 november 2012

Handles are way cool. As you approach they now automatically extend. New features include...

New Features...
Vehicle Sleep
App Launcher
Voice Commands

New Controls/Settings...
Auto-Presenting Door Handles
Metric Distance Unit
Range Driving Mode

Synchronized Door Handles
USB Media Browsing
Alphabetic Index
Callling from Maps
Steering Wheel Controls - Fan Speed & Sunroof
HomeLink - Location Awareness
Energy App
Throttle Response

Looks like a great weekend.

Thank you Tesla for all your hard work!

Geoff2013 | 30 november 2012

Thank you Kent for posting the info!

jkirkebo | 30 november 2012

Ooh, I like that "throttle response" line! I'm not very fond of a very sensitive throttle response and vastly prefer to drive the Leaf in eco-mode. I'd love to be able to select between different response modes in the Model S too.

Range Driving Mode also looks promising.

If anyone checks these out, please report! :)

kent | 30 november 2012

Sorry, I could not give additional information. I took a quick picture and went back to work. If the info is not posted when I get done, I'll update with more detailed information.

georgevet | 30 november 2012

Thanks kent!

All seem self explanatory except for 'Synchronized Door Handles'. Any idea what that feature is?

Thanks in advance.

-George V

kublai | 30 november 2012

'Synchronized Door Handles' = All door handles extend,unlock at once?

Volker.Berlin | 30 november 2012

Wohooo! Auto-Presenting Door Handles, that's my favorite by far. My Model S is going to greet me like an old friend when it sees me, and invites me to take a trip... Love it! :-)

mikeadams | 30 november 2012

Someone posted a link on TMC this morning to a wonderful seven page Tesla branded PDF for update v4.0 with detailed information on the enhancements and features added with the latest release. Illustrations and all. But I can't seem to find the link now. I suppose it wasn't officially released at the time and someone leaked it.

mikeadams | 30 november 2012

Or it could have been a fake possibly? I seems odd that the version would jump from 1.13.16 to 1.15.8 all the way up to 4.0.

mkh1437 | 30 november 2012

Forgive my ignorance, but is there a way to initiate a check for the update? Or do you just have to wait for the car to detect it and ask if you want it? I just took delivery last week, and haven't experienced an update yet.

How do you know what features/changes are included in the update? I assume something might be displayed in the car when the update is presented, but that seems rather transient. I saw someone mentioned a PDF. Do owners get emailed with a list of changes in each release?

William9 | 30 november 2012

Just did the DL. It is listed as v4.0 (17.50).

The sync of door handles involves a situation when all of the handles are extended and someone enters a door and closes it. ONly that handle retracts. Now all of them do, after some delay I presume.

Still waiting on the iPhone App. Need it, want it, give it to me!

archibaldcrane | 30 november 2012

Argh, they got the door handle extension thing going? Thought they'd given up on I feel like I have to get the tech package! :(

archibaldcrane | 30 november 2012

Broken link Beaker.

kublai | 30 november 2012

Invalid link to pdf.

Michael23 | 30 november 2012

I knew it was coming! Yay auto door handles And browsing USB stick and voice nav and alphabetical index to find people easier. You.can even call from the maps screen when finding a business.

Brian H | 30 november 2012

MS owners have a steep learning curve coming up; this might become a long-term condition: learning all the new features this month

mkh1437 | 30 november 2012

As a follow-up to my previous question... is there an "official" source for this information? I assume the software doesn't provide all the information you need within the update, so how exactly are we supposed to know how all the new functionality/changes work? Trial and error? I'm happy to poke around, but it would be nice to have an official reference as well.

Still not seeing the update on my Model S....

nickjhowe | 30 november 2012

@mkh1437 - my understanding is that the update is pushed to the car (or rather notification of an available update is) and there is no way to force a check for an update. Owners should receive an email from Tesla detailing the changes - at least that is what seems to have happened so far.

Michael23 | 30 november 2012

There is a PDF they email you

doutt | 30 november 2012

If possible, please post the email data. I'm sig 102 and have not seen anything new. Is there a list of the voice commands somewhere?

RichardC | 30 november 2012

My car downloaded update last night and is applying it tonight (yet no mail from tesla describing what it does).

bobinfla | 30 november 2012

Tesla, way to go on getting the door handles to auto-extend. That was the feature that was just so damn cool it justified the final $30k of the price in my book. This threads makes me a little sad that I didn't go for the sig and have my car already. Would be very neat to see the car evolve by itself as it picks up all these new features in the updates. By the time I get mine, all these features will be in it already and I don't get to see my baby grow up, gonna show up as a full-grown adult.

Michael23 | 30 november 2012

The voice commands are

Listen to
Drive to
Navigate to
Where is

Michael23 | 30 november 2012


That's it. Let me know if you have other questions.

TikiMan | 30 november 2012

Strange... I waited two years to finally get it, and now I get to be excited all over again with anticipation every few weeks. It's the car that keeps giving! :-)

timdorr | 30 november 2012

Anyone able to re-post that PDF? I missed it :(

Schlermie | 30 november 2012

"Drive to"?

DouglasR | 30 november 2012


Robert22 | 30 november 2012

Is that .....a police officer ahead?

Getting Amped Again | 30 november 2012


Captain_Zap | 30 november 2012

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

trydesky | 1 december 2012

I'm waiting for the iPod update. I'm an audio book fanatic, and it's going to kill me that I won't be able to listen to them in my $85K, while I can in my $25K Prius (using the headphone jack on the iPod to an audio in jack on the car).

Mark22 | 1 december 2012

Our iPhone works well using the Bluetooth connection. However, with the listed USB browsing I would not be surprised to see it working that way.
This would be better than the simple Bluetooth connection and from what I have heard, is much better than the simple headphone jack.

kent | 1 december 2012

Once the update is complete you will see the Release Notes explaining all the new features. I did not get a PDF of the new features instead they are shown on the car. Love the door handles and the voice commands work flawlessly.

Great job Tesla!

nickjhowe | 1 december 2012

@kent - can you post screen shots or something of the release notes? I've seen the list of changes but some of them are impossible to figure out (e.g., 'alarm' in settings; synchronized door handles)

Mike6 | 1 december 2012

Here's the story of my first Tesla Model S patch.

I just took delivery of my Model S a couple days ago, and I was *delighted* to see a new update come out. Of course I started installing immediately. But as a new owner, I didn't know what to expect. I read everything on the console about the patch before hand - had plenty of charge, and was ready to go. I expected something like updating my PC, but it was far different.

It immediately showed a screen which said it was updating. That was fine. But in a few seconds there were some strange clicks and clunks from all over the car, and suddenly the dashboard was showing empty mileage, reset dates, etc.

But the dash also read "Car off".

And under that (right in the center of the driver console above the steering wheel) was a box with a yellow caution icon and text which read, "Car needs service. Contact Tesla Service". This was not good. My brand new car was now bricked.

Looking around the car, I listened to the strange clicks that were happening. Suddenly the lights went on by themselves. The charge port was locked. There was no way to stop this. My heart raced.

It was about 11pm, so there was no way to contact Tesla.

Resigned that there was nothing I could do inside the car, I looked around online, and found some guy had a video of a software update for his model S posted in the past. In his case, it took about 45 minutes for the patch to apply. And during the patch, he experienced similar "clicks" and light flashes. So I started to think this might all be normal.

Every few minutes I would go check on the car - sometimes the lights would be on, sometimes off. Sometimes the interior dash was displayed, sometimes not. It felt like the car was thinking or exercising - all by itself.

I felt like I had David Hasselhoff's car sitting in my garage.

But finally, I came out and the car was quiet. I feared the whole thing was done and the bricking process had completed. But when I unlocked and opened the door, everything came on exactly as normal! My music started to play again and the world was right again! Charging had resumed and the patch was successful.

Software v4.0 (1.17.50) had been installed!

As others have reported, the changes are visible and great! The auto-extend handles when you approach is awesome, but the improvements to the energy chart are equally great. The fact that this car patches itself with such noticeable and useful features is nothing short of amazing. My mind was blown... seriously, amazing, awesome, fantastic!

But I do wish Tesla had prepped me for the experience a bit. The first patch was much scarier than I had expected - the "Car Needs Service" light, the clicking, the headlights flashing, and the length of patch install were all outside of my expectations.

I hope this helps others know what to expect :-)

MB3 | 1 december 2012

Thanks Mike. That is exactly the kind of communication that would be easy to provide and go a long way to making it a better experience. Maybe it could be conveyed in the manual and on the screen before the update.

nickjhowe | 1 december 2012

Thanks @Mike6. Am eager to know the details behind the changes.

RichardC | 1 december 2012

Finally figured out that the release notes are now delivered with the OTA. Is on the car's about screen. Lots of stuff here including enabling an alarm mode, improved throttle control, sleep mode, better energy usage reporting and a lot of nice UI tweaks (besides the door handles, voice commands, etc).

Ephraim | 1 december 2012

Shouldn't Tesla release the updates to all owners at the same time? Is it priority released or are they concerned with bandwidth?

georgevet | 1 december 2012

Thanks for the explanation of the Synchronized Door Handles, WIlliam9!

-George V

nickjhowe | 1 december 2012


georgevet | 1 december 2012

Sorry nickhowe, here is a repost

William9 | NOVEMBER 30, 2012
Just did the DL. It is listed as v4.0 (17.50).

The sync of door handles involves a situation when all of the handles are extended and someone enters a door and closes it. ONly that handle retracts. Now all of them do, after some delay I presume.

Still waiting on the iPhone App. Need it, want it, give it to me!

-George V