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2013 Tesla Model S: Software Update

May 9, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

I sat in the car. It awoke and alerted me that it wanted a new software update. Neato. Even neater, you don't need to visit the dealer/service technician and it does it wirelessly. Because it requires the car be parked for up to two hours, the car allows the update to be scheduled during the wee hours of the night. I assume it all worked at 1:00 a.m. as it was programmed to do.

Click through to see what the software update entailed.

2013 Tesla Model S

The next morning, I found this screen displayed. The software updated several things: Owner-scheduled/programmed charging (for those cheaper, nighttime electricity rates), improved range prediction in cold climates, and an adjustment to the climate-controlled cabin temperature.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 3,434 miles


  • throwback throwback Posts:

    What cell provider does Tesla use? What do you do if you are in a low signal area, go to the dealer? This is certainly more convienent than going to the dealer and reminds me of how I did the MFT updates on my Focus. I used a USB stick while I drove to work.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Yeah, except that you can't update the Tesla while you drive to work - or anywhere else. You can't use the touchscreen, either. It says also that you can see the release notes right after the update and review them later. Does not seem to be any way to see them before accepting and performing the update.

  • Well, fordson1, you can always wait and go on google or one of the Tesla forums where someone will most definitely have posted the release notes for you. Tesla should do this on the website for owners as well, but they don't. You don't always have to do updates right when you get them. Heck, there are some folks on 4.1 still because they liked it and just never allowed the car to update.

  • throwback- Rumor is that it's ATT.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    @stoneymonster: I had understood that Tesla was pretty much requiring the updates to be accepted within a reasonable timeframe for warranty purposes - not so?

  • Fordson1 - I've never heard that from anyone. Owner since January. Not saying it isn't true, but it certainly isn't common knowledge if so.

  • drcomputer drcomputer Posts:

    It is an AT&T cell modem. If your home is in a poor cell area you can drive it to another location with good reception (office, mall, etc) and call Tesla service and have them manually push the update to your car. Once the car has the update downloaded you can install it wherever you like (back at home, etc). No need to actually go to the service center (unless something fails with the update install).

  • mayhemm mayhemm Posts:

    These days, even people who live in areas of low/no cell coverage usually work or travel through covered areas. The car will download the update during that time and you can install it at your leisure upon arriving home. If you NEVER see a cell phone in your daily life then, yes, you must come to a service center.

  • mayhemm mayhemm Posts:

    And apparently it's time for me to go to bed, since I just wrote exactly what drcomputer above me wrote and didn't notice.

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