Update 7.1 - 2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Tesla Model X: Update 7.1

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on July 26, 2016

2016 Tesla Model X

Buzz went my phone and instead of a text, it was a message from the Tesla app. A software update was available for our 2016 Tesla Model X, and I could specify a time to install it. I selected 1:00 a.m. that night.

The next morning, I got in the Model X and was greeted by a screen detailing the changes.

First up is an improvement to the Falcon Wing doors and rear hatch. As before, sensors will detect if obstacles are present and open them only partially if so. Now, however, there is an option to override the sensors and open them fully if you're certain you'll clear the obstacle. There's also a new "Always Open Fully at This Location" button that will remember to do just that.

The next update opens the driver door when you unlock the Model X with the key fob. I tried it, and it works as specified, without bashing into whatever is next to it.

Sadly, there's still no update for the headrests, but I hope they're forthcoming.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 6,450 miles

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