Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has recently released information about a set of updates to the Model S, Model X and Model 3 cars, requested by its drivers feedback.
The electric vehicle manufacturer has a tradition of consulting with customers regarding potential upgrades to its models. There have already been numerous updates to the vehicles’ software based on drivers’ feedback. Recently, Tesla drivers had another opportunity to provide their ideas for possible updates on Twitter, after Musk thanked them for their support and asked how they think the company could improve.
According to the responses from drivers, many Tesla owners would prefer automatic windshields that change speed depending on the amount of rain. The feature used to be a standard of Tesla cars, until the introduction of the second generation Autopilot hardware suite in October 2016.
In response to his customers, Musk stated that the update will be “coming very soon”, implying that automatic windshields will be brought back.
Tesla drivers requested upgrades of other features, which will be additionally introduced to the cars. Namely, the new features of Tesla cars will include several updates, such as:
- An app will be used to turn on heated window and seat
- All 8 cameras will be used as Dashcam
- Ambient light settings will be introduced (brightness, foot well front and rear seats)
- Sign Recognition will be implemented
- Music quieter when opening all doors (with settings) will be introduced
- Disco Mode (Ambient light to music beat with on/off and brightness) will be introduced
- A feature to alert family members when a Tesla driver selects “home” as a destination in navigation including ETA will be implemented, following an “overhaul” of the maps and navigation systems.
In addition to the numerous updates, Tesla will also release a new battery feature that will maximise the electric car range through the Tesla mobile app. The new feature will improve the battery life and will enable the cars to perform better in cold weather. However, even though the car will perform better in cold temperatures, it will still use power, which will influence the range.
Thus, there will be a display of the bracket of range that is unavailable, due to the heating of the battery. The battery could be preheated while the car is charging, thereby minimising the range loss.
Musk’s fans and Tesla drivers also expressed ideas for new types of vehicles serving other market segments, such as pick-up vehicles. After a customer stated they “need an electric pick-up”, Musk replied that Tesla will “make the pick-up truck right after Model Y”.
The production of the electric pick-up, which will be slightly larger than an F150 and may have a “game-changing” feature, will not begin until several more years. An initial prototype of the vehicle might be revealed in 18 to 24 months, meaning that the new vehicle could be introduced to the public anytime between October 2018 and April 2019.
Tesla also recently announced the release of the Semi Truck, whose production is expected to begin in 2019. While there have already been several companies placing orders for the electric truck, industry experts are concerned about the feasibility of production and delivery.
Nevertheless, the company appears confident and reassuring in its ability to deliver the ordered vehicles and implement the upgrades requested by customers. Hence, Tesla’s success going forward will depend on customers’ loyalty and patience.