In a recent earnings call, Tesla hinted that it will be introducing new features for its electronic vehicles (EVs). This would mean that’s drivers receiving this update will now have 5% more power.
Engadget reports that this power would come in the form of optimized motor control. This will give drivers better acceleration, along with greater overall performance. In addition, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that his company will make advancements to charging speeds and range.
However, a key point that was made on the call was the talk of more intelligent navigation. The ‘automatic navigation’ update will be able to choose routes personalized to the operator’s home and work locations.
Additionally, the time of day and even the user’s calendar are considered to choose the best route. In practice, the chosen route home on a Friday afternoon may be different to that on a Monday evening. Despite being called automatic navigation, this update only addresses routes and not the actual handing of the vehicle.
With the rollout of these updates, drivers will also notice a scheduled departure feature. This tool replaces the previous smart preconditioning feature of Tesla’s EVs. On top of adjusting the temperature of the interior of the vehicle, the new feature also schedules charging. This will make sure that the EV is topped up without users being succumbed to peak electricity prices.
Ultimately, the introduction of these new features massively overhauls the charging habits of Tesla EV drivers. Now, users may only have to unplug the charger before they start to drive.
This week, Tesla also spoke of developments in its Smart Summon technology. The tech giant said that it plans to launch a software update next week in order to improve the controversial feature.
The Smart Summon app enables a user to ‘summon’ their car from a distance of 200 feet, as long as it is within view. However, many have felt that automation is glitchy at times. Along with this, the vehicles could become confused by other activities in the parking vicinity.
Despite the glitches, the app has been downloaded over a million times by EV users. Musk has highlighted the positive implications of the app’s popularity.
“This really illustrates the value of having a massive fleet, because it allows us to collect these corner cases and learn from them, and use street learning and become rapidly better just as Navigate and Autopilot did on the freeway.” Musk said, as reported by Consumer Reports.
“This is really just the beginning as we collect more data,” he concluded.
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