Tesla Rolls Out Its Latest Software Update

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Tesla released Software Update 2020.40.3. The latest update includes five features: Speed assists improvements, priority bluetooth device, venting windows from the automaker’s mobile app, Glovebox PIN, and a Charge Port Inlet Heater.

The latest software update is already displaying significant signs of improvement with the Speed Limit Recognition Algorithm. Recently, many Tesla vehicle owners were complaining about the viability and efficiency of the algorithm in the past. 

Tesla is taking extra measures to improve its driver-assistance systems and increase the security and reliability of its vehicles. Last month, the company beefed up the capabilities of its Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control features. It enabled Tesla vehicles to better navigate through inner-city streets without driver input.

The Latest Software Update: The Full Features!

According to Teslascope.com, here are the release notes of Update 2020.40.3:

  • Speed Assist Improvements: “In addition to local roads, Speed Assist now leverages your car’s cameras to detect speed limit signs to improve accuracy of speed limit data for highways. As usual, to adjust Speed Assist settings, tap Controls>Autopilot>Speed Limit.”
  • Priority Bluetooth Device: “To avoid connecting to the wrong nearby phone, you can now set your priority Bluetooth device. Your car will attempt to connect to the priority device associated with the profile selected before it attempts to connect to other paired phones. To set your priority device, tap the Bluetooth icon on the top of your touchscreen, select your preferred phone and tap Priority Device.”
  • Mobile App – Vent Windows: “You can now vent all of your windows from the Tesla mobile app.” 
  • Glovebox PIN: “Protect the valuables in your glovebox with a 4-digit PIN. Tap Controls>Safety & Security>Glovebox PIN on the touchscreen to create your PIN
  • Charge Port Inlet Heater: “Your car can now use the charge port inlet heater to help defrost the inside of the charge port. The charge port inlet heater can be activated in cold ambient temperatures by enabling preconditioning using the mobile app, activating the rear defrost button on the vehicle’s touchscreen, or preconditioning the vehicle using scheduled departure.”

The Latest Software Update: One Step Closer Towards Full Self-Driving

Autopilot users were having issues with their vehicle’s ability to correctly identify the speed of travel on roadways. The feature itself was ranked sixth out of ten driver assistance systems evaluated in a European safety assessment. In other words, it obtained a low score on its ability to keep drivers engaged.

On the other hand, the latest update marks a step towards the right direction. YouTube channel techAU, showcased the improvements first-hand that Tesla has made with the Speed Limit Sign Recognition algorithm.

Initially, a Tesla vehicle would slow down to 50 km/h without any street signs appearing on a 60 km/h roadway. After downloading the 2020.40.3 update, the vehicle managed to maintain a speed of 60 km/h without any driver input. 

The latest software update marks one more step forward towards Tesla improving its Autopilot and Full-Self Driving Capability. Fully autonomous vehicles must be capable of accurately recognizing appropriate travel speeds and take measures accordingly.

Generally speaking, the latest update will enable Tesla cars to do just that.


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