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Tesla Model S Software Updated With Awesome New Features

by Jacob Kleinman | September 19, 2014September 19, 2014 7:00 pm PST

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Tesla’s Model S is already one of the coolest cars around, but a new software update should make it even more awesome. Elon Musk and co. pushed out version 6.0 of the car’s software on Friday, adding some great new features including a calendar app that syncs with your phone, remote start, traffic notifications and lots more.

Two of the most exciting new features are still in beta, so you’ll be able to try them out with version 6.0 but they might not work perfectly. First up are traffic notifications, meaning the car will scan your route for any incoming issues and help you avoid them based on public alerts and data shared by other Tesla drivers. There’s also a new calendar app, which will grab upcoming events from your smartphone calendar and spit out directions automatically.

There’s a ton to unpack here, and clearly Tesla’s been working up to today’s software update for a while now. Once you’ve downloaded version 6.0 your car will actually monitor traffic even when you’re not driving, so as soon as you turn it on you’ll see updates on what roads to avoid. Remote Start also means you can start up the electric car using just your Tesla smartphone app by typing out your password. Other new features include the ability to give your Model S a nickname, new power management options and automatic air suspension based on your location.

Tesla’s new update is available right now. Just make sure you’re running the most recent version of the company’s iPhone or Android app and you should be good to go. 

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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