After a very limited release last week to just a handful of cars, Tesla has begun a wider release of its new 2020.44 software update that brings a number of small enhancements, including one first seen on the Full Self-Driving beta software.
Autopilot Set Speed
This new feature was first spotted last week by FSD beta tester James Locke. Previously you could set an “offset” where you could set a fixed amount (e.g. 10km/h) over the speed limit for when Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC) is engaged. With this enhancement, you can now set a percentage, customizable up to 30% above the speed limit.
By adding this new feature, the car can now travel faster as the speed limit increases, making it particularly useful when using using the driver-assist features in low-speed limit areas, like residential streets.
Now when driving in a 50km/h speed zone, if you have set the limit to 10% above, you will travel at 55km/h, instead of 60km/h if you had your settings to 10km/h over previously. On the highway with a 100km/h speed limit, you can drive at 110km/h.
Spotify has also been updated with a re-design to the user interface (UI) that makes it easier to find and play content from your library. A new Spotify home tab has been added, and the music streaming service can now also sync with other devices that are logged in to the account.
Media Search Improvements
If you’re a frequent user of the search feature, you’re going to like this enhancement. The search results have been re-arranged and now display based on the media source you are currently listening to. The release notes also indicate voice search results have been improved “to show more of what you’re looking for.”
This one is an interesting update where you can now show or hide your preferred media sources in the Media Player. Don’t like TuneIn or ever use Radio? You can now hide them.
Voice Command Language
You can now select a voice command language different than the touchscreen language. Here is a list of the available lanugages.
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
- Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong)
- French (Canada)
Update: For Model S and Model X (Raven) owners, 2020.44 also adds Launch Mode improvements where speed and power are increased (via @greentheonly).
Check out the full release notes below.
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