Tesla’s v8.0 software update will revamp UI, improve Autopilot visualization and features, as well as improve its braking system
If no last-minutes issues are found, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) will release the long-awaited v8.0 software update globally on Wednesday, to its fleet of Model S sedans and Model X SUVs. While the update contains improvements in Autopilot features with the new radar processing technology, it will also have the biggest user interface (UI) overhaul since 2012, when the Model S was launched.
Electrek, citing anonymous sources, published some new pictures of the new UI coming with the v8.0 software update. While the Autopilot updates will only benefit those owners with ‘Autopilot Convenience Features’ option, the UI will make every Tesla owner delighted.
However, some of the most interesting UI changes will occur with Tesla cars with Autopilot, as the automaker has changed the Autopilot visualization on the dashboard. This provides more accurate vehicle renderings on the 17-inch touchscreen.
Additionally, the company also updated the icons for key Autopilot features: Auto-steer and traffic active cruise control (TACC). Tesla owners can change TACC’s speed setting through its icon, while the Auto-steer icon becomes a blue circle with the steering wheel engaged, making it more visible. These icons reportedly blink at times, according to Electrek.
Nevertheless, non-Autopilot owners do not have to worry as there are a few new design features available to every Tesla car. Firstly, owners can get rid of the top menu bar to have a view of the application on Tesla’s touchscreen. Other than the fixed menu bar, some icons hover over the app, the publication noted. These new features can be really essential to owners who use Tesla’s navigation app frequently.
Moreover, the media app has been completely overhauled and now owners can find shortcuts to their favorite streaming stations or radio. The company improved the search option with filters for album, artist, and music in the new app.
Earlier this month, TheCountryCaller reported that Tesla will likely launch Spotify app integration for its American owners, after the service was launched in Europe last year. Currently, the company uses streaming app of Slacker in the US. However, the media app’s icons remain the same.
Other than the UI changes, the improvement in the regenerative braking software will cheer all the owners, who “may experience slightly stronger deceleration.” This would further increase the safety of Tesla cars which have attained highest safety ratings from the NHTSA.
Since TheCountryCaller cannot publish the images, here is the link to Electrek’s article.