Tesla updates Model S software for remote startup capability

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 22, 2014

Tesla Motors has unveiled the sixth wireless software update for its Model S that gives the electric car real-time traffic information as well as ability for an owner to start the vehicle remotely using a cellphone. The carmaker said in a blog post that with each update, the Model S becomes more “attuned and responsive” to the needs of its owners without excessive user input.

Tesla added that it continuously fine-tune the software while working on new features. Tesla, however, is not the first carmaker to offer real-time traffic information; similar services are already being provided by luxury brands like Audi (via Inrix), BMW (via TomTom) and Lexus (Nokia HERE) – featuring systems that select a route based on traffic conditions.

Tesla’s navigation system in the Model S was supplied by Garmin. The update would be an excellent response to some Tesla owners who had been frustrated by the lack of real-time traffic information in their units.

They even claim their cellphones could better offer more reliable traffic information that their Model S sedans. As for the capability to start their vehicles remotely using a cellphone, it is expected that other carmakers will follow Tesla’s lead in installing this technology in the next few years.

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