FM radio and odometer finally find their way into the new Tesla Model 3

Article by Christian A., on December 6, 2017

Truth be told, the Tesla Model 3 doesn’t have a complete software and user interface when the California-based electric carmaker commences deliveries in July. However, this didn’t worry Tesla Model 3 owners, as they know that Tesla will sooner or later keep its four-door electric sedan to date through over-the-air updates. Now, the latest software update endows the EV with a number of new – yet very basic – features.

The latest update for the Model 3 has been eagerly anticipated as Tesla has been updating its software since commencing deliveries for the electric sedan. When it was first rolled out, the Model 3 didn’t have features that are usually installed or fitted as standard even in the most basic vehicles, including affordable ones. The software for the Model 3 is basically incomplete, so it didn’t have those basic features.

For instance, the latest software update now provides the Model 3 with the FM radio feature. This puzzled many, considering that the Tesla Model 3 should be one of the most advanced vehicles in the market and yet it didn’t have an FM radio. A video of one of the first deliveries in Texas showed that a radio – a very basic feature – doesn’t come with Model 3.

But now the Tesla Model 3 has an FM radio, as well as a trip odometer. Yes, up until the latest software update, the Model S had no trip odometer – the advanced electric sedan didn’t have this feature that has been a traditional and basic feature. Maybe Tesla just thought customers won’t actually expect such features when it opted not to have the Model 3 built with these at launch. Considering that Tesla thinks and does things differently from other carmaker, there might be logic behind the move.

Aside from the FM radio and the trip odometer, the latest software update also endows the new Tesla Model 3 with tire pressure monitoring as well as with energy consumption applications. Interestingly, these apps have been – for a long time – installed in Tesla’s other offerings, the Model S and Model X.

Nonetheless, the software also comes with a newly introduced feature on the Model S and Model X, the easy entry and exit system that is linked to the driver’s profile. According to Tesla, this new feature allows the driver to get in and out of the seat easier. Both steering wheel and driver’s seat will automatically adjust according to the driving profile.

As for now, the software and user interface for the Tesla Model 3 remains far from complete. But still, the over-the-air updates have made the Model 3 much better and more mature than when it was launched. But still, it feels like Tesla only released a beta version of the Model 3, and the over-the-air updates are just there to complete what had been lacking at launch.

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