Tesla launches Chill Mode on recent over-the-air update; includes easier entry and exit feature too

Article by Christian A., on November 14, 2017

Tesla introduces a new software update for Model X and Model S to let drivers select between standard or a more gradual acceleration setup. Chill Mode, being the newest option, is quite the opposite of Tesla’s Ludicrous and Insane modes as the Chill offers a softer acceleration unlike the previous features which we know are focused towards performance.

In a bid to provide “smoother driving” and a “gentler ride”, the new option has been added to tone down the rather quick acceleration that comes with both the Model S and Model X. This specifically becomes more useful when drivers want to slow down from Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode or standard setup. On a Model S 100D for example, the standard acceleration can allow it to go from a zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. When set under Chill, the Model S can go from zero to 60 within 7.2 seconds. Although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the slower takeoff provides an option for those who prefer a more relaxing ride. The Ludicrous Mode, as we know, is capable of taking off in 2.28 seconds.

While it is still uncertain at this point whether or not the update will ever make its way to the new Model 3, it is interesting to note that Tesla has come to realize that not all owners are after the quick Modes. The Chill is only currently available on the Model S and Model X.

In line with the new update, Tesla has also introduced an easier way to get in and out of their Tesla vehicles. This feature allows the steering wheel and driver’s seat to automatically adjust on its own---allowing the driver to exit easily. The same applies as soon as the driver gets back inside the car wherein the driving profile returns to the recent setting after the driver stepped on the brake. If the keyfob is connected to the driver profile, both the seat and the steering wheel will also perform its own adjustment. The profile can be restored from the list as before.

The new profile application can be activated by accessing CONTROLS/ Settings/ Driver Profiles. Users can then select Use Easy Entry option from the list. After this, the driver will be prompted to make seat and steering wheel adjustments and save those settings under the Easy Entry. This new feature rids drivers of the hassle of manually adjusting the seat and steering wheel when getting in and out of the vehicle. Simply put, the software application remembers the recent driver profile and returns automatically to the chosen set-up.

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