Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), like smartphone makers, believes in offering new features in its cars every now and then, so the automaker has now added a “Chill mode” to its cars.
Tesla Chill mode for easier acceleration
Tesla first introduced “Insane” mode, which made the Model S and X accelerate fast. Then it came up with “Ludicrous” mode, which made its vehicles accelerate even faster. However, now with “Chill” mode, Tesla is slowing things down, as it will let the car accelerate more slowly.
Chill mode has probably been introduced because not all drivers want their car to accelerate like small rockets. This new mode was seen in the Model S and Model X cars after the latest update, according to Electrek. To activate the Tesla Chill mode, go to Controls, select “Driving,” and then under the “Acceleration” section, choose “Chill.”
“You can now choose between two acceleration options in your vehicle: Chill and Standard. Chill makes acceleration more gradual – ideal for smoother driving and a gentler ride for your passengers,” Tesla says about the new mode.
As of now, there are no details on how fast (or how slow) the mode will be, but the new Tesla Chill mode does sound like the opposite to Ludicrous mode. In Tesla’s Ludicrous mode, a Model S P100D can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.389 seconds. In Chill mode, a Tesla Model S 100D goes from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, YouTube channel DragTimes claims.
“Exit” mode for easier exit
Tesla’s latest update also adds another new feature called “Exit mode.” Some time ago, CEO Elon Musk told a Tesla driver who demanded the mode that it would come in “upcoming software releases.” The new feature adjusts the steering wheel and seat automatically for easier exit, and once you return, it adjusts them back based on the latest driving profile.
“When you park, the steering wheel and driver’s seat will automatically adjust for an easier exit. After you return to the vehicle, they automatically adjust back to the recent driving profile when you step on the brake,” the changelog for the latest software update reads.
In another software update about two weeks ago, Tesla enabled full speed automatic emergency braking in Autopilot 2.5 cars.
“The maximum speed at which Automatic Emergency Braking is available has increased from 50 mph to 90 mph,” the release note about the update read.
Automatic emergency braking was first enabled with an update earlier in October, but it was capped at 50 mph.
Automatic emergency braking is a very useful feature from a safety point of view, but it can also prove dangerous if applied poorly. This is why the EV maker has a validation process in place before activating the feature and also before activating it at full speed, notes Electrek.
On Thursday, Tesla shares closed down 0.46% at $302.99. Year to date, the stock is up almost 42%, while in the last three months, it is down almost 17%.