Tesla Pushes Out New Update With User-Friendly Features

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Tesla started pushing out a new software update recently with a few new features. This update is not v8.1, which Tesla owners are anxiously waiting for, but the update does come with some features that they will enjoy, notes Electrek. Tesla’s new update v8.0.2 adds features like the ability to assign driver profiles to dedicated key fobs and an update to the Supercharger listings in Maps.

Adding user-friendly features

With the update, the electric car maker now lists amenities around its Superchargers to facilitate planning a road trip when using Tesla’s in-car Maps app. For instance, the owner can more easily see if there are restaurants, shops or restrooms with Wi-Fi within walking distance of the Tesla charging station.

The second main feature added is the ability to link a driver profile to a specific key fob. If there is more than one driver associated with a Model X or S, then there is no longer a need to change to driver profile in the car. When the dedicated key fob is detected, the steering wheel and ideal seat position of the driver will be adjusted automatically, notes Electrek.  The owners can go to Controls, then Settings, then Driver Profiles to link the key fob.

Tesla made a few other minor changes as well, such as adding a few equalizer settings. The EV firm is pushing out some Model X updates as well. There will be minor changes related to the dedicated key fob, and the driver can now initiate Summon from the key and not just through the app. Also Model X owners can make changes to key fob settings related to the automatic closing of the Falcon Wing doors and front doors, says Electrek.

Tesla staging a moderate rally

Tesla shares had slid more than 15% in 2016. The shares are still down, but the stock has staged a moderate rally since last week for no clear reason, says Business Insider.

Recently the automaker did institute an “idle” fee for its Supercharger network to discourage owners from spending too much time at the charging station after fully charging their car. The electric car maker, however, does not expect to make money off this move.

The automaker has increased some of its credit lines as well, which probably indicates that it will not return to the capital markets in 2017. This could have boosted investor confidence but could not trigger such a rally.

On Wednesday, Tesla shares closed down 0.52% at $207.70.

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