Tesla releases huge vacation replace with TikTok app, UI modifications, and extra
Tesla has started releasing its major “vacation” software update, including TikTok integration with Tesla Theater, several user interface changes, and more.
While Tesla generally pushes new features through software updates when it’s done, it’s also known to bundle some of those more fun features for a bigger “vacation update” towards the end of the year.
Today the automaker started releasing the 2021 vacation update (version 2021.44.25) for the fleet and it has lots of goodies in it.
Here are the release notes (via Reddit):
Watch your Tesla dance to a choreographed light show at any time of the year. Open Toybox, tap on Light Show and follow the instructions.
That’s a feature Tesla first introduced in 2015 as an Easter Egg in the Model X, and the light show was accompanied by fluttering hawk-wing doors.
Now it looks like the lightshow portion of the Easter Egg is available for all other Tesla vehicles.
Customizable app launcher
Drag and drop your favorite apps to any location on the bottom menu bar for easy access. To customize your menu bar, press and hold any icon, then drag it to rearrange it. Tap the temperature or swipe up from the bottom of the screen to set climate controls such as heated seats and defrosting.
Over the past year, Tesla has allowed more customization of its main screen, and this is a new addition.
It comes with other UI changes in the Holiday Update:
The display has been simplified to focus on navigation, media, and the most common primary controls.
- For information about the wipers and the status bar, tap Controls
- For charge controls, tap Control> Charge
- For trip and odometer, touch Controls> Trips
- To view information about tire pressure, tap Controls> Service
Note: If you activate the windscreen wipers using the lever, the wiper map is still displayed.
Dark mode can now be activated manually:
You can now switch to a dark theme display. Tap Control> Display> Appearance and select Dark.
Tesla also added a way to automate the blind spot camera view:
Blind spot camera
You can now automatically see a live camera view of your blind spot when you activate the turn signal. Tap Controls> Autopilot> Automatic Bling Spot Camera to activate
The automaker has also updated the recently released Waypoints feature:
With updated arrival times, you can easily rearrange your route or add multiple destinations to your route. To add a stop or edit a trip, start a navigation route and tap the More options button in the turn list.
Tesla Theater, the platform on which Tesla integrates streaming apps, is getting a new addition:
You can now watch TikTok from your touchscreen. To start, tap the theater icon in the bottom bar and select TikTok while your car is parked.
Together with the Tesla Theater, Tesla also has an “arcade” in which video games are ported.
In this year’s holiday update, automaker adds Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Immerse yourself in the original Sonic the Hedgehog! Dash past at lightning speed with the supersonic spin attack at high speed, defy gravity in loops and defeat Dr. Eggman as the fastest hedgehog of all time. Got to go quickly!
Tesla is also adding Sudoku to its arcade:
The automaker also adds multiplayer to “The Battle of Polytopia”:
The Battle of Polytopia – Multiplayer Support
You can now play The Battle of Polytopia with friends in the new multiplayer mode.
For the more practical changes in the holiday update, Tesla is also making some cold-weather improvements:
Cold weather improvements
You can now precondition the cabin via the Tesla app if your battery has a lower charge level. Simply switch on the climate via your Tesla app and overwrite the previous setting by tapping “Yes” in the confirmation pop-up. Window.
Note: To protect your car’s battery, the climate remains unavailable in extremely low charging scenarios. This feature requires the Tesla Mobile App version 4.4.0 or higher
Another cold weather improvement:
Automatic seat heating
Seat heaters in the first row can now automatically regulate the seat temperature based on the cabin environment and the set temperature of the air conditioning. To access the heated seats, tap the temperature settings to bring up the HVAC control panel.
Note: The HVAC system must be set to Auto to use automatic seat heating.
Last year Tesla improved its dashcam video viewer and there is a new update in 2021.44.25.
Manage dash cam clips
Easily delete all dashcam video clips right from the touchscreen by tapping Control> Security> Dashcam> Delete Dashcam Clips.
One last small change:
Hide map details
Simplify your navigation app and hide map details by tapping the pin button on the map.
The update will begin when it is rolled out to the fleet, but it may take a few days for it to be rolled out to all owners.
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