Tesla Model S To Get Adaptive Cruise, Lane-Departure Warning, More?

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Drivers of the Tesla Model S are generally pretty happy with their cars, but as with any new product there are always a few ways it could be improved.

Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is one of few companies that can execute those improvements without you having to lift a finger, as software updates can be achieved via the internet.

Whether lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection will be software updates is a different matter, but all have been discovered deep within the car's menus by an enterprising owner (via Autoblog).

None are currently available on the Model S but all have appeared in a video of the car's menu settings, located behind an access code off the car's main menu.

It's likely that all are simply menu provisions for hardware changes coming in later Model S, unless Tesla has hidden the required sensors in each car already.  'Right Hand Drive' also appears on the menu, suggesting that Tesla has designed in a bunch of features not yet tested, but expected at a later date.

What itt does imply is that the car will be getting a few of the options some owners have been asking for, already standard on many competing vehicles.

Other screens within the coded menus include power usage data, not just between battery, motor and wheels but also through the battery temperature systems, heating and ventilation and more.

Another menu shows not-yet-available apps, light-hearted applications like a sketchpad rubbing shoulders with test apps for the screen colors, audio and others. A further menu illustrates speed and torque-limiting option sliders.

One thing is for sure: There are still plenty of interesting features in the pipeline for Model S owners.


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Comments (5)
  1. The video is fake. The first half is correct, but then they just show screenshots stolen from owners' forums. Not responsible journalism.

  2. Mark, I'm curious to know how you deem it "not responsible journalism". Whether the second half of the video uses "screenshots stolen from owners' forums" or not, they are still - presumably - actual shots of a Model S display taken by actual Model S owners.

    It might be irresponsible to post something completely fabricated, but unless you have evidence to the contrary (and you're welcome to provide it, as we're always happy to amend mistakes), the screens seem perfectly legitimate to me.

  3. Being still largely a start up Tesla clearly isn't quite there yet in terms of offering the sort of option lists we have come to expect from the big boys.

    That could change quickly though. For the supplier industry Tesla is no longer the questionable start up it once was but a credible business partner on track of doing a substantial 20K units this year and maybe even good for a lot more business than that in the future.

    That completely changes the dynamics, giving Tesla access to much better deals for the components it needs to further refine its current and future products and keep interest in Model S going.

  4. Exactly. As I've noted before, despite several discussions, my company eventually chose to not deal with Tesla due to the low volumes. The success since then will allow Tesla to have many more choices for suppliers and this is a good example. These are now common features and Tesla will be able to incorporate them in future years/models. It's also great timing because the technology (I mean specifically active/adaptive cruise control/lane departure warning, park assist, blind spot detection, all of which can share a motor/motors) has evolved quickly and prices are dropping as volumes increase quickly.

    But as Wop Ontour notes below, this won't be a software update for any current owners. No current motor= software not being enough.

  5. Perhaps for FUTURE model S owners, not likely current ones. These are options that will require a considerable amount of additional hardware, not just a software update. lol
    The firmware for many modern automotive control modules will contain a kernel with open real-estate in order to permit the addition of future potential options.They exist mostly as a place-holders for future model years that will share the same firmware. Current owners shouldnt hold their breath IMO.

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