Tesla (TSLA) has come up with a holiday season gift for its customers by bringing more games and fun features with the latest over-the-air (OTA) software update version 2020.48.26 (firmware v10.2).
The newer major version update V11 has been delayed and is expected to roll out in the early weeks of 2021. However, this new holiday update packed new features and video games (release notes below).
Tesla has also played with the center touchscreen UI by moving some icons from the previous positions (check videos below) and has also added swipe functions to view additional information or visual components.
- Driving visualization improvements
- Updated Santa Mode
- New video games
- Fart Mode 2.0 (Emissions Testing)
- Scheduled Departure Improvements
- Supercharger Display Improvements
- Vehicle Information Improvements
Driving visualization improvements
The driving visualization has been allotted a larger screen real estate but comparing with the FSD Beta visualizations, the display area is still relevantly small. Tesla describes the new visualization as:
The driving visualization has been refreshed and now offers a larger visualization to allow drivers to view more details of the road surroundings. The next turn will now appear above the visualization if the navigation turn list is covered by another app.
Additionally, select items have slightly moved but will continue to look and behave the same. Some notable differences include the following:
– Quick access to the backup camera and wipers has moved to the bottom bar.
– Indicator lights have been moved to the side of the touchscreen.
– Autopilot set speed, Autopilot availability, and detected speed limit are now displayed next to the driving speed.Source: Tesla 2020.48.26 Release Notes
Updated Santa Mode
As part of the driving visualization improvement, Tesla has also enhanced the Santa Mode easter egg. Santa Mode basically turns your car into a Santa sleigh inside the driving visuals and the surrounding cars and other vehicles turn into reindeer, a perfect Christmas theme.
One Tesla Model 3 owner has recorded this on Christmas day for fun, let’s watch.
New video games
Tesla 2020.48.26 update brings new games to enhance the in-car entertainment experience for Tesla Model S, 3, X, and Y owners. The Battle of Polytopia is a turn-based world-building strategy game that is one of Elon Musk’s favorites, now Tesla owners can play this while camping or Supercharging during the holiday season. Some also like to play in their garages, it’s totally fine.
The Battle of Polytopia
The award-winning turn-based strategy game with low poly graphics. Lead your civilization to victory by expanding your empire and researching new technologies. To see how you compare with other Tesla owners, create a Tesla Arcade gamer name that will appear on the Battle of Polytopia Leaderboards.
Leap into a grand adventure of dragons, magic, and cats in purr-suit of the evil Drakoth and your catnapped sister. Explore Felingard’s huge overworld map, risk life and limb delving into dungeons for epic loot, and lend a paw to a furry cast of characters in a flurry of side quests. Game controller required.
A classic game of Solitaire, also known as Klondike. Move cards by dragging them to their destination. You can play an easier Draw 1 game, or try your luck with Draw 3 and Vegas play modes. Personalize your game by customizing the backdrop and card backs.Source: Tesla 2020.48.26 Release Notes
Boombox combined with the new Fart Mode 2.0 is perhaps the most interesting feature Tesla has deployed in this update. As Elon Musk said earlier, this update will include features that we don’t know we needed, very true. Boombox lets Tesla car owners add custom sounds to the car when driving, using Summon, parked outside in the crowd, or when pressing the horn.
Some owners really want to add customized audio messages when they press the horn, might be pretty useful in some scenarios when people just don’t seem to listen. The release notes have the following description of this new feature:
Turn your car into a boombox and entertain a crowd with your media player when parked. You can also customize the sound your car makes when you press the horn, drive the car or when your car is moving with Summon. Select an option from the dropdown menu or insert your own USB device and save up to five custom sounds.Source: Tesla 2020.48.26 Release Notes
Emissions Testing Improvements (Fart Mode 2.0)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk just improvised on his greatest invention Fart Mode (self-proclaimed). Now besides being able to produce fart sounds from the car seats, Tesla owners will be able to fart at the pedestrians or even other cars (demo seen in the video above).
Scheduled Departure Improvements
Scheduled Departure can now pre-condition your battery and cabin even when your car is unplugged. To account for different utility rate plans, you can now set the time when your off-peak rates end to save on charging costs. To access, tap SCHEDULE from the climate control or charging panel when parked.Source: Tesla 2020.48.26 Release Notes
Supercharger Display Improvements
Supercharger pins on your touchscreen will now display the number of available stalls at charging sites. Quickly search for nearby amenities by tapping an amenity icon on the Supercharger popup display.Source: Tesla 2020.48.26 Release Notes
Vehicle Information Improvements
The Tesla “T” has been removed from the top status bar. Tap Controls > Software for the same information.Source: Tesla 2020.48.26 Release Notes via TeslaScope.com