Tesla software update version 2022.12.1 has just started rolling out with one of the most wanted features by Tesla owners. This update enables a Tesla owner to customize the icons of the bottom bar to his/her own desire.
The customized bottom bar icons feature in the 2022.12.1 update is limited to Tesla vehicles with horizontal screens (Model 3/Y all generations, Model S/X from the year 2021 onwards). Vertical screen Model S/X owners will have to wait for a separate update or this feature might not be deployed to them at all.
This update also includes more features like additional controls from the Tesla mobile app, child lock improvements, and an in-car web browser update (see release notes below).
Tesla Software Version 2022.12.1 Release Notes
Additional Bottom Bar Customization
User Interface Improvements
You can now add vehicle controls such as defrost, windshield wipers, and seat heaters to the bottom bar. Long press any app icon to enter edit mode, then drag the desired control to the bottom bar.
Additional Mobile App Controls
Mobile App Improvements
Dog Mode and Camp Mode can now be enabled from the Tesla app.
Note: This functionality requires mobile app version 4.7.0.
Child Lock can now be enabled for a single rear door. Tap Controls > Child Lock, and select Right, Left, or Both.
Tesla hacker green and other Tesla owners have found out that the 2022.12.1 firmware update has a browser update as well which is not mentioned in the release notes. According to green, this update has tightened the privacy-related loopholes all around. Users can also clear browsing data now.
Improved Charge Time Estimation
Interestingly, Tesla has included the battery temperature variable when calculating the time to charge. This results in a more accurate estimate of the time remaining to charge the battery at a Tesla Supercharger or third-party fast charger.