Tesla has rolled out another set of improvements to its Service Mode; if you're a Tesla owner aiming to keep abreast of the latest features and optimizations available in Service Mode, the recent update is for you.
Service Mode provides essential details and diagnostic tools to ensure your Tesla is operating at its peak potential. Service Mode is a specialized function initially reserved for service technicians but accessible to Tesla vehicle owners.
Taking user convenience and information accessibility to a new echelon, the latest addition to Service Mode becomes your one-stop shop for everything that's new or improved in Service Mode. This mode avails critical data and facilitates diagnostic tests for various vehicle components, offering a deep dive into the vehicle's operational status.
Service Mode Release Notes
A spotlight feature in the 2023.32 update includes a new, separate section where users can access release notes that are specific to Service Mode. After entering Service Mode, you can tap Release Notes to open a new menu that outlines improvements made to Service Mode in this vehicle update.
The release notes breakdown all the new Service Mode features included in the current update, 2023.32, and previous updates as well. Each new feature is listed with a description and which vehicles it applies to. You can also tap the section name in blue to jump directly to that area in Service Mode.
One of the major changes in Service Mode in update 2023.32 is the ability to view the status of the vehicle's Electronic Control Unit (ECU) under Infotainment > ECU Update Status, which allows monitoring the status of various sensors and vehicle sub-systems.
Tesla now has release notes for Service Mode
Other Service Mode changes in 2023.32 include Enhanced Service Alerts, ability to Update Low Voltage Battery Type and Enhanced Heat Pump panels.
The last two Tesla vehicle updates have included significant Service Mode advancements that users may want to check out. The 2023.26 update introduced health checks including the much-appreciated 'Airbags Screen' where users can scrutinize the status and operational health of all vehicle airbags. The update also extended diagnostic options for steering wheel stalks, the low-voltage battery system, and a camera pitch verification feature, which could potentially aid in diagnosing issues such as misaligned front cameras, a problem noted in some 2023 vehicle models.
Use Caution in Service Mode
However, users have reported that exiting Service Mode is taking a notably long time, leaving some room for improvement.
It is advised that while exploring these features, owners should exercise caution, understanding the implications fully before making any adjustments to avoid potential repercussions on vehicle safety and performance.
Tesla continues to make the Service Mode a more robust tool, with each update. While primarily designed for technicians, the level of detail and insight provided in this mode is a boon for Tesla vehicle owners eager to understand and maintain their vehicles at optimal levels. It embodies Tesla vision of not just creating a car but offering a comprehensive vehicle experience that puts control and information right at the owners fingertips.
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Tesla introduced a wrap-around ambient lighting strip to its new Model 3
If you look up ambient lights for Tesla, you'll see several ads for third-party light kits. Perhaps this is why Tesla added its own Ambient Lights feature to the new Model 3. So, let's get enlightened.
Tesla's ambient lights are thin light strips that are embedded in each of the vehicle's doors near the top edge. It also curves around the dashboard near the windshield, giving passengers a near 360-degree light effect.
Tesla new ambient light feature is available on the new Model 3 (2024+), and will be available on the Cybertruck in a similar manner. With a refresh ongoing for the Model Y, known as Juniper, it will likely also have ambient lights. That just leaves out the most luxurious flagship vehicles, the Model S and X, for now.
The Model S and Model X could be due for a minor refresh that would not only add ambient lighting, but also include a front-bumper camera that the Cybertruck has and the new Model 3 is expected to have in the near future.
Tesla introduced a wrap-around ambient lighting strip to its new Model 3
The ambient light settings allow you to light up the interior in a color that reflects your mood or preference. Under Controls > Lights > Accent Lights, you are handed the freedom to choose virtually any color to adorn the interior of your Tesla.
You have control over whether the ambient lights are on, off, or set to an "Auto" setting, though not fully clarified, seems to promise intelligent lighting adjustments akin to our control over dome lights, offering a reduction in reflections during drives.
While the ability to control the brightness level seems missing, Tesla did include color presets, letting you curate a series of your favorite colors.
It should be noted that the changes are confined to the light strips on the doors and dash, steering clear of the footwell lights and other interior lighting.
With Tesla, we can be assured there will be enhancements to this feature in a future update. In fact, the Tesla community is already busy coming up with useful suggestions. Some owners thought Tesla should take advantage of the lighting to provide driver feedback, such as automatically changing the ambient lighting to a red hue when there's a vehicle in your blind spot. Tesla could also glow the light strip on a door if it's not closed properly, or use the lighting to provide feedback when Sentry Mode is enabled.
Other uses could be more fun, such as cycling the light through various colors when the 'Rainbow Road' easter egg is activated.
Ambient Lighting in Action
While the possibilities are endless and Tesla engineers will surely have fun coming up with creative uses for the feature, the biggest improvement we can hope for in the near future is the ability to adjust the light intensity.
Tesla's new Model 3 received a host of exterior and interior upgrades
Tesla outdid itself with the refreshed Model 3, known as the Highland. Despite all the fantastic upgrades, something is missing - the Performance version or perhaps the Plaid. The letter "T" has shown up on vehicle certificates in Europe, and despite Elon Musk's sense of humor, it is unlikely this is a Mr. T reference.
Deciphering the 'T'
A new document shows the new Model 3 Performance will have a dual motor
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Diligent scrutiny of the European Type Certificate, issued by the Dutch vehicle authority RDW and shared on the TFF Forum, revealed a subtle yet pivotal alteration — including the letter 'T' in the eighth digit of the Model 3 Performance's VIN.
This seemingly minor detail, indicative of the vehicle's motor/drive unit type, sparked curiosity and speculation on the forum. Could it be a tri-motor setup to usher in a new Plaid version of the Model 3? This vehicle has already got endless amounts of zip, but three motors? May The Schwartz Be With You!
This could also explain the Model 3+ badging that was spotted during the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in China inspection of the refresh. However, the regulatory filings highlighted just two distinct variants of the car: a rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a 194 kW motor and an all-wheel drive (AWD) dual-motor setup that combines to deliver a formidable 331 kW of maximum power.
Initial conjectures leaned towards the possibility of a tri-motor setup, drawing parallels with the Plaid variants of the Model S and Model X. However, a deeper dive into the certification document clarified that the Model 3 Performance retained its Dual Motor setup, dispelling the possibility of a tri-motor upgrade.
Strategic Enhancements: A Glimpse into Potential Upgrades
Given the documented specifications, it becomes plausible that Tesla has strategically enhanced one of the dual motors, potentially aligning it with the advanced motor found in the Model S/X Plaid. This modification is poised to augment the top-end speed and acceleration of the Model 3 Performance, addressing its comparative limitations in extended races against traditional gas-powered supercars.
Meanwhile, the Model 3 refresh has become the new Bigfoot of the roads of North America, with rare sightings posted on social media. However, it appears the continent is excluded from the initial launch of the Model 3 Highland. Internal communications within Tesla suggest North American enthusiasts might have to exercise patience until 2024.
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