Tesla Adds YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Weather and AQI as New Premium Connectivity Features in Update 2024.26

By Not a Tesla App Staff
Tesla's AQI display in China
Tesla's AQI display in China
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Tesla has just released its newest software update, version 2024.26 to its employees. The update is now available for any employee that has access to “wave 1” releases.

We have our first look at the update and some of its most popular features. This is a large update that brings some of the most requested features to Tesla's OS, rivaling Tesla's recent Spring Update in terms of popularity.

YouTube Music and Amazon Music

In this update, Tesla has added two new music streaming services, including the popular YouTube Music and Amazon Music services. We first wrote about Tesla adding Amazon Music back in May, but it’s now official with update 2024.26.

Both of these music streaming services will require Tesla's $10 / month Premium Connectivity add-on or an active WiFi connection. You can also use your mobile phone's hotspot to get around the required Premium Connectivity, but this won't work for all premium features.

Tesla says that YouTube Music will let you access all of your liked and added songs, along with your playlists and artists and podcasts you've subscribed to. You'll need a subscription to YouTube Premium which costs $13.99 / month.

As for Amazon Music, any Amazon Prime members will be able to use Amazon Music in their Tesla without paying an additional subscription cost. Amazon also offers Amazon Music Unlimited, which will also be available but requires an Amazon subscription to use. Like YouTube Music, you'll need Tesla's Premium Connectivity feature or use a WiFi or hotspot connection to use Amazon Music.

Weather and Air Quality Index

In addition to the music services, Tesla has added two additional features if you subscribe to Premium Connectivity. Unfortunately, it looks like Tesla is paying a fee for this data, so it won't be available if you're on WiFi or a hotspot. You'll need to have a Premium Connectivity subscription to use these features.

Like Tesla has shown in China for a while, Tesla will now display the Air Quality Index in the vehicle's status bar. Unlike in China, this will only be displayed if the AQI is considered poor.

If the AQI is poor, then you'll see an AQI label at the top of the screen with the AQI reading.

You'll now also be able to tap the temperature reading in your vehicle and receive a weather report. When you tap the temperature, you'll see a popup that displays the day's high and low temperatures, as well as the chance of rain.

Lately, Tesla has really been pushing Premium Connectivity and it continues to add value to the service by adding additional features. Some of the features are available on WiFi, so you can try them out when connected at home or a nearby business, while others are only available when you subscribe to Premium Connectivity.

These updates in 2024.26 have been some of the most requested features, so it’s nice to see Tesla finally add them. A lot of users are still hoping Tesla will add SiriusXM music streaming, and with all the music services added lately, you gotta imagine that's coming soon. Especially when it means that Tesla could drop the required SiriusXM receiver in the Model S and Model X. Tesla is known for dropping hardware in favor of software solutions, so this seems like a candidate.

Release Date

Since this update has just gone out to wave 1 employees today, it could be a week or two before we see any customers receive this update in their vehicles. However, the amount of time varies from just a few days to several weeks, depending on the bugs found during employee testing. If you haven’t checked out all the features in Tesla update 2024.26, go on and take a look as there’s quite a bit more in there, including parental controls and a new climate screen.

Musk Confirms Tesla FSD V12.5 Is Being Tested on Chuck’s Turn

By Karan Singh
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Yesterday, Elon Musk confirmed that FSD V12.5 is being tested on Chuck’s Unprotected Left Turn. This is a big step – as we usually see Chuck’s UPL getting tested a few weeks or months before the release of another set of software.

Chuck’s Left Turn

Chuck’s Unprotected Left Turn, or UPL, has regularly been seen as a challenge for FSD. Chuck’s UPL is a complex, 2-stage unprotected left turn into high-speed traffic. Ever since 2022, Tesla has been testing on Chuck’s UPL, which is in Jacksonville, Florida.

Vehicles are intersecting from different sides at different portions of the turn, making it one that is truly difficult for both humans and for FSD to get right. It can be a difficult challenge for regular drivers, and ensuring FSD gets it right every time Tesla releases a new build seems to have become a bit of a tradition for Tesla.

As such, we generally see Chuck’s UPL getting tested by Tesla’s ADAS testers prior to a new build being prepared for release to employees. These ADAS testers are pretty obvious – they’ve got manufacturer plates on, and the telltale 2-second halt at stop signs.

FSD V12.5 Around the Corner?

Although Tesla is already testing FSD 12.5, it doesn’t necessarily mean that v12.5 is around the corner just yet – there are still plenty of users that still need to receive FSD v12.4.3 before Tesla jumps to v12.5. About 20-25% of FSD users now have FSD 12.4.3, but most are still on update 2024.14.9 with FSD 12.3.6.

FSD v12.5 is expected to begin features such as fleet communication and the merger of city and highway software stacks, to FSD.

What we’re seeing in Florida on Chuck’s turn (Tesla refers to Chuck Cook in release notes) is likely just the ADAS testers working on the early builds of v12.5. As such, don’t get too wrapped up around v12.5 – most are still waiting for nag-free FSD for the most part.

Tesla Update 2024.26.1: Changes and More Information About Tesla's Summer Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has been preparing another large update with its upcoming 2024.26, but as Tesla gets ready to release it to customers, it looks like we may see some changes. We’ve previously called this the Summer Update, and we’re going to stick with that.

Leave your Spring umbrella behind, and grab some sunglasses (or not, if you have FSD in North America) and let’s take a look at update 2024.26.1.

YouTube Music

It looks like YouTube Music, which was being tested in update 2024.26, isn’t available in 2024.26.1. YouTube may have been in early stages of testing or Tesla found some bugs with the feature that need to be addressed before a public release.

YouTube Music is still coming, but right now it looks like it’ll arrive in a point-release update, (e.g. 2024.26.X). This way, at least all the other features will arrive for everyone, rather than delaying the entire release for a few bugs with YouTube Music.

While we’re sad to see the delay for this music app, this is exactly why Tesla tests things in advance with their QA team and fleet of wave 1 employees. We’ll be glad to see it arrive in our cars when its bug-free, and at least we’re still getting Amazon Music with update 2024.26.1.

Updated Climate Panel

There’s a new Climate screen in update 2024.26, however, it looks like it’ll be just for the Model 3 and Model Y initially. The Model S and Model X use practically the same interface, but it may need some adjustments for the larger screen before it’s released. It’s not clear whether it’ll be available for the Cybertruck out of the gate.

We haven’t seen any images of the updated climate panel yet, but it looks like it’ll be a drastic departure from the screen we know today. It’s expected to include options to automate preheating and precooling of the vehicle on certain days and times and it could make other options more intuitive such as turning off vents on the passenger side (tap and hold the airwaves, but only works on some vehicles).

Other often requested features are to make it easier to turn on the Keep Climate, Dog Mode, and Camp Mode options when the vehicle is put into park.

Many customers have also requested passenger presets so the vehicle could remember settings for different passengers. This could be used for features like passenger climate settings, seat position, seat heater and more, but instead of multiple passenger settings, we may see Tesla add Passenger Profiles that could be used for a wide variety of features. Back in 2021, Musk agreed that it would be a good addition.

Castle Doombad Classic

One addition we saw from update 2024.26 to 2024.26.1 was the addition of the full Castle Doombad Classic game. Castle Doombad has you play as the villain as you defend your castle, but it’s only available on AMD Ryzen-based vehicles (MCU 3). It was released in the 2023 Christmas update and with this 2024.26.1 update the game goes from a demo to the full classic game.

Weather Forecasting

Finally, the Weather Forecast app – a pop-out display when you tap the temperature reading – will be arriving with support for North America, Europe, and other regions. Likely, this will include most regions, but you’ll need to shell out for Premium Connectivity.

The AQI (Air Quality Indicator) is already available in China and should be available in most regions as well, but it will also require Premium Connectivity. You can read more about the weather and AQI features here.

Release Date

Tesla appears close to starting the public release of this 2024.26.1 update. Tesla has recently released major versions (like 2024.26) to employees only and then released a bug fix update as a point release before making it available publicly.

Update 2024.26.1

FSD Supervised 12.3.6
Installed on 0% of fleet
0 Installs today
Last updated: Jul 16, 2:33 am UTC

We could see Tesla release 2024.26.1 as early as this week if further issues aren’t identified, although, in typical Tesla fashion, it’ll be a very gradual release.

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