Tesla has supported voice commands for quite a few years now. However they’re steadily increasing the commands available and now support well over 100 different commands. If you’re not familiar with all of them, you can take a look at our full list of known voice commands.
The list can be quite overwhelming and most drivers are likely to not retain any of them, but here is our list of the top 5 most useful voice commands. Remembering these commands will likely make it that much safer and easier to execute while driving.
1. Mute Voice Guidance
If you’re anything like me, you often set the GPS even if you know where you’re going. Having the GPS guidance on all of the time can be a little annoying. Now you can easily say mute or "unmute voice guidance" to adjust the GPS voice prompts.
2. Open Glove Box
This one is another time saver. The glove box normally requires two taps to open. One to get into the Car Controls, and another to Open glove box. Although that’s not difficult, using the voice command is even easier. Simply say “Open Glove box,” to open it.
3. Navigate to
Hopefully you’re already aware of this one, because it may just be the most useful voice command.
Simply state, “Navigate to,” followed by either an address or the name of a location to quickly set the GPS destination. For example, “Navigate to McDonald’s in Fremont” would navigate to McDonald's in Fremont, CA. To make things easier, you can skip the state or city entirely and it will search in the city or state you're in.
4. Set temperature to
Instead of having to manually adjust the temperature in the car, you can easily just say “Set temperature to,” followed by your desired temperature. Easy and quick.
5. Search Google for
This one is super useful when you need a quick answer. If you’re not familiar with it, it will save you a lot of time. If you need a quick answer to a common question, such as, what’s 70 degrees in Celsius, or what time is it in London, or even what is Tesla’s stock price, you can do this all with a voice command. It leverages Google to kind of take place of a smart assistant. Just say “Search Google for,” and state your question. The car will open the web browser and search Google with your query. Google will often display the answer to your question right at the top of the page.
Using Tesla voice commands can make some actions not only quicker, but also safer to use while driving.
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Hundreds of Tesla cars synced to the Indian blockbuster film RRR's award-winning song 'Naatu Naatu'
Tesla owners recently came together in New Jersey for an incredible display of technology and art. Hundreds of Tesla cars synced to the Indian blockbuster film RRR's award-winning song "Naatu Naatu" to create an unforgettable light show. The energizing event showcased Tesla's upgraded light show feature, part of the Christmas update.
The Twitter account for the movie, @RRRMovie, posted a video, which can be viewed below, of the mesmerizing light show. Elon Musk responded with two heart emojis. After Tesla retweeted the unique video, @RRRMovie replied by expressing their love for Elon Musk. "Naatu Naatu," composed by M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose, became the first-ever song from an Indian film to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Try the Synced Light Show
A recent update allows owners to schedule their light shows up to 10 minutes in advance or even create multi-car orchestras by starting them simultaneously. This feature can be accessed by tapping the Application Launcher > Toybox. The update also allows Tesla owners to activate the light show using their smartphone app, making it more convenient and fun for those who use the feature as part of their exterior decorations.
The New Jersey event displayed the innovative capabilities of Tesla vehicles and highlighted the growing influence of Indian cinema worldwide. As more Tesla owners come together for events like this, we can expect to see even more mesmerizing light shows in the future, celebrating the convergence of technology and the arts.
Tesla continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with its electric vehicles. Features like the light show demonstrate that the company is committed to creating an experience beyond driving a car.
Prominent figures such as Senator Josh Hawley and media personality Joe Rogan have come to the defense of Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. Both spoke against the negative public perception and criticism while highlighting the importance of free speech. While Rogan spoke about the unfair treatment of Musk by members of the media, Hawley went after one — on his own show.
Senator Calls out Reporter
St. Louis’ KSDK News political editor Max Maxwell set up a recorded segment with the republican senator. While crews were getting the technical aspects sorted out, Hawley confronted Maxwell about his anti-Elon Musk tweets, which the Senator described as "vitriolic." The senator read one of Maxwell's tweets aloud, calling Musk's supporters "bootlickers." Hawley questioned Maxwell's intentions and expressed concern about the journalist's use of a public platform to attack people he disagreed with.
Maxwell explained that his tweet was a moment of frustration and defended his comments as satire, protected under the First Amendment. But it got more awkward as the reporter suggested he was drinking at the time of the tweets. Hawley emphasized that journalists like Maxwell have a lot of access, making their public comments particularly influential and potentially concerning.
Rogan to the Rescue
In another instance of public defense, popular podcaster Joe Rogan discussed the shifting public perception of Elon Musk on his show. According to Rogan, any narrative about Musk's political ideology is baseless. He questioned why people have gone from viewing Musk as a savior who brought about electric cars and reusable rockets to someone who is an "alt-right piece of shit." Rogan argued that the resistance against Musk and the publicity campaign against him have been fascinating to watch.
“The narrative has spread through progressive people where they'll just say it now,” Rogan continued. “It’s like they've reached the memo, the memo’s got to them… I hear people I know like, ‘Oh, Elon's just so crazy. Something happened to him. He went nuts, and he’s a right-winger now… They just have this narrative that reaches them as a signal. Like, ‘Elon bad now.’”
Senator Hawley and Joe Rogan's reactions to the criticism against Elon Musk and his supporters emphasize the importance of free speech and raise questions about the fairness of the media's treatment of the world's richest person. As public figures continue to engage in these discussions, it remains to be seen how perceptions of Musk will evolve in the future and how his tweets will impact Tesla.
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