With software update 2021.12.25.6 Tesla has redesigned the car’s phone app. The functionality of the app itself has only minor changes, but it introduces a new multi-pane layout that makes it easier to navigate and see more information at once without having to go back and forth.
To go along with these UI updates, Tesla has also introduced a new text message alert chime that is more subtle and soothing. Although unfortunately, we still can not adjsut the volume at which text messages are read.
The phone app now takes up a much larger portion of the screen, taking up the same width as the map and it now features two columns for most tabs, making it easier to look at content like contacts.
The Calls tab features your recent phone calls much like it did before, but the dialer is also introduced in the right pane instead of having its own dedicated tab.
The Messages tab, which shows your recent text messages during this trip now has people you exchanged messages with on the left and the selected person’s messages show up on the right.
The Contacts tab is similar to the Messages tab in that it shows the contacts on the left and information on the selected contact on the right side. A nice improvement here is that if you have addresses listed for any contacts, the address will now show up with a ‘Navigate To’ icon, which allows you to navigate to the destination with one tap. Each contact now only has an option to call, with the message icon being removed (Correction: Message icon is there after a restart!).
Lastly, the Favorites tab shows the same information as it did before, but the buttons are now much larger and the tap targets are much larger, making it easier to use while driving.
Tesla wants everyone on its payroll to pitch in and help with a frantic end-of-quarter push. An internal email leaked to Electrek indicates that employees, even those not tasked with sales and delivery, to assist in getting as many vehicles out the door as possible. The email says there is “a very high volume of vehicles,” and management requests additional support.
This push should come as no surprise after a disappointing second quarter. The company delivered 18 percent fewer vehicles than in the previous reporting period. Tesla delivered 254,695 compared to 310,048 just three months prior. The decline broke a two-year streak in which the company continued to break its delivery record. The drop in numbers was not due to failures at Tesla, but due to COVID-related shutdowns at its Gigafactory in Shanghai, China.
Nevertheless, Tesla is adamant about righting the ship immediately. This quarter, like no other before, has seen significant competition enter the electric vehicle space and challenge the king of the sector. As a result, Tesla would like nothing more than to get back on track with another record-breaking delivery of its highly sought-after vehicles.
According to Electrek, the company-wide email stated: We will be delivering a very high volume of vehicles to eagerly waiting customers during the final days of Q3. To help ensure we can delight as many customers as possible, the delivery team is requesting additional support with key delivery-execution tasks.
For weeks Tesla’s careers page has listed dozens of Seasonal Advisor positions. The postings say these positions are “essential support at the end of the quarter, operating alongside our Sales and Delivery team to execute record-breaking delivery results.” The jobs were expected to last for two to three weeks.
Analysts predict that Tesla will get back on track and deliver more than 310,000 cars this quarter. In fact, one analyst has gone much further than that. Trip Chowdhry with Global Equities Research has publicly stated that he forecasts the carmaker will exceed 500,000 deliveries in the fourth quarter. In addition, he estimates that the time to produce a Tesla has decreased by 10 percent, and he notes other factors like the Semi coming online and increased capacity at factories worldwide.
Tesla is expected to report its quarterly earnings in mid-October.
Tesla's new suggested destinations show up under the Recents tab when you tap on the 'Navigate' button.
Tesla will list up to three destinations before displaying your recent destinations below them. Several owners have reported seeing this new feature in Tesla update 2022.28.2, but it's not clear whether it's available to everyone yet.
Tesla's suggestions appear to be a combination of recent destinations and favorites, but it's not clear exactly how Tesla is determining these.
A user by the name of Randall on the Tesla Discord noticed the new feature.
He was offered three suggestions, but after taking a short drive he noticed that the next set of suggestions was completely different.
Tesla may be using AI to determine your suggestions, so things like the number of times frequented, time of day, day of the week, the vehicle's location and more may be taken into account when Tesla is determining your suggestions.
Like everything Tesla, this is the first iteration of this feature and we're likely to see improvements on this feature in the near future.
For example, Randall noticed that although one of his suggestions was one of his favorites, the suggestion just showed the address of the destination and not the name Randall that given the destination.
The placement of suggested destinations could potentially be improved as well, instead of being displayed under Recents. Each of these suggestions likely has a probability score that Tesla determines and Tesla then displays any suggestions that are over a certain threshold.
It could be helpful if Tesla displayed suggestions directly in the middle of the screen when you first entered the car. If Tesla thought you were highly probable of visiting one of these suggestions they could display it more prominently, making it easier for you to enter the destination.
As the Austin-based automotive company continues to address various bugs and add features, owners are gaining more data for insight into their vehicle so they can better use it.
CEO Elon Musk has stated that any input into the vehicle should be considered (as a possible) error, so by adding yet another feature that the car tries to calculate your destination is a step in the right direction in Musk’s eyes. This is why there is no gear physical shifter in the refreshed Model S and Model X vehicles.
“I think generally, all input is error,” Musk explains at the unveiling of the Model S and Model X refresh. “If you have to do something that the car could’ve done already, that should be taken care of. The software should just do it.”
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