Tesla's Alternate Routes: Who's receiving it and why

By Lennon Cihak
Tesla Alternate Routes is seen available in Spain for this user
Tesla Alternate Routes seen available in Span for this user

Tesla is beginning to roll out an update with a welcomed feature in version 2022.28.1: Alternate routes. However, Tesla appears to be testing the alternate routes feature as it's only available on some vehicles.

This feature was previously available in Japan and China in prior updates, but in version 2022.28.1 Tesla has expanded it to the U.S. and many other countries including all countries in North America and Europe.

Tesla is being quite selective on which vehicles receive this feature, though. The feature is available across North America and Europe, but the automotive company is only turning it on remotely on select vehicles, and it’s unclear as to how they’re selecting these vehicles.

Tesla's Alternate Routes has also been seen available in Germany
Tesla's Alternate Routes has also been seen available in Germany

This means that two cars in the same country could be seeing different features. For example, in Germany most users appear to not have access to Alternate Routes, although several owners have reported as receiving Alternate Routes.

The same can be said for Spain, Switzerland and various other countries. We've seen numerous reports where users are reporting the Alternate Routes feature as unavailable in their country, while others users are then commenting that they do have it available in the same country. It's causing some confusion and leading to several discussions of what's happen.

The answer is that although the feature is available to all users in a given country, Tesla is remotely enabling it on only select vehicles. So not everyone is being given access to the feature right away. Tesla will likely enable it on additional vehicles without the need for a software update.

This owner in Belgium also has the new Alternate Routes feature
This owner in Belgium also has the new Alternate Routes feature

The way Tesla’s navigation currently works is that when the driver inputs their destination, the vehicle will route through the most efficient or fastest path and, if necessary, add Supercharger stops along the way.

However, that’s not always ideal because sometimes you may want to take a more scenic route. And while there is a little bit of control with avoiding highways, tolls, and ferries, the vehicle doesn’t give you the option to select a route.

In version 2022.28.1, the alternate routes feature will display up to three routes after you add a destination. The total travel time for each route will be shown and you’ll be able to select the route that you’d like to take. Each route will provide the total time that journey will take.

Countries Where It's Been Seen Available

We've seen the feature available in various countries including the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Switzerland. Do you have it available in another country? Speak up in our forums.

Update: Some users are now also reporting that they're able to see Alternate Routes when entering a GPS location, but the feature was not included in their release notes.

It's possible that Tesla has already started turning on the feature remotely for additional users.

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 Launches; Adds EV Charger Ratings Using Rivian Data

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 launched yesterday, and there are some pretty awesome features coming to all EV owners courtesy of Rivian. Rivian purchased ABRP last year and has made good on its promises to continue its improvement and ensure it remains open to all EV owners.

Charger Scoring

Rivian recently added a feature that would rate any chargers compatible with Rivian vehicles. The list of chargers includes Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) chargers, Tesla Superchargers and any other compatible third-party chargers. The charger score is automatically calculated based on the station's average top speed and reliability.

With the launch of ABRP 5.0, Rivian is integrating its charger scores directly into the free tier of ABRP so that all EV owners can benefit. ABRP users will now be able to see charger scores, and ABRP will automatically route users to chargers with higher scores if they are available on your route.

Google Automotive

Another cool feature for ABRP is that it will now be available as an app to install and use directly in vehicles that support Google Automotive. Any EV that uses Google Automotive, including Volvo,  Polestar, Ford, and GM will support the in-system experience, which will also provide data for charger scoring and routing.

This will be an excellent way to hold third-party networks accountable, which have commonly suffered from uptime or speed issues.

Tesla’s Implementation

Tesla previously implemented a “Qualified Third-Party Charger” program, that would allow highly-rated third-party chargers that meet a strict set of requirements to be displayed directly in the vehicle. However, this is currently limited to Europe and parts of the Middle East. Within North America, Tesla only displays third-party Tesla destination chargers in addition to Superchargers.

While Tesla doesn’t directly show charger scores, they clearly are tracking charge data, and are providing the cream of the crop of third-party chargers for navigation where the program is available. We’d hope that this implementation of qualified third-party chargers also comes to North America, as NACS is becoming the de facto standard for charging.

If Tesla does expand the display of third-party chargers to other regions, it’ll likely be similar to what we see in Europe today, and won’t be as open as Rivian’s implementation in ABRP.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

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