Tesla Update 2023.12: A look at Steering Wheel Customization and Text Size Adjustments

By Kevin Armstrong
You will now be able to switch settings from the steering wheel
You will now be able to switch settings from the steering wheel
Drill/TFF Forum (Edited by NATA)

Tesla's 2023.12 software update introduces a range of exciting new features designed to improve the driving experience for Tesla owners. In this overview, we delve into the details of some key updates, focusing on the Text Size feature, steering wheel customization, and more.

Text Size: Normal and Large

The new Text Size feature allows drivers to choose between Normal and Large text sizes for the touchscreen display. This user-friendly update makes it easier for drivers to read and navigate the interface. The comparison photos showcase the difference between Normal and Large text sizes, demonstrating the improved readability offered by the larger option.

The text size will not only affect menus but most text across the entire UI. For example, the labels on the visualization screen that let you lock the vehicle or open the trunk will also be made larger, as well as the climate temperature in the vehicle's launcher.

With Tesla update 2023.12 you can adjust the text size
With Tesla update 2023.12 you can adjust the text size
Drill/TFF Forum (Edited by NATA)

Steering Wheel Customization: A Game Changer

Tesla's steering wheel customization now offers even more functionality, making it simpler than ever for drivers to access popular settings. By long pressing the left scroll wheel, a menu opens in the bottom left corner of the screen. Drivers can then scroll the wheel up and down buttons to move through the available options. Tilting the wheel left will exit or go back, and tilting it to the right will select the desired option.

The available options include glovebox, defrost, dome lights, climate temperature, HVAC fan speed, display brightness, save Dashcam video, acceleration mode (i.e., chill, normal), steering wheel heat, and the backup camera. Unfortunately, windshield wipers are not included in the list of customizable options. However, drivers can customize the list of options from the available choices by going to Controls > Display, ensuring a personalized and streamlined driving experience.

Answer Phone from Steering Wheel

Phone Call Controls are now integrated with the steering wheel, allowing drivers to answer or decline calls, mute/unmute themselves, or hang up with the left scroll button.

Charging Menu

Finally, the charging menu has been updated. The car visualization has been removed, which allowed Tesla to enlarge the slider, making it easier to set your charging threshold.

Passenger Seat Controls and Manual App

In the Model S and Model X, you can now move the passenger seat via the rear touchscreen. This allows passengers in the back to move the passenger seat forward or back while the vehicle is in park, making it easier for them to get in or out of the vehicle.

The new Manual app we saw Tesla testing in update 2023.6 is now widely available in this update. The app not only gives you quick access to the owner's manual but also offers visual guides and relevant links to topics like creating Driver Profiles and using regenerative braking.

British English Voice Recognition

British English is now available as a voice-recognition language option, which should improve voice recognition for a large part of English-speaking users.

Tesla's 2023.12 software update continues the company's commitment to enhancing the user experience by introducing innovative and practical features. With improvements like the Text Size feature and steering wheel customization, Tesla owners can enjoy a more convenient and efficient driving experience. As we receive more information about the remaining features in the update, we'll inform you about the latest features, and which vehicles they apply to. We expect that most of these features will be available for the Model S and Mode X as well, although some may be specific to the Model 3 and Y. For now, be sure to check out the release notes for update 2023.12.

Tesla FSD V12.5 to Enable Sunglasses-Friendly, Nag-Free FSD

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has made some significant improvements with FSD 12.4, primarily, the removal of the steering wheel nag under certain conditions. However, there’s a caveat – you can’t wear sunglasses.

According to Elon Musk, FSD v12.5 will introduce support for nag-free FSD, even if you’re wearing sunglasses.

FSD V12.5 is an Upgrade

Ashok Elluswamy, Director of Autopilot Software, also took to X recently to mention that v12.5 is a big improvement to FSD v12.4. While he didn’t mention any specific details, this lines up with some of Musk’s previous comments that each FSD v12 iteration will see major improvements to the FSD model.

Elon also mentioned that while Tesla has a massive fleet of cars, their laser focus on making FSD work, rather than touting every daily achievement – has been their key to making generalized self-driving cars work.

FSD v12 has been pretty much a complete rewrite of the FSD city streets software stack, with drastic improvements over FSD v11. However, certain parts of the software stack haven’t been updated yet. Some features, like the updated highway stack are expected to be in FSD v12.5, which Musk confirmed recently. However, other features such as Park Seek and Banish Autopark, which were expected to arrive with FSD V12.4 are still up in the air.

What about V12.4?

FSD V12.4.3 is currently out to about 5% of the fleet (about 20-25% of FSD users) and hasn’t been pushed out again since about July 10th. Our new auto updating statistics pages can help break this down for folks who are curious.

Update 2024.15.15

FSD Supervised 12.4.3
Installed on 5.4% of fleet
6 Installs today
Last updated: Jul 22, 5:45 pm UTC

Given that it’s been some time since any new vehicles have received V12.4.3, it seems the rollout has been stopped. There could be any number of reasons for this – including software bugs, or a lack of confidence with FSD. Additionally, it could just halted in favor of focusing resources on V12.5.

While we’d love to see more vehicles get v12.4.3, we’re likely to see v12.4.4 or v12.5 being the next big waves of deployments to customers. Either way, early-access testers and Tesla ADAS testers will receive these updates first, and then they’ll roll out to the vast majority of customers once Tesla feels confident there aren’t any major issues. Tesla does all this testing in the name of safety, and it's essential that bug-free versions of FSD are the versions that are rolled out wide.

So, for now, leave your sunglasses on and hang tight for the next FSD update.

Tesla Aims To Launch Cybertruck in Canada After Transport Canada Makes Exception for Steer-by-Wire

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has confirmed that they’re aiming to launch the Cybertruck in Canada later this year. Transport Canada recently granted Tesla and the Cybertruck a unique exemption to allow steer-by-wire functionality (h/t Sawyer Merritt).

Steer-By-Wire Exemption

We previously reported that the Cybertruck was facing delays due to a steer-by-wire regulatory issue with Transport Canada. On Friday, July 19th, Transport Canada issued a message stating that they would exempt the Cybertruck, for all its models, from part of Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Act, which currently doesn’t permit the usage of steer-by-wire systems.

The period that the exemption begins seems to be immediate – July 19th, 2024, and will last through July 18th, 2029, whereafter regulation should supersede the exemption. In the meantime, Tesla will provide a semi-annual incident report, beginning on January 18th, 2025, including information on steering system malfunctions or failures, as well as corrective measures and customer complaints.

It seems that Transport Canada will also have to be notified every time Cybertruck’s steering software is provided with an OTA update, which could result in some update delays in Canada.

Canadian Cybertruck Soon?

With all this information, it sounds like Tesla is aiming to launch the Cybertruck to Canadian customers sometime relatively soon, as they stated they’re still aiming by the end of the year. There is a good chance that they may begin converting pre-orders to orders once Tesla. Tesla hasn’t commented on which model will be available in Canada, but it wouldn’t surprise us if it’s limited to the Foundation series in Canada in the initial release.

We could expect the first customer Cybertrucks (Roshel Defence and a few private importers notwithstanding), to be on Canadian roads in just a couple of months.

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