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
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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 Will Accelerate the Release of Its Next-Gen Model, While the Robotaxi Takes a Backseat

By Cláudio Afonso

Today, Tesla published its 2024 Q1 report, showing revenue of $21.3 billion, 9 percent lower than the same period last year and a total GAAP gross margin of 17.4%, down 19.1% in Q1 2023.

The company teased its upcoming Robotaxi and its next-generation platform saying its “purpose-built Robotaxi product will continue to pursue a revolutionary ‘unboxed’ manufacturing strategy”.

Tesla mentioned that it suffered “numerous challenges“ during the first quarter including the Red Sea conflict and the arson attack on its GigaFactory in Berlin and the ramp-up of the updated Model 3. Earlier today Tesla officially announced its new Model 3 Performance model.

Accelerating the Launch of its Next-Gen Model

The company said it will accelerate the launch of new models including its upcoming “$25k,” next-gen vehicle. Tesla stated:

“We have updated our future vehicle line-up to accelerate the launch of new models ahead of our previously communicated start of production in the second half of 2025. These new vehicles, including more affordable models, will utilize aspects of the next generation platform as well as aspects of our current platforms, and will be able to be produced on the same manufacturing lines as our current vehicle line-up.”

When it comes to layoffs, Tesla says it undertook “a cost-cutting exercise to increase operational efficiency” adding it is “focused on profitable growth” by “leveraging existing factories and production lines to introduce new and more affordable products”.

The automaker reaffirmed its focus on autonomous driving with the recent price cuts on the purchase and subscription of its FSD software in the US and Canada.

“The future is not only electric, but also autonomous. We believe scaled autonomy is only possible with data from millions of vehicles and an immense AI training cluster. We have, and continue to expand, both. To make FSD (Supervised) 5 more accessible, we reduced the price of subscription to $99/month and the purchase price to $8,000 in the US.”

Robotaxi

Tesla also revealed that its Robotaxi will now differ from its next-gen vehicle. Although Tesla will follow more traditional processes for producing its more affordable vehicle, Tesla says the Robotaxi will still follow the new, more efficient, “unboxing” manufacturing strategy. This comes just days after Musk said the Robotaxi will essentially be its next-gen model without a steering wheel.

Tesla’s quarter-end cash, cash equivalents and investments were $26.9 billion.

Earlier today, Tesla launched officially the highly expected Model 3 Performance with deliveries starting in May. The new version starts at $45,490 (after applying the $7,500 Federal EV tax credit).

In recent weeks, the company has been reducing prices in its primary markets, including China and the United States. The initiative followed the recent introduction of lower and even 0% interest financing programs in certain markets.

At the time of this writing, Tesla stock is currently trading 7 percent higher at $145 per share.

Tesla Officially Launches the New Model 3 Performance, Deliveries Start Next Month

By Cláudio Afonso

Today, a few hours before releasing their first quarter financial results, Tesla launched the highly anticipated Model 3 Performance. The new version starts at $45,490 (after applying the $7,500 Federal EV tax credit) and deliveries are scheduled to start in May.

With 510 horsepower and a top speed of 163 mph, the new Performance variant brings an improved sound system, a re-designed interior featuring more comfortable rear seats with some features coming directly from the recently revamped Model 3. Tesla also says that the new Performance model has “significantly less” road and wind noise thanks to the rear spoiler and changes to the front bumper.

“The front and rear fascias, rear diffuser and carbon fiber spoiler work together to help reduce drag and improve lift balance at high speeds”

Tesla’s most powerful Model 3 ever is now cheaper than the Model 3 Long Range after the federal tax credit. The Model 3 Performance model is the only Model 3 variant that is eligible for the government incentive.

Performance

The new Performance model comes with 20
The new Performance model comes with 20

While the new Performance model is largely based on the recently revamped Model 3, while including design changes to the front and rear diffuser, as well as the addition of a rear spoiler. In terms of performance, the model announced today offers a 22% increase in continuous power, a 32% increase in peak power, and an additional 16% of peak torque. The Performance model now has 500 hp and includes a “performance” motor that’s unique to the Performance model.

The new Model 3 Performance is capable of going 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the previous incarnation. It didn’t take long for Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk to comment on X stating that the Model 3 Performance is “quicker than a Porsche 911.”

Specs of the new Tesla Model 3 Performance
Specs of the new Tesla Model 3 Performance

Track Mode V3

The new Model 3 Performance is equipped with an updated Track Mode, v3, that features an all-new calibration for the powertrain and adaptive suspension.

Tesla's Track Mode V3
Tesla's Track Mode V3

Range

The Model 3 Performance has an EPA range of 296 miles (476km) on a single charge, an increase of 10 miles (16km) when compared to the previous version while being slightly lower than the Long Range variant.

Rear Display

As seen in the revamped version of the Model 3, Tesla is also bringing the rear 8” touchscreen with climate controls, Bluetooth connectivity and entertainment for the rear passengers. With Tesla update 2024.14, Tesla is improving the rear screen by adding trip information, time and temperature information to the top of the display.

Exterior view of the new Tesla Model 3 Performance
Exterior view of the new Tesla Model 3 Performance

All-new Adaptive Suspension

According to Tesla, the new adaptive dampening system adjusts to driver and road input in real-time. While the new Model 3 already included suspension improvements over the previous generation, the Performance model takes it one step further.

New Seats

The new model includes the new Sport Seats that we’ve seen in spy shots before. Although the new model is officially named “Performance,” the sport seats feature the Ludicrous badge. The seats include improved side and cushion bolsters to help keep you in an ideal driving position

The new Sport seats feature the Ludicrous badge
The new Sport seats feature the Ludicrous badge

Deliveries

The model just went up for sale a few hours ago, but orders placed minutes after the launch show an estimated delivery of May/June 2024 in the United States. In Canada, where the Model 3 Performance starts at CA $69,990, the estimated delivery is currently slated for June/July.

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