Tesla releases update 2021.36

October 6, 2021
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By Nuno Cristovao

Tesla has started releasing their next major update, 2021.36. The last release focused heavily on the redesigned Model S as Tesla appears to be finishing features for the vehicle. This release appears to follow suit, as the majority of the features are for the redesigned Model S.

Tesla starts to roll out update 2021.36

Updates to the Yoke

Since the new Model S doesn't contain a stalk for turn signals, the experience of turning off your turn signals after a turn was less than ideal. With 2021.36 Tesla aims to make this a little easier, by automatically turning them off in certain situations.

"Your turn signals will now automatically turn off when the vehicle detects a merge, fork or lane change maneuver has been completed. If an upcoming navigation event is detected in the direction of the turn signal, or if the vehicle detects a subsequent lane change, the turn signal will not turn off until the maneuver is complete. Turn signals will always latch when pressed. Additionally, you can now press and hold to latch high beam, and to activate the windshield washer."

Better Windshield Wipers

2021.36 also appears to include the dreaded "Cold Weather Improvements", but some of these you may actually find useful. Your windshield wipers wash sequence will now adjust dependent on your speed.

Some models will also receive improved temperature consistency throughout the cabin, as well as improved battery heating for faster Supercharging.

For the redesigned Model S, it also includes a feature that Elon said was coming earlier this year. The car will now automatically turn on your seat heater, if it thinks you'll want them.

Improvements in the App

This update will also enhance your Tesla app. Tesla released version 4.1 of the Tesla app with new features, but most of them were dependent on your Tesla having software update 2021.36. With 2021.36, your Tesla app will now be able to change the charge current, change your scheduled departure time and adjust scheduled charging.

Other Improvements

This update includes a few additional features that aren't described here. To see the full list features head over to the release notes for 2021.36.

Tesla Insurance launches in Arizona and Ohio; now offered in five states

January 20, 2022
By Nuno Cristovao

If you've had a Tesla for a few years then you probably remember what it was like getting an insurance quote for the vehicle.

Tesla insurance

Experiences vary, but it was not uncommon to come across insurers who would not insure a Tesla or who asked for an extremely high premium.

In fact, the problem was so big that Tesla decided to do something about it. They released their own car insurance division.

Tesla launched Tesla Insurance in 2019. Unfortunately, it was only offered in California at the time. Car insurance laws vary by state so Tesla needs to be approved in each state they want to do business in.

Tesla only expanded beyond California in the second half of 2021. In October Tesla expanded to Texas and last month Tesla added on Illinois.

Tesla is now expanding even further. As of today, Tesla is now offering car insurance in Arizona and Ohio as well.

In a tweet last year, Elon talked about the slow regulatory process for offering car insurance and mentioned that Tesla was looking to offer insurance in New York as well.

The regulatory process for approval to offer insurance is extremely slow & complex, varying considerably by state. Tesla is hoping to offer real-time (based on actual driving history) insurance in Texas next month. Probably next year before we get approval in New York.

-Elon Musk

Tesla determines your car insurance rate using their Safety Score algorithm, which is similar to Progressive's Snapshot rewards. Once you approve Tesla to collect driving data, they'll monitor your vehicle for harsh stops, fast turning, and following too closely.

Your insurance rate will then be based on your driving habits and your chances of getting into an accident.

Some drivers report having much lower rates with Tesla Insurance, while others report that their rate was lower with their current insurance company.

If Tesla offers insurance in your state, you may want to consider getting a quote directly on their site to see if you can lower your premium.

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