Tesla Track Mode coming to non-Performance models

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

Tesla's Track Mode gives the driver even more control over their vehicle by giving them the ability to adjust various settings.

Track Mode in 2021.44.30
Track Mode in 2021.44.30
JbTeslaman/Twitter (Edited by Not a Tesla App)

The driver can adjust the handling, traction control, and regenerative braking of the vehicle. These settings can improve the handling and acceleration of the vehicle when turning corners.

With Track Mode drivers can also modify the balance of the car to favor a full rear-wheel-drive layout.

In addition to being able to adjust these settings, Track Mode also shows additional visualizations. For example, there’s a g-force graph that allows the driver to see the amount of g-force when turning corners, and you can also see the temperature of the tires, motors and the battery pack.

G-force meter in a Model 3 Performance
G-force meter in a Model 3 Performance

Until now, only Performance or Plaid models have been able to take advantage of Track Mode, but this could soon change.

Track Mode was originally designed and calibrated for the Performance Model 3 which is equipped with performance brakes and tires. It is still not available for the Performance Model Y despite being announced last July. With the recent software update 2021.44.30, Tesla rolled out Track Mode to the Model S Plaid, so it’s possible the Model Y may be next.

In addition to customizing how the vehicle handles, the increased performance cooling, and the visualizations, Track Mode also includes some additional features.

Track Mode will let you set start and finish markers on the map. When these markers are set, the car will automatically display lap timings and record each lap through the car's cameras.

The cameras used during track mode are the same ones that are available when using the Dashcam. However, when using Track Mode, the car will automatically save each lap as a separate video to your USB drive.

According to Elon, we will see Track Mode become available for non-performance versions of the Model 3 and Model Y.

In a recent Twitter conversation between @_bennettm and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, it was revealed that Track Mode will be available for non-performance models. When asked if Model 3/Y owners with Acceleration Boost upgrade could get Track Mode, Musk responded "Ok".

Track Mode in 2021.44.30
Track Mode in 2021.44.30
JbTeslaman/Twitter (Edited by Not a Tesla App)

While Track Mode is said to come to non-Performance models with the Acceleration Boost upgrade, it may soon be available in some capacity for all models. Over-the-air performance upgrades are nothing new for the automaker. Tesla launched a $2,000 Acceleration Boost upgrade for some select vehicles last year.

Track Mode on Model 3

Owners with Acceleration Boost, and maybe even those without it can expect Track Mode to become available in a software update in the near future. It's also a good possibility that Tesla may release Track Mode for the Model Y at the same time.

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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