Tesla adds automatic seat temperature to the Tesla app

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Set seat heaters to auto from the app
Set seat heaters to auto from the app

Tesla recently introduced the auto-seat heaters feature in the V11 software update. This feature automatically adjusts the temperature of the seats based on the cabin temperature.

When the cabin is still cold, the seat heater is automatically set to max. As the cabin warms up, the seat heater gradually lowers until the cabin is at the desired temperature, at which point the seat heater turns off completely.

Although not everyone loves the new automatic seat heaters, for those that do it has quickly become a convenient way to manage your seat heaters.

Until now, this feature has only been adjustable from the display screen but with the release of the latest Tesla app, you can now use automatic seat heaters in the app as well.

When going into the climate section of the app, you can now see whether automatic heated/cooled seats are enabled. You can also turn off the automatic seat temperature and adjust the seat manually.

When automatic seat heaters are enabled, you'll see the temperature that the seat is set to and 'Auto' will be displayed underneath.

You'll also be given the option to toggle to regular heated seat controls and manually control the seat temperature. This new feature will let you better manage your seat heater and brings feature parity between the Tesla app and the UI in the car.

This feature is only available in app version 4.7 and later.

Tesla has been adding numerous new features to the Tesla app lately. They've recently added the ability to manage and extend your lease, the ability to interact with your notifications, view charging stats and more.

There are also other features that we know are upcoming for the mobile app, which could launch soon.

Some of the upcoming app features include the ability to manage the name of your vehicles directly in the app without having to change it in the car.

Tesla is also working on letting you view your tire pressure in the Service section of the app, similar to how you can view them in the vehicle under the Controls > Service section. Tesla may also tie notifications to this feature as well, letting you know if your tires are under or over inflated.

Tesla has also started building out the ability to turn on Climate Keeper, Dog Mode and Camp Mode through the app.

Climate Keeper allows you to maintain the cabin temperature for an extended period of time. It's useful if you're just running into a store and would like to keep the cabin at a comfortable temperature.

You can read about all the new features in Tesla's latest app in our app release notes section.

Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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