Tesla vehicles receive constant updates to improve functionality, add features, improve reliability and even add games. Teslas will also send you notifications on your phone when your car alarm goes off, if you left your car unlocked, or if the charge level is critically low.
What is Premium Connectivity?
All Teslas come standard with WiFi and cellular modems. When connecting to WiFi either through your home's network or through a hotspot, most features in your Tesla are free to use. However when utilizing your car's cellular connection some features are limited to Tesla's premium connectivity package.
Cost of Premium Connectivity?
Tesla's Premium Connectivity package currently costs $10/month per car in the US. Cars sold before June 30, 2018 include free premium connectivity.
As of February 2022, Tesla has also added a yearly plan for Premium Connectivity in the US. The price of the annual plan is $99/year. You can subscribe to the monthly or the yearly plan by using the Tesla app. In the Tesla app go to the Upgrades section and then tap Manage. If you currently subscribe to the monthly plan, you can also switch to yearly in this same section.
What is included for free, without Premium Connectivity?
The most important data features are included for free in your Tesla, such as phone notifications, software updates, updated navigation maps and even optimal navigation routing that takes live traffic into account.
What does Premium Connectivity include?
The features that require premium connectivity have mostly to do with entertainment while parked or driving. Keep in mind that all entertainment features are available to you if you're connected to WiFi or a hotspot.
Entertainment features that require premium connectivity include music streaming, such as Slacker and Spotify. It also includes video streaming services while parked such as Netflix, Disney+, YouTube and a few others. Keep in mind that some of those services still require a subscription. For example, YouTube is available for free, but Netflix requires a paid subscription. Tesla's premium connectivity simply lets you use the car's data connection to stream those services.
Additional services included in Premium Connectivity are:
Internet browser - Browse the web to look up restaurants, destinations or other information. It can be used by the passenger while driving.
Tesla's version of Karaoke which features hundreds of songs and displays the lyrics on the screen.
Satellite view maps -
This displays satellite imagery in your navigation instead of just the terrain view with streets.
Live traffic visualizations - Traffic visualizations will show you which roads are congested and where traffic jams are located.
WiFi / Hotspot
Ability to Use Tesla App
Live Traffic Visualization
Sentry Mode Live
Can I share my phone's data (hotspot) with my Tesla?
Yes, with software update 2021.24 and later, you can now choose to share your phone's data connection with your Tesla. It'll get you access to most of the features included with premium connectivity such as music streaming, internet browsing and you'll be able to use all of them while driving.
However there are two features that aren't available without Tesla's premium connectivity, even if you're using your phone as a hotspot. They include the live traffic visualization and the satellite imagery in maps.
Those two features aren't included when on WiFi or using a hotspot because they cost Tesla more than just the data to get them to you. Google provides Tesla both of those features for a fee. Tesla is simply including those fees they pay Google in their premium connectivity package price. So Tesla decides to not provide these features unless you're paying for the premium package.
Like other automakers, Tesla issues vehicle recalls (many involving minor software tweaks) when a
vehicle feature or hardware needs to be changed.
With the release of their latest
app update (version 4.9), Twitter user Tesla_App_iOS, noticed that Tesla added a new API that could potentially show vehicle recall information.
It didn't appear that the Tesla app was yet using this new API, but just a couple days later it can
now be seen in the Service area of the app.
The service section of the app is loaded via a webview, which is essentially a webpage that the app
loads when the user navigates to that section.
This allows Tesla to make changes to that section without requiring an app update to display new
Tesla, along with other car manufacturers, maintains a database of applicable recalls based on the
VIN of each respective vehicle, so Tesla already has all the information needed in order to
display recalls for your specific vehicle.
In the App
The Tesla app can now displayed vehicle recalls
Upon navigating to the Service section, Tesla will list any recalls available for your vehicle.
Tapping an individual recall will give you additional information.
Tesla also has a Learn More button that links off to Tesla's site, where they display detailed
information about the given recall.
Since the feature appears to just have gone live recently, it's not clear yet whether Tesla will send
a push notification to the owner when there is a new recall issued.
A notification could prompt the user to schedule service for critical recalls.
What is currently unknown is if software recalls will also be included in the app, or if it'll be
limited to recalls that require Tesla service.
Some software-based recalls, like the removal of Boombox while in drive are displayed in the
vehicle's release notes.
This is a welcome new feature to the Tesla app that makes managing recalls simple and convenient.
You can now easily look at or confirm if there are any outstanding recalls with just a few taps.
The feature is available on iOS and Android.
It looks like this feature may not be available in every region yet, as some users like TeslaChinaRider are not seeing it available in the app yet.
Tesla has a history of testing new features in select markets before releasing it broadly. Hopefully that's the case with this feature as well.
1. Your car better understands what is and is not drivable space.
This makes it more confident in easy situations, and more capable in tricky situations. Your car can
also now use medians for difficult left turns, and accelerates quicker to complete turns.
2. Your car now has a better idea of objects blocking camera views.
Creeping should be less scary.
3. Improved path predictions of where other others on the road will
be. This gives your car better decision making for turns.
4. Sounds like: Your car will drive itself to safety much more
smoothly if your car finds itself in a place it shouldn't be. Better problem solving?
5. Your car should better see the lanes on the road, and how many
of them there are, thanks to new data. This gives better turn confidence and path planning during a turn.
6. Your car is now trained on 180,000 new clips related to what
lanes look like.
7. Your car is less likely to panic brake in a yellow light
scenario, and has a better understanding of lane guidance when going through an intersection.
8. Road edges and road lines are now more accurate.
9. Your car now better understands visibility from the cameras,
thanks to 30,000 new video clips of training data.
10. Speeds of motorcycles, pedestrians and cyclists is now more
accurate. Plus, your car now better predicts which direction a pedestrian is walking.
11. Your car is now less likely to confuse a parked car and an
idling car thanks to 41,000 new clips of training data. This should result in fewer "phantom brakes" or
silly lane changes.
12. Your car now better understands objects that are far away from
13. Your car will plan a better path around vehicles with car doors
14. Objects that are not pedestrians, cyclists, etc, should have
more accurate speed predictions.
15. When changing into an adjacent lane, your car will look further
ahead at vehicle speeds. If somebody up ahead is braking, your car will handle it more
16. Your car used to only predict acceleration (Not speed) for
objects moving adjacently. Now your car will predict acceleration of all moving objects including
objects accelerating across your path.
17. New 3D models for vehicles on your screen. You'll also be shown
vehicles with their doors open.
18. Tesla retired a few old systems and gained 2 frames per second,
per camera, resulting in better performance while self driving.
FSD Beta 10.12 is currently only available to employees, but we
may see a wider release in the next couple days that includes public testers.
However, it could be several weeks before all current testers
receive this update.
More details will surely be uncovered about this beta in the
next few days. Stay tuned for more.
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