We’ve all seen those pop-ups telling us some program we use needs an update, and we click okay and are quickly and effortlessly using the latest version. Apparently, cars have started to do that too. At the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, Tesla vice president of sales and ownership experience, George Blankenship, said the Model S fully-electric car has already begun to update itself. As far as in-car technology goes, that’s impressive, but hearing that the performance attributes can be remotely updated? This is nothing short of a quantum leap.
According to a report in Automotive News, when the Tesla Model S first went on sale, the car didn’t “creep,” or gently accelerate when your foot is lifted off the brake pedal, but before you’ve pressed the accelerator pedal. They’ve now been wirelessly “updated,” to allow for this function, one the driver can choose to use. “We download the update, and you get a notice on your car’s touch screen,” said Blankenship. “It tells you that you have an update, and that you can install it now or at 2 a.m. It has the ‘release notes’ of what is included in the download. When you come out the next morning, your car is different.”
At the show, Tesla debuted the Model X Concept, a crossover based on Model S technology. Featuring “falcon-wing” doors and added versatility, the Model X is the next step for the Southern California-based electric vehicle automaker, which expects to turn a profit for the first time, sometime this year. Elon Musk, the founder and president of Tesla, said “we’ve got the range, we’ve got the capability and ride and handling. Now it’s a question of how to optimize it.” Turning a profit would make Tesla “a real company,” Musk said.
Source: Tesla, Automotive News (subscription may be required).