With the V8, V9, and V10 updates, Tesla launched the last three big software overhauls in September and October of 2016, 2018, and 2019. Tesla also introduced many new features and usability options with each of the new app editions to allow drivers have a more well-rounded ownership experience.
Some have not yet made their way to V10 updates, with Tesla CEO Elon Musk announcing several new features for its vehicles on Twitter. This indicates that they could be included in the Tesla V11 Software Update, which was recently mentioned in a video with Ben Sullins, owner-enthusiast and tech YouTuber.
Sullins gathered a few examples of features requested by owners, and Elon Musk confirmed them, but they have not yet been applied to the vehicles. Because of this, Ben claims that they could be applied to Tesla’s V11 Software Update based on the timing of the public release of the previous three overhauls.
VECTOR-SPACE BIRD’S EYE VIEW
The Twitter account @TeslaOwnersSV requested on October 3rd that Tesla’s Driving Visualization be able to include a new “Birdseye view” feature that would give owners a view of their vehicle. This will effectively give drivers a 360-degree view of the car from above, allowing for a full-scale indication of what surrounds their vehicle. Sullins mentions that in the Porsche Taycan, this function is available. The inclusion of the view would likely benefit many Tesla owners, simply because of the advantages of a wide-range viewpoint.
ENLARGED SIDE CAMERAS FOR BACKING UP
@ThatT3slaGuy asked that when backing up, the side cameras should be expanded, which could provide drivers with more confidence while in reverse. In tight parking spaces where the driver’s point of view is restricted, a single-camera system, which only offers a view of what is directly behind the car. Musk announced that this feature will be “coming soon” on October 1st, but it has yet to be released.
Musk has always been a strong believer in Tesla’s GPS. He denied it time and time again when owners repeatedly demanded the inclusion of Waypoints. Nevertheless, on September 21st, Musk finally gave a glimpse of hope to owners who were waiting for the feature when he said, “Fine, we’ll do it already,” after a request from @Model3Owners. The inclusion of GPS Waypoints would provide owners with total customization of which route they want to take on a journey, allowing for the perfect road trip.
BLIND SPOT WARNINGS/SIDE REPEATER VIEW WITH TURN SIGNAL
As a Blind Spot Warning feature, further use of the Side Repeater Cameras could be used. Musk was given the idea by @AusTeslaOwners to make the Repeater Cameras view full-screen images of what is next to the vehicle while driving. The left turn signal would be triggered if the driver were to be on a highway and looking to switch into a lane to their left, and the left-side camera would also be triggered and reflected on the dash screen.
VIDEO CONFERENCING INSIDE OF A TESLA
@TeslaOwnersSV also made this request in May. A Model 3 and Model Y interior cabin-facing camera will allow owners to set up video conferencing from inside the car. Musk said, “Yeah, definitely a future feature,” but it has not been added yet. This may be another improvement to V11, Sullins believes.
INTERIOR CAMERA ACTIVATION WITH SENTRY MODE DURING A BREAK-IN
@Model3Owners also suggested that the interior camera be activated during a break-in. This feature makes a lot of sense, especially if a thief is successful during their attempt to enter a Tesla. It could make the pursuit of the criminal much easier for law enforcement.
Sullins’ full video on what is coming with Tesla’s V11 Software Update is available below. Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel, or follow him on Twitter @BenSullins.
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