Tesla’s Holiday Update software includes a noisy and controversial new feature

Prepare for Teslas to make some bizarre new noises as they roll by you on the road.


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Simply in time for Christmas morning, Tesla’s 2020 Vacation Replace, Firmware 2020.48.25 has arrived, and along with some anticipated enjoyable new options, Elon Musk and Co. have rolled out a brace of person expertise adjustments, extra video games and a few useful upgraded visualizations. One explicit new characteristic, nonetheless, is more likely to be a bit controversial — and never only for Tesla house owners.

Even should you do not truly drive a Tesla, you could quickly be on the receiving finish of options enabled by the replace’s new “Boombox” mode, which permits Tesla drivers to customise their Mannequin S, Mannequin X, Mannequin 3 or Mannequin Y‘s horn. That is proper, now you can make your Tesla’s horn honk sound like a goat, applause, La Cucaracha or a fart, amongst a variety of different sound results. You may even add as much as 5 customized sounds of your personal utilizing a USB key. The user-selected sound performs after the traditional horn honk. Musk himself touted the sound-effect improve on his Twitter account Friday afternoon:

Boombox additionally permits your Tesla to make completely different EV in-motion driving sounds, whether or not you are behind the wheel or your automobile is being parked or pulled round in Summon mode. In different phrases, it most likely will not be lengthy till you are strolling on the road and listen to an approaching Star Wars TIE fighter or Clydesdale, solely to show round and notice it is somebody rolling by in a Mannequin Y. Whereas we will see this characteristic being momentarily amusing for Tesla house owners and bystanders, it is also straightforward to anticipate Boombox rapidly turning into annoying or distracting to pedestrians, cyclists and different motorists.

As a way to take full benefit of Boombox mode, your Tesla will must be a more moderen mannequin geared up with an exterior speaker. It is also necessary to notice that the Boombox characteristic comes with a on-screen caveat to “please test native legal guidelines earlier than use in public areas.” If you wish to try the replace and listen to all the brand new sound results for your self, the Tesla Homeowners On-line YouTube channel has a strong walk-through of the replace which you could watch beneath:

Boombox is situated within the infotainment system’s Toybox menu, which additionally homes the system’s many video games. A trio of latest video games, together with The Battle of Polytopia, Cat Quest and Solitaire, the latter of which some Tesla house owners are reporting is usable whereas the automobile is in movement (presumably for the passenger’s profit) on Reddit.

In additional sober however substantive developments, the Vacation Replace consists of up to date driving visualizations that help Tesla’s optionally available Full-Self Driving expertise. (Compulsory Roadshow security observe: Regardless of the deceptive title, Tesla doesn’t but supply autonomous driving expertise.) The brand new visualizations ought to give the driving force a clearer take a look at what is going on on round their automobile when the tech is lively, and different options have been moved round on the display screen for simpler entry, together with the one-touch entry to the backup digicam and wipers.

Enhancements have additionally been made to the system’s Scheduled Departure characteristic, which might now precondition a automobile’s cabin and battery even when unplugged, in addition to a rationalized menu displaying Supercharger data.

Tesla’s Firmware 2020.45.25 Vacation Replace is rolling out to house owners of the corporate’s complete household of electrical automobiles and SUVs nationwide through over-the-air replace proper now.