We have gotten used to receiving updates on our devices over-the-air, whether it may be an app update for our iOS or Android device or critical operating system security patch for Mac OS and Windows. Tesla, the electric auto maker has also started using the same technology to push out updates their customer’s vehicles and the most recent one is to provide an update for automatic high beam for their Model S and Model X vehicles with Autopilot.
Tesla’s 2017.32 over-the-air software update also gave a number of Model S and Model X continuous updates of its autopilot software where Tesla is continuing to improve it. Tesla’s autopilot system is a semi-autonomous system which assists the driver.
Automatic high beams is a technology in which the car will turn on the high beam when it can detect that there is no oncoming traffic. This way, the driver gets to see further and clearer in front without annoying other drivers as well. The technology isn’t new as other car makers have it in place.
“We’ve added a new setting, Auto High Beam, that makes using high-beam headlights more convenient by automatically switching to low beams to avoid shining too much light at other drivers. When you enable this setting and turn your high beams on, Model S temporarily switches to low-beam headlights if traffic is detected in front of the vehicle,” as described by Tesla according to a report by Electrek.
What is key to note is the way how Tesla is using the internet to push out updates for their vehicles as this keeps the technology and software of the vehicle constantly up to date. Other manufacturers usually perform these sort of updates when the vehicles are brought back to the service centers. The over-the-air update is the future and the beauty of it is that car manufacturers can constantly fine tune the software and receive direct feedback as well before releasing more updates.