Tesla car users have received a message urging them to update their vehicle firmware before May 1 or risk being unable to take advantage of certain connected features.
Tesla cars are not only electric, they are also hyper connected. The on-board system offers many possibilities, from autopiloting the car to the entertainment center, via voice commands or remotely from a smartphone. This nevertheless pushes the brand to keep a certain control of the software of its fleet, which is done thanks to the deployment of remote updates, for better and for worse.
Updates are required
According to Electrek, several users of Tesla cars running an older version of the system received the following message:
"The Tesla network is being upgraded for increased security. In order to maintain its compatibility and access to the functionalities of the connected vehicle, this vehicle requires a software update to version 2019.40.2.3 or higher. If not updated before May 1, 2020, this vehicle may no longer be able to receive software updates, access the Tesla mobile app and related features, use voice commands, stream multimedia content or impact certain features requiring connectivity.
Please install the available software update by selecting the yellow clock icon and choosing an appropriate time. If you are constantly experiencing software update installation failures, please schedule a service appointment through the Tesla mobile app."
Drivers are therefore urged to update or risk not being able to use generally popular features.
Updates pushed back by some
You could obviously say that updates are essential and bring new features, but there are some for whom these updates are undesirable. This is particularly the case for some of the users who find that the Autopilot has been reduced over time – and updates – with its speed limit and the type of route taken, or with the proliferation of alerts directing the driver to keep his hands on the wheel.
In any case, these updates are often intended to improve the safety of users on the road and it is therefore important to do so. On the other hand, this principle of a car which can gain or lose functionalities at the whim of the manufacturer remains a little frightening. Much has been said about the issue recently with the deactivation and then reactivation of certain options on a second-hand vehicle.