Our friends at Wired recently got their hands on the latest software release for the Tesla Model S. The 4.0 release adds a few interesting bits of functionality to the EV, including voice control for the navigation and telephone systems as well as Slacker Radio. Tesla employed Google voice-recognition software for the Model S, and Wired says the system is "far easier and more intuitive than most." High praise.

The update also adds another level of customization to the EV's steering wheel controls. The right knob now offers finer audio volume control while the left knob can be configured to handle everything from temperature setting to fan speed or even the opening and closing of the sunroof.

Wired also reports the 17-inch touch screen on the Model S now seems more responsive and that the update includes new graphical displays for the vehicle's range. Other nice tricks include revised throttle response and an adjustment to the vehicle's door handles – now owners need only approach their Model S for the door handles to pop out from their hiding places. You can check out the video below for a closer look.


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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a diehard gearhead hell bent on burning as many fossil fuels as possible in my allotted amount of time on this Earth. With that said, I don't care what powers this car, I think it's great! The looks, the performance, everything about it is just fine with me.
      Bloomsbury
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hope these tablet-style dashboards don't catch on. Think how much tablets have evolved in just a a matter of years - how good is this going to be in 10 years time? How long will they support it?
        Pastamosta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bloomsbury
        I wasn't a fan until I played with one last weekend. Way better than the typical controls in a vehicle. Unfortunately most technology becomes obsolete, but at least this can get software upgrades over time.
        Val
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bloomsbury
        They have already caught on. Ford, GM, toyota, VW, everyone is having them, difference between them and tesla is that theirs are small, difficult to use and read, and with limited functionality. Tablets have evolved mostly with respect to screen quality and performance, as well as connectivity (LTE). The tesla screen is already quite good, and as you are looking at it from quite a distance, there is no real need for the extremely high PPI of ipad or nexus 10. This has tegra 3, a very capable chip, and seeing as no one will be playing games while driving, or using the browser on heavy sites, performance will be fine in 10 or 20 years. They will support it at least while the model S is in production, most likely long after that. There are rumors that it could be upgraded to LTE, in a way similar to the motorola xoom upgrade, it had a mini PCI module for wireless, unlike most tablets, where everything is soldered to a single board.
      askroon
      • 2 Years Ago
      My two qualms about the design are the large bulbous rear end and the boring interior; these have not grown on me since I first saw the car. If this had the rear and interior of an Audi A7, I'd be sold.
        bleexeo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @askroon
        Nothing personal, but why should anyone on planet Earth care what 'askroon' thinks about car design?
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @askroon
        Then go buy the Audi.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this car came out from any other carmaker, the automotive press, as well as the general media, would not stop talking about it. This would be especially true if it was a foreign brand. The fact that this is a new automaker and its a homegrown design and built here in the US means it most definitely does not get the attention, nor the respect that it deserves. This is a cutting-edge vehicle with blazing performance and nearly all the practicality that you'd expect from a regular ICE car and offers it in a stunning package at a very competitive price. If it had a 4-ring logo, or came from Stuttgart, it could easily be 50% more expensive and no one would bat an eye at the price. The fact that its roughly on-par with the M5s of the world in price, is amazing.
        Julio B
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        It won Car of the Year!! What else do you want?
      vizcarmb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now I can watch porn in that car!!
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not sure any of those things are new. Being able to adjust temperature and fan speed on the knobs on dash we both there, as well as the door change setting and the throttle response changes. They were all on a Tesla S I test drove almost a month ago. The improved voice commands sounds new.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Highly impressive. There is no car in its class like it. Now if they only made a 400 mile range Model S, I will put down a deposit asap.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is just beautiful in white.
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      SuperCar National Geographic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV-OXFNKVIM
      Kato
      • 2 Years Ago
      nice job tesla
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every time I see a walk-around of the Model S I can't help but think how much it reminds me of a road-going concept car. Tremendous details in the styling.
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