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Tesla Model S firmware update brings sleep, creep changes

The new firmware update for the Tesla Model S has arrived, bringing with it a few changes to how the all-electric car operates. The new features we find listed include the ability to connect to WiFi networks and to tether, a Tow Mode (for when the car is being towed, not to tow something using your fancy EV), a Screen Cleaning Mode and the ability to control the radio presets via steering wheel controls. There are also enhancements to the maps, driver profiles and "improved creep performance."

Tesla Model S will gain range in "sleep mode" software update

Tesla figures owners of its Model S all-electric sedan will happily trade a little dashboard start-up speed for a few more miles of range. That's the crux of a software update from the luxury EV maker that will include a so-called "sleep mode." That mode powers everything off when the car is shut down.

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