The basics are that the version 7.0 software starts to go live tomorrow, and the rollout should take about five days, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk's Twitter feed. In a series of back-and-forth posts with various Tesla owners, Musk confirmed features such as autopilot parking, highway autosteer, and lane-change capabilities. These are the building blocks as the electric vehicle maker heads slowly but steadily towards autonomous driving. With the new Model X out in the wild now, version 7.0 will be available for both the CUV and the Model S sedan.
Teslarati previewed some of these details earlier in the month, including a few specifics about the Model X-only features: remote independent door control, five different ride settings at various heights, and some dashboard-graphics improvements over the Model S.
The California-based automaker is issuing the new software after reporting that third-quarter deliveries jumped 49 percent from a year earlier to 11,580 units around the world (as usual, the company issued no details on how many of those were sold in the US). Late last month, Tesla unveiled the Model X, with its falcon-winged doors, at Tesla's Northern California factory and made the CUV's first deliveries to some very wealthy customers. The so-called Founders Series Model X versions cost $132,000 each. And they'll now have some smokin' new software.