Tesla is starting to release a new software update to add a few new features to its vehicles including blind spot warning and auto-folding mirrors.
We haven’t seen many software updates from Tesla lately, but we are now getting reports of a new version 9 2019.4 update with two new features that the automaker started pushing to a select few owners.
Tesla wrote in the release notes:
Blind Spot Warning Chime
When making a lane change, you can now turn on an audible chime to warn you when a possible collision with a vehicle or obstacle is detected in your target lane. To enable the blind spot warning chime, touch Controls > Autopilot > Blind Spot Warning Chime
Through the Autopilot system, Tesla clearly has the capacity to detect vehicles in blind spots, but it was only actively warning drivers during a lane change.
We suggested that Tesla deploys more blind spot alerts and CEO Elon Musk was receptive to it:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2019
Tesla has also released another interesting feature that could help people who have to frequently fit their Tesla in tight spaces:
Auto-Folding Mirrors Based on Location
Your car can now automatically fold and unfold the side mirrors based on location. This saves you from having to manually position your mirrors each time you arrive or leave a frequented place (such as narrow garages, tight parking spaces, etc.).
To set up, go to Controls > Quick Controls > Fold and select Always Fold MIrrors at this Location. The next time you approach a saved location, your mirrors will fold. When you leave the location, your mirrors were will unfold. If your car is equipped with HomeLink, you can also integrate auto-folding mirrors with your garage. To enable, go to HomeLink > Auto-Fold Mirrors when Nearby.
As usual, keep in mind that Tesla gradually releases software updates in batches and it can take some time before it reaches all vehicles.
The update doesn’t appear to include Sentry Mode and Dog Mode, which Musk said could be coming as soon as this week.
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