The new release of Tesla’s Firmware 6.1 is said to be one of the largest to date in terms of new feature sets which include the much anticipated traffic-aware cruise control (TACC), a precursor to Tesla’s “autopilot”, reverse camera guidelines, trip energy prediction and other owner requested features.
Tesla Firmware 6.1
- Traffic-Aware Cruise Control *
- Auto High Beam *
- Forward Collision Warning *
- Trip Energy Prediction
- Energy Option for Battery Display
- Smart Preconditioning (BETA)
- New Navigation View: Route Overview
- Enhanced Park Assist View
- Reverse Camera Guidelines
- Calendar Enhancements: Meeting Notes & Phone Numbers
- Media App Improvements
- Simplified Right Steering Wheel Controls
- Factory Reset
- Additional Improvements
* (Autopilot hardware required)
Traffic-Aware Cruise Control
Newer versions of the Model S come equipped with a forward facing camera, radar, and 360-degree ultrasonic sonar that actively scans the vehicle’s path of travel. All together these components will be responsible for Tesla’s upcoming autopilot feature that will allow the vehicle to perform lane changes, traffic sign detection, collision avoidance and automatic speed limit adjustments. One such feature that allows the vehicle to auto-brake and adjust speed while in traffic is Firmware 6.1’s new Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC) which is also known as adaptive cruise control.
The video below is a great demonstration of TACC in action.