Tesla bolsters navigation with new trip planner and map updates plus a new entertainment feature

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Tesla quietly bolstered its navigation with a new trip planner option and map updates, but that’s not all. The automaker also added a new feature to an in-car entertainment option, making it a little better for those who might use it.

These updates are part of Software Update 2024.20, which includes Adaptive Headlights in the U.S. and Canada, along with improvements to the headlights in Europe.

However, Tesla is making more changes and improvements to its in-car navigation. Earlier this week, we reported on CEO Elon Musk confirming a new “Avoid Highways” option for those who require a little more adventure during their drive. According to the comments and responses on that piece, it was a feature many were hoping for.

Voyage Trip Planner

Tesla hacker green reported that a decompile of some of the changes in Software Update 2024.20.1 showed something called “Voyage” Trip planner.

Likely a rewrite of the Trip Planner it already has, Tesla will probably bring new features with this. It could include the “Avoid Highways” option that we discussed earlier this week, along with better performance and other navigation preferences.

Maps Improvement

Tesla is using Google Places API for points of interest, helping drivers find nearby coffee shops or parks simply by using their maps.

This is a relatively small adjustment but could pay dividends for those who are in unfamiliar areas.

Towing Projection

A new range projection of what your travel distance is expected to be while pulling a trailer or towing a boat or other car will now be included. This is a handy feature for those who travel and camp, as it previously kept people at bay by having them calculate their own range as they traveled.

Range depletion is increased when towing because of more energy expenditure. Now, it will be easier to pull something as your car will tell you how much longer you can go before you should stop for a charge.

Caraoke Recording

Caraoke is the in-car karaoke feature that Tesla rolled out a few years ago. A great entertainment option, the only thing missing was the ability to record your singing session in your car.

Tesla will add that with the next update.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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