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3 cool tricks Tesla just enabled with its new Model S software update

Published Oct 14th, 2015 4:46PM EDT
Tesla Model S Software Version 7.0

If you own a Tesla Model S, you’ll be able to perform some cool new tricks thanks to a new software update the company launched this week. Below we’ll go through the three major features Tesla enabled with the new Model S software version 7.0.

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Automated lane changes. We’ll start with a cool feature that you can enable when you want to change lanes on a highway and that scans your surroundings and changes lanes for you whenever it determines it’s safe to do so. This will hopefully take a lot of anxiety out of highway driving, although hopefully future updates will do something to prevent you from driving between two large trucks…

Automatic emergency steering and side collision warning. This is a feature that basically scans your area and determines whether objects are dangerously close to the side of your car. Once it detects an object close to your side, the car will alert you and you’ll hopefully move to avoid it.

Automatic parallel parking. Who doesn’t hate parallel parking? With the newest software, the Tesla Model S will search out parking spots for you when you arrive at your destination and will even do the hard work of parallel parking for you. As Tesla explains, the Autopark feature will take over your vehicle’s steering and speed when you enable it but you’ll be able to stop it at any time simply by applying the brakes.

In addition to these three features, Tesla has also added a beta feature called Autosteer that “keeps the car in the current lane and engages Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to maintain the car’s speed.” To read more about it, click here.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.