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Life With 2013 Tesla Model S: How A Software Update Worked

One of the many cutting-edge features of my new 2013 Tesla Model S is the ability to download software updates over its cellular connection.

With its touch-screen controls and electronic motor and battery systems, the Model S all-electric sport sedan is almost certainly the most highly computerized car on the planet.

But as our PCs have sadly taught us, “highly computerized” can be a double-edged sword.

The big advantage of software, of course, is that it can be easily updated. Theoretically, bugs and glitches can be quickly fixed, and standard functions can be improved or changed.

Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has taken the Model S into uncharted territory for cars: remote wireless software updates that can completely change the way the car operates.

Early production cars have received several software updates already. (My car arrived in late February with version 4.2). I was looking forward to my first update–if for no other reason than to experience first-hand another step into the future of car ownership.

Sure enough, just five weeks after taking delivery, I got in the car one morning last week to find a message on the touchscreen: software update v4.3 was available.

The message suggested I schedule the update for 2 am the next morning. The car needs to be parked and turned off for about two hours to complete the wireless download, which uses the 3G cellphone network.

Having seen reports on Model S owner forums of past software updates triggering new problems, I briefly considered declining the update.


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