Tesla continually improves its electric vehicles with over-the-air software updates that include enhancements to Autopilot, legacy “Enhanced Autopilot”, and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features in the future.
Note that Tesla recently completely updated their Autopilot options to simplify the lineup across its EVs. Enhanced Autopilot is no longer offered and instead, autonomous driving features have been folded into the Full Self-Driving option.
Was There a Tesla Software Update Today?
Tesla Motors continually rolls out firmware updates to its electric cars, including the Tesla Model 3, Model Y, Model S and X, probably even the Semi and upcoming Roadster ;). They typically test new features on a smaller set of vehicles first (e.g. 1,000), including Elon Musk’s own car, to ensure there are no issues ‘in the wild’ before rolling firmware updates out to the broader fleet.
How often your Tesla’s Autopilot is updated depends on your patch cycle. Each Tesla vehicle typically has a 30 to 60 day patch cycle, which means that you may not get every incremental update. This ensures the electric vehicle fleet is relatively heterogeneous and not prone to single-bug failures.
It’s probably also helpful to have a strong Wi-Fi signal since the updates can be large. The good news is that your Tesla mobile app will now alert you to updates and allow you to apply them remotely!
What Do the Tesla Software Version Numbers Mean?
Tesla software updates typically look something like this: 2021.40.5.1, where the numbers generally mean:
- 2021 – year
- 40 – week of software build
- 5 – version / revision
- 1 – bug patch number
When you have an update available, the Tesla app will now show you the version number ready to be installed.
Tesla Software Updates 2022
Listed below are the latest software updates with notable Tesla Autopilot improvements mentioned in the release notes.
NOTE: FSD Beta software releases are tracked on the FSD Beta Updates page.
May 2022 Software Updates
2022.16 – Media Profiles
- Media Driver Profiles – Media Player accounts (e.g. Spotify login) are now linked to your driver profile.
- Regenerative Braking (Model 3 & Y) – Your vehicle can now automatically apply regular brakes for consistent deceleration when regenerative braking is limited, under Settings.
- Navigation Energy Prediction – Energy prediction for your route has been improved by incorporating forecasted crosswind, headwind, humidity, and ambient temperature when using online navigation.
March, April 2022 Software Updates
2022.12 – Misc. Updates & Bug Fixes
2022.12.13, 2022.12.13.6, 2022.12.13.8 , and 2022.12.13.9 key features include:
- Additional Bottom Bar Customization – You can now add vehicle controls such as defrost or wipers to the button bar.
- Child Lock – Child Lock can now be enabled for a single rear door.
2022.8 – Misc. Updates
2022.8.2 and 2022.8.5 include:
- Charging Time Estimation – Estimated charging times are now more accurate.
- Vehicle Preconditioning – Vehicle preconditioning accessed via the Tesla app will now remain active up to 30 minutes after a door is opened.
- Active Phone Calls – Improved display on status bar
- Boombox – only active now while parked
February 2022 Software Updates
2022.4.5 – Seat Belt Chime Fix
2022.4.5.1 to 2022.4.5.17, and 2022.4.5.18 include:
- Range Display Calibration Notice on Model 3 – (2022.4.5.16)
- FSD Beta “Request Access” button for Canada (2022.4.5.4)
- Software update to fix the audible seat belt reminder chime issue
- Car colorizer – Customize how your car appears on the touchscreen and mobile app with the Car Colorizer
January 2022 Software Updates
2022.4 – Autopilot Regenerative Braking
2021.4 release includes:
- Autopilot will now use more regenerative braking at low speeds for higher efficiency and an improved driving experience
- New Map (Navigation Data) Update
2021.44.30 – 2021 Model S Plaid Track Mode + Bug Fixes
2021.44.30.1 to 2021.44.30.14, and 2021.44.30.15 release notes include:
- Track Mode for the 2021 Model S Plaid including improved thermals, drive systems, suspension and display updates to support this mode.
- There are also updates to the heating system to address potential issues.
December 2021 Software Updates
2021.44.25 – Holiday Release
2021.44.25.2 is the ‘holiday’ release and includes the items below.
- Light Show – Like the classic one for the Model X, but for other other vehicles as well now. “Watch your Tesla dance to a choreographed light show any time of year. Open Toybox, tap Light Show and follow the instructions.” You can even program it!
- Boombox Megaphone – Project your voice with additional authority using the new Megaphone function. Tap Toybox > Boombox > Megaphone. (car must be in park).
- TikTok – You can now watch TikTok from your touchscreon. To launch, tap the Theater icon from the bottom bar and select TikTok while your car is in park.
- Sonic the Hedgehog – The original Sonic the Hedgehog!
- Sudoku – Fill every square and enjoy this classic logic puzzle game
- Blind Spot Camera – You can now automatically see a live camera view of your blind spot whenever you activate the turn signal.
- Edit Waypoints – Easily reorder or add multiple destinations to your route with updated arrival times.
- Customizable App Launcher – Drag and drop your favorite apps to any position along the bottom bar (Model 3 and Y)
- Dark Mode – You can now change to a dark themed display.
- Subwoofer – You can now adjust your subwoofer by bringing up your Media Player, and tapping the settings icon > Tone.
2021.44 to 2021.44.6 – Autopark, and Profile Improvements
2021.44, 2021.44.5, and 2021.44.6 release notes include:
- Autopark – Autopark now identifies perpendicular parking spots using painted markings and road edges.
- Driver Profiles – Each Driver Profile will now have its own individual Work and Home address. To update, select your profile, tap Navigation and long press either Work or Home.
- Driver Door Unlock Mode – Unlock only the driver door when approaching the vehicle (Model 3, Y)
- Vehicle Sync (Beta) – Driver Profile settings such as seat, mirror and steering wheel positions can now synchronize across supported vehicles owned by the same Tesla Account. (Model 3, Y, 2021 S & X)
Here’s the breakdown by model:
November 2021 Software Updates
2021.40 – Waypoints (Stops), TIDAL, TACC Chime
2021.40 release notes include:
- TIDAL – TIDAL streaming is now available from the Media menu with a TIDAL account.
- TACC Chime – You will now receive an audio alert when Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is enabled.
- Active Noise Reduction (2021 Model S and X only) – Your vehicle now has the ability to actively reduce low-frequency road noise while driving on rough surfaces.
2021.40.6, 2021.40.5 and 2021.40.5.1 release notes added:
- Stops – You can now add waypoints to your route by tapping the “+” icon on the navigation search button and searching for a destination, or selecting a pin on the map.
October 2021 Software Updates
2021.36 – Yoke Improvements & Remote Sentry Mode
- Yoke Behavior Changes – Updates to vehicles with a Yoke to improve turn signal behavior.
- Sentry Mode Live Camera Access – Remotely view your car’s surroundings when parked to confirm the safety of your environment before returning to your car. (iOS only at this point)
September 2021 Software Updates
2021.32 – FSD Beta Request, Disney+, Car Wash Mode, and more…
- FSD Beta Request Button – You can now request early access to Full Self-Driving Beta pending eligibility. To get started, tap Controls > Autopilot > Request Full Self-Driving Beta and follow the instructions.
2021.32.10, 2021.32.20, and 2021.32.20.1 include:
- Immersive Sound – which has additional granularity along with an AUTO setting that will adjust based on the type of content playing. To access it, tap Media > Audio Settings > Immersive Sound > AUTO.
- Cabin Camera – The cabin camera above your rearview mirror can now detect and alert driver inattentiveness while Autopilot is engaged.
- Autopark (Model S Plaid) – Your vehicle can now automatically park in parallel and perpendicular spots.
August 2021 Software Updates
2021.24 – Disney+ and Car Wash Mode
2021.24.3, 2021.24.4, and 2021.24.10 include:
- Disney+ – Watch Disney+ in the Tesla Theater app.
- Car Wash Mode – Car Wash Mode closes all your windows, locks the charge port and disables windshield wipers, sentry mode, walk-away door locks and parking sensor chimes. For automatic car washes with conveyor belts, the Free Roll option shifts to Neutral and prevents the parking brake from automatically applying if you leave.
- Mirror Auto Dim – You can now enable or disable automatic dimming for your mirrors.
- Dashcam Improvements – Dashcam can now automatically save clips whenever your vehicle detects the occurrence of a safety event (such as an accident or airbag deployment). Recordings captured are stored locally and never transmitted to Tesla.
July 2021 Software Updates
2021.12.25 – New Arcade Game
The 2021.12.25.6 and 2021.12.25.7 releases include:
- Sky Force Reloaded – In the spirit of the classic arcade shoot ’em ups, captured with modern visuals and design.
- Cabin Camera – Model 3 and Model Y owners can choose to turn on the interal-facing cabin camera to montior attention during Autopilot and warn of distraction, in addition to recording moments just prior to an accident.
February – June 2021 Software Updates
2021.4 – Minor Fixes
The 2021.4.2, 2021.4.6, 2021.4.12, 2021.4.18.2, 2021.4.22 etc. releases include “minor fixes” plus some local market improvements.
December 2020 Software Updates
2020.48.26 – Tesla Holiday Update
The holiday update 2020.48.26 (and subsequent releases: 2020.48.30) is here:
- Boombox – turn your car into a boombox when parked. Also, customize the sound your car makes when pressing the horn or summoning.
- Emissions Testing Mode Improvements – Fart sounds can now be used outside the car.
- Driving Visualization Improvements – General enhancements to driving visualizations
- Scheduled Departure Improvements – Scheduled Departure can now precondition your battery and cabin even when your car is unplugged
- Supercharger Display Improvements – Supercharger pins on your touchscreen will now display the number of available stalls at charging sites
- Release Notes Improvements – Release notes now include improved browsing and access
- Vehicle Information – The Tesla “T” has been removed from the top status bar. Tap Controls > Software for the same information.
- The Battle of Polytopia
- Cat Quest
2020.48.12.1 – Misc Updates
The 2020.48.5, 2020.48.10, 2020.48.12 updates includes the following improvements:
- Text Messaging Improvements – Multiple messages from the same sender are bundled together.
- Sentry Mode Improvements – Sentry Mode footage of the last panic event will now be saved to onboard memory.
- Unlatching Charge Cable – Model S and X owners can press the small black button to the left of the charge port to unlock the charging cable, if the cable doesn’t have a button.
- TRAX Improvements – minor updates to track mixing app
- Range Accuracy – Improved battery range accuracy on Model 3s.
November 2020 Software Updates
2020.44 – Autopilot Speed and Media Updates
The 2020.44.10.1, 2020.44.15, 2020.44.25, etc. update includes the following improvements:
- Autopilot Speed Fine Tuning – You now have more controls around how Autopilot adjusts its speed to the current speed limit, helping to make a smoother experience.
- Spotify Improvements – making it easier to find and play your music plus gapless playback.
- Other Media Improvements – additional minor UI improvements within the display and settings.
- Voice Command Languages – additional voice command languages
October 2020 Software Updates
2020.40 – Miscellaneous Updates
The 2020.40 (e.g. 2020.40.8, 2020.40.9) release includes the following updates:
- Speed Assist Improvements – Speed assist can now read highway speed signs in addition to local roads (for MCU 2 vehicles with Hardware 3).
- Priority Bluetooth Device – You can now assign a priority Bluetooth device that Tesla will try to connect with before other devices.
- Glovebox PIN – Assign a PIN to your glovebox to protect valuables.
- Charge Port Inlet Heater – Model 3 and Model Y owners can use the charge port inlet heater to defrost the inside of the charge port.
September 2020 Software Updates
2020.36.10 – Passing Lane Exit
The 2020.36.10 (and 2020.36.11) update now allows users to disable automatic exiting from the passing lane while using Navigate on Autopilot.
August 2020 Software Updates
2020.36 – Autopilot Improvements
The 2020.36 includes some long-awaited Autopilot updates:
- Green Traffic Light Chime – get an alert when a traffic light turns green and vehicles in front of you begin to move (activate under Controls > Autopilot > Green Traffic Light Chime).
- Speed Assist Improvements – the vehicle’s cameras can now detect speed limit signs!
- Autosteer Stop Sign and Stop Light Warning – You may receive a warning if you are about to run a stoplight or stop sign when Autosteer is enabled.
- Cruise Set Speed Improvements – On the Model 3 and Model Y, you can now quickly adjust the Traffic-Aware Cruise Control or Autosteer set speed to the current speed by simply tapping the cluster speedometer.
2020.32 – Miscellaneous Updates
The 2020.32.2 and beyond include the following updates:
- Car Left Open Notifications
- Notifications history under Controls > Service Notifications
- Tesla Powerwall Coordination for potential power outages
- Dynamic Brake Lights for S and X outside of US
- Suspension Improvements for S and X
- Close Windows on Lock (Model 3 and Y)
July 2020 Software Updates
2020.28 – Improved City Autopilot and Suspension Updates
The 2020.28.2, 2020.28.5 and beyond include the following:
- 5 MPH over speed limit on city streets when using Autosteer
- Sirius XM interface improvements
- Faster Supercharging at V3 for some vehicles
- Suspension improvements for Model S and X
June 2020 Software Updates
2020.24 – Traffic Control Update (continue on green lights)
2020.24 (including 2020.24.6, and 2020.24.6.4) is a big update with the following enhancements:
- Traffic Control (continue on green lights) – The Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature no longer requires explicit driver confirmation of pulling the Autopilot stalk to continue straight through an intersection for green traffic lights when there is a lead vehicle ahead of you and Autopilot is confident that you are not in a turn-only lane.
- Backup Camera Improvements – You can now view video streams coming from your side repeater cameras for added visibility around the vehicle.
- Driving Visualization Improvements – The driving visualization can now display additional objects which include stoplights, stop signs and select road markings.
- Dashcam Viewer Improvements – To make Sentry Mode videos easier to review, we have added a red dot along the video scrubber to indicate the moment when a Sentry Mode event was triggered.
- TuneIn Improvements – With this update, we’ve improved the usability and discoverability of TuneIn stations and podcasts, in addition to playback speed adjustments.
- Walk-Away Door Lock Improvements – You now have the option to disable Walk-Away Door Lock when your vehicle is parked at Home.
- Cabin Camera – Internal camera can be enabled to help Tesla collect anonymous footage in accidents to improve safety (optional).
- Charging Improvements – depending on your vehicle, you may see faster charging and more accurate range estimates, in addition to pre-heating the battery for 3rd party chargers.
May 2020 Software Updates
2020.20 – Entertainment & GPS Updates
2020.20.12 (including 2020.20.5, 2020.20.1, etc.) have the following updates:
- GPS Update – Updated GPS stability and tracking.
- Fallout Shelter – Fallout Shelter puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. Build the perfect Vault, keep your Dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland.
- Theater Mode Improvements – With this release you can now play pause and skip video playback with your steering wheel controls while using Theater Mode.
- TRAX Improvements – Added a piano roll view that allows you to edit and fine-tune notes in a track.
2020.12.16 – Dashcam Improvements and more…
The 2020.12.6 (including 2020.12.16.1) release finally allows users to easily format their USB drive for use with Tesla Dashcam and Sentry mode directly from the vehicle’s screen (under Safety & Security). Note, it does not let you partition the drive to hold both Music and footage – for that see our Tesla USB Dashcam Formatting article. Other improvements include the ability to filter nearby charging stations by power, a Toybox UI redesign, and on-screen display improvements showing pedestrian animations for those with the Full Self-Driving Computer.
April 2020 Software Updates
2020.12.6 (and 2020.12.11.1) – Traffic Light & Stop Sign Control
With the 2020.12.6 release (including 2020.12.10, 2020.12.11, 2020.12.11.1 and beyond) Tesla introduces the long-anticipated Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature, where the vehicle will stop for Traffic Lights and Stop Signs when in Autopilot. Read more about it here.
The 2020.12.5 adds Dashcam Viewer, allowing owners to check the dashcam and Senty Mode footage directly within their vehicles, something owners have desperately wanted for a long time since having to take out the USB drive and check via a phone was fairly complex.
March 2020 Software Updates
The 2020.12 has been released, including 2020.12.1. No major updates other than some improvements in the Full Self-Driving visualizations, like showing the word “STOP” in stop signs, etc. In addition, a well-known Tesla hacker has found some hidden code that may be preparation for stopping at traffic signs and lights – a highly anticipated FSD feature.
The 2020.8.1 now included the following:
- Third-Party Charging Stations
- In some regions (e.g. San Francisco Bay Area), you can now find third-party charging options via the in-car map and navigation system.
- Supercharger Out-of-Order Information
- The Supercharger information screen will now indicate how many Superchargers are out-of-order at that location.
- Bluetooth Improvement
- In response to a customer suggestion, the Bluetooth connection now only pairs with your phone when you’re sitting in the driver’s seat.
- Improved Voice Command
- Voice commands should work better, especially in areas with low connectivity
- Track Mode Improvements
- Improvements in monitoring and customization
- Rumored exFAT support for DashCam and Sentry Mode (tbd verification)
January & February 2020 Software Updates
Tesla started rolling out 2020.4, 2020.4.1 and 2020.4.10.1 to US vehicles as of January 24, 2020. The release notes don’t seem to indicate any major changes, other than a newly added “Additional Vehicle Information” screen. As usual, there are likely ongoing improvements to Autopilot performance and reliability.
2020.4.10 was released in mid-February and is still being evaluated for any improvements (no release note updates)
Learn more about Future Tesla Autopilot Software Updates.