You can now remotely unlatch the driver

Tesla adds ability to unlock car door from app [video]

You can now remotely unlock the driver's door latch on Model 3 and Model Y

Tesla has updated its app for iOS to version 4.14, and with it comes two new features.

The first is iOS lock screen widgets. There are two widgets to choose from, both of which display the vehicle’s battery level. There’s a small circular widget that populates based on the vehicle’s charge status, and there’s a larger widget that includes the vehicle’s name and a numeric view of the vehicle’s battery level, either as a percentage , or in miles/km, depending on what your app has set it to.

Tesla introduces lock screen widgets for iOS

The second feature is the ability to unlock the driver’s side door from the app.

Model 3 and Model Y door handles are non-powered and with the right mix of water and cold weather the door handle can sometimes freeze on the door frame.

The ability to unlock the door from the app means the door handle isn’t used at all and the door is electronically unlocked, causing it to open just far enough for you to grab the side of the door. door to fully open it.

Unlock the door in action

The ability to unlock the door is only available on Model 3 and Model Y and requires your vehicle to be on update 2022.36 or later, which currently accounts for approximately 350% of the Tesla fleet.

To unlock the door, you will need to add the new “Unlock Door” icon to the Quick Actions section of the Tesla app that appears below the vehicle visualization.

Last update: October 15, 7:30 p.m.

Unfortunately, Tesla hasn’t added the ability to unlock the door in other areas of the app, such as the Climate or Controls section, but hopefully that will come in a future update.

Currently, version 4.14 of the app is only available for iOS, but we expect it to be available soon in the Google Play store.

You can also check out the Tesla app 4.14 release notes.

FSD Beta 10.69.3 due out next week

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the full self-driving beta will be released “next week,” and it could remove the geofence in Toronto. Ahead of AI Day 2 on September 30, Musk said 10.69.3 would be released shortly after the event.

With version 10.69.3, owners can expect a wide range of improvements, including better movement in tighter spaces, turn signal improvements, and speed matching for traffic. The Tesla Owners in Silicon Valley Twitter account mentioned a sighting to Musk, saying “sometimes it goes slow.”

Tesla Silicon Valley owners also asked Musk when FSD Beta 10.69.3 would arrive on Twitter. “Next week,” Musk replies.

The automaker rolled out the FSD beta last week. The update was a small bugfix release and did not include any major changes.

Tesla FSD Beta 10.69 was originally supposed to be FSD Beta 10.13, but Tesla decided to rename it for the sake of humor because there were major changes in this version and the beta version worked much better. However, the name change has led to some confusion.

After releasing beta 10.69, Tesla then released minor revisions of 10.69 with 10.69.1 and 10.69.2, which would suggest that 10.69.3 would also be a minor release.

However, beta 10.69.3 will be a major beta with lots of improvements.

We assume 10.69.3 will be built from 2022.28, which introduced alternate routes, the ability to minimize Tesla Theater, and suggested destinations.

Last update: October 15, 7:30 p.m.

However, the 2022.36 update now affects a significant portion of the fleet, so Tesla may have started development from that branch or merged into its features before releasing FSD Beta 10.69.3.

If you have completed the requirements to be added to the beta program but have not yet received the update, our recommendation would be not to update to version earlier than 2022.28 in case the next beta is based on this branch.

With version 10.69.3 a week away on Elon time, we expect Tesla to start rolling it out internally to employees next weekend, with the first thousand beta testers hopefully within days. later, then a wide release soon after.

Euro NCAP investigates Tesla for potentially modified test software

Tesla Hacker greentheonly recently discovered that Tesla has added the names of various testing agencies to some of its development software, prompting an investigation by Euro NCAP, the European government-backed organization that thoroughly tests vehicle safety.

Green discovered that Tesla had recently added ANCAP, Australasia’s testing agency, to its software. I VISTA, which is China’s proving ground, Euro NCAP and Korea NCAP were already mentioned in the vehicle code. The addition of ANCAP in the software aligns with the start of Tesla sales of the Model Y in Australasia.

Although Green was able to find these references in Tesla’s software, he was unable to determine what they were used for since they are running on Tesla’s FSD hardware, which has limited access.

No evidence of cheating attempt

After Green’s tweet, Euro NCAP took a closer look at Tesla’s software and its test results and found no evidence that Tesla attempted to cheat in any of the agencies’ tests.

“The integrity of its star rating system is of the utmost importance to Euro NCAP and we will continue to do our utmost to ensure the rating reflects the safety consumers can expect from their vehicles,” said Aled Williams. , Euro NCAP program director. CNN Business. “So far, Euro NCAP investigations have found no evidence of any attempt to ‘cheat’ the tests by Tesla.”

Euro NCAP tests

Tesla uses geofencing to activate and deactivate its Full Self-Driving software. Notably, the company is doing this in Toronto, and owners expect Tesla to remove geofence in version 10.69.3.

“It is possible that the GPS location could be used to identify that the car is at a specific test track,” added Williams. “That’s one of the possibilities we’re giving Tesla and they absolutely deny it’s being done.”

Others speculate that adding agency names to the code is likely to allow Tesla to contain the data at these test sites. Tesla could collect test data so it can make improvements to hardware and software in its fleet.

It is important to note that vehicle software has no impact on Tesla’s safety tests performed by these agencies, as all vehicle sensors are covered before crash tests are performed.

The only tests that rely on vehicle software are software-assisted tests such as automatic emergency braking, pedestrian avoidance, lane departure, etc.

Tesla would be putting too much risk trying to cheat on one of these tests. Their vehicles are already some of the safest vehicles on the road, and they continue to improve their safety by making improvements to seat belt tensioning systems and improving vehicle hazard warning lights.

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