Tesla recently rolled out an update to its vehicles’ navigation system that makes energy consumption calculations incredibly accurate. The update was released as part of software version 2022.16.0.2.
Prior to the update, Tesla’s navigation system predicted a vehicle’s power consumption using data such as distance, elevation changes, and other information such as the type of wheels installed. . With this feature, drivers were able to view the estimated energy available in their vehicles when they arrived at their destination.
The Tesla Update 2022.16.0.2 takes this feature further, with the navigation system now taking into account factors such as wind conditions, potential crosswinds, humidity and ambient temperature when predicting a vehicle’s power consumption . This additional weather data should provide Teslas with more accurate power consumption estimates.
Tesla announced the update via its official Twitter account. “Tesla Navigation will now consider predicted crosswind, headwind, humidity, and temperature to calculate the percentage of battery on arrival. This is in addition to current factors: predicted speed, HVAC usage , elevation changes, current temperature, and route/distance,” Tesla wrote.
Because Tesla’s Navigation Energy Forecasting System will use additional weather information, vehicles must have a active cellular connection to support updated functionality. This could be an issue for some older vehicles like early Tesla Model S units that are not equipped with a 4G/LTE modem.
AT&T has withdrawn their 3G cellular service this February 2022. As a result, Teslas that are only equipped with 3G connectivity have lost features such as remote unlocking, live traffic updates, cabin preconditioning, Supercharger availability and navigation. Owners whose vehicles are impacted by AT&T’s withdrawal of its 3G cellular networks are encouraged to take advantage of Tesla LTE Modem Upgradewhich costs $200.
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