Well, that was disappointing! A little while ago I got a notification that the software upgrade on my Tesla Model X had completed. Yay! Time to go out and take it for a spin and try out all the new features! Auto-driving here I come!
Oops. Not so much.
First I read through the release notes, on the car's center console. This isn't the all-singing, all-dancing upgrade I was thinking I'd be getting. It is, instead, a small step in that direction. This upgrade gives me traffic-aware cruise control (in other words, it won't crash into the car in front of you), some very limited auto-steering (apparently only on restricted-access highways, which we only get onto when we travel to Salt Lake City), and a few other things. There was also some language about the need for calibration, which might take a day or three of driving.
So, expectations set down, we drove it out for a test. I tried to put it in cruise control, and ... got an error display and a chime. Huh? Turns out even normal cruise control is disabled while the camera is calibrating. So right now my Model X isn't even working as well as it did before the update.
I'm a little worried that “calibration” might take a long time out here where we live, as many of the roads have no painted lines at all, or only the center line.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
This morning I had a notification from Tesla: the long-awaited HW2 update for my Model X is now available. Yay! It takes almost two hours to install it, and I just started that process. A little later today I'll take it for a spin and see if I can tell any difference.
Now back to paperwork I go. Likely I'll be shoveling and plowing later today, too...