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Tesla electric cars have earned a reputation as mobile smartphones thanks to their large touchscreens including wireless updates and many computer functions. Lately, though, the company seems to be lagging behind when it comes to software. In April, for example, an executive at an electric car rental company said virtually unreservedly that VW’s Autobahn Assistant is now better than Tesla’s Autopilot. A little later, a well-known YouTuber complained about the system in a 20-minute video. However, at least two particularly vexing issues seem to have been resolved now.

Criticism and ridicule for Tesla assistants

Among other things, with “Tesla Vision is the biggest piece of crap”, YouTuber Bj√∂rn Nyland commented on a freeway drive in the dark in July, where he used the autopilot system to stick to the lane and speed. Since the spring update, the radar sensor, which Tesla no longer installs in new electric cars, was no longer rated. The new software also ensures the activation of rain detection for the windscreen wipers and automatic high beams when using the autopilot.

In theory, this allows the cameras to see better as the only autopilot sensors currently available – but in practice the automatic activation of the two auxiliary functions caused a lot of problems. Tesla’s “see only” policy was violated by a creative German “wipe only” customer, as the software allowed the wipers to operate frequently and persistently for no reason. The automatic high beam flashing too often offended Nyland, but according to his description, it was also dangerous for the French couple: The driver of the truck reacted to the blinding of their oncoming Tesla by attacking with a laser pointer. reported recently.

Pleasing response to software update

Increasingly impatient in the face of such incidents, European Tesla owners in particular have appealed to CEO Elon Musk or his well-known Twitter followers for a speedy recovery. And it seems those calls got through to him on some channel, because according to driver reports, the current software update actually brings clear improvements to both rain detection and the automatic high beam system. This was written, for example, by an Austrian customer of Tesla @raffaeru, who had persistently pointed out the problems before and in some cases had already become unpopular.

His tests after updating to software version 2022.40.4 were initially limited to the high beam aspect. The assistant can finally be used, the multiple Tesla buyer explained in a video with examples he posted on YouTube. On the German Tesla Drivers and Friends (TFF) forum this week, a number of members reported similarly pleased high beam progress. In addition, there were reports of a noticeable improvement in the automatic wipers, which were previously no less intensively criticized.

Tesla drives without inappropriate high beams

Both assistants still don’t seem to work perfectly, but at least inappropriate wiping or fading is no longer the norm when driving a Tesla with or without autopilot support. According to the TFF survey, a clear majority of participants had at least occasional problems with one of these two functions for better vision. Now they have improved – and Tesla could next deal with the detection of speed limits on the highway, the lack of which is also increasingly criticized in Europe.

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