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Tesla releases a bunch of updates to Sentry mode, Driving Visualization, and more

Tesla started releasing a new software update to its fleet with a bunch of updates to its Sentry mode and Driving Visualization features, as well as a few new features.

In addition to two new active safety features powered by Autopilot, ‘Lane Departure Avoidance’ and ‘Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance’, Tesla’s new 2019.16 software update also includes a bunch of updates to existing features and a few new ones.

The automaker started releasing the update to its expanding early access fleet.

In the release notes, Tesla says that it updated the live environment rendering on screen:

Driving Visualization

The driving visualization has been adjusted to automatically zoom in and out to better utilize screen space and inform you when a vehicle is detected in your blind spot. The visualization remains zoomed out when driving on highways.

Tesla is also pushing some new changes to its Sentry Mode feature, which is already proving to be quite useful.

Now owners can enable the security feature automatically based on the location:

Sentry Mode Improvements

It’s now easier to enable and disable Sentry Mode by tapping the Sentry Mode icon at the top of your touchscreen when your is in Park.

Your car can also default Sentry Mode to always be enabled when your vehicle is parked by going to Controls > Safety & Security > Sentry Mode > ON if selected ON, you can exclude Home, Work and/or Favorite places by selecting the checkboxes. If a location is selected, Sentry Mode will be disabled when your car is parked near those locations.

More control around the activation of the feature will be welcomed since some owners have been complaining about the high rate of events that Sentry Mode is recording in some situations. It is taking up a lot of space in the USB drives that they are using, which is why it is now recommended to use a drive with a lot of storage capacity.

Tesla is also now enabling owners to have their car check for new software updates available:

Software Update Preference

You now have the option to receive new software updates as soon as they are available for your car configuration and region. Tap Controls > Software > Software Update preference > ADVANCED.

Finally, Tesla is also adding the capability to detect and display conditional speed limits:

Conditional Speed Limits

Your vehicle will now display conditional speed limits, such as speed limit based on time of day, weather condition, etc. If there is a conditional speed limit for your current road, it will be displayed in grey below the regular speed limit sign.

Tesla started pushing the new update, but it can take some time before it reaches the entire fleet based on your configuration and region, as highlighted by the new Software Update Preference feature.

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