Australian owners of the Tesla Model S are likely to have their cars updated while they sleep this week, with the first "over the air" software upgrade rolling out to the electric sedan now.
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Telsa rolls out its upgrades wirelessly, with the car downloading software patches - in this case, v6.1 - that brings new features to vehicles that buyers don't need to pay any extra cash for.

The v6.1 update will be seen on Model S cars fitted with the Tech Package and Autopilot hardware - which the company's local arm confirmed has been fitted to all vehicles sold here - and includes a number of items that we thought it needed during our lengthy US road trip in the Tesla Model S.

Included are a radar-based cruise control system that Tesla calls "Traffic-Aware Cruise Control", as well Collision Avoidance Assist that warns the driver of an imminent collision. Automatic high-beam headlights have also been included as part of the update.

An interior feature now added to the Model S is Smart Preconditioning, which will recognise if there is a pattern about when you're getting home or leaving home and set the temperature of the car before you set off. In the company's own words, "Model S will observe your driving schedule and when it’s confident in identifying a pattern, it will start Smart Preconditioning when you are charging, at home, or at work".

Further enhancements include virtual parking assistance lines that display on the reverse-view camera, as well as a way of switching between camera and parking sensors on the display.


Further changes include shuffle and repeat buttons in the Media Player, one-touch phone dialling in Calendar events, and expanded podcast support.