Even though the Tesla Model 3 already has the hardware necessary for the Summon feature available on Model X and Model S, a new software update (‘2018.24’) has finally brought this Autopilot function to the Model 3.
Alongside the Summon feature came WiFi access, which will make it easier for subsequent updates to make their way to Model 3 units on the road. Until now, customers have had to rely on the built-in LTE access that comes standard with all Tesla cars. To access available WiFi networks, you just need to tap on the LTE icon on your car’s touchscreen display and choose the network to join.
Yet another feature that’s made its way from Models X and S into Model 3 is the Cabin Overheat Protection function. This will make sure your car’s interior temperature won’t go above 105F (40 degrees C) for at least 12 hours after you exit the vehicle. At the very least, “Damn, I left my kid (dog/grandmother/ice cream) in the car” won’t be a life or death situation now. Well, maybe not ice cream. The update turns the feature to “on” by default, but if you don’t need it you can head over to Controls > Safety & Security and disable it from the touchscreen.
Finally, once you have the update installed and you have Version 3.4.1 of the Tesla mobile app on your smartphone, you will be able to remotely set speed limits for your car. You can only set the limits when the car is parked, and although it’s built on the Valet Mode, the new Speed Limit Mode won’t lock your trunk or glove compartment when it’s activated. You can set limits from between 50 and 90 mph.
The current software update is still in the process of rolling out, so if you haven’t got it yet it should be coming soon.