Tesla vehicles will get an all-new navigation system soon that will hopefully stop the dumb route suggestions.
For the longest time, Tesla drivers have reported that the navigation system found in the Model S and 3 cars were, shall we say, less than satisfactory. Telling the driver to hop on the highway for 600 feet only to then get off, take a few side roads, and then get back on the highway when there’s no traffic congestion can get on a person’s nerves.
Apparently that won’t be a problem on the new version. Last December, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that a completely overhauled navigation system will be coming in early 2018 and that it will be “light-years” ahead of the current nav system.
Major navigation overhaul coming in early 2018. Will be light-years ahead of current system, but we are testing it rigorously before rolling out.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2017
“Major navigation overhaul coming in early 2018,” Musk wrote. “Will be light-years ahead of current system, but we are testing it rigorously before rolling out."
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Then yesterday Musk gave us a release date for the new system: this weekend. Although he cautioned his eager audience with news that this new nav system should be considered a “mature beta” and won’t be perfect, but should still be much better than the previous system.
New nav starts rolling out this weekend. Should be considered a mature beta at first, so won’t be perfect, but will improve rapidly. With the old system, we were stuck with legacy 3rd party black box code and stale data. No way to improve.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 26, 2018
"New nav starts rolling out this weekend,” said the eccentric billionaire carmaker. “Should be considered a mature beta at first, so won’t be perfect, but will improve rapidly. With the old system, we were stuck with legacy 3rd party black box code and stale data. No way to improve."
With the help of a white hat hacker, electric car enthusiast site Electrek got their hands on a preview of the new system. The new nav features elements from MapBox and Valhalla, two open-source map-making programs (although Valhalla has since ceased operations). According to the site, the new system should be both smoother and faster than the original, while also providing a more detailed level of zoom functionality.
There’s no word on what the routing function will look like as that wasn’t included in the files the hacker managed to unlock. But worst comes to worst, you can always use Waze or Google Maps to get around like everyone else.