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Latest Tesla Update 2023.12.1 Includes 6 Hidden Changes You Didn’t Know About

The long-awaited software update for Tesla’s vehicles containing various new features and enhancements was spotted in circulation. The update, labelled as 2023.12.1.1, has finally started to be rolled out after much anticipation among Tesla owners and enthusiasts.

First noticed last week, it is expected to bring significant improvements to the overall user experience of Tesla’s electric vehicles.

New features include an increase in the speed at which automatic emergency braking (AEB) can operate, as well as its operation in reverse. These improved features mean that the vehicles’ AEB system will be able to detect and respond to potential collisions even faster, providing an extra layer of safety for both the driver and passengers.

The software update, called 2023.12.1.1, brings several new features and improvements to Tesla’s vehicles, including enhanced autopilot capabilities, new entertainment options, and improvements to the overall user experience. In this article, we will take a closer look at the new features that Australian Tesla owners can expect to see in this latest update.

New Features Of Tesla OTA Update

Tesla has implemented four brand-new features and made five improvements to its existing features and user interface. These updates are aimed at providing an even better driving experience for Tesla owners and improving the overall usability of the vehicle.

The new features are expected to bring a host of benefits to Tesla’s already impressive suite of features, while the enhancements to the user interface will make it even easier to access and use the features that Tesla drivers have come to know and love. Following are some of these new updates:

Steering Wheel Call Controls

Now, owners can use the left scroll button on their steering wheel to answer or decline calls with just a quick press. Once on a call, the left scroll button can also be used to mute or unmute the conversation, or to hang up when the call is finished.

This new feature not only makes it easier for Tesla owners to manage phone calls while on the go but would also make Tesla drivers keep their hands on the wheel at all times.

Text Size

The latest user interface update for touchscreen displays in vehicles now allows users to select between two text size options – Standard or Large. This feature is particularly useful for those who have trouble reading smaller text or have visual impairments.

To access this feature, users can navigate to the Controls menu on the touchscreen display and select Display, followed by Text Size. From there, users can choose between Standard or Large text size, depending on their preference.

Scroll Customization

The latest software update for Tesla vehicles includes a new feature that allows for left scroll button customization on the steering wheel. This feature offers increased convenience and ease of access for drivers by providing customizable options for various settings and actions.

Tesla Scroll Customisation

With the latest update, users can conveniently adjust settings such as brightness and Acceleration Mode, or perform actions like toggling the Camera App, opening the glovebox, and saving Dashcam footage using only the left scroll button.

Also, users can choose which function comes up by default by accessing the Controls menu on the touchscreen display, selecting Display, and then Scroll Wheel Function.

Control Search

If you want to access controls and settings more quickly, you can now use the ‘Search’ function on your Tesla. To use this feature, go to Controls and click on ‘Search.’ From there, you can enter a search term to find the control or setting you need.

Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you can make changes directly from the search result or click on the link to jump to that panel in Controls. This new feature is a handy way to save time and make it easier to find the specific settings you need in your Tesla.

Gear Chimes

The latest update for Tesla vehicles includes a new feature that adds an audible chime when shifting gears. This feature is particularly useful for drivers who may want an additional cue to let them know when they have successfully shifted gears.

The gear chime feature can be easily toggled on or off by accessing the Controls menu on the touchscreen display and selecting Safety, followed by Gear Chimes.

Passenger Seat Controls

Tesla’s latest software update includes a new feature that makes it easier for passengers to enter or exit the rear seat. The update allows users to adjust the position of the passenger seat from the rear touchscreen, using the seat icon and arrow buttons.

By holding down one of the arrow buttons, Tesla users can move the seat forward or backwards to create more space and comfort when getting in or out of the rear seat.

These seat controls are only available when your Tesla is not moving. For those in the front seat, the same controls can be accessed through the rear screen remote control app in the App Launcher on the touchscreen.

Automatic Emergency Braking

Looks like Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) has been to school and graduated with top honours. It’s now smarter and faster than ever! Not only can it stop for vehicles in front of you, but it can also detect rogue cars coming at you from a perpendicular path, like a bull charging toward a matador.

If you like to drive really fast, up to 124 mph (200 km/h), the Automatic Emergency Braking system is now there to help you out. You can feel safe knowing that even at high speeds, your Tesla will protect you in case of an emergency.

Know Your Tesla

Tesla’s latest software update includes a unique and helpful feature called “Get to Know Your Tesla.” This feature provides an educational experience for users to learn the basics of their Tesla, such as creating Driver Profiles, using a Phone Key, and understanding regenerative braking.

The “Manual” app presents this information with visuals and, if applicable, links to the relevant feature. In addition to the “Get to Know Your Tesla” education experience, the app also offers convenient access to other learning resources, including the on-screen Owner’s Manual and online tutorial videos.

What To Expect In The Future?

It seems like Tesla couldn’t wait until the holidays to shower its customers with some exciting new features this year. In a surprising move, the electric vehicle manufacturer has released a software update chock-full of goodies well before the end of the year.

Tesla’s newest software update, version 2023.12, has introduced some exciting changes to the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system. The update now enables the AEB to function while the car is reversing, although its effectiveness is somewhat limited. The forward speed range where the system can function has been increased. Prior to this update, AEB could operate only between 3-90 miles per hour (5-150 kilometers per hour) while driving forward. But with this OTA update, the AEB can now function between 3-124 mph (5-200 kph).

The 2023.12.1.1 update promises to enhance the driving experience and provide new entertainment options for Tesla owners to enjoy. The update includes several exciting new features, including the capability to manage phone calls using the steering wheel buttons and the ability to detect speed limit signs.

And it seems like everyone is eager to get their hands on it! The latest update is spreading like wildfire, making it the fastest OTA software update to date. FSD Beta 11.3.6 (2022.45.15) comes in second, but who’s counting? It’s all about getting the latest and greatest updates for our beloved Teslas.


With the latest OTA update, Tesla’s vehicles are set to become even safer. The 2023.12.1 Tesla software update would include much-awaited features for Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.

Tesla has expanded the speed range of its Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system among other improvements and feature updates. AEB works by applying the brakes when it senses a potential collision to reduce the impact of a crash.

This system is designed to provide additional protection to Tesla drivers in dangerous situations. Along with AEB, the software update also addresses the erratic behavior of auto wipers, providing a more stable and reliable experience.

Purnima Rathi
Purnima Rathi
Purnima has a strong love for EVs. Whether it's classic cars or modern performance vehicles, she likes to write about anything with four wheels, especially if there's a cool story behind it.


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