Turning your cars into a boombox is the latest ability that Tesla wants users to get their hands on, with their all-new ‘holiday update’ of the Boombox mode. Over the past few weeks, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been teasing a ‘fire’ holiday update to be pushed over-the-air to Tesla’s fleet before the end of 2020.
As reported by a few media outlets, this set of updates include 3 new in-car video games, as well as the main new feature of the update, which is the ‘Boombox‘ mode. The 3 video titles include The Battle of Polytopia, Cat Quest, and Solitaire (Kabal).
What the Boombox mode does is, it enables you to play sounds through your vehicle’s external speakers. Combining real utility, paired with Tesla’s trademark humor, the Boombox can let users use fart and goat sounds in place of boring honking sounds car horns usually make. Several sounds are available for Tesla owners through the Toybox section they can use in place of a regular horn: goat baaing, applause, a little “tada” clip, someone speaking posh, and, humorously enough- a loud, jarring fart.
Announcing the new feature, a Teslarati blog read, “Turn your car into a boombox and entertain a crowd with your media player when parked. You can also customize the sound your car makes when you press the horn, drive the car or when your car is moving with Summon. Select an option from the dropdown menu or insert your own USB device and save up to five custom sounds.”
The new update also includes ‘Driving Visualization Improvements‘, which has been expanded as “The driving visualization has been refreshed and now offers a larger visualization to allow drivers to view more details of the road surroundings. The next turn will now appear above the visualization if the navigation turn list is covered by another app.
Additionally, select items have slightly moved but will continue to look and behave the same. Some notable differences include the following:
– Quick access to the backup camera and wipers has moved to the bottom bar
– Indicator lights have been moved to the side of the touchscreen
Autopilot set speed, Autopilot availability, and ‘detected speed limit are now displayed next to the driving speed.”
Another update is the, “Scheduled Departure (which) can now precondition your battery and cabin even when your car is unplugged. To account for the different utility rate plans, you can now set the time when your off-peak rates end to save on charging costs. To access, tap SCHEDULE from the climate control or charging panel when parked.”