‘Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk took to social media yesterday, announcing a significant, impending software patch for the Model S sedan. The over-the-air update is reportedly designed to “end range anxiety,” according to Automotive News. (His words, not ours.)
“Range anxiety” is, of course, customer concern over the limited charge range of an electric car, and the perceived difficulty of locating expedient, accessible charging.
If we had to hazard a guess as to how this Model S software patch quells range anxiety, we’d put our money on a revised satellite navigation program, with improved reporting of Tesla supercharger locations, and a range-conscious “route planner.” A program available for download on iTunes offers essentially that, allowing the user to plan a road trip with supercharger locations highlighted and included among the user’s desired waypoints. But that software costs $49.99, and runs on an iPhone or iPad, not the Model S’ infotainment screen.
The Tesla Model S software patch will be revealed at a press conference on Thursday, at 9 am.