Tesla Prepares Cybertruck Feature-Packed Update, It Includes Cabin Overheat Protection

Cabin Overheat Protection comes to the Cybertruck in future update 6 photos
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Tesla announced a massive Spring Release software update with new features tailored for distinct models. In the case of the Cybertruck, the highlights are the ability to power your home during an outage via Powershare, an improved turning circle, and cabin overheating protection. The latter has been asked by owners affected by the unusually warm weather in April.
Tesla started deliveries of the Cybertruck with many missing features, promising to add them on the fly. This is not unusual for new models, especially as Tesla knows its software game. However, besides the disappointing range and charging performance, the Cybertruck started its career with many missing features. Despite Tesla's best efforts, the rate at which they were introduced with software updates has been rather slow.

For instance, the Cybertruck still doesn't offer any advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), starting with the Basic Autopilot. While new models take a while before all FSD features are unlocked, the Cybertruck is missing even the most basic ADAS. We're almost five months after the start of deliveries, and these features are yet to arrive. More intriguingly, Tesla didn't even promise to offer them soon.

It did, however, with the charging performance. When people complained that the Cybertruck charges slower than other EVs, including the Tesla family, the EV maker quickly pointed out that an update would come shortly to fix it. Drew Baglino, Tesla's former SVP for Powertrain and Energy, promised that a future software update would unlock up to 154 miles (248 km) recovered in 15 minutes of charging. Baglino left Tesla, so it's unclear if this is still on track.

The upcoming Spring Release doesn't mention any charging improvements among the highlights. However, Tesla announced that the Cabin Overheat Protection is coming, helping maintain a set temperature for up to 12 hours after you park. This was another missing feature that Cybertruck owners complained about. A week ago, Cybertruck program manager Siddhant Awasthi promised that it had been noted as a high priority for upcoming OTA updates. Thankfully, this will come sooner than expected with the upcoming software update.

That's not the only update Cybertruck owners will enjoy. The pickup truck is Tesla's first model to support bi-directional charging, a feature that the EV maker calls Powershare. Previously, the owners could only power external appliances or charge other EVs thanks to high-power outlets in the bed. With the Spring Release update, the Cybertruck can power your home. This requires a Universal Wall Connector and Powershare Gateway, with the Cybertruck able to send up to 11.5 kW to the house during outages or grid instability.

While this will get Cybertruck owners excited, the turning circle improvements might prove more important in everyday driving. The update leverages rear-wheel steering by increasing the maximum angle of the rear wheels from 3 to 10 degrees. According to Tesla's announcement, this should shorten the turning circle by 1.6 feet (50 cm). This doesn't require mechanical changes, with the software update taking care of everything.

Other features include a colorizer, allowing owners to "wrap" the digital representation of their Cybertruck in the infotainment screen to match the truck's wrap in real life. The Cybertruck will also get new horn and lock sounds. These will probably not be the only changes introduced with the upcoming software update.

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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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