Tesla Model X, Model S, Model X SUV, Model 3 and Model S P90D were all upgraded to a new set of safety features in the latest update to the vehicle’s safety system.
The update includes a new ‘driver assist assist feature’ which allows the driver to act as a backup driver.
According to the update, the feature will allow the driver’s hand to move towards the wheel to brake, or to switch the steering wheel to a different direction, and will provide ‘alternative lane departure warning’.
Tesla said it would also be updating the steering and brakes systems, and adding lane departure warnings to all other steering controls.
There was no mention of whether the update was mandatory, but Tesla said the changes were optional.
Model X will now also have a more powerful electric motor, and it is now able to achieve a top speed of 310km/h (170mph).
In the update to safety, the company said it will also be introducing a feature called Autopilot, which is able to help drivers avoid collisions.
It said the feature would automatically detect objects and drivers and provide assistance.
In addition, Tesla said it was adding a feature to the steering that allows drivers to switch between steering wheels, while also enabling the driver a second, third or fourth wheel.
All Model X and Model X SUVs will now have the feature, which was introduced last year in the Model S and Model 3.
As for the other two models, Model E and Model E sedan, all models will be upgraded to the ‘self-parking mode’, which is an optional feature in Tesla’s upcoming Model X crossover.
This will allow drivers to park the car in a ‘self parking zone’, which will not require the driver and the vehicle to move from the street.
Additionally, Tesla has added a second option in the crossover, which allows drivers with an iPhone to remotely control the car and park the vehicle remotely.
Tesla’s safety updates for Model S cars include a new autopilot feature that will allow it to take over in the event of a crash.
However, the update does not address whether the feature was required for the Model X. A driverless car is currently expected to debut in 2019.
More to come.