Tesla has released its latest over-the-air (OTA) software update, version 2023.38.8, this week. The update addresses user demands by introducing a long-awaited Bluetooth feature and streamlining the activation process for Autosteer, mirroring the functionality seen in the new Model S and Model X.
Tesla had previously introduced a rear screen with the 2021 refresh of the Model S and Model X, offering backseat passengers control over HVAC functions and entertainment options. However, users found a limitation in connecting Bluetooth headphones, hindering the ability to enjoy personal audio without disrupting the front-seat experience. While Bluetooth headphone support for the Model S and Model X is still pending, the new update extends this feature to the recently redesigned Model 3. Users, as reported on the TFF forum, can now connect up to two sets of Bluetooth headphones.
🔥🚀 2023.38.8 update adds a new setting icon on the upgraded Model 3's rear screen.
This icon opens a menu that allows you to pair a Bluetooth headphone.
Not available in S & X yet.
— Tesla Newswire (@TeslaNewswire) November 14, 2023
A noteworthy addition in the 2023.38.8 update is the introduction of Single Pull Autosteer. With this feature, users need only pull down on the gear stalk once to activate Autosteer, simplifying the process of engaging Autopilot or Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta, depending on the vehicle's specifications. This option, however, remains customizable, allowing users to retain the traditional double pull for Autosteer and a single pull for Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC).
This new activation method aligns with the process on the Model S and Model X, where Autosteer is activated with a single push of a steering wheel button. It's worth noting that opting for the single pull option may result in the loss of the ability to activate TACC. Users who frequently utilize TACC may choose to retain the original configuration. Tesla's continuous improvement through software updates showcases its dedication to enhancing user experience and maintaining its position at the forefront of automotive technology.