Hopefully, a hammer or anything else will never fly into your windshield when you’re driving on the freeway in your Tesla. But if you end up in the middle of a Final Destination–style road-debris horror show, at least can expect to have footage of the incident to show your insurance company. How? A new software update Tesla released last month, part of which dictates that the onboard, forward-facing dashcam will flip on and save video clips any time you honk the horn. That feature just hammered home its usefulness for one unfortunate Tesla Model 3 driver, who encountered, um, a hammer at freeway speeds.
In video posted to YouTube, the driver’s Tesla records a hammer flying right into the middle of the windshield on the highway. The rogue hammer appears to have been kicked up off the pavement and flown quite far before hitting the Tesla, as the YouTube clip’s narrator points out. Unsurprisingly, the hammer caused considerable damage to the Model 3’s windshield, sending glass flying. Just watching the video is enough to make anyone anxious, and kudos to the driver for staying calm and not swerving or otherwise losing their cool. In fact, it’s almost strange to think the driver had the wherewithal to honk the Tesla’s horn; it wouldn’t be our first reaction to an inanimate object animatedly hurtling toward our vehicle. A deer, maybe. Definitely a person.
Anyway, the new dashcam feature is one of a slew of updates that arrived with Tesla software version 2019.40.50. Others improvements include new titles for Tesla Arcade, the car’s onboard video-game suite—including Lost Backgammon and Stardew Valley—and Camp Mode, which maintains temperature and infotainment functions while people inside the car relax or take a nap (with the car stationary, it should be noted). These in-car comfort features should complement Tesla Theater I (movie-playing mode for the center display) and Karaoke (self-explanatory) nicely. Tesla also says it has improved voice commands with natural language recognition. Now you can tell your Tesla “set the temperature to 70″ or “adjust my right mirror,” for instance. And finally, Tesla will now read your text messages aloud and you can reply by speaking to the car.
Source: Tesla Revolution via YouTube, Teslarati
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