Tesla Holiday Update improves Camp Mode

Tesla starts pushing its holiday update to its vehicle fleet. Tesla Holiday Update changes include one present for EV owners, who appreciate the great outdoors (though not enough to sleep on the ground): Camp Mode.

Reported by Electrek, that feature allows Tesla’s vehicles to maintain airflow, temperature and interior lighting. The Tesla owners can also play music and power devices, which could come in handy for tailgating too.

Elon Musk tweeted, “big batteries rock.” It makes sense that EV owners, with all the extra power, might want to use some for camping accessories and comfort. Tesla isn’t alone in this thinking. Rivian added a camp stove add-on earlier this year, to its electric truck. Nissan has also a slightly different approach: recycling some of its EV batteries by giving them a second life in campers.

Musk teased the Camp Mode more than a year ago, and Tesla has also offered a watered-down version since 2017. Although this only kept the climate system on while you were in the car. The usage of new and improved Camp Mode is as easy, as tapping the fan icon on the bottom of the touchscreen, selecting ‘Keep Climate On’ and tapping ‘CAMP’. For an adventurous journey you’ll spring for one of Tesla’s electric Cyberquad ATVs as well.

The “holiday update,” hinted by Elon Must last week does include a “Full Self-Driving” preview as promised, but its limited edition. The new feature is also essentially improved sign reading capabilities. The additional objects like stop lights, stop signs and select road markings available in driving visualization system.