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Tesla releases software update that includes technology most other cars already have

Tesla is currently pushing an update for new technology to its customers.

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Tesla has begun rolling out an update for its cars that includes technology most new cars on the market already have. Electrik reported the development over the weekend.

The update will include traffic sign reader tech as well as the ability for your Tesla to make a chime noise when its system detects that the light ahead of you has turned green.

According to software release notes, the traffic sign reader aspect will work by utilizing the car's cameras to "see" a speed limit sign. In turn, a graphic will appear in the driver visualization in the car and the information will be used to set a speed limit warning.

Tesla Model 3 The Tesla Model 3 does not have a head up display.Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Similar technology is employed by a wide variety of automakers - everyone from Volvo and Mercedes-Benz to Ford and Mazda. It works a little differently at each. Some just read the sign and project an icon on the driver's information screen. Others automatically adjust your cruise control to be within the limit. Some read the sign, display an icon, then flash that icon with red highlights any time a driver exceeds that limit.

Many automakers show the sign recognition icon in their head up display (HUD) as well. Most Teslas do not come equipped with a HUD, but aftermarket solutions are available.

The pushed update also includes traffic light and stop sign reading technology that will alert the driver when a stoplight turns green. Some automakers offer technology that doesn't read lights, but rather alerts the driver when the car immediately ahead of them has pulled away.

Neither of these technologies make Tesla vehicles full self-driving cars. Despite the names, Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability are still in developmental stages. All Teslas require a hands-on, attentive driver to operate in a safe manner.

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NHTSA looking into Tesla's in-car video games

Some owners have discovered that their car's video games work when the car is moving.

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Tesla's vehicles are among the most advanced and forward-thinking products of any kind, but serious innovation doesn't come with tradeoffs. The automaker has been in the news recently because of issues with how its advanced cruise control systems function, and now, Autoblog reports that the NHTSA is asking questions about Tesla giving drivers the ability to play video games and browse the internet while driving.

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The feature is intended to be used while the car is parked, such as while charging, so the discovery that people can use them while driving is a serious one. Vince Patton, the person who filed the complaint with the NHTSA, tested his car and found that he could play Solitaire and a fairly involved action game while it was in motion. Internet browsing was also possible, meaning the driver could take their attention completely off the road ahead for extended periods of time.

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Tesla was already under investigation over crashes involving its Autopilot feature. Several collisions have occurred between Teslas and emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Following the initiation of that investigation, the NHTSA raised other questions with the automaker over a buggy software update that was pushed out, retracted, fixed, and reissued outside of the normal recall process. Despite their names, it's important to clarify that neither the Autopilot nor Full Self-Driving features are capable of driving the cars without driver awareness and input.

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