Tesla Motors will address range anxiety for Model S drivers through an over-the-air (OTA) software update that will include a Range Assurance application that runs even when the car is shut off and a Trip Planner, CEO Elon Musk said during a press conference.
Range Assurance communicates with Tesla Superchargers en-route as well as available parking-spot chargers at a destination, and provides a warning to the driver when he or she is about to drive out of range. The system factors in terrain and driving style, “making it basically impossible for a Model S driver to run out of range unintentionally,” Musk said.
Trip Planner automatically displays the best charging options en route.
The next major release (version 7) of the Model S software will include autopilot functionality.