Tesla is taking mobile car tech to a whole new level with their latest innovative feature. The car company is now giving drivers the option to set their own speed limits with the use of a mobile application and a vehicle software update.
The new speed limiter feature will soon be available to Tesla owners who operate with vehicle software version “2018.24 or above” and mobile app Version 3.4.1. Tesla recently released a statement about the new feature available for its cars: “Limit vehicle speed and acceleration with speed limit mode. Maximum vehicle speed can be set between 50-90 mph (80-145 km/h).”
This innovative safety component comes not too long after the release of ‘Valet Mode,’ which allows drivers to place various temporary constraints on their cars. Limitations include the following: The vehicle’s top speed is reduced to 70 MPH; The vehicle’s power and acceleration are limited to 25%; The glove box and frunk are locked and inaccessible; Access to certain vehicle settings is restricted; Access to personal information is restricted.
Tesla’s newest innovation will give drivers the ability to set a specific speed limit. While some drivers may find this technology unnecessary, there are numerous circumstances where it could come in handy.
For starters, parents who allow their kids to drive a high-powered vehicle will find comfort knowing their kids physically can’t surpass a preset speed limit. Additionally, if drivers find themselves in the unfortunate scenario of having their car stolen, authorities would have a much easier time catching a car thief who can only drive 50 MPH. (For the record, Tesla owners can also report the location of their stolen car using the mobile app.)
As always, Tesla’s software updates take some time before they are accessible to every Tesla owner. If this feature interests you, keep an eye out for the official roll-out date!