Tesla newest software update introduces a ‘Night Curfew’

  • Tesla introduces Parental Controls with its latest software update
  • Parents will be able to set a ‘Night Curfew’ for their car that will alert them if its driven past this time 
  • There also the option for parents to set speed limits

Published on Jul 09, 2024 at 3:38 AM (UTC+4)
by Claire Reid

Last updated on Jul 09, 2024 at 3:48 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Tesla’s new software update introduces parental controls, including a Night Curfew feature that alerts the owner when the car is driven past a certain time. 

Parents brave enough to let their children drive their beloved Teslas are set to be given some extra peace of mind, thanks to the 2024.26 software update. 

Until now, parents had to rely on trust when it came to letting their kids loose behind the wheel. 

But Tesla looks set to change all of that with its new Parental Controls giving mum and dad a chance to keep a close eye on exactly what their children are doing. 

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Tesla is introducing a new Night Curfew feature

The Night Curfew feature will alert parents via the Tesla app when the car is being driven after a specific time.

So, the days of grabbing your mom’s keys and sneaking out into the night are over – if your folks happen to own a Tesla, anyway. 

Parents are also able to control how fast their children can drive the vehicle. 

Via the app, parents can ensure their little darlings aren’t turning into speed demons by allowing them to set a maximum speed limit and limit the acceleration when in ‘chill mode’. 

Alongside that, important safety features, such as speed limit warnings, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warnings, cannot be turned off unless you enter a PIN in the app. 

The move has been hailed as ‘incredibly sensible’

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, told The Times that the move was ‘incredibly sensible’ and suggested that the company could use the controls to sell insurance, likening the features to the ‘black boxes’ that monitor how people use their vehicles. 

“That will be the next sort of logical step for them. Not only can you create a young driver profile, but if you opt for the young driver profile, that gives you a particular discount on the insurance you’re paying, potentially,” he said.

For now, the updates are being tested internally by Tesla staff but could be rolled out more widely if they prove to be a hit. 

Earlier this year, Tesla released a software update for its Cybertrucks, including the introduction of new off-roading modes. 

The car manufacturer is always looking for new ways to make life easier for its customers– even if that means ruffling a few feathers when it comes to teens borrowing their parents’ cars…

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist who hails from the UK but is now living in New Zealand. She began her career after graduating with a degree in Journalism from Liverpool John Moore’s University and has more than a decade of experience, writing for both local newspapers and national news sites. Across her career she's covered a wide variety of topics, including celebrity, cryptocurrency, politics, true crime and just about everything in between.