As part of the Tesla 2022.20 update, several new features were added, including one that allows the vehicle to predict when it will drive over rough roads using data collected by other Teslas and adjust the suspension accordingly.
Not the Tesla app reports that Tesla’s adaptive suspension will adjust the ride height for sections of “rough road” as determined by “map data received Tesla cars.” Drivers will be notified of the suspension height on the dashboard and can enable the feature by tapping Controls > Suspension > Adaptive Damping and selecting the Comfort or Auto settings.
Commentators believe the new feature could be a step toward the pothole-avoidance feature that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised for 2020. However, nothing in the language of this update indicates that a vehicle using this update will perform any pothole avoidance actions, only that the suspension will be raised to the most comfortable setting on certain predetermined sections of the road. The setting is only available on Model S and Model X, according to Inside electric carssince the Model 3 and Model Y do not come with adaptive suspensions.
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Release Notes 2022.20
– Seat Restraint System – seat belt tightening for a wider range of accidents
– Suspension – the car now uses data collected by other Teslas to adjust the suspension for rough road surfaces
– Green Light Charm for basic AP/EAP https://t.co/eRbikqetxB pic.twitter.com/bU9bbmH5Um
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In addition to this feature, the app also has a tire configuration feature that resets the tire settings received after rotating, swapping or swapping tires. The range at the destination is also returned and will allow the vehicle to tell drivers how much range they will have left when they arrive at the destination they have entered in their navigation software.
The automaker also said in its update that it has improved the performance of the seat belt pre-tensioners. The seat belts will begin to tighten and better restrain passengers “earlier in a wider range of frontal crashes,” the automaker writes.
Finally, the update also brings a new green traffic light that turns on automatically when the light at the intersection you’re waiting at turns green. If the driver is waiting behind another vehicle, the call will sound as soon as that vehicle passes in front, unless traffic-aware cruise control or automatic steering is engaged. It all sounds very useful if the driver can distract himself while waiting at a traffic light, although Tesla is clear that this is for notification purposes only and that the driver is responsible for being aware of their surroundings.