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Tesla’s new update can scan road ahead of potholes and adjust suspension

Tesla’s new update (2022.20) can scan the road ahead of the potholes. Then the vehicle would adjust the suspension according to the rough roads. It could percent a lot of underbody damage, also driver damage. The feature can be activated by selecting “comfort” under the Adaptive Suspension Damping setting.

Tesla Autopilot will be able to avoid potholes on the road, says Elon Musk

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However, the new feature could depend on where the vehicle is being driven. Every pothole and road crack may not be avoidable, however, most of them are found. The release notes say, “This adjustment may occur at various locations, subject to availability, as the vehicle downloads rough road map data generated by Tesla cars.”

Interestingly the feature is not available for the cars which have Autopilot or full self-driving software activated. The vehicle won’t try to steer around or avoid the damage. It is because, Tesla is working on a deterrence system to create pothole maps by using 3D labeling, according to Elon Musk. The feature is under development and applies to autopilot or full self-driving technology.

Regardless of the changes, the features of automatic suspension adjustment are crucial aspects of vehicle development. Over the years Tesla vehicles are known to be one of the safest vehicles on the market. Now, with vehicle damage also being reduced, it only makes the vehicle much safer and smoother to drive.

Other features

Although this detection system requires a software update, it can only work if Tesla’s Adaptive Suspension system is also available on the vehicle. That means both Model S and Model X vehicles will be able to take advantage of it. “Tesla Adaptive Suspension will now adjust ride height for an upcoming rough road section. This adjustment may occur at various locations, subject to availability, as the vehicle downloads rough road map data generated by Tesla cars,” the full update read.

The update also includes a green light chime to help combat driver distraction. Everyone’s been trapped behind some driver who’s paying more attention to their phone than the traffic signal ahead. This new feature may help eliminate incidents of road rage or at least reduce the likelihood that one will get honked at by motorists waiting behind.

Electrek notes that the green light feature will only work with vehicles that are equipped with the hardware 3.0 computer, also known as the self-driving computer. “This chime is only designed as a notification,” the notes add. “It is the driver’s responsibility to observe their environment and make decisions accordingly.”

 

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