Your Tesla Will Now Scan Roads For Bumps And Potholes To Avoid Hitting Them
Tesla has confirmed that its cars are now checking the roads for potholes and other obstacles, and trying to avoid them, thanks to a new software update that has rolled out. By avoiding such things it’s hoped that cars can avoid any potential damage to suspension, wheels, and tires.
The new road scanning comes as part of the 2022.20 software update, with the release notes saying that cars are now checking for “upcoming rough road” situations. According to Electrek:
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 vehicles.
Such a feature is also beneficial for times when cars are driving on Autopilot because while drivers would avoid potholes when driving themselves, Autopilot can now also do something similar when taking the wheel itself.
However, while this technology will be useful for potholes in the future, that doesn’t seem to be what it’s being used for right now. Instead, it’s only offered on cars that support adaptive suspension and drivers need to enable the setting manually.
The instrument cluster will continue to indicate when the suspension is raised for comfort. To enable this feature, tap Controls > Suspension > Adaptive Suspension Damping, and select the Comfort or Auto setting.
The new Model S and Model X feature adaptive suspension, so drivers of those cars can look out for this new addition now.