Tesla has launched a new feature that scan generate rough road map data and adjust suspension accordingly
Tesla’s new feature tries to smooth out Model S and Model X rides. Both models can scan for potholes and other road faults to provide “rough road map data” and adjust the suspension. Tesla’s Model S and Model X electric vehicles (EVs) will automatically modify ride height based on regional data collected by other Tesla cars, not specific potholes.
Tesla plots a map of high-risk road networks and allows drivers to enable an automatically-adjusted trip. Elon Musk originally hinted at the idea in 2020 when asked about a Tesla “micro map.” Tesla drivers may access the new feature by going to Controls > Suspension > Adaptive Suspension Damping in their Model S or Model X. The newest software update is required for the option to display.
Model 3 and Model Y owners can’t use the feature because they lack adaptable suspension. Tesla’s latest function helps drivers avoid potholes and other road imperfections that are hard to see. This new technology relies on other Teslas’ data to work. Tesla’s limited wording on the feature suggests that if your vehicle is the first to meet a pothole on a smooth rural road, your ride height won’t be automatically adjusted until a second time.
Ford’s latest Ford Focus model incorporates a Pothole Detection System that changes suspension when a wheel hits a pothole. The technology monitors the car’s suspension, body, steering, and braking inputs, altering ride height every two milliseconds. Ford’s suspension solution is confined to the Focus’ optional (and pricey) Continuously Controlled Damping package, but Musk’s EV brand isn’t exactly a trailblazer in this area.