Tesla Model S and X can now detect potholes and adjust their suspensions

Tesla’s latest software update includes a feature that could prevent a lot of underbody damage, and possibly also some damage to drivers who drive too fast.

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A new software update 2022.20 from the company, rolled out to some of its vehicles a few days ago, says the cars are now capable of scan rough roads for potholes.

The goal is tobuild maps for Autopilot that show all potential problem areas, and automatically adjust the car’s suspension when approaching a rough road. For the moment, only Model S and X are compatible with this new technology.

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The Tesla Model S and X will automatically adjust the suspensions

The new version of Tesla software adds a feature called Tesla Adaptive Suspension. She will able to automatically adjust car height for rough section of road to prevent possible damage to the bodywork, but also more serious accidents if drivers drive at high speed.

This vehicle height adjustment may occur in various locations, subject to availability, when the vehicle uploads the hilly road map data generated by vehicles in the Tesla fleet. It means that pothole data expected to refine over time that Tesla vehicles ply the roads.

In order to enable the feature in Model S and Model X, you will need to make sure you are on the latest 2022.20 update, then go to Controls > Suspension > Active Suspension Damping, and select the Comfort or Auto.

For the moment, it is unclear if the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are also able to scan rough roads, even if they do not have the automatic adjustment of their suspension. It would be very interesting if Tesla also added the functionality on its less expensive vehicles, since they still represent the overwhelming majority of its current fleet. Indeed, of the 254,695 vehicles delivered in the second quarter of 2022, Tesla said Model 3 and Model Y vehicles accounted for 238,533 of those deliveries, while 16,162 were for Model S and Model X vehicles.

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