Avoiding potholes is a skill many drivers learn to avoid damaging their cars. However, Tesla is making it possible for you to stop worrying about them. In a recent update, the American EV maker has added a feature that lets your Tesla car scan the road ahead for potholes and adjust the suspension to prevent damage.
Tesla is that company constantly adding features to its cars, even after they have been delivered to the owners. The newest cool feature is one that prevents underbody damage to its vehicles. The cars will be able to check for potholes on the road and adjust the suspension so that your car suffers minimal damage due to the condition of the road. Riders will also appreciate the smoother rides.
When your car raises the ride height to deal with a pothole, you will see a notification in the instrument cluster.
If you have received the 2022.20 update and your Tesla has adaptive suspension, you can enable this feature under the Adaptive Suspension Damping setting by selecting “Comfort.” However, the feature may be location-based, meaning it may not work for every pothole you encounter on the road. According to the update’s release note, “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 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.”
However, you cannot use this new feature while Autopilot or Full Self-Driving is active. This means your Tesla car cannot maneuver around a pothole on its own, at least yet. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has already announced the company is working on using 3D labeling to generate maps of potholes to be avoided by its cars.
The July 2nd update also includes a method of preventing driver distraction behind the wheel when at a traffic light. If the car senses that a driver is focusing on something apart from the traffic signal, like a smartphone, it will produce a green light chime when it is time to move. This could potentially prevent lots of honking at busy intersections by exasperated drivers. However, this feature will only work on cars that have a self-driving computer. You are also warned not to rely on the alert but to pay attention to your surroundings when you drive.
Another feature in this update is an enhancement to the seat belt. It will now begin to tighten earlier in more situations of frontal crashes to protect the rider. Tesla already has some of the best seat-belt systems in the auto industry, with the help of Tesla Vision.
Other features include the return of estimated driving ranges upon arrival at your destination during your trips and resetting learned tire settings after you do a tire rotation, swap, or replacement.