Newest software update enables Tesla EVs to scan potholes and adjust vehicle height to reduce damage
Some Tesla cars are about to get a lot more comfortable to ride thanks to a software update that enables a new feature for detecting and adjusting for rough road conditions. Termed “Tesla Adaptive Suspension”, when enabled, the system will scan roads for conditions like potholes and adjust vehicle height to protect against underbody damage and make the ride more comfortable.
Tesla explains the feature further in the release notes of the 2022.20 update “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.”
Due to its reliance on adjustable suspensions, the feature only works on EVs with adjustable suspensions like the Model X. To enable Adaptive Suspension, navigate to Control > Suspension > Adaptive Suspension Damping and choose Comfort or Auto.
Adaptive Suspension is the first step toward Tesla’s dream of having its fleet of EVs navigate around potholes automatically when in Autopilot or Full Self Driving (FSD) mode. Tesla has been working on using its EVs to scan and make mini-maps of potholes for at least two years. However, the feature is still under development.