Tesla's Autopilot update 2022.4 improves regenerative braking for better efficiency in slow traffic
Regenerative braking is one of those EV features that drivers of regular cars with an internal combustion engine sometimes struggle to get used to. Instead of transforming kinetic energy into wasteful thermal energy by using the regular brakes, regenerative braking actually replenishes the battery of electric cars and is therefore an integral technology behind the amazingly high efficiency of modern EVs.
Tesla has improved this feature with a new software update for the Autopilot, which is now supposed to use more regenerative braking at low speeds. This should result in higher efficiency and therefore longer ranges, and according to the official change log, these changes should be particularly noticeable in slow stop-and-go-traffic. The driving experience in such situations is also improved by allowing smoother stops.
According to an article by Electrek, the rollout of this software update with the version number 2022.4 has already started, but as always it can take up to a few weeks until all Tesla owners can benefit from the improvements in Autopilot. Unfortunately, this software update does not reintroduce the two customization options "Standard" and "Low" for the regenerative braking system which Tesla has removed back in 2020.