Tesla has released a software update for its vehicles that expands their functionality. Now Tesla cars, depending on the model, have the ability to scan the road for potholes, adjust the suspension height, and have added Green Traffic Light Chime, Seat Belt Enhancement, and more.
Tesla has unveiled the 2022.20 software update, which introduces several exciting features. One of the most interesting is the ability to scan for potholes or other damage on the road surface and create a “rough road map” that affects the behavior of the car. In particular, this applies to Model S and Model X, which have Adaptive Suspension. A new feature adjusts the ride height for the upcoming stretch of rough road. It remains unknown if this type of road scanning is available for Model 3 and Model Y, as these vehicles lack Adaptive Suspension. However, the collected data could be useful to Autopilot in any model.
“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.”
The updates also touched on the improvement of the seat belts. Now the manufacturer's vehicles will be even better at protecting their passengers from collisions by using a seatbelt pretensioner during frontal collisions. If the belt is fastened correctly, it will begin to tighten to protect passengers during the collision.
“This enhancement builds upon your vehicle's superior crash protection - based upon regulatory and industry standard crash testing, but using Tesla Vision to help offer some of the most cutting-edge seatbelt pretensioner performance in the event of a frontal crash. Your seatbelt will now begin to tighten and protect properly restrained occupants earlier in a wider array of frontal crashes.”
In addition, the software update added Green Traffic Light Chime. According to the release notes, a chime will play when the traffic light you are waiting for turns green. If the Tesla car is waiting behind another car, then chime will play right after that car moves, unless Traffic-Aware Cruise Control or Autosteer is active.
“A chime will play when the traffic light you are waiting for turns green. If you are waiting behind another car, the chime will play once the car advances unless Traffic-Aware Cruise Control or Autosteer is active. When Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control is activated, a chime will play when you can confirm to proceed through a green traffic light. their environment and make decisions accordingly.”
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