According to Electrek, Tesla has released a software upgrade that enables its vehicles to scan for potholes, cracked pavement, and other flaws.
The adaptive suspension is supported vehicles can then be triggered to change the ride height for greater comfort using the “rough road map data” that was generated earlier.
Musk hinted about the possibility of such a feature in a tweet from 2020, and it appears that this is just the beginning.
According to the release notes, “This change may happen at various locations, subject to availability, as the vehicle downloads rough road map data created by Tesla automobiles.” This means that as Tesla vehicles travel the roads, pothole and other statistics should get more accurate.
According to Elektrek, the ride adjustment will only function in Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with adaptive suspensions.
Even though they lack the adaptive suspension to take advantage of the data, it is unclear if the Model 3 or Y vehicles also scan for bumpy roads. There are a total of eight cameras in both the Model 3 and the Model S.
The most recent update 2022.20 is required to activate the feature, after which you tap “Controls > Suspension > Adaptive Suspension Damping, and select the Comfort or Auto setting,” according to Tesla.
It also states that “the instrument cluster will continue to indicate when the suspension is raised for comfort.”