Tesla Cars Will Soon Help You Avoid Potholes

Tesla has updated its autopilot system, which will now start scanning the roads to help drivers avoid potholes.

A new 2022.20 software update from the company on July 2 said that the vehicles will now scan for rough roads and potholes. It will do this by adjusting the suspension of the vehicle, which will assist in preventing damage.

It comes two years after CEO Elon Musk announced Tesla Autopilot would eventually detect potholes, as well as remembering where they lie in order to avoid them in future.

Tesla Autopilot is not fully able to avoid potholes and map their whereabouts as yet, however, it is now looking for "rough road sections," which can include potholes, news website Electrek reported.

Over the years, Tesla owners have called for this feature to be set into effect.

In 2020, one customer, @JohnEG78 tweeted to Musk, "I would like voice commands for air suspension ride height," not a tesla app reported.

Musk responded to the tweet, saying that "overall air suspension height and demeaning" is getting "a lot of attention."

This new feature is only available in vehicles with adaptive suspension, which includes Tesla Model S and Model X.

"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 full update read.

"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."

But, Tesla is not the first car manufacturer to begin introducing pothole avoidance technology.

Ford has already suggested technology that is able to recognize specific potholes and adjust the suspension accordingly. Tesla's system differs from this, in that it will aim to soften the ride over rough road patches.

Potholes can severely damage a cars' suspension, depending on how big they are and the speed driven over them. Driving over potholes can damage the tires, sidewalls and belts, and knock the vehicle out of alignment.

Tesla cars have all the features of a complete self driving system, however the company is aiming to improve the functionality of these features through software updates over time.

According to Electrek, "phantom breaking events" often require a Tesla driver to take over the controls, meaning this requires improvement.

Tesla also announced in the software update that a chime will now play when the traffic lights turns green. The chime will play once a car in front beings to move forward, the update said.

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In this combination image, esla CEO Elon Musk attends the official opening of the new Tesla electric car manufacturing plant on March 22, 2022 near Gruenheide, Germany and Large pothole (Inset). iStock / Getty Images