Tesla has rolled out a new update that owners in snowy climates will love
The new update allows owners to see the car's adaptive suspension adjust in real-time
Tesla are always trying new and somewhat adventurous things with their cars, as well as using the latest software updates to give an inkling of what the company has coming in the future. One of those updates was rolled out very recently for Model Ss and Model Xs and it's one that Tesla owners who live in more snowy and wintery climates will love!
The new update allows data from the adaptive suspension to be shown to the driver from the distinctive enormous middle screen that is present on Tesla vehicles. According to the Reddit post from a Tesla owner above, the data shows everything from ride height to compression and rebound and even body acceleration! This is all data that comes directly from the suspension to the screen in real-time, allowing you to keep an eye on exactly what your Tesla's suspension is doing. Tesla also revised the suspension ride height logic, changing the system to automatically lower the suspension after a short distance if the ride height is set to high or very high. This is unless the driver manually overrides it with the "keep" option next to the ride height slider, which maintains the ride height on high or very high until the maximum speed for that ride height is reached. This is something which will be very useful for a bit of light off-roading or, perhaps more importantly, snowy conditions. This will more than doubtless be a huge boost for markets like Canada and Scandinavia where the snow can get pretty crazy during the winter!
This new suspension update is especially relevant to Tesla though because of something Elon Musk himself tweeted last February. He stated that "active ride height & active damping are game-changing for a truck or any car with a high max/min weight ratio." In other words, any vehicle that is designed to carry a lot of heavy goods. With this in mind, this new suspension update could very well be a precursor to a system we'll end up seeing on the Cybertruck when it eventually launches.
As well as the new suspension features, the software update changes the way Tesla vehicles interface with the Powerwall energy storage system. With the new update, Teslas will be able to charge directly from the Powerwall whilst keeping a constant monitor on energy demands in the house. This will allow the car to slow or speed up charging or even stop charging altogether depending on how much power demand there is.