Tesla Model S Now Automatically Adjusts Suspension Height For Potholes, Driveways, Rough Roads

3 years ago by Mike Anthony 7

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

For those who own a Tesla Model S with the optional air suspension, you are now in for a treat!

A software upgrade gives the Model S location-based air suspension. This features remembers where potholes, steep driveways, bad roads, etc, are and will automatically re-adjust as needed to avoid potential damage to the vehicle, such as the tires, rims, and possibly some other misc. components located underneath.

For those interested, This is the Model S' frame with air suspension.

For those interested, This is the Model S’ frame with air suspension.

An interesting comment came from Karl Brauer, who is a Kelly Blue Book (KBB) analyst, stating that wireless software upgrades are not a unique ability for a vehicle, but added that this location-based air suspension was a feature that he has never seen before.

Mr. Brauer stated:

“Any car with built-in Wi-fi technically has the ability to update its software. For instance, GM cars equipped with OnStar have been able to remote start cars or make wireless upgrades for some time.”

We wonder if GM’s system includes completely new firmware updates, as well as giving the vehicle multiple advancements, which will keep the technology up-to-date.

John Gartner, Research Director with Navigant Research added:

“The importance of software upgrades and maintaining a communication link between the car and the automaker will increase and become more pivotal moving forward.”

And we absolutely agree with that.

We do have a bit of curiosity with this location based air suspension.  What if you are near that steep driveway or bump, but for whatever reason you don’t drive over or up it this time?  That may give your air suspension an unneeded adjustment.

Model S owners with air suspension, let us know your thoughts on how this feature functions in comments below.

Tesla Model S with additional Smart Air Suspension information.

Tesla Model S with additional suspension information.

Source: Fortune.

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7 responses to "Tesla Model S Now Automatically Adjusts Suspension Height For Potholes, Driveways, Rough Roads"

  1. wraithnot says:

    I think you may be misunderstanding this feature. If you manually raise the car’s suspension then it remembers the location where you did so and then automatically raises the suspension whenever you come to that location again. This would have been fantastic at my previous house due to the steep driveway. I believe there is also a way to tell the car to forget a location if you no longer want to raise the suspension there, but I haven’t had to raise my suspension since I got the 6.0 software update.

    1. turboro says:

      Thank you for your clear explaination

    2. Scramjett says:

      Forgetting a location would actually be handy in the off chance that your local DOT bothers to fix the potholes.

  2. Priusmaniac says:

    Actually, the Bose electromagnetic suspension system was not raising the wheel in front of a pothole based on remembering a location but was actively reacting on a pothole detected just in front of the car. This makes a huge difference because a new pothole or one on a road you never took before will be detected as well while this will not be the case with a memory based system. This is the limit of the air system, it is not fast enough to be able to compensate online while driving on unpredicted potholes. The electromagnetic suspension from Bose was and the detection was taking place just in front of the car milliseconds before impact but that was enough time for the system to raise the wheel.

  3. Tyl Young says:

    This geo-fence features works for known driveways, curbs and rough roads. I have many geo-fence locations selected in my MS. The car begins to adjust higher about 300 feet away from the selected location so when you arrive, transiting the curb etc. is without incident! To cancel a location select it again when you are at that location and then delete it. This feature works like a charm and I am hoping Tesla will add many more features to the MS’s geo-fence capability.

  4. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    OnStar doesn’t use wifi, it uses cellular networks.

    I also am unaware of any software feature adds in Volt firmwares since release, just bugfixes.

    GM could learn an awful lot about software design, programming, maintenance, and lifecycle from Tesla.

    1. Anon says:

      And how not to murder people with faulty ignition switches, for over a decade…