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.
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 suspension information.