For many, this will be quite an exciting update as it will involve the adaptive suspension during a launch from a standstill. A new version of ‘Launch Mode’ is being developed as we speak and Tesla is calling it “Cheetah Stance.”
If you remember from last year, the company developed a new “Smart Adaptive Air Suspension” for Model S and Model X. And, it was part of the new ‘Raven’ Model S and Model X update.
According to Tesla, the new suspension is described as follows:
We’ve also upgraded our air suspension system for Model S and Model X with fully-adaptive damping, giving it an ultra-cushioned feel when cruising on the highway or using Autopilot, and a responsive, exhilarating confidence during dynamic driving."
With the new suspension, Tesla plans to build a new feature around it.
The company plans to release a new Tesla software update for the Launch Mode, enabling Tesla performance vehicles to launch at full power, such as the Model S and Model X Raven. This was discovered by Tesla hacker Green.
In release notes, Tesla discusses the new launch mode:
To improve traction, Adaptive Suspension performs a “cheetah stance” (lowers the front axle) and adjusts damping.”
Basically, Tesla will lower the suspension in the front, which is already done so during the current ‘Launch Mode’, but now will leave the back suspension higher. This resembles how a cheetah sprints, hints the name — “Cheetah Stance.”
For a better representation, Green posted a graphic on Twitter that Tesla created to explain how to activate the new Launch Mode:
Tesla’s early access program is first to test the new version of Launch mode. The group is composed of owners that will provide feedback on early versions of new or updated features.
What we don’t know is the timeframe when it will be available the public. This could be days after testing or even weeks.
Along this new feature in the early access program, Tesla is also currently working on one called the “Stopping at Traffic Lights and Stop Signs.” This will be a major step for the company as they work to achieve a fully self-driving system in their vehicles.
In addition, Tesla plans to release a new Dashcam Viewer.
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