Tesla's new Model 3 features an improved suspension with selective frequency dampening
The 2024 Tesla Model 3, also known as the Highland or refreshed Model 3, introduced several refinements and enhancements that bring it to a new level. The advancements include a new front and back appearance, new rims, a completely redesigned interior, no stalks, ambient lighting, and so on. Some things are bound to slip under the radar, like the magnetic glove box and the improved suspension.
A detailed video by Tesla's engineering team in China explained several improvements, most of which we have covered. However, we haven't heard of the innovative "frequency selective damping" technology integrated into the Model 3's suspension system.
Selective Frequency Dampening: A Leap Forward
Tesla's introduction of frequency selective damping technology significantly enhances ride quality while preserving the car's dynamic handling. Based on KONI's patented design, this technology operates by adjusting damping forces according to the frequency of the suspension movement. High-frequency movements, typically caused by road irregularities, are dampened less, improving ride comfort, while low-frequency movements, associated with aggressive driving and cornering, are dampened more, ensuring optimal handling.
Addressing the age-old compromise between comfort and handling, selective frequency dampening emerges as a game-changer. Traditional shock absorbers face limitations, unable to provide the dual benefit of comfort and performance. Tesla's integration of this technology demonstrates a pivotal solution, offering a seamless driving experience that adjusts to both the driver's demands and the road's imperfections.
Community Anticipation and Reception:
Several Tesla owners have previously sought aftermarket solutions to enhance their ride experience. Users on Tesla Motors Club have expressed satisfaction with Koni's products, noting improvements in ride comfort, handling, and even an increase in range. The anticipation for the brand's adjustable models and integration into Model 3 and Model Y highlights the community's desire for customizable ride dynamics.
The Tesla community was incredibly excited about introducing Koni Reds, boasting frequency selective damping, which was met with enthusiasm, and users reported enhanced comfort, reduced noise, and improved handling, affirming the technology's potential.
The new Model 3, equipped with selective frequency dampening, is expected to start hitting roadways around the globe later this year. However, there is still no date for when we can expect the new Model 3 in North America.
Tesla's incorporation of frequency selective damping in the new Model 3 exemplifies innovation in addressing ride comfort and handling. This technology and other enhancements like dual-pane glass for noise reduction signify Tesla's commitment to delivering an unparalleled driving experience.
Testing the upgraded Model 3 in Shanghai ?
Our goal is to increase the size under the curve of customer happiness�"for example, Model 3 now has double-pane glass all around the vehicle, helping to significantly reduce road & wind noise
The first is firmware code that refers to a "front camera washer," which implies that upcoming models with a front bumper camera will also include a washer to hose off the lens.
The second appears to be available now with update 2023.44.1, and that's changes to the seat belt reminder system.
Front Camera Washer
The front-camera washer was revealed through Green's deep dive into Tesla's firmware code. An upcoming refresh to the Model S and Model X is expected to include a front bumper camera, as well as ambient lighting, similar to the new Model 3. When the new Model 3 lands in North America next year, it is also expected to carry this additional camera.
While its possible that the car will automatically clean the front camera based on when it sees dirt or rain droplets (similarly to how the wipers work), it appears that Tesla will also provide a button to manually clean the front bumper camera.
It's not clear where this additional button will live, but it could be added next to the Wipers and Sentry Mode buttons in Controls. Based on the icon, it doesn't look like it'll be its own icon in the bottom rows of apps, known as the launcher.
Seatbelt Reminder Changes
Another change Green discovered was a smaller change related to the seatbelt reminder system. In alignment with the standards set by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Tesla updated its seatbelt reminder tone. As per Green's findings, the new tone sounds more frequent and is higher-pitched.
Tesla has been tinkering with tone and patterns regarding safety aspects. The company recently changed how the hazardous lights function, introducing speed changes in flashing and light brightness after an accident.
These small changes reflect Tesla's commitment to consistently evolving their vehicles through hardware and software changes.
According to previous images of the Cybertruck's front bumper camera, the Cybertruck may be the first Tesla vehicle with the new lens cleaner. We should find out more this Thursday, when Tesla delivers the first trucks.
Tesla's Cybertruck is finally set to make its grand debut this Thursday, and it appears that the gang is all here. The latest sightings at Tesla's Gigafactory in Texas show an assembly of over 25 Cybertrucks. This fleet, captured by drone pilot and Giga Texas observer Jeff Roberts, is raising the excitement even more for what will be a monumental event.
Distinguishing Production Models from Test Units
Close examination of the spotted Cybertrucks indicates a mix of potential production models and test units. Some vehicles show signs of off-road testing, while others have different builds. They are all quite likely the ones that we have been writing about for months as production models would appear like Bigfoot sightings.
Despite the visible fleet, Tesla has announced plans to deliver only the first ten units at the launch event. This conservative start echoes Tesla's previous product launches, like the Model 3, where initial production was limited. Industry experts suggest a significant ramp-up in the coming year, with projections of substantial delivery numbers 2024.
What to Expect from the Cybertruck
Tesla has been tight-lipped about the final specifications of the Cybertruck. However, leaked details and hints from Tesla's earnings calls, Elon Musk's posts on X, and Joe Rogan's appearance suggest innovative features, like being arrow repellant, and being able to 'crab-walk'.
We also know the truck's towing capacity of 11,000 lbs and a payload of 2,500 lbs. It also has an advanced charging architecture and unique utility elements. These features are expected to set the Cybertruck apart from the truck and the electric truck segments, offering functionality and futuristic design.
Tesla's Strategic Approach to the Electric Truck Market
The Cybertruck launch is not just about introducing a new vehicle; it's about Tesla asserting its position in the electric truck market. The Cybertruck's journey from concept to launch reflects Tesla's commitment to pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle technology and design. The latest Elon Musk biography, written by Walter Isaacson, details many of the behind-the-scenes details of the production of this incredible vehicle.
The sighting of over 25 Cybertrucks at Gigafactory Texas indicates that Tesla is ready to put on a show for the delivery event. The event is scheduled to start at noon PST on November 30.
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