Tesla Model 3 and Model Y to gain heated wipers and ventilated seats?

By Nuno Cristovao

The Model 3 and Model Y manuals have been recently updated to reflect a new feature for Tesla's most popular vehicles.

Model 3/Y may gain ventilated seats
Model 3/Y may gain ventilated seats

The Model 3 and Model Y manuals now show that not only will the cars include heated seats as they have since being introduced, but they will also include cooled seats.

Ventilated seats have been a feature that Tesla previously only offered in their top models.

Tesla has slowly been bringing a lot of features that were exclusively available in the Model S and X to all of their cars.

The Model 3 and Model Y have gained a heated steering wheel, MCU 3, and other features that were previously exclusive to the Model S and Model X.

The Model Y now also offers Bioweapon Defense Mode. Unfortunately, it's not available in the Model 3 due to space constraints for the HEPA filter.

Model 3/Y may gain ventilated seats
Model 3/Y may gain ventilated seats

At this time the cooled seats have only been seen in Tesla's online manual, and there is no other confirmation that cooled seats are coming definitely coming to the Model 3/Y.

When Tesla builds their online manuals they tag each feature with the model it applies to. If a feature is available in all models, then it doesn't get a model tag and it's implied that the feature is available for all Tesla models.

The Tesla manual states:

Touch the driver's side seat icon to adjust seat heaters for the driver. The seat operates at three levels from 3 (highest) to 1 (lowest). The seat icon displays twisting lines that turn red (heating) or blue (cooling) to corresponding with the set level. Auto, which displays when the climate control system is set to Auto, warms or cools the front seats based on cabin temperature.

The ventilated seats footnote does not specify any models, which makes it show up in all manuals, for the Model 3/Y and Model S/X. This could very well be an oversight by Tesla, but it's also possible that Tesla is planning to add ventilated seats to all of their vehicles.

The Model 3 and Model Y will also gain heated wipers this year, which will prevent snow from building up on the wipers themselves. If you've ever driven through a snowstorm in your Tesla, you understand how valuable of a feature this will be.

In the past few months, there have been numerous changes to Tesla models. Tesla is set to open Giga Berlin and Giga Texas factories this year, so if Tesla is planning to make major changes to these vehicles, it makes sense for Tesla to make them now before assembly lines are built and in the new factories.

Model S and Model X will automatically adjust their suspension for rough roads in update 2022.20

By Lennon Cihak
Tesla lets you fine-tune your air suspension
Tesla lets you fine-tune your air suspension

Tesla’s Model X and Model S vehicles with adaptive air suspension will soon be getting a smoother ride.

Many Tesla owners have requested that their vehicles learn and adapt to rough roads.

CEO Elon Musk has stated that adaptive air suspension will remain a luxury feature and will stay exclusive to the Model S and Model X.

In November 2020, @JohnEG78 tweeted to Musk stating, “I would like voice commands for air suspension ride height.”

Musk responded, “Ok. Overall air suspension height & dampening algorithm is getting a lot of attention. Will be linked to FSD, so [it] acts automatically.”

Update 2022.20 has just started going out to select vehicles and one of the key features in the update is "Tesla Adaptive Suspension."

This feature will let your Tesla with an adaptive suspension automatically lower or raise depending on the type of road. So if you're driving and encounter a gravel or dirt road your vehicle will now automatically adjust its suspension for a smoother ride.

As Tesla ramps up their FSD rollout, the amount of real-world data that Tesla has collected is most likely more than any other automotive company.

Tesla can use this data gathered by the Tesla fleet to automatically adjust the ride height.

Update 2022.20

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If more data is needed or something is inaccurate, a button on the screen or voice command would be a nice addition to report it to Tesla, similar to Tesla's FSD Beta report button.

While we don't have pothole detection and avoidance just yet this could be the start of such a feature.

“Tesla Adaptive Suspension will now adjust ride height for an upcoming rough road section. This adjustment may occur at various locations, subject to availability, as the vehicle downloads rough road map data generated by Tesla cars. The instrument cluster will continue to indicate when the suspension is raised for comfort. To enable this feature, tap Controls > Suspension > Adaptive Suspension Damping, and select the Comfort or Auto setting.”

While potholes may be more difficult for the vehicle to detect, having a built-in system similar to Waze where users can report where the pothole is could be useful. With Waze, users can report a number of issues on the road, including police presence, objects on the road, construction, accidents, and more.

If a pothole is repaired, Tesla could utilize indicators that compare the amount of times the pothole is being reported by the driver or vehicle to before it was repaired. If there are no reports of that pothole in the road anymore, Tesla’s AI could mark that pothole as repaired and remove it from the notification system or adaptive air suspension.

Adjusting Tesla's Air Suspension

'Green Traffic Light Chime' is now available to all; no longer requires FSD in update 2022.20

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Green Traffic Light Chime is coming to all owners
Green Traffic Light Chime is coming to all owners
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With the release of 2022.20, Green Traffic Light Chime is coming to owners with FSD hardware 3.0.

Once enabled, Green Traffic Light Chime will chime when a traffic light turns green.

The chime will sound a second after the light changes in case the driver is not paying attention. The chime will also sound when you are behind someone, once the vehicle advances.

The feature is disabled by default and will only work once enabled in Controls. The chime will also only occur when driving manually and not on Autopilot.

To enable the feature go to Controls > Autopilot and scroll all the way to the bottom until you see 'Green Traffic Light Chime.'

The ability for the car to chime when a traffic light turns green has been available for some time. However, previously the feature was only available to users with FSD.

Green Traffic Light Chime was first released almost two years ago in update 2020.36, but it was exclusively available to users with FSD.

Update 2022.20

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Last updated: Jul 4, 3:46 pm

It could be argued that the feature should have available to everyone from the very beginning, but it's a nice addition to those that do not have the FSD package.

Although the feature works well, it's worth noting that the chime should be used as an alert to check the traffic light, instead of as an alert to proceed.

In some cases the chime does go off incorrectly when it misreads a traffic light or doesn't understand the traffic pattern correctly.

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