In a recent Twitter post, Elon Musk noted that a lot of work is being done on the height and damping algorithm of Tesla’s air suspension. According to Musk, these devices will be connected to the Full Self-Driving System, with automatically controlled air suspension and damping settings when the vehicle is operating.
Musk’s comments are very surprising given that the only air suspension vehicles in the current lineup of Tesla are the Model S and Model X, which represent a very small portion of the total production volume of the company. Model 3 and Model Y form the bulk of vehicles that Tesla manufactures today, all of which are more affordably priced and catered for by the mass market. Both are also fitted with setups for spring suspension.
There is ample speculation that Tesla will eventually introduce a smart air suspension option for the Model 3 and Model Y, and at some point the parts have also been added to the parts catalog of the all-electric sedan. However, Elon Musk has been pretty firm on the notion that the two mass-market vehicles will not receive an air suspension option.
Considering the recent comments of the Tesla CEO, it seems a little curious that Tesla will devote a lot of its money to systems that would only be used by a tiny fraction of its fleet. With this in mind, Musk’s recent tweet seems to indicate two possible scenarios: one, that at some stage in the future, the Model 3 and Model Y will eventually get air suspension, or two, the FSD-focused air suspension height and damping systems of Tesla will be a key feature for the upcoming Cybertruck.
A variety of novel features are provided by the Cybertruck that make it a compelling vehicle for pickup buyers. One of these is its intelligent suspension function, which was demonstrated during the unveiling of the Cybertruck. Smart suspension is not just about utility either as the role could also be used to make rides smoother and more comfortable, similar to how it is used for the Model S and Model X.
The Cybertruck may very well be one of the most comfortable pickup trucks on the market due to such a component. With vehicles such as the RAM 1500 lineup rivaling even SUVs and crossovers in ride quality, new pickup trucks are already very convenient. However, by using its innovations to give the hulking all-electric steel pickup an advantage, Tesla was able to set the Cybertruck apart from the competition.
This edge could very well be used by FSD to automatically change the smart suspension settings of the Cybertruck. After all, very few pickup trucks will automatically adjust their ride height to maximize the ride experience of their passengers, considering their refinements today. After all, Tesla will probably ship the Cybertruck with simple Autopilot included and Full Self-Driving would definitely be more advanced by the time its customer deliveries begin with the all-electric pickup truck.
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