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Tesla tuning vehicles after they leave the factory

Sections: Car Safety, Chassis, Infotainment, Installations, Powertrain, Telematics

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Tesla Model S dashOne can say with Elon Musk at the helm there are few automobile manufacturers as progressive as Tesla, set aside a few boutique manufacturers.  One thing that makes Tesla different is the ability to perform remote software updates.

There was a scare last year when a few vehicles went up in flames.  Last November the company sent an update out to raise the ground clearance so there was less of a chance of flotsam hitting the undercarriage.   Recently, the company pinged its vehicles to monitor the onboard battery charger.  According to Telematics Update  “The second update reduces the charging current of the onboard system by 25% if it detects unexpected fluctuations in the input power to the vehicle. If nothing else, the car fire attention has allowed Tesla to demonstrate industry-first over-the-air updates that experts expect to become the new norm in the connected vehicle era.”

Imagine what over-the-air Tesla tuning can do when it comes to updating the operating system of the infotainment system if it can raise the chassis on-the-fly.  I am still not looking forward to going to my Ford dealership to leave my C-Max there for the day on Wednesday for a recalibrated hybrid engine tune.

 

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