Following Tesla’s Model S Plaid Delivery Event on Thursday, owners are discovering new features on the model, including an exciting new adaptive LED headlight.
Tesla has also released its Model S refresh manual, which details the model’s new Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), featuring LED lights that automatically adjust the beam for the driver.
The beam sensors base the headlights on current driving conditions while measuring driving speed, steering angle, and the rotation of the car around the vertical axis – effectively casting the headlight’s beam into the most effective direction and angle possible, given the circumstances.
The Model S Plaid AFS beam is also capable of highlighting pedestrians and surrounding curbs using lateral headlight beams, as shown in a video from Brandonee916 on Thursday.
Plaid had adaptive LEDs….. pic.twitter.com/0m8Uu8MKMK
— Brandonee916 (@brandonee916) June 11, 2021
After receiving multiple delays, Tesla also cancelled the upgrade Model S Plaid+ earlier this month. The upgrade variant of the Model S Plaid, which was originally planned to deliver in 2022, wasn’t necessary according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who said of the Plaid+ that there was “no need, as Plaid is just so good.”
Tesla also showed off a Model X Plaid prototype at Thursday’s event, an upcoming crossover version of the Plaid performance series.
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