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by Tim Beissmann

The latest software update for the Tesla Model S has introduced GPS-linked suspension, real-time traffic-based navigation and a host of other enhancements to the innovative electric sedan.

Tesla released the Software v6.0 ‘over-the-air’ update for Model S owners around the world to download on Friday.

Notable is the introduction of location-based air suspension, which remembers regularly used roads and driveways that require higher clearance and automatically adjusts the air suspension at those locations. Tesla says the function will be particularly handy for Model S owners with steep driveways.

The navigation system can now provide route suggestions based on real-time traffic and calculate estimated travel times accordingly. The estimated travel time updates dynamically as traffic conditions change throughout the trip. Data shared by other Teslas on the road is used to develop an even more accurate picture of the state of the traffic.

The system can also suggest faster routes based on live traffic conditions, providing pop-up messages on the Model S’s massive 17-inch central touchscreen display.

Other functions of the software update include remote start, which allows owners to start their car with their smartphone if they don’t have the vehicle key fob with them, a smartphone-linked calendar system, new power management options and energy-saving modes, and the ability for owners to give their Model S an official nickname.

Similar to a software update for a smartphone, Tesla says the latest update represents its “commitment to improving Model S for customers even long after it has left the assembly line”.

“With each update, Model S becomes more attuned and responsive to its owner’s needs without requiring excessive user input.

“We will continuously fine-tune the software and work on new features in response to customer feedback.”

Previous software updates have introduced features such as hill start assist, smart suspension controls, and energy-saving sleep mode.

The Tesla Model S is available to order in Australia now, priced from $96,208.