Reducing aggressive torque application may be welcomed by some buyers that do not intend to shame supercars at the local drag strip.Tesla has reportedly introduced a 'Chill' mode that reduces acceleration aggressiveness in the Model S and Model X.The company's luxury EVs are well known for impressive acceleration, particularly when equipped with the optional 'Ludicrous' upgrade that allows the P100D to reach 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.
Some buyers are not interested in feeling their brain press against the back of their skull, a sensation that may come as a nearly instantaneous surprise if the driver accidentally presses on the pedal with a heavy foot.
"You can now choose between two acceleration options in your vehicle: Chill and Standard," Tesla wrote in a software update changelog spotted by Electrek. "Chill makes acceleration more gradual - ideal for smoother driving and a gentler ride for your passengers."
Dozens of owners have reported incidents of unintended acceleration, prompting a lawsuit from a South Korean celebrity after his Model X ended up parked in his living room after accelerating at full throttle in the garage.
With few exceptions, 'unintended' acceleration is a phenomenon that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has associated with accidental pedal misapplication. It is unclear if Tesla's Chill mode is related to such complaints, though it could mitigate consequences of such driver errors.