Apparently there have been enough complaints about the Tesla Model X's fancy Falcon Wing doors, because Tesla just issued an over-the-air software update that changes the behavior of the motorized doors to be more cautious.

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Build 2.24.78 of Release 7.1 has changed the behavior of both the Falcon Wing doors and the rear liftgate on the Model X. Now when the car's sensors detect that it is an area of low clearance the doors will open to "a new height that is low enough to avoid obstacles overhead yet high enough to allow easy access to the cabin." The driver can override the cautious behavior on a per-use and per-location basis, permitting the doors to open until the sensors (hopefully) detect an obstacle and stop.

The update should help to lessen incidences of the doors opening into narrow or unusual overhead obstructions, such as diagonal beams in a parking garage. More than a few Model X owners have had their doors dented, scratched, or cracked by the door opening into an obstacle that the sensors did not detect. So now the car's overhead sensors when picking up that there's a ceiling within a certain distance will simply open the doors less, just to be safe.

In addition, the auto-presenting front door will now open when the Model X is unlocked with the key fob. This behavior will continue to be suppressed if you have the open-on-approach feature turned off.

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With this release, Model X has new capabilities to protect the Falcon Wing doors and rear liftgate. Additionally, key fob functionality has also been endhanced to make entering Model X more convenient.

Door Improvements

The default open position of the Falcon Wing doors and rear liftgate will now be set by Model X's surroundings.

When Model X is in an area with a low ceiling, the Falcon Wing doors and rear liftgate will open to a new height that is low enough to avoid obstacles overhead yet high enough to allow easy access to the cabin.

After the doors open to this lower height, and additional button will appear on the touchscreen in the Controls > Doors tab. If you tab this button, the doors will continue to open until the sensors detect an obstacle. If you choose to open the doors fully, you can specify that Model X always opent he Falcon Wing doors and rear liftgate to the higher position at that location by selectiong "Always Open Fully at this Location".

The Falcon Wing doors and rear liftgate will continue to open fully when Model X is in an area where no overhead obstacles are detected.

Key Fob Improvement

The driver's door will now open when you unlock Model X with the key fob.

The ability to remotely update the car's software continues to be a key differentiator for Tesla, and is clearly one that Tesla intends to exercise liberally. The Model X has seen several updates since its release, frequently bringing software improvements based on feedback from customers.