Prevent Outside Bad Odors


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One solution could be at specific locations, set the air to recirculate based on the GPS position. A bonus would have a pre-known map of odorous locations.


The air quality inside tunnels and specific spots is often bad, and setting the air to recirculate is a common way to reduce the odors.

A bonus feature would to have vehicles share geofenced ‘bad odor’ locations, perhaps when 5 or more different vehicles trigger the recirculation in the same location.


The need for this seems to have been eliminated with the HEPA and charcoal filters with the 2016 refresh.  We’re closing this one out.

(voting combined from a close duplicate that has been removed)

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     Created 2-Mar-2015


Yes! Also, city of Coalinga on I-5, and city of Corona on I-15.
    Created 1-Jan-2021
I currently drive by a refinery, on the River Rouge, Detroit. Eh Gads, what a smell!! I do use the recirculating setting but tend to forget to reset it to the outside setting, once past the refinery. By not resetting the air flow, the car begins to get foggy/stuffy, (heater, setting only, not air conditioning), so if you could use a auto setting, GPS based and include a icon to let you know it is running.
    Created 1-May-2016
I actually just posted about this in the Tesla Forums, and was told to come here and add it as a suggestion.

I would really love this idea as I drive by a Water Treatment Plant maybe 3-4 times a day.
    Created 19-Feb-2016
Great idea - smelly tunnels come to mind as well!
    Created 31-Jan-2016
Good idea.  I can think of at least one other condition which would involve a preconditioning scenario in either a familiar or unfamiliar location such that you would not like the outside air circulated inside the vehicle..
    Created 31-Mar-2015
Just to add a small condition: This probably only needs to be activated in long tunnels.
    Created 5-Mar-2015
The list for California would be limited to the Harris Ranch feedlot on I5, but for Texas it would have to include every feedlot and refinery in the state. A couple of terabytes, probably.
    Created 4-Mar-2015
    Created 4-Mar-2015