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Chromatic sidemirrors - software improvemnts

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by NielsChr, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. NielsChr

    NielsChr Member

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    After having the car a week, one thing would improve the car, and in fact it should be easy to offer as a software update.

    The chromatic side mirrors works well - almost to well.
    When going into reverse, some users have reported that the chromatic side mirrors getting blacked out due to surrounding lights behin the car - it should not be blacked out at all, if in reverse.

    Personally I have noticed, when driving in city at night that the chromatic side mirrors black out, as they should, if a car is behind me. This feature will do that you can only spot other cars headlights.
    Now Im living in Europe - and we have a lot of bicycles in the city at night.
    If a bicycle is coming up from behind, you can not see this in the side mirrors (hope you get the point) as they are blacked out.
    Typical this happen if waiting at a red-light while turning right. - When the stop signal turn green, you have to verify no bicycles are there before turning - chromatic side mirrors makes this very difficult.

    So please make a software update, make it optional if chromatic should be "always on" (as now) or "adaptive" for the side mirrors.

    If in an "adaptive" chromatic mode, the chromatic feature should be disabled while in reverse, and disabled in same side as an active turn signal.

    Is this understandable? I’m having difficult to explain in English
     
  2. Gizmotoy

    Gizmotoy Active Member

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    Perfectly understandable. I'd convey the request to Tesla directly. Both seem like good suggestions to me.
     
  3. felixtb

    felixtb RsEU502,Sp+14274,XpEUSig4

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    In my experience Chromatic glass is just that: chromatic glass....... no software involved?! However, I am certainly no expert in the subject and maybe TESLA has some type of liquid crystal glass that they can change at will?! Your call....
     
  4. spaghetti

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    The chromatic rear view mirror in my Lexus ICE can be disabled via a push-button switch on the rear view mirror itself. So I would think that the OP's request could, in theory, be implemented via a software request if already wired appropriately.
     
  5. mknox

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    My former Cadillac's mirrors would be disabled whenever the car went into reverse. Seems like a simple fix.
     
  6. steve841

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    I would appreciate the ability to turn it off.... I think I'm getting old! Getting tougher to see at night ....
     
  7. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Actually it is surprising there isn't an override now that you mention it. Personally, I love the feature and would never turn it off, but my wife rarely, if ever uses it... even with cars where you manually flip the mirror to night mode.
     
  8. RCH1708

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    Sounds like a sensible and intelligent idea. The dimming must be software controlled, so the feature should be possible.
     
  9. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Perhaps it's just me, but I found the mirrors great when the car was new but now they don't seem to dim as much.
     
  10. NielsChr

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    To me the most important would be to disable the chromatic feature in the same side witch you have a active turn signal - this way you can verify before lane change or turning. Others at the Norwregian forum have asked about it being disabled while in reverse.
    I do hope it would be a simple software fix, and implemented soon.
     
  11. montgom626

    montgom626 Active Member

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    Very elegant solutions.
     
  12. woof

    woof Model S #P683 Blue 85 kWh

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    Does anyone know where the light sensor for the mirrors is? I'd like to play with various filters to see if a good old fashioned mechanical solution can be found while we wait.

    BTW, according to the manual the mirrors are NOT supposed to dim while in reverse. I believe this is actually the case, however, it seems to take a good long while for them to become clear once they are dimmed so it's not that obvious on quick changes into/out of reverse.
     

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