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Curious bit on inside front roof rendering

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Andrew, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Model S #6151, Model 3 #1576

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    I was just looking at the pics of the new Shop Tesla Gear Model S Panoramic Roof Sunshades and noticed the rendering of the ceiling piece/coverplate between the regular sun visors. In our car (delivered March 2013), it's just a flat-ish plastic grill in that space.

    Are new cars coming with something that looks like this? What is it? Two directional microphones? Poorly-placed coat hooks?

    Shop Tesla Gear — Model S Panoramic Roof Sunshades.jpeg
     
  2. pgiralt

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    Supposedly the european-spec cars have always had this. Not sure why it's different from the US. Maybe someone can comment if recent US-spec cars have the new design.
     
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    The NA design does have two microphones under the grille. Early on, I complained of poor voice recognition and thought I was going to get this new assembly. I didn't. They replaced the microphones behind the grille which did fix my problem.
     
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    I could be wrong, but I think this is a design change from 2013 cars to 2014 cars
     
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    Pretty sure all the EU cars have had this - even those shipped in 2013. The question is - is there anyone with a US car that actually has this on their car?
     
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    Dammit. Made me walk all the way to the parking lot (at work) to look.

    My US build car from a couple months ago does not have that piece. Just the large grill area. Of course, that was nearly 12,000 VINs ago (holy crap!)
     
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    okay the information I read was probably incorrect then. thanks
     
  8. Chris TX

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    I wonder if that's the ionizers.
     
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    No. It's just the microphones. The ionizer would be part of the HVAC system somewhere.
     
  10. matbl

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    I have a recent (built early June this year) EU spec car and mine does not look like this.
    For that particular part it looks exactly like the one here: Model S Photo Gallery | Tesla Motors
     
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    Maybe this was only something on early EU spec cars then. I'm in a US loaner with VIN 44XXX and it still has the same as in my car - the one that doesn't look like the rendering.
     
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    To me they look like ultrasonic sensors for the intrusion alarm. Not very subtle though, but nor are they for a mic. It would be unusual to have a mic for the passenger as well.
     
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    Ahh - that might be it because that option is only available on EU cars, correct?
     
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    I think it's to pick up a passenger's voice who may be joining in on a hands-free phone call. (Just a guess on my part). Even the grill-style microphone cover has two actual mics inside.
     
  15. Fuzzylogic

    Fuzzylogic EU Sport 359 & S94

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    Yes they are the ultrasonic transducers for the intrusion alarm.
    I didn't opt for that, and don't have them on my car. (EU spec) I have seen them on other cars though.
     

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