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Desired features that aren't included

Discussion in 'Model S' started by metafor, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. metafor

    metafor Member

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    This may be a repeat threat but after driving a rental Volvo SUV this past weekend, I was pretty impressed with many of the features it offered and wouldn't mind it on a Model S. I thought I'd start a thread where people could make a wish-list of things they'd like.

    The two major things I liked on the Volvo were:

    1. Proximity sensors on all sides and corners of the car. This helped me tremendously as I'm not used to driving large cars and my sense of "how much room do I have left" when parallel parking or taking a tight curve is fairly off.
    2. An "all clear" signal on both sides that detects when there is a car in your blind spot. This is one of my biggest worries when driving on the highway and having an indicator that tells me that I can safely change lanes would be tremendously helpful.

    I believe the Model S doesn't have either of these features but it sure would be nice. What do you guys think is missing?
     
  2. William3

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    Adaptive cruise control
     
  3. smorgasbord

    smorgasbord Active Member

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    Just talking Hardware, not really in order:

    Door Pockets
    110 volt outlets in cabin, frunk, and rear cargo (we do have up to 85 kWh of power available, after all!)
    Better center console
    Fold-down center console in rear
    Heated steering wheel
    Heated rear seats
    Power folding side mirrors
    Heads-up display
    Corner and Top cameras
    Night Vision Assistance
    Smaller, more traditional style sunroof option
    Side Collision Avoidance
    Park Distance
    Seats that don't show butt prints
    Adjustable headrests, especially in rear seats
    Dark headliner option
    20" wheels (21" too aggressive, 19" doesn't perform well enough)
    Rear window wiper & washer
    Slider for regen amount, going from zero to 30% more than is available today.
     
  4. SteveH

    SteveH Member

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    Awesome list smorgasbord. Includes nearly everything I would want added and then some. The only other things I'd really like is a separate climate zone for the rear seats and a missile launcher.
     
  5. DaveVa

    DaveVa Sig Perf #236 VIN #484

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    In addition to the above:

    Ventilated Seats
     
  6. Johann Koeber

    Johann Koeber Member

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    C'mon guys, let's get back on topic.


    Really I would much prefer massage seats to missiles or laser weapons.
     
  7. jkirkebo

    jkirkebo Model S P85+ VIN 14420 EU

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    I will miss the hitch on my VW TDI when it is replaced by the Model S. It'll be an additional hassle to have to swap cars with my parents when I have to tow my trailer.
     
  8. doug

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  9. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Sad that three of the perpetrators were TMC mods :rolleyes:

    I'm looking for a lot more functionality from the touchscreen console as well (some of these may come soon in s/w updates):

    - Full HTML5 support including video and audio. Flash support is debatable.
    - Ability to play media through USB
    - AirPlay support over in-car WiFi once that's enabled
    - Public SDK for building custom apps. Ability to deploy on one's own car and also publish via a Tesla App Store.
    - Access to the car's local storage from the home WiFi network
     
  10. woof

    woof Model S #P683 Blue 85 kWh

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    Same slider for "creep" speed.
     
  11. iKON

    iKON New Member

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    Most have already been mentioned above...

    - Proximity sensors (instead of rear-facing camera)
    - Dark-colored head-linder option
    - Adjustable center console height
    - Power-folding mirrors
    - Door pockets / additional center console storage
    - Ability to play media via USB
     
  12. taoh2

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    adaptive cruise control with stop/go, like those in S550
    lane change warning.
    best of all, drive by itself
     
  13. derekt75

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    #13 derekt75, Nov 12, 2012
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    yeah, if you haven't driven a $60k+ car lately, you might be amazed at what they've got now.
    [many things taken from smorgasbord's post]

    Almost made me decide to get the Audi S6 instead of Tesla Model S:
    Interior storage (make use of the box in the middle of the seats, door pockets, etc.)
    Rear seat headroom
    Adaptive Cruise Control that works in Stop&Go traffic
    Parking sensors

    I would happily pay extra for:
    Fold-down center console in rear with cup holders
    Heated steering wheel
    Blind spot warning (I like the way Infiniti did theirs)
    Rear window wiper & washer
    Collision Avoidance (especially something in front of me) with seatbelt pre-tensioners
    Heads-up display
    Integrated sun shades for the rear seats (automatic would be nice for the rear windshield, manual is fine for the doors)
    built in video screen in back of front seats for rear seat occupants

    Features I'd use if they existed but I probably wouldn't pay too much extra for:
    Option for more regen
    Heated rear seats
    Power folding side mirrors
    Corner and Top cameras
    Lines on the back up camera that show where the car is going
    Night Vision Assistance
    Adjustable headrests, especially in rear seats
    headlights that turn with the steering wheel
    front charging connector rather than on the rear side
    110 V outlets

    Things I haven't really seen elsewhere but should exist:
    ability to write an "app" for my car. Tesla is supposedly working on the API, but it will be nice when I can decide that I want a menu button here that will open my windows 1" when I park it on a hot day, or whatever else I want the buttons to do.

    Some kind of integrated car seats would be convenient.

    Something on the screen that tells you how to turn the steering wheel to park in the center of the spot. Yesterday at church I watched some poor senior citizen try 4 times to park his Benz S into a simple, straight ahead parking space without leaving two wheels on the line. Okay, perhaps he shouldn't be driving, but at the same time, I'm not always perfectly centered myself, and there's no reason a computer couldn't tell me how to do it right.
     
  14. Velo1

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    The biggies have been covered, but a joy stick instead of steering wheel would have been another distinguishing feature.
     
  15. DaveVa

    DaveVa Sig Perf #236 VIN #484

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    Auto open/close Frunk - like rear liftgate.
     
  16. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I don't think they are allowed to do that for safety reasons. Something about it needing a double latch so it won't accidentally open up while driving.
     
  17. metafor

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    That's one thing I did notice; the frunk latch is kinda awkward. On the one hand, I don't want to slam it but it takes quite a bit of force to close it.
     
  18. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    We noticed that too. Tesla says not to slam it. If you press on the edge, it often doesn't close. If you press a few inches farther up, it does close, but really bends the hood in the process and Tesla suggests you not do that either.

    Our DS suggested that we use both hands near the edge. That seems to work just fine - the only drawback is that if you just took something out of there, you need to set it down.
     
  19. Cottonwood

    Cottonwood Roadster#433, Model S#S37

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    Having the TPMS remember 8 rims/pressure sensors, so that you don't have to reprogram it twice a year when changing wheels/tires from summer to winter and back.
     
  20. DaveVa

    DaveVa Sig Perf #236 VIN #484

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    It's great space but access is awkward - I'm sure there are regulatory/safety issues with latch, but would be much more useable if they rethought the mechanism.
     

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