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Feature request: Auto-close sunroof when rain is detected

Discussion in 'Model S' started by caps04, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. caps04

    caps04 Member

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    Or at least send an alert to the phone.

    Side request: optimize the rain sensing algorithm for wiper speed. It isn't that great.
     
  2. krisg81

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    I am going to add that to my ongoing list of "Would Like to Have's" right under the feature I would love- "Autopilot sense bowel movement; drive to nearest bathroom automatically."
     
  3. preilly44

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    I agree...and close the windows!
     
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    If the car senses a bowel movement, the windows should remain open!
     
  5. supratachophobia

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    This is a great idea.

    I would also like a macro one bottom push that puts all the windows down and opens the sunroof 100%. Explosive decompression would be a nice name but not mandatory.

    Also, close everything option when a phone call is answered.
     
  6. Patrick W

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    I am reminded of the guy in Arizona that had a backyard observotry that he built so that it would basically run itself. So while he was sleeping the scope would slew to the appropriate location, take some data and then repeat on a whole list of targets.

    Being concerned about rain he also added a rain sensor that, upon detecting rain would lower the scope, turn off the camera and, most importantly, close the roof.

    Worked fine most of the time but occasionally the system sensed rain and shut everything down and closed the roof when there was no rain.

    After much troubleshooting and hanging out at the observatory at night he discovered the problem. Every now and then a bug or ant would land on or crawl across the sensor and the system interpreted that as rain.

    So when Tesla adds a rain detector it needs to be computer bug proof and biological bug proof too. :)
     
  7. bhzmark

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    -1 not that hard to simply close it with the button. addl complexity and weight for the slimmest of convenience and likely errors and costs is not a good trade off.
     
  8. Patrick W

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    That was my first thought but then I guessed the original post was for those who leave the sunroof open while away from the car.
     
  9. Ames

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    With all this autopilot tech, why not have a Guard Dog mode? The long range radar can detect any intruders and the car can then aggressively chase them around the property while honking the horn and flashing the high beams until they leave. To warn off potential intruders, a "threatening stance" can be activated by combining an open trunk and alternately blinking DRLs...
     
  10. caps04

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    The hardware is already built in. Don't all cars already have rain sensors? It's a just a software feature request.
     
  11. mikeash

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    Didn't Stephen King write a documentary about this?
     
  12. Ames

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    Possibly, but I didn't start reading his books until he bought a Model S...
     
  13. ThosEM

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    This feature suggestion is a LOT less silly than many of the posts that one sees here. Maybe you folks who live out west have forgotten what real summer thunder storms are like in your current drought? If you do see the value in it, be sure to vote for it on teslatap.com
     
  14. bhzmark

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    It didn't occur to me to use the existing wndshild rain sensor. That makes sense at least when parked. Just software is ok if no code bloat and no ui bloat.
     
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    OP is right though, the existing algorithm for the auto-sensing wiper speed intervals is not great. If we rely on that sensor to manage the sunroof, too, we might end up with some interesting results! :D

    I do like the idea. All cars that have both a sunroof and rain-sensing wipers would be smart to add this functionality. I don't even have the option (not a fan of them) and I think they should try and get it in a software update!
     

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