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Got a new X - question about the rear view camera.

khanzode

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Oct 10, 2019
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Sunnyvale, CA
This is my first post to the forum. After test driving a few SUVs, we got a new 7-seater Model X and so far I am absolutely thrilled with the drive even though we've had some issues. Coming from Japanese (Lexus) and German (BMW and Porsche), I think the "finish" quality is not quite there yet, but the car does deliver on performance. Here are some of the issues.
  1. On the first drive after delivery, the middle passenger side seat got stuck and would not budge. As a result, I could not "lock" it in position and our first ride was to the local service station. They fixed it quickly, but the fix was not done well.
  2. From the same side, we started getting a "squeaky" sound below 45mph (in the town). Trip #2 to the same service station resolved it but the fix lasted only a week.
  3. The passenger side window also started making a high pitched wind noise above 35mph.
  4. About a week later the squeaky sound from the seat was back.
  5. So a week later was trip #3 to the SC. This time, they kept the car and fixed both issues.
Since then the car has been driving perfectly. Last week though, I backed it into a pole by the road side early before dawn and caused a small dent. It was pre-dawn hours and I was backing up on a road without sidewalks. I must've touched the screen and it closed the rear view camera window. As I backed up slowly (< 5mph), the pole hit the car and caused a small dent and a scrape. The sensors did not pick up the pole because it was thin and the sensors cannot detect thin poles (or other obstacles).

My question though is about the rear view camera. In my other cards (Lexus RX, Porsche Cayenne), the rear view camera display CANNOT be disabled as long as the car is in reverse gear. On the Model X however, if I touch the screen for whatever reason, then the camera window is closed. If I am in reverse gear and start moving in reverse, the camera display does not come on by itself. Although I realize that the accident is my mistake, I think that the camera display must come on. In other words, when the card is in reverse, the camera must be on. What do you folks think?
 

NewFavThing

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Apr 15, 2019
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Evanston IL
I agree with you; the camera should automatically appear when the X shifts into reverse. Perhaps this could be addressed in a future software update?

Ourselves, we're very conscious of making sure the camera is onscreen before we back up. The one and only time I scuffed our X, the camera had crashed to a black screen and I didn't reboot the MCU before I backed into a steel garbage can that I couldn't see in the mirrors. Ouch.

For everyday driving, we've got the display always showing the camera (in the center) and music (on the bottom). This way the camera screen is higher in the display and more in the line-of-sight.
 

mswlogo

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Aug 27, 2018
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Are you saying once you dismiss the camera in reverse the next time you go in reverse it doesn't pop up again?

It's to bad the "camera" couldn't detect objects the ultrasonics miss.
 
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NewFavThing

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Apr 15, 2019
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The camera won't pop up once dismissed no matter what gear you're in. If the camera is not displayed, you'll have to manually go into the applications menu at the bottom left of the display and press the camera icon to get it to display again. Once the camera is displayed, it stays displayed, unless dismissed.

We'll have to wait for the AP4 computer for the camera to detect objects. ;)
 

mswlogo

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Aug 27, 2018
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The camera won't pop up once dismissed no matter what gear you're in. If the camera is not displayed, you'll have to manually go into the applications menu at the bottom left of the display and press the camera icon to get it to display again. Once the camera is displayed, it stays displayed, unless dismissed.

We'll have to wait for the AP4 computer for the camera to detect objects. ;)

Once you bring the camera back up, while in reverse, does it go back to be automatic.

I think I've done every combo and it pops up normal now. Kind of afraid to check it now. But I swear I've dismissed it in reverse.
 

khanzode

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Oct 10, 2019
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Sunnyvale, CA
Thanks a lot for all your responses. I appreciate it very much. So yes, the issue is that if the camera is dismissed while the car is in reverse gear, then if the car starts moving (backwards), it does not come back on. I personally feel that this is a safety issue and needs to be addressed by the software team. I don't think it would be a big change for them to implement and especially if it addresses a safety concern, it should be implemented. Do you folks know if there is a way to ask Tesla SW team for a "feature upgrade"? Thank you again in advance.

Regards

-- Vivek
 

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