- Dec 7, 2018
Yep, 100%. I love this article about Toyota engineers. Tesla does things well. They integrate well. They have a unique culture that allows integration of engineering better than most legacy automakers.
Toyota Engineers After Tesla Model Y Teardown: "A Work Of Art"A recent teardown study of the Tesla Model Y conducted by Toyota engineers reportedly highlighted how far behind the Japanese automaker is in EV manufacturing.insideevs.com
I do think progress has always been two steps forward, one step back. I also agree with you that some aspects of the wheel and shift are a step back. @dmurphy I haven't encountered most of the issues you reference. I don't parallel park at all, just not necessary at the places I frequent. I do back-in often, but it became second nature to swipe down on the screen to back up. Ergonomically I have no issues reaching for the screen, but I did set up my seat to ensure I had good visuals and screen reach. That said, I think the screen shifter (is that what it is called now? lol) is imperfect, but it challenges the status quo; and will likely lead to improved shifting. I like the idea of selecting the parking spot, and letting the car park itself once FSD/EAP can do so in a consistent timely fashion, which would negate the need for a screen shifter.
I also do not think the round steering wheel is an admission of failure. It is Tesla understanding and catering to their customer base. Now, would you call that a failure? If so, then you are right! I don't see it that way. I see it as an adaptation. Kind-a like many early changes in a vehicle such as the turning headlights in a 1960's Studebaker. The world just wasn't ready. Now we have that option coming back on Teslas and other vehicles.
I'll admit, the shifter is the more minor nit compared to the yoke itself for me. That thing is awful (AWFUL) for local driving. If it had variable ratio steering, it'd be fine... but it doesn't. So that means I have to do at least two arm-crossing turns to make a sharp corner, or when making, say, a U-turn, and that's unacceptable. I've had plenty of instances where I'm literally grasping for air when turning because I'm past the 90-degree point.
I have to be honest, the fact that I'm getting crabby about un-learning 3 decades of driving experience has me really, really feeling middle aged. And I don't like that one bit!
(and yes, it's not beyond me that this episode is 27 years old, and I watched it as a first-run episode.)