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HEY TESLA -- Safety feature request - ADD THIS!

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by rekoh, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. rekoh

    rekoh Member

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    Gear change audible beep!

    Let me explain. .on many occasions, I am in reverse, backing out of my drive way, then shift into drive, (but the car is still in reverse -- probably because I am still going 1 or 2 mph), so when I accelerateI am stil in reverse. Nearly crashed a couple of times.
    I know I should look down, but the reality is i rarely visually confirm what gear i am in when 3-point parking or doing daily maneuvers like backing out of my driveway. A slight audible alert notifying that the gear has shifted would be helpful (and prevent me from accidentally backing into or driving over something/someone).

    Am I the only one who has done this or is this an option you would want (ideally we could choose in the settings if there is an audible gear shift alert -- similar to mirror tilt, or lights on after departure, etc..)
     
  2. FLDarren

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    Definitely would be a nice feature. A light chime or beep would suffice. When I'm going from D to R I look at the backup camera for the backup lines to pop up to notify me of being in R because thats where I focus the first few seconds while backing up.
     
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    Seems like an extremely reasonable and simple tweak to me... I'd like to see it happen.
     
  4. eco5280

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    I'm on board too. I've both forgotten I was in reverse AND half a dozen times between my wife and I we've put it in neutral by accident while driving and didn't realize it.
     
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    It does chime, but I have done the same thing, pull down on the stalk and press accelerator and wow, almost into a car in the parking lot.
     
  6. reddy

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    This could be a configuration option. Default it to an audible cue that the change has happened, and have an option to use the 'classic' or 'original' lack of warning.
     
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    I think the basic idea is good, but I wouldn't want a beep that sounds every time I successfully switched to D. That would be annoying. I would rather have a warning beep (maybe three quick beeps or something) when the car notices that I tried to switch gears but it prevented it for whatever reason.
     
  8. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Roughly 25% of the posts on the Prius group are about how to turn the beep off.
     
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    +1

    I don't want a beep every time either.
     
  10. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    Please Tesla, no beeping when backing. As others have posted, I had the Toyota dealer turn that sound off in a Prius I used to own as it was extremely annoying.

    Okay, it could be an user configurable option, but not the default.
     
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    rickgt Enthusiast owner/member

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    +1 configurable option should make everyone happy.
     
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    Yes. The more customization/options, the better. Not to hijack the thread but some type of audible warning that the hatch is open when you put the car into reverse (beyond the yellow warning on the dash) would also be a nice configurable option. :wink:
     
  13. KurtR

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    Are you saying that the car does not change from Reverse to Drive and vice versa unless you come to a complete stop during the transition? That would seem to invite accidents. I'm used to driving a manual transmission and I often switch from reverse to first gear while still moving backwards.
     
  14. rekoh

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    when i am in reverse and backing up.. then take my foot off of accelerator.. i am still rolling backwards, and then i put it in drive (nearly simultaneously as i am coming to a complete stop), then accelerate..only to realize i am still in reverse. does that make sense?
     
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    Yes, but the people above complaining about beeping when backing up didn't understand you the first time. Kind of you to give them another chance.
     
  16. rekoh

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    that is why i want a chime when i shift... so i can audibly hear that i shifted gears..i dont look down sometimes which causes risk.

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    to clarify for those of you confused:

    NO beeping while backing up (like a garbage truck or something)
    YES one small chime (inside the cabin) when I shift from reverse to drive
     
  17. David99

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    We all switch back and forth but I have never, not a single time had the car not switch. You definitely have to have the foot on the brake for the car to even consider switching to reverse or back to D. And you probably have to be below a certain speed. Both make perfect sense. I had several occasions where I was able to switch before a complete stop because I was able to accelerate forward while the car was still rolling backwards. So the threshold isn't zero.
     
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    A chime, or maybe some sort of click sound effect. Even the sound of a pen clicking would let you know something has changed.
     
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    But when you do the switch on a manual transmission I am guessing that the clutch pedal is fully depressed. That is quite different from the Tesla where you are trying to switch without a clutch. DO you switch from R to 1 on a manual without using the clutch?
     
  20. KurtR

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    That's correct. I depress the clutch, shift to first, and then let the clutch out a little more slowly than normal to transition from moving backwards to forwards. I suppose in an automatic (been a while since I've driven one) I'd have my foot on the brake when shifting from R to D, but I can't say that I've always been at a full stop when switching, though maybe that has been the case.
     

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