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Model 3's Best Feature is often Overlooked: Dynamic Directional Airflow

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by tanner, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. tanner

    tanner Active Member

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    I just wanted to take a second to really address the re-designed airflow/HVAC system in the Model 3 and share my thoughts on what seems to simply be of a point of interest for most rather than recognized for what it truly is: a marvel of ingenuity and design.

    The climate control in the Model 3 is OFF THE CHARTS! It’s a wonderful little surprise. I’m sure that most of you already know that the vents are really just two slots that push air toward each other, and that effect can be dynamically adjusted on the display to control precisely where the air goes. So for instance you can make the air directed above your head so it doesn’t feel like AC is blasting your face, you just feel cool. Basically you just set the temp and forget it; the system manages getting to the desired temperature on its own (nothing new here, but the directional airflow is critical to the feeling of ease the Model 3's CC provides).

    While all HVACs are noisy when you bump up the fan speed, I find that's not really necessary to do so in the 3 due to the highly futuristic airflow controls. Tesla has done something no other manufacturer has (again), they've reinvented climate control in cars (not just EVs) - this is a first for the entire car industry. I find with the 3 that less is more when it comes to fan speed and dynamic directional airflow is where more manufacturers will trend toward moving forward. It's truly a remarkable innovation in the industry; so simple yet so beneficial, the way it should be. I can’t believe how much I love this “feature" - more people should be talking about it!

    (note: a portion of this post was copied from my reply to another thread here).
     
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    I'm just excited to escape the tyranny of my Hyundai (and every other car I've driven) that refuse to let me control the foot, windshield, and vent airflow independently.
     
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    This is one of those 'lesser' features that I'm really excited about too.

    I'm very fussy with aiming my air vents, especially in the summertime. (Me and high heat do NOT get along). I'm looking forward to getting my Model 3 before summer and hoping that behavior will become a thing of the past.
     
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    You and me both. I'm fussy about airflow, I want a good amount of it, yet I HATE having the vent blast me right in my face... M3 manages to avoid this occurrence extraordinarily well; better than any vehicle on the market, period.
     
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    How is this any better than standard directional vents that you can open/close? If you don't want it to blast your face, point it upwards or away, no?
     
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    Because you have 100% control. You can either have a single point, or you can split it to dual points. So if you're incredibly hot and you actually want it to blast you right in the face, it can direct the driver's side air RIGHT at you through the steering wheel. Conversely, you can send the airflow literally anywhere else so that it doesn't directly hit you. You can even have it partially graze over your head so you feel the light effects of a cooling breeze. The field of directional flow is just full range vs being limited by the minimal angles supported by traditional vents. Any angle/direction imaginable is achievable, it's a wonderful effect.
     
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    SomeJoe7777 Marginally-Known Member

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    The vent positions, since they're software controlled, can also now be tied to driver profile, location, time of day, season, or nearly anything else. The software settings for this don't exist yet, but can easily be added with an OTA update.

    Imagine a fleet of model 3s that have full self driving, and run as an autonomous taxi service. You request one (like an Uber or Lyft), and it picks you up. Your rider profile is accessed as soon as you get in the car, and the temperature + vent settings automatically switch to your preferences.
     
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    Great points! I completely agree.
     

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