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Screen viewing by old eyes

They don’t apply because the limitations you cite for a small smartphone screen don‘t exist on a Tesla’s screen. Tesla has twice as much real estate on its screen as other manufacturers do, yet the others don’t have the same problems with legibility. Beyond that, many of Tesla’s menus already require scrolling, so your claim is pretty much a non sequitur.
Do you really not get how you're wrong here or are you just being argumentative? I'm thinking it's the latter. The false equivalencies and other logical fallacies you employ to try to establish your personal preferences as arguable facts are uninteresting and not conducive to reaching any sort of mutual understanding.
 

TomServo

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Tesla and all other manufactures will need to start to consider and address the aging of one of their most wealthy demographics - BOOMERS. I’m not sure what the ultimate solution will be to make their products usable to a wide swath of the buyers, but doing NOTHING isn’t a solution.

Tesla is best positioned to offer a solution since that big LCD screen could easily be updated with a SW update to allow owners to select an Accessibility or Unique Display settings. For those users I’m sure Tesla could allow certain functions to be TO BE INCREASED IN SIZE. It’s not rocket science Elon.

Hell I’m surprised the Fed’s haven’t stepped in yet. Accessibility is the mantra in every facet of our lives.
 
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Do you really not get how you're wrong here or are you just being argumentative? I'm thinking it's the latter. The false equivalencies and other logical fallacies you employ to try to establish your personal preferences as arguable facts are uninteresting and not conducive to reaching any sort of mutual understanding.
Not being argumentative other than directly refuting your points. 🤷‍♂️ If my arguments have logical fallacies, by all means, point them out.
Hell I’m surprised the Fed’s haven’t stepped in yet. Accessibility is the mantra in every facet of our lives.
This is a bit of an interesting area - nominally, if you have significant uncorrectable visual deficits you shouldn't drive. That being the case should 'accessibility' be a reason for the feds to intervene?

Of course the majority of complaints are from people with vision that's perfectly adequate for driving, so it would seem to fall somewhere in between.
 
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I have similar vision problems as the original author’s wife. I can see the bigger fonts, but some of the smaller fonts are just too small for me to see without physically leaning towards the screen. I can never quite make out the time, temperature or words on the top ribbon. For the most part it isn’t a big issue, but there are times when Tesla issues a warning on the screen in small font, which disappears after a few seconds. It would be a great option if I could get the car to verbalize those warnings (like navigation), rather than just merely displaying them on the screen.

The option of bigger fonts (in black) would be a better fix altogether for me. I suspect that option will get here….one day.
 
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But there are other eye problems that can develop which are not so simple to deal with. My wife had cataract surgery in both eyes. One of the lenses that they inserted turned out to be the wrong power. The other one got kinked and pushed the cornea out of shape. They fussed with that one, but it left a mess. She had Lasik surgery which helped quite a bit, but she is still left with one eye with a positive correction, the other with a negative correction and nasty astigmatism. She can still see her cell phone with corrective lenses, so she's not blind or anything. But it does require concentration. The brain is an amazing image processor and she can suss the meaning out of the blur. But it takes focus and she can't see detail very well at a glance. She still passes the eye exam and still drives as well as she ever did, but her vision is sufficiently distorted that she cannot read the screen without leaning over and concentrating on it. Unfortunately, most of the distortion is in her right eye which is the one that looks most directly at the screen. The left eye ended up with good distance vision and that's why she can drive.

If your wife can see well enough out of her right eye to read computer monitor distance, one option might be for her to get special driving glasses that she uses whenever driving any car, not just Tesla. There is a prescription called 'monovision', where you would set the glasses prescription to have the left eye at distance, and then the right eye for up close viewing. Not everyone can adapt to this, but it's a combo that would work here as long as the right eye prescription was tuned for viewing the screen.


There are lots of vendors for the screen rotation- I did this modification and it's fantastic. Absolutely no regrets, unquestionably far superior to just simply have the screen oriented toward the driver. I don't think the ones that add up/down are particularly important, but your wife might prefer that second axis.

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Another option is to add an aftermarket display like a regular car has a binnacle behind the wheel. The one I added is the TopFit variant. This is relatively hard to install, so unless you are handy I'd recommend someone like a car stereo installer who has experience. There are a bunch of these sorts of after market displays, I just like the simplicity and look of this one. It's also possible to just use a smartphone with a bluetooth adapter.

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Unless you are a purist- don't hesitate to modify your Tesla. The car is great, but Tesla makes a lot of fundmental mistakes with the UI on the car, and they don't care about user feedback at all. I added the TopFit display after they destroyed the user interface so that I didn't have to worry about their next stupid move. This plus the voice commands resolved the problems for me. No regrets.

These sorts of mods may not solve the problem for your wife- only she can know what makes sense for her. But it's worth knowing some of the things you can do. If you don't feel like futzing around this sort of stuff, you can always sell your car at a profit for the time being.
 
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UI is an art
Yes even Tesla can do better here with text size for some of the objects on screen, without alienating those with perfect vision
tbh, I've become so accustomed to where things are on screen out of necessity, as my near vision is somewhat poor

Also the voice app is pretty handy at times
 

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