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Shifts to Park when Butt Lifted from Seat?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by mknox, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for guinea pigging this. So you think they did a firmware upgrade since that video?
     
  2. mknox

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    Thanks for confirming that. The video certainly had me spooked!
     
  3. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Well in my experiment I had to open the door to exit but the car was stationery even though I left it in D/R. Sorry TMC-ers, I'm not committed enough to exit a moving vehicle just to see what happens.

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    Either that or the cars.com car was a beta.
     
  4. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    There goes my vision of you as a stateside bond.
     
  5. Babylonfive

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    I think you mean: Bond; James Bond. <wahhh wahhh wahwahhhh..>
     
  6. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    I know what Outsider meant...he's just trying to get me to make that jump. :wink:
     
  7. ckessel

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    It's Florida, so I'd think the name of someone jumping out of a car is less "James Bond" and more "Jimmy Ray Bondo".
     
  8. cinergi

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    It'll go into P from D with doors closed if you're not moving. It probably does it while moving but below a certain speed. Probably the same speed limit where you can manually engage parking brake from the display, too. (5 MPH?)
     
  9. NigelM

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    #29 NigelM, Nov 26, 2012
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    I tried it reversing at slow speed and nothing happened. Even standing still nothing happened. It was only when I exited the car with the door open that the car went to "off". I think the point is that no-one need worry about the car automatically going into park at some critical time.

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    Haha, I'll bet there's not an Englishman on this planet called Jimmy-Ray ..anything.. :wink:

    Short off-topic: A few years back I lived in NY city and liked to go to Stand Up NY. One night I made the mistake of getting a front row table and the comedian decided on some interaction with me and my British accent became the butt of his jokes far a half hour or so. Then he decided to tell a joke about rednecks and turning to me the conversation went as follows:

    Comedian: You do know what rednecks are right?
    Me: Yes....
    Comedian: Do you have rednecks in England?
    Me: Yes....
    Comedian: What do you call them?
    Me: Americans....

    Brought the house down, his face was priceless.

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  10. Rodolfo Paiz

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    I'm not convinced. I think you need to get yourself a MythBusters moustache, and build a hydraulic spider-leg contraption that will anchor itself to the window sills so it can fully lift your body weight off the seat without itself touching the seat in any way. You then need to put together a video showing your contraption at work.

    Then I'll be convinced. And amused. :)
     
  11. cinergi

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    I tried earlier today. While in D, all I had to do was lift my butt off the seat. 1.15.8. Hrm ... more testing required :)
     
  12. NigelM

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    :confused:

    You have to post more info than that...Car moving or not? Auto-engaged park or not? Door opened or closed?
     
  13. cinergi

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    Was clarifying my earlier post that mine put it in park simply by lifting my bum. So, to be complete: Car in D, doors closed, car not moving; lift butt, car goes into P.
     
  14. NigelM

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    ^^^ Thanks. At least we seem to be on the same page that this happens when the car isn't moving. BTW, my dash screen showed "car off" and not the gear selector when I jumped out.
     
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    We may need a controlled, double blind trial to see if this is a problem with the car, or the butt.
     
  16. mulder1231

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    Could you at least try to swap places with you passenger while driving? Shouldn't be too hard, since there is no transmission tunnel or center console.

    That way we'll all know what happens when you lift your butt off the seat, your feet off the pedals and your hands off the steering wheel while driving at highway speeds...and can put the issue to rest once and for all :wink:
     
  17. NigelM

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    Yeah right. How about we try it blindfolded also? :wink:
     
  18. ckessel

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    I thought that was implied by the double blind test.
     
  19. brianman

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    There have to be robots or at least remote controls involved. Bonus points for testing it at small scale first using Z's RC.
     
  20. Alexander

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    #40 Alexander, Nov 26, 2012
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    +1 - end of this thread unless someone has a different result to post. Also, when I did my test drive I backed up twice while sitting up and looking over my sholder. The car didn't stop, so I wonder if its an issue with the car he tested.
     

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