For those in the know....or who just either know, any reason why pre-refresh S/X models can't have the Smart Shift? Seems like it's obviously just software since the new steering wheel has a physical switch just as the stalk acts....curious to know and discuss.
I doubt it will be "forced" upon us but I do believe it would be super easy to implement in our older cars if they decided to add it. I do recall seeing in some of the Model S Refresh leaks that there was a way to disable it in the settings menu as well. Thus if we do get it hopefully we also can turn it off if we don't like it.
I don’t think it will be an option for the reasons others mentioned, but also it appears the screen orientation will have such a vastly different arrangement. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the “tile” functionality seen from the Reddit post isn’t available in v11 as it won’t look or fit right in a vertical format.
It would be possible I think, but that assumes the gear selector isn’t required to be moved to change gears. If it’s all electronic and software, then I believe it could be offered to the existing fleet.
But forced upon the older fleet? Seems impossible. Even if I had the new screen with the option, I also still have the gear selector. I can’t imagine a scenario where Tesla forcibly disables that so it’s literally a useless stalk that can’t be used. Well I guess I can imagine the scenario but I struggle to imagine why they’d go to that trouble.
I share the concern with how this Smart Shift would possible be useful...but I’m willing to try it out. I’m glad I’d have the gear selector there for me if I needed it though!
I'd love to see this feature come to older 3/Y cars too. If it's just software build on the existing hardware then I don't see a reason that it couldn't. From a brand standpoint it helps emphasize that the cars are always evolving and getting better. If it's a toggle then you can always turn it off.