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Blog Tesla: What to Expect in 2018

Discussion in 'Tesla, Inc.' started by Patrick0101, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Beta V

    Beta V Author, Dad, Mentor, Technology Critic

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    Okay, I've had Angel for about three weeks. I'm a long-time systems engineer and worked with computer user interfaces for decades. I would love to see these features:
    • Garmin-like round-trip waypoint navigation
    • "Don't go below" interior temperature management. Let me set a "base" temperature so the car is never below 50 degrees when I get in.
    • Get smarter about "waking up" when the car is in my garage. As I walk by the garage door inside or outside the house, I can hear it needlessly grinding away at the retractable mirrors and flashing the lights.
    • Figure out how to make the sun visors actually functional for people my height (6'2"). As they are, unless I grind my seat down so low I can't get out of it without a derrick, the sunshades are simply too low. Perhaps a shade that pulls down from the top and down like on big busses?
    • Redesign the center console. It's better than nothing, but my Ford Pinto had a better, more functional console. Why have a tray that dumps out everything when I accelerate? Why have a back tray that gets jammed by stuff sliding back in the lower console?
    • Provide a way to lock the glovebox. Many break-ins are targeting our vehicle registration and papers kept in the glovebox.
    • Yes, the radio and nav controls require too many eyes-off-the-road seconds to adjust.
    • Position the UI controls to place them closer to the driver (on the left). Why make me search for a small icon way over on the right side?
    • Link the owner's manual to the UI. When you have a question about something in the UI (like how to turn on the headlights), have a context-sensitive help button take you to that page in the owner's manual.
    • Improve the UI on the voice recognition--especially for phone calls. In other cars, I could say "call Marilyn Vaughn Mobile" and have it know which of her three numbers to dial. As it is, it barely recognizes my wife's name. I'm considering having her change her name to make it simpler to look up. Perhaps letting me setup quick-dial aliases would help.
    • Enable far more voice-commands. "Cabin heat increase", etc.
    • Optionally link the driver-passenger temperatures so I don't have to reset both when I want to adjust the temp.
    • Make the basic operations such as cabin lights easier to find so untrained passengers can turn on a map light without having to go through four menus.
    • I'm told that the mirror issue can be fixed by manually disabling auto-park. If this is the case, it should be part of the driver config so when I enter the car it's reset to the correct setting.
    • Provide air-sick bags for passengers not accustomed to the high-G acceleration.
    Don't get me wrong. My Model X is spectacular. It's a far cry from my old Lexus 450H but it could be so much more. I just want it to be all it can be.
     
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  2. gork

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    When you adjust the driver temp, there is a little 'sync' button to the side in the popup. When you hit that, the passenger temp will follow the driver side adjustment until it is overridden by making an adjustment on the passenger side.

    The reading lights can be turned on and off by depressing the light itself -- it is a button.

    I had an E46 M3 that came with a very nice laminated safety briefing card. I tucked an airsick bag in there too; it was pretty good fun to hand them to a passenger that was having their first ride. 4.7s felt pretty damn fast back then! Been thinking of making one up for the Tesla; only real problem is the lack of storage pockets/compartments!
     
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  3. thenaimis

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    Given that Elon has already stated in a talk on Dec 7, 2017 that they were two years away from autonomy, it would definitely be a surprise to have coast-to-coast autonomous driving in 2018. Couple that with the fact that there are no automated superchargers out there and I'd say bloody unlikely.
     
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  4. Chrisc1321

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    I would still like to see the comfort exit auto-reset of the seats when the door is opened or the seat belt removed on the Model S. (For some reason this is only functional in the Model X.) App updates are MUCH NEEDED: such as being able to initiate program updates from the app, and remote programming of charging settings (in case you walked away from car w/o extending the charging to full when on a road trip - so frustrating to have to go back to the car to fix this).

    Can't wait for the additional Supercharger Stations, especially ones that include services, since so many are quite a trek from bathrooms, etc. I don't know why they don't partner with state of Calif. to add a few supercharger spots at all rest-stops. ;)
     
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  5. Chrisc1321

    Chrisc1321 New Member

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    I remembered on more trouble thing: I get into my trunk to put groceries away or unplug the charger and store it, close the trunk and walk up to driver door, just to be locked out of my car...then I have to dig for my keys. It doesn't recognize that I have the key and allow me to double tap the door handle to gain access...THAT HAS BEEN SO ANNOYING!
     
  6. thenaimis

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    Maybe I'm misunderstanding but you can change charge limits from the app. I did it back in October after climbing in bed so that I'd have a full charge for drag racing the next day :)
     
  7. Chrisc1321

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    I guess I didn't notice, since if you don't have it charging, you can't adjust it. I will check that out, the next time I am actually charging. Thank you.
     
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  8. Chrisc1321

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    MY BAD. It is totally adjustable. I am just not savvy enough to be a Tesla owner. D'oh.
     
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  9. simonsmidt

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    Electric motorbike!
     
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  10. Ours chanceux

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    When I buy a Tesla S car more than 4 times the base price of a Tesla Model 3, I admit I do not appreciate at all that, when to avoid an accident on the highway, I have to decide to use the power of my car, to fully accelerate during less than 5 seconds that makes me go above the legal cruising speed wich is set on, this in order to make the accident impossible... the result is a punishment like as for a kid!!! My Tesla software decide that I can not use anymore my cruise control, while it is a driving safety. This, until I stop my car on the side of the highway, wich is mostely dangerous... Yes stopping that stupid punishment would be a great improvement that I would appreciate a lot. Not the same for you all?
     
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  11. Zenzation

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    Another feature I would like to see is being able to activate the car's cameras remotely and see the video or a snapshot from a selected camera on your phone app. When you have it parked in a location that gives you concern, you could "check" on it visually from time to time to ensure everything is going well.
     
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  12. Brando

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    Thanks Steve. Your fore thought to invest in FSD is helping us all.
     
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  13. Beta V

    Beta V Author, Dad, Mentor, Technology Critic

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    Thanks for the tips. I found both of these options. Due to (family) circumstances, the dealer did not have the time to go over the car as thoroughly as they might have.
     
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    Just to say I agree , although on the odd occasion when it registers the wrong "panel" who'll pay the fine?
     
  16. BluePhoton

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    While we're at it:
    Should also have "Don't go Above" interior temperature management.

    (For those of us in hot places like Arizona!)
     
  17. BigD0g

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    There’s absolutely no chance of a Tesla ride hailing service this year, my gosh it’s already March and we still don’t even have an EAP feature...
     
  18. Patrick0101

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    Tesla already has this. It's called Cabin Overheat Protection.
     
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    I'm not expecting much. the company is not as innovative as it used to be. i thought we would get really fast superchargers. still no full self driving. Model 3 numbers are lagging. gigafactory was supposed to run on solar. what happened to the solar roofs and solar superchargers?
     
  20. dgpcolorado

    dgpcolorado high altitude member

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    This, at least, seems to be happening:

    Tesla Gigafactory
     

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