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Transponder. Cool idea or silly?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by GreenT, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. GreenT

    GreenT Member

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    So I passed another Model S today.

    Wowowohoooooo! (Like it's never happened before!)

    Driver was trying to communicate with me with an open window ... no way given the moving traffic ... then it dawned on me ... as it has several times before ...

    There are two (or more) types of Tesla drivers ... one who just drives ... and those who want to meet and socialize with like minded drivers ... he and I fell seem to fall into the latter category.

    So ... I suggest a transponder ...

    Options: turn on / turn off.

    Distance?: transmit transponder 1/5/25 miles?

    Text: Provide text with as much information or as little about you as you want. Limit 128 chars.

    Provide "radar" on screen (aka map*) showing nearby Model S/X/3/Roadster with x miles of you that have transponders on.

    Message in transponder can be as little as email address, cell phone, etc. If "recipient" feels transponder "ping" contains "offensive" information ... "click here to report abuse". Etc.

    I would love that feature.

    You could "ping" the other car ... suggest quick meeting at "location x" 1/4 mile ahead, etc.

    Have I lost it ... or is this a cool idea?


    * speaking of map ... why had Google never teamed up with a weather source and had weather overlays? Oh, and then added it to our maps?
     
  2. balabanshik

    balabanshik Member

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    Both, actually. As in, both cool and silly :smile:
    Certainly beats just waving at the other Tesla drivers.

    But as the number of Teslas on the road increases with time, the whole concept will become a nuisance. Even now in some areas, such as Silicon Valley or Seattle Eastside, the concentration of Model S is high enough to meet quite a few of them daily. They simply become 'just another car' then.

    EDIT: Also, aren't there smartphone apps to do just that? Waze does something similar, I know.
     
  3. gaswalla

    gaswalla P4201/85/airsusp/pano/19i

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  4. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    Can't wait for the SDK to be released. Of course some may think this is silly but so what? I don't have most apps in the iOS app store but LOVE the fact that there are so many!
     
  5. Eseell

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    So you're saying there should be StreetPassing for Teslas? I'm in.
     
  6. aviators99

    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    Maybe the "Social Radar" app?
     
  7. DITB

    DITB Charged.hk co-founder

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    How about a Tesla dating site, now you are at it?

    tesladating.com seems to be available for any takers ...
     
  8. SW2Fiddler

    SW2Fiddler Bannd Member

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    Or geohashing meet ups. No extra software or hardware required.
    Map lookup
     

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