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What's left to improve on the Model S?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by 30seconds, Apr 11, 2015.

  1. 30seconds

    30seconds Active Member

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    With all the upgrades in the last few years I'm left to wonder what else can be substantially improved.

    maybe the seats (cooling), maybe the sound system, maybe heads up display?

    what else?
     
  2. celter

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    Faster internet connection (4G)
    Better browser
    More apps
     
  3. green1

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    cooled seats
    choice of actual colours in the design studio
    LTE data
    More powerful processor
    More apps (maybe more streaming audio choices? )
    Upgrades to auto pilot hardware to add cross traffic detection and long distance rear/adjacent lane tragic detection.
    Robot charging arm (not really part of the car, but it's coming)
    The ability for rear seat passengers to control their own seat heaters
    Larger battery pack (100kWh?)
    And shortly after model 3, a full design refresh.
     
  4. Stein Idar Aasen

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    New headlights (adaptive), headlight washer, overall better finish on interrior:)
     
  5. SteveG3

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    faster supercharging (my understanding is that's about the battery, so about the S).
     
  6. Dutchie

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    Coat hangers:biggrin:
     
  7. Seesaw

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    LED headlights

    and the alloy wheel designs are in need of a real update. New wheels would really freshen the appearance.
     
  8. PaulusdB

    PaulusdB Mayor Gnomus Vintage Limb

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    State of the art sat nav.
     
  9. GSP

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    Tesla has done such a fantastic job on the S, there is not that much room for fruther improvement. Probably best to concentrate on completely new models like the X, III, and the F-150 killer.

    However, I will add this list anyway:

    Tougher, more durable paint (maybe Tesla's new "world best"paint shop will provide this later this year)
    Better cup holders
    Regen paddles on steering wheel
    Further engineering contineous improvement design changes (better quality and reliability, lower cost)
    "100DL" model with stretched wheelbase for spacious rear cabin with more headroom also. (Similar to BMW and Mercedes)
    Heated armrests, and maybe door panels and/or headliner (more efficient and comfortable than resistive cabin heater or heat pump)
    More software features (autopilot, charge and/or precondition based on departure time, apps, etc.)

    GSP
     
  10. Wander

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    My biggest wish for now is:

    Voice control in different languages.
    I can speak english OK, but I have no idea how to pronounce "Haaksbergerstraat 12, Enschede" in english so that the car will understand me.. Basicly the only place I can navigate to with voice command, is McDonalds.... :frown:
     
  11. ArtInCT

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    #11 ArtInCT, Apr 12, 2015
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    Dark grey 19" Cyclone wheels.
    A darker tone of tan leather interior.
    Executive Seating - Seat Angle Adjustment of Seat Back
    +1 On the Cooled Seats
    +1 On rear passengers in control of their seat heaters
    Heads Up Display - Speedo & Navigation Next Turn and power meter.
    More voice control of automobile objects such as Panoramic Roof, Seat heaters, door locks, etc.
    A battery pack that gets the P85D 10% further however recharges in the same time frame (or less) as the current 85 pack.
    On P85D Paddles for Insane Mode On or Off.
    An indicator that shows when Torque Sleep is "in effect".
    When you open the driver's door, the steering wheel and seat adjust for your pre-defined easy exit/ingress setting (my 1993 Lexus SC400 had this)
    Read Only access to the service menus.
    Solar Panel in Pano Roof powering air ventilation &/ recharge when car is sitting in sun - Our Prius IV has this
    A smaller turning radius
    Active Electronic Noise Suppression
    Blind Spot Warning indication moved to mirrors or pillars
    A front end redesign eventually - the schnoz cone
     
  12. cmu5p

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    What they said +

    - A/C vents and better airflow for third row jump seats
    - lighted vanity mirror (a girl's gotta look as good as the car she's exiting)
    - blind spot warning moved off dash to near side mirrors
     
  13. thegruf

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    Somebody needs to make a poll of this stuff.
    Tesla could actually be interested.
     
  14. Saghost

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    More sophisticated navigation (waypoints, trip options, nearby POI suggestions, supercharger selection suggestions based on POI.)

    More integration between Autopilot and Navigation.

    Offboard trip planning tied to the car's navigation.

    More interaction between Navigation and internet (menu choices at Superchargers, real time construction and weather adjustments.)

    As others said, cooled seats is a big one. Possibly even fancy massaging seats like the upper end luxury cars.

    Automated 'valet' Supercharging - car drops you off at front of restaurant, then automatically goes to best open stall and is plugged in, returns to waiting area when adequate charge is achieved.

    Car to car and mobile app communication, so that if you pull in to a charging area and all stalls are taken, you can hit a button and prompt messages go out to the mobile apps of any owners that have finished charging. With autopilot, it could even allow the person waiting to unplug the car and the car to repark itself out of the way if the owner who finished charging authorized it.

    Car to car communication for Autopilot car trains - closer following distance for drafting and better road utilization made safe by knowing what the other car is doing and seeing.

    Just off the top of my head. There are still lots of places where being able to integrate all the pieces leads to opportunities for Tesla that no other car today has.
    Walter
     
  15. doctorwho

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    Reverse cycle AC for cabin heating instead of resistive heating
    direct cable connection for phones/music players
    aero wheel covers (not DIY pizza trays)
     
  16. agloutney

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    Energy from regen sent to cabin heaters when battery is too cold to accept regen.
     
  17. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Supercharger stall availability plus potential waiters and wait time display in real-time. Sort of an Uber app-like display in the car and in the mobile app.

    A better nose cone?!
     
  18. Khatsalano

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    360 radar with better TACC/Autopilot.
    360 cameras like the Leaf with top down parking views
    Better seats
    Trunk lightning ... even crappy lightning is better than no lighting
    Unlock the ability to use the front facing camera as a dash am (snapshots, last 5 mins of video)
    Waze integration and better Nav directions
    Android or iOS so we can freely download apps (like a real browser)
     
  19. Tamar

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    Based on what I read in the Frunk Dent thread....a re-inforced frunk that can be easily closed without denting.
     
  20. techmaven

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    Additional motors for side to side torque vectoring.
    4 wheel steering
    Higher sustained power output.
    Better cooling for harder driving before rev limiter kicks in
    Higher supercharger power
    Larger battery without increasing weight through higher specific energy
    Upgraded sensor package - rear mobileye, rear radar, side/blind spot cameras, etc. for more autonomous driving
    top down view cameras
    cup holders in the rear, map pockets
    ability to control the media player from the rear seat
    better media player
    more side to side room - given the outside dimensions, interior is cramped
    more headroom in the rear
    winged headrests like in airplanes
    rear video entertainment system
    better ventilation for the rear
    aggressive in cabin air filtration for allergies and bad pollution
    better noise suppression glass
     

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