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Why doesn't Model S talk to us?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by ratsbew, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. ratsbew

    ratsbew Member

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    I've been wondering why the Tesla operating system doesn't have verbal notifications of certain things? With autopilot coming up I'd think that easy to understand verbal directions might be useful.

    Maybe even a Siri-like personal assistant.

    • "Autopilot Engaged"
    • "Resume Vehicle Control, Autopilot Degraded"
    • "Your battery is low, would you like me to route you to a charging station?"
    • "The outside temperature is 79 degrees."
    • "Your stocks are....."
    • "Warning: thunderstorms are along your route ahead. Proceed with caution."
    • "Heavy snowfall is forecast along your route."
     
  2. S'toon

    S'toon Knows where his towel is

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    Because every time it's been tried in the past it's been considered really creepy.
     
  3. snellenr

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    Yours doesn't??? :smile::smile::smile:

    I drove a newish loaner with the speed limit sign "alerts" when my March 2014 car was in for its first annual check, and the only thing that could have made it more annoying would be a Tesla/Siri voice (from the back seat) saying "Aren't you going a little too fast?"
     
  4. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    #4 FlasherZ, Sep 20, 2015
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    1983-84 Chrysler LeBaron w/ EVA.

    'nuff said. No thanks.


     
  5. araxara

    araxara S-P85#3,218 X-90D#3,299

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    “Your door is a-jar”
    No it’s not. It’s a door not a jar.
     
  6. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    I think it would probably be pretty annoying for the music or talk radio you're listening to to be cutting in and out all the time to tell you all this stuff.
     
  7. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    A former boss had a Maxima that talked like that. "The door is ajar. The door is ajar." or "The keys are in the ignition. The keys are in the ignition". After about the third repetition you want to run screaming from the car. It's absolutely the worst possible feature. One of the best Model S features is that you can turn the sound off on the Nav Lady.
     
  8. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    It would drive me to be more crazy than I already am!
     
  9. Stoneymonster

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    1. Probably annoying.
    2. To get close to Siri, which is marginal most of the time for me, would be a massive effort.
    3. Localization and translation would be a nightmare.
     
  10. Pete90D

    Pete90D Fan of Red Lights

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    I think it is the fear that the car will become self-aware and start talking to itself and drain your battery when you aren't plugged in. Sitting around in a parking lot singing "I'm too sexy for my driver, too sexy for my driver, too sexy yeeeeaaahhh, and I am too sexy for that car, oveeeerrrr theeerrrreee"

    Being serious now. I'm not sure how many things I'd like to be told while driving. It might be nice if there was a summary mode where I could hit a button and it would read off stats like battery range, miles to go to destination, etc. In general I think that Siri is probably going to do a better job and with the ability to turn on siri by voice it makes it fairly easy.

    One thing I always thought would be cool, but pretty much worthless to implement... rally driver announcement for certain roads... right 3, opens, slight crest, left 4.
     
  11. bmah

    bmah Obscure Member

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    "Tesla Model S, Knight Rider Special Edition"
     
  12. ratsbew

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    I guess my biggest question is how will the car notify the driver to take control when autopilot suddenly fails? I feel like a voice prompt would be better than a random alarm or message on the screen.
     
  13. Stoneymonster

    Stoneymonster Active Member

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    "Terrain! Pull up!"
     
  14. romac

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    My Dad had a mid 80's Chrysler New Yorker. It talked the same as the Le Baron. I always talked back to it too saying that the door is not "a jar"! :rolleyes:

    Thanks but no thanks. I'll stay with my quiet Model S, inside and out.
     
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    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    "would you like me to cut off the jerk next to you and give him a brake check?" yes please.
     
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    Wouldn't that be more like "Terrain ends! Entering Thelma and Louise Maneuver."
     

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