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If I want to schedule a trip on my car for the next morning without having to go down to my apartment’s garage, I should be able to, it just makes sense. The entire point of scheduling a departure is telling it when you will next be in the car, so why do I need to go down to the car just to tell it I’m going to use it at (insert time)

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Revolutionary
Steering Wheel

At the start of 2021, Tesla introduced a new steering wheel for the Model S and X.  While similar to one introduced on the new Roadster in 2018, it’s gotten a lot of positive and negative attention. While we’ve yet to drive a car with the new wheel, we can bust some of the myths and talk about what is known today. (Feb-2021).

Background

Car makers today often buy parts like the steering wheel from an outside supplier, and with badging and minor tweaks, they are all similar. It requires an airbags, a horn button, and various stalks.  Newer designs offer some additional buttons and controls on the steering wheel.

It must also meet safety standards for collapsing in a crash.  It is easy to just pick the same old design year after year, perhaps with a different shade of wrapping.  The shape of the steering wheel has not changed much in 50+ years on cars.  It has been a good design, but automakers have been unwilling to look at what could be improved.

Tesla’s new steering wheel offers several benefits but is quite radical to most at first glance.  It reminds one of the yokes used in most airplanes for the last 70 years or those used in the fastest race cars.

Steering Wheel

Is it legal?

In the UK and EU, others have reported there is no issue. For the USA, NHTSA so far has refused to comment on the compliance of the new steering wheel.  As far as I can find, there is no requirement for the shape of a steering wheel. It could even be triangular, but that would be uncomfortable! 

Now some have pointed out Pennsylvania has an inspection requirement:

The steering wheel, except if specially designed for handicapped drivers, is not circular or equivalent in strength to original equipment or has an outside diameter less than 13 inches.

There is no PA law anyone can find that states it must be circular, and my reading of this inspection requirement is referring to steering wheel replacements. The Tesla steering wheel meets the OEM’s original strength, seeing how it has not been replaced.

Safety

bad hand positions

One major reason for this design is to eliminate the dangerous hand positions on circular steering wheels above the centerline.  If during a crash, your hands are on the upper part of a conventional steering wheel, the airbag will likely break both of your wrists. It may also cause further harm if the bag pushes a hand into your face.

Ergonomics

This is hard to access without driving a car with the new design, but here are some of the likely factors:

Advantages

  • Easier for the driver to get into and out of the car
  • Hand positions look comfortable
  • Improved visibility to the instrument cluster
  • No interference with air vents directed at your face

Disadvantages

  • Different than what owners are used to
  • Sharp low-speed turns may be harder if a full rotation is needed

Handling

At 65 mph, little input is needed with current Tesla vehicles.  I measure about 5 degrees of turn needed for changing lanes, and about 15 degrees for a sharp turn at speed.  Going around a cloverleaf at 30 mph required about 180 degrees.  As you go slower, you can make sharper turns.  The maximum steering wheel turning from the center to lock is about 400 degrees, a little more than one full rotation.

Tesla currently uses speed-sensitive variable-ratio steering, used by many manufacturers for many years.  We expect the new system will include this feature. It is possible that the ratio is changed so that less angle of turn is needed for the sharpest low-speed turns.

No Stalks!

The removal of all stalks is another controversial change Tesla has made. Ok, let’s look at each stalk and the Tesla alternative.

Gear Selector Stalk

The prior stalk offers Park, Drive, Neutral, or Reverse selections.  The new design implements an AI solution. When you press on the brake, the car automatically sets the selection.  In addition, there is a manual override with physical buttons below the phone chargers.  The buttons are not shown in any of the first cabin pictures, so it was a late design change.

Turn Signal Stalk

On prior vehicles, there are two modes for each direction. There is a 3-flash mode that stops automatically and continuous blinker mode. The continuous mode stops after the steering wheel is turned or you manually stop the blinker. The turn signal stalk also controls the high beam and wipers.

With the new steering wheel, the blinker and high-beam controls are soft buttons on the left side that you use your thumb to control.  Our early guess is the multiple blinker modes are controlled with a short or long-press as done on higher-end motorcycles.

The wiper control is now on a button on the right side.  Perhaps a short press turns it on/off, and a long press is used for the washer.  Controls likely appear on the display when the wiper is active to make further adjustments.

Autopilot Stalk

We believe this is controlled with the button on the right side, between the horn and wiper button.

Steering Wheel Position Stalk

This is used to set the depth and height of the steering wheel.  Our guess is this is activated from the display, and the left scroll wheel is used to control the depth and height.

side wheel

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Squirt windscreen washer fluid without wiping.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Useful to flush non-antifreeze washer fluid out before replacing the fluid with antifreeze fluid.

This change might only work when parked via a Controls UI button above the wiper maintenance mode button and via a button in the mobile app. It should also work when wipers are in the maintenance position.

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Description

Show compatible non-Tesla charging stations on the car’s navigation screen.

Status

In the USA, some EVvgo locations are now Tesla compatible.

In Europe, charging networks that are Tesla compatible include ENBW, ADAC, Allegro, Fastned, and others.

Status

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Automated Map Orientation

by dbop

Description

Currently, the map has 3 viewing options: north-up, heading/guidance, and trip.  Change this to remember the user’s map-viewing preference for different activities:

  1. Car in Park
  2. Driver searching for destination (i.e. typing or viewing list of destination results).
  3. Car in gear (or even possibly neutral).

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Personally, I would configure these to 1)north-up, 2) north-up 3)heading/guidance. It would not require any UI changes.

Status

Unknown.

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Model S Comparison for 2021

by Moderator

Model S Comparisons

Comparisons of the Model S variants for 2021 prior to and after Tesla’s major update.  (Feb-2021)

Basic Facts

The New Model S LR and Plaid started production in March 2021. The Model S LR+ and Performance variants ended production in December 2020.  All four cars carry the 2021 model year vehicle identification. The Plaid+ is not shown, but is the same as Plaid, but offers over 520+ miles range, a bit faster, uses the new 4680 cells, and costs $20K more. 

Item
Model S
New LR
Model S
New Plaid
Model S
Old LR+
Model S
Performance
Base Price
$79,990
$119,990
$69,420
$91,990
Price with every option (see below)
$99,990
$140,490
$89.840
$112,340
EPA Range
412 mi
390 mi*
402 mi
387 mi
EPA Efficiency (w/19" wheels)
29 kWh/100 mi
31 kWh/100 mi
29 kWh/100 mi
31 kWh/100 mi
Battery Power
100 kWh*
100 kWh*
100 kWh
100 kWh
Battery Usable
95 kWh*
95 kWh*
95 kWh*
95 kWh*
Battery Cell Type
18650 Cell
18650 Cell
18650 Cell
18650 Cell
Battery Cell Vendor
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
Battery 12V type
Lithium-Ion
Lithium-Ion
AGM Lead Acid
AGM Lead Acid
Maximum Speed
155 mph
200 mph
155 mph
162 mph
0 to 60 mph
3.1 sec
2.0 sec
3.7 sec
2.3 sec
Peak Power
670 hp
1,020 hp
557 hp
778 hp
Maximum Regen
50 kW
unknown
50 kW
50 kW
Cargo Space, Seats Up
28.0 cu ft
28.0 cu ft
28.0 cu ft
28.0 cu ft
Cargo Space, Seats Down
60.2 cu ft
60.2 cu ft
60.2 cu ft
60.2 cu ft
Seats (standard/optional)
5/7
5/7
5
5
Max Charging Rate
250 kW
250 kW
250 kW
250 kW
Max Charging Speed
800 mi/hour
800 mi/hour
800 mi/hour
800 mi/hour
Alternate Charging Rate**
150 kW
150 kW
150 kW
150 kW
Alternate Charging Speed
483 mi/hour
483 mi/hour
483 mi/hour
483 mi/hour
Best AC Charging Rate
11.25 kW
11.25 kW
11.25 kW
11.25 kW
Cd (drag coefficient)
0.208
0.208
0.23
0.23
Weight
4,561 lbs
4,766 lbs
4,883 lbs
4,941 lbs

* Estimated.

Options

This is a price list of all available options.

Feature Model S
New LR
Model S
New Plaid
Model S
Old LR+
Model S
Performance
Carbon Fiber Spoiler
n/a
Included
n/a
Included
Enhanced Auto-Theft
Included
Included
$350
$350
Full-Self Driving
$10000
$10000
$10000
$10000
Interior Color White or Cream (Black Std)
$1500
n/a
$1500
$1500
Interior Color Black and White
n/a
$2000
n/a
n/a
Paint Black, Silver or Blue (White Std)
$1500
$1500
$1500
$1500
Paint Red Multi-Coat
$2500
$2500
$2500
$2500
Wheels 21" (19" std)
$4500
$4500
$4500
$4500
TOTAL
$20,000
$20,500
$20,350
$20,350

Feature Differences

This is a list of feature differences, where one variant offers something different than another. 

Interior
Special Features/Options
Model S
New LR
Model S
New Plaid
Model S
Old LR+
Model S
Performance
Active Noise Canceling
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
AI Gear Selection
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Air Suspension
Likely*
Likely*
Yes
Yes
Audio Peak-Power
960W
960W
560W
560W
Audio Speakers, cabin
22
22
12
12
Carbon Fiber Decor
n/a
Yes
n/a
Yes
Carbon-sleeved Rotors
n/a
Yes
n/a
n/a
Center screen orientation
Landscape
Landscape
Portrait
Portrait
Chrome Delete
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Climate Zones
3
3
2
2
Cup holders
4
4
6
6
Display Control
MCU3
MCU3
MCU2
MCU2
Display Resolution, center
2200x1300
2200x1300
1080x1920
1080x1920
Displays
3
3
2
2
Displays area, combined
200 sq in.*
200 sq in.*
180 sq in.
180 sq in.
Door Pockets
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Door Releases, Electronic
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Enhanced Anti-Theft
Yes
Yes
Optional
Optional
Enhanced Battery Cooling
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Heat Pump
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Interior Camera
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Phone Key, Keycards and FOB
Yes
Yes
FOB only
FOB only
Rear Fold-down center armrest
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Rear seats electric release
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Rear seats fold flat
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Seats - Perforated, Ventilated front
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Seats - Third Row
Optional*
Optional*
n/a
n/a
Steering Wheel Selection Controls
12
12
6
6
Steering Wheel Stalks
0
0
4
4
Steering Wheel, Racing inspired
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Tilting Center Screen
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Tires, Advanced
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
Torque Vectoring
n/a
Yes
n/a
n/a
Traction Motors
2
3
2
2
USB Charging
Fast
Fast
Normal
Normal
USB Charging Ports
5*
5*
4
4
USB Type
USB-C
USB-C
USB-A
USB-A
Ventilation control, Front
Electronic
Electronic
Manual
Manual
Wireless phone charging
4
4
0
0

* Unconfirmed or estimated

Exterior Changes

The new Model S includes the following exterior changes:

  • The front facia has a larger air inlet and is more aerodynamic
  • The rear facia is changed to be more aerodynamic
  • The standard 19″ rims have inserts to be more aerodynamic
  • The front fog light and cornering light is changed
  • Most items previously in chrome are now blacked out
  • The chrome strip below the doors is gone

Common Features

These are features related to all 2021 Model S variants.

Charging Notes
Fast Charging up to 250 kW At V3 Superchargers
Includes Mobile Connector With 120v and J1772 adapters
Largest Network of Charge Connections 23,277 by end of 2020
Plug-in and Charge Easiest system to use
Schedule Charging Allows home charging at lowest rates
Superior Design Lightweight and compact connectors
Full-Self-Driving Option Notes
Auto-Lane Change When Auto-steer active
Autopark For parallel and perpendicular parking
Autosteer Maintains within a marked lane
Location-to-Location Self Driving Future feature
Navigate on Autopilot Navigates from on-ramp to off-ramp
Smart Summon Brings the vehicle to you via the phone App
Interior Notes
All LED lighting Improved longevity
Auto Dimming Mirrors Both sides and rear-view mirror
Auto-Garage Open/Close With Homelink
Automatic Keyless Entry
Automatic Wipers Manual and automatic modes
Backup Camera High-definition
Bluetooth Phone Connection For hands-free talking, contacts, calendar
Dashcam Records 4 video camera streams
Driver Profiles Includes Easy Access profile for entry/exit
FM, FM HD and XM radios
Heated Seats
Heated Steering Wheel
Homelink GPS aware
Interior Accent Lighting LED
Lighted Door Handles LED
Maps - Points of interest and Charging locations Shows charging stall availablity and more
Maps - Real-time Traffic Monitoring Color coded traffic levels
Maps - Resident and Google Maps With free updates
Maps - Road and Satellite Views
Maps - with Navigation Includes pinch to zoom or rotate
Mobile App Remote Control Shows vehicle location, status and more
Over-the-Air updates Free, often with new features and enhancements
Panoramic Glass Roof Tinted, IR and UV filtered
Power Folding Mirrors Heated and profile memory position
Power Front Seats 12-way and driver profile memory
Power liftgate With lift-height memory
Power Windows One-touch
Puddle Lights LED
Retracting Door Handles Automatic extension on approach
Secondary storage Frunk and under Trunk
Sentry Mode Dashcam records activity while parked
Sign Reading Stop signs, Traffic lights, Speed
Streaming Audio without a Phone Slacker, Spotify and TuneIn
Tesla Arcade Wide range of games to play while parked
Tesla Theater Connect to your Netflix, Hulu, Hulu+ and YouTube
Traffic-Aware Cruse Control  
USB Music Player ACC, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV files
Voice Activated Controls With hundreds of commands
Washer Nozzle Heaters
Wiper Blades Defroster
Safety Notes
360 Degree Driving Visualization
Shows cars, bicyclists and pedestrians
Air Suspension GPS aware, ability to raise height for more clearance
Airbags - Eight Driver and passenger heads, knees, and pelvis plus two side curtain airbags
All-Wheel Drive Independent front/rear motors adds safety over clunky ICE AWD systems
Antilock Brakes  
Automatic Emergency Braking  
Blind-spot Warning With visual vehicle placement
Collision Avoidance  
Cornering Lights LED
Daytime Running Lights LED
Electronic Stability Control Far better than ICE, as motor control is almost instant
Electronic Traction Control  
Five-star Crash Ratings NHTSA 5-stars In every category
Fog Lights LED
Front Impact Protection  
HEPA air filtration  
Low Rollover Risk  
Second Row LATCH For attachment of child seats
Side Impact Protection  

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More Wiper Control Buttons

by John

Description

For cars with wiper controls on the display, add more direct controls with long-press and taps to control different functions directly.

So when you have 2 buttons, let say top and bottom, it can work like this: press the bottom button and it will wipe once. Press and hold the bottom button it will get water on the windshield. Press the top button once to turn on wipers for the first speed and then pressing the top button again will increase speed (with 5 different speed settings). Now to lower your speed of wipers just press the bottom button until the wipers are turned off. Turning on and off automatic wipers can be done by pressing both buttons at once.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Editor: Tesla seems more oriented towards making wiper controls fully automatic.

Status

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Taycan vs. Model S

by Moderator

parking taycan Taycan vs. Model S Model S

There has been quite a bit of debate on if the Tesla Model S or the Porsche Taycan is the better car. There are no easy answers and it depends far more on what someone is looking for. That said, we’ve compiled all of the know facts of competitive Tesla and Taycan models for a side-by-side comparison. (Feb-2021)

Basic Facts

Basic facts are from the manufacturer’s websites on 2021 vehicles. The updated Model S LR begins deliveries in February 2021. The Plaid+ is expected later in 2021. The Taycan 4S with the standard battery is not in production yet and shows what is coming later this year. The EPA only data for the 2020 Taycan, but we believe it is still the same for 2021.

While it’s hard to make a total apples-to-apples comparison, there are many extra options in the Taycan models that are included in the base price of the Tesla Model S. We’ve included a chart of these items and prices to come up with our Prices with equivalent options. For the Price with every option, we included every available option from the manufacturer’s websites. Any combo packages that save money were chosen over individual items. We did not include incompatible options but choose the most expensive option for a category when such a choice was available.

Item
Model S LR
Model S Plaid+
Taycan 4S
Taycan Turbo S
Base Price
$79,990
$139.990
$103,800
$185,000
Price with Equivalent Options (see list)
$79,990
$139.990
$133,519
$201,620
Price with every Option (not equivalent)
$99,990
$158,490
$209,885
$257,390
Possible IRS Tax Credit
0
0
$7,500
$7,500
EPA Range
412 mi
520 mi (est)
172 mi (est)
192 mi
EPA Efficiency (lower kWh is better)
31 kWh/100 mi
31 kWh/100 mi (est)
41 kWh/100 mi (est)
50 kWh/100 mi
Battery Power
100 kWh
unknown
79.2 kWh
93.4 kWh
Battery Usable
95 kWh (est)
unknown
71.0 kWh
83.7 kWh
Battery Type
18650 Cell
4680 Cell
Pouch
Pouch
Battery Vendor
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
LG Chem
LG Chem
Maxium Speed
155 mph
200 mph
155 mph
162 mph
0 to 60 mph
3.1 sec
< 1.99 sec
3.8 sec
2.6 sec
Maximum Regen
50 kW
?
265 kW
265 kW
Cargo Space, Seats Up
28.0 cu ft
28.0 cu ft
14.3 cu ft
12.9 cu ft
Cargo Space, Seats Down
60.2 cu ft
60.2 cu ft
14.3 cu ft
12.9 cu ft
Seats (standard/optional)
5/7*
5/7*
4/5*
4/5*
Max Charging Rate
250 kW
250 kW
270 kW
270 kW
Max Charging Speed
800 mi/hour
800 mi/hour (est)
658 mi/hour
540 mi/hour
Alternate Charging Rate**
150 kW
150 kW
50 kW
50 kW
Alternate Charging Speed
483 mi/hour
483 mi/hour (est)
122 mi/hour
100 mi/hour
Best AC Charging Rate
11.25 kW
11.25 kW
9.6 kW/19.2 kW*
9.6 kW/19.2 kW*
Charging Standards Supported
Tesla, CHAdeMO*
Tesla, CHAdeMO*
CCS
CCS
Cd (drag coefficient)
0.208
0.208
0.22
0.25
Weight
4,561 lbs
4,766 lbs
4,947 lbs
5,101 lbs

* Optional, extra cost
** Based on prior generation DC stalls. Taycan includes 50 kW charging standard, and has optional up to 150 kW charging at 400V CCS for those stalls that support this rate.

Options

This is a price list of the minimal options required in either car to get a similar level of features.

Feature Model S LR Model S Plaid+ Taycan 4S Taycan Turbo S
Adaptive Cruise Control
Included
Included
$2,050
$2,050
Fifth Seat Package
Included
Included
$480
$480
Frunk Liner
Included
Included
$158
Included
Heated Steering Wheel
Included
Included
$280
$280
High End Surround Sound System
Included
Included
$7,000
$5,810
High Power 400V DC Charger
Included
Included
$460
$460
Interior Carbon Fiber
Included
Included
$2,460
Included
Mobile Charger Cable
Included
Included
$1,120
$1,120
Painted Calipers
N/A
Included
$900
Included
Painted Exterior Mirrors
Included
Included
$660
$660
Power Charge Port Cover
Included
Included
$640
Included
Power Folding Mirrors
Included
Included
$330
$330
Premium Package (Glass roof, LCA, Memory seat, etc.)
Included
Included
$7,170
$4,240
Seat Heating Front and Rear
Included
Included
$530
Included
Seat Material, Simulated Leather
Included
Included
$4,130
Included
Thermal Glass
Included
Included
$1,130
Included
Trunk Liner
Included
Included
$221
Included
TOTAL
0
0
$29,719
$16,620

Features

This is a list of feature differences, where one car offers something different than another. There are many features all these cars offer, and these are not listed.

Special Features/Options
Model S LR
Model S Plaid+
Taycan 4S
Taycan Turbo S
360 Degree Driving Visualization
Yes
Yes
No
No
Adaptive Rear Spoiler
No
No
Yes
Yes
All Aluminum Body
Yes
Yes
Partial
Partial
Auto Extending Door Handles
Yes
Yes
No
No
Base Displays area, combined
200 sq in. est.
200 sq in. est.
143 sq in. (3 screens)
143 sq in. (3 screens)
Blind Spot Warning
Full Visualization
Full Visualization
LED Light
LED Light
Birds Eye View for Parking
Soon
Soon
Optional
Optional
Charge at CCS (North America)
No
No
Yes
Yes
Charge at CHAdeMO
Optional
Optional
No
No
Charge free at Destination Connections
Yes
Yes
No
No
Charge at Superchargers
Yes
Yes
No
No
Climate Dog Mode & Camp Mode
Yes
Yes
No
No
Climate Zones
2
2
2 (4 optional)
2 (4 optional)
Connection for services
1 year free
1 year free
3 years free
3 years free
Connection Monthly price
$10/mo
$10/mo
$40/mo
$40/mo
Crash Testing, All Categories
5-Stars
5-Stars
Untested
Untested
Cup holders
4
4
4
4
Displays
3
3
3 (+1 optional)
3 (+1 optional)
Fake Engine Sounds
No
No
Yes
Yes
Free Charging*
1000 miles
1000 miles
3 years
3 years
Full Regen with no pedal application
Yes
Yes
No
No
Full-Self-Driving
Optional
Optional
No
No
Games
Yes
Yes
No
No
Heat Pump
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HEPA Air Filtration
Yes
Yes
No
No
Homelink
Location aware
Location aware
Generic
Generic
Infotainment
Tesla
Tesla
CarPlay
CarPlay
Memory Seat
Yes
Yes
Optional
Optional
OTA updates
Yes
Yes
Limited
Limited
Radio AM
No
No
No
No
Radio FM, with HD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Radio XM, free service period
None
None
3 months
3 months
Rear Axle Steering
No
No
Optional
Yes
Rear Seat Fold-down
Yes
Yes
No
No
Seat Belt Height Adjusters
No
No
Yes
Yes
Seat Material, Standard
Ultra-Leather
Ultra-Leather
Partial Leather
Leather
Sentry Mode
Yes
Yes
No
No
Streaming Services
Yes
Yes
only with Phone
only with Phone
Transmission Gear Selection, Front
1
1
1
1
Transmission Gear Selection, Rear
1
1
2
2
Video Services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.)
Yes
Yes
No
No
Washer Nozzle Heater
Yes
Yes
No
No
Wiper Blade Defroster
Yes
Yes
No
No

* For Tesla, 1000 miles free promotion is not always avaiable. For Porsche, EA free charging is limited to the first 30 minutes per session.

Intangibles

This is our take on various aspects of these vehicles. They are our opinion, with similar views from major reviewers.

Category
Model S LR
Model S Plaid+
Taycan 4S
Taycan Turbo S
Brand
Fresh Innovator
Fresh Innovator
Legacy Performance
Legacy Performance
Customization
Limited
Limited
Extreme
Extreme
Driver Assistance Ratings*
One of the best
One of the best
Below average
Below average
Driver Assistance Option Cost**
$10,000
$10,000
$5,760
$5,760
Exterior Style
Understated Sedan
Understated Sedan
Flashy Sedan
Flashy Sedan
Handling
Very Good
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Interior Style
Minimalist
Minimalist
Modern
Modern
Service
Mobile and Shops
Mobile and Shops
Shop only
Shop only
UI Ease of Use
Excellent
Excellent
Average
Average

* Consumer Reports, Feburary 2021 Issue
** Taycan only offers a subset of Tesla FSD features

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Option to Remove Heated Seat Icons

by Zero

Description

Have an option to move the heated seat icons to the climate menu. In summer or for those that don’t use the heated seats, they would be less likely to be accidentally set on when attempting other controls while driving.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

I am always finding my seat heating up when I don’t want it to – obviously, I’ve brushed against the icon when setting something else

Status

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Have an option that would hide the media panel when starting the car. The current operation always brings it up,

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When regen braking is limited due to battery level or temperature, add limited mechanical brakes to supplement the regen braking.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

This would result in a consistent driving experience regardless of the state of the battery. In addition, this could be used to provide a hold stopping mode for older vehicles that can’t fully stop with regen braking.

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Currently my sentry/dashcam drive fills up every few weeks and so I have to format it regularily.  And to tell the car to format it, I need to first remove my MP3 drive so that it formats the correct drive.

Instead, auto-delete old videos.  Also have a button to prevent specific videos from being automatically deleted.

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Offer a volume adjustment or several levels for the walk-away lock confirmation (for cars that don’t use the horn).

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Being able to control the volume of the walk-away lock confirmation sound would be useful when parking late at night to avoid waking people living/sleeping nearby.

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Add a checkbox to navigation if you want to plan a round trip.

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If you are planning a round trip where the destination does not have charging you need the route planner to figure out where and how long to charge on the way there so that you have enough charge not only to get to the destination but to get back to the next charger on the way home.

Status

According to Elon, Tesla is working on adding waypoints, which may handle this scenario.

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