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New US Parking Sensors impressions?

Looks like quite a few of you have your new cars with the integrated Tesla parking sensors now. Anybody care to comment? Nicely integrated? Do they display the distances from objects? Coverage for curbs or not?

Similar to the European parking sensor video?

I'll have mine in three weeks but was hoping to have some input prior because I'm curious.

I would be surprised if anyone has taken delivery of a car with sensors yet. They just retooled production and allowed the config to be ordered a couple weeks ago. Ist deliveries are probably still a week or so out. Anyone already have theirs?

With the possible exception of Norway.

I was at the Costa Mesa SC early last week to look at colors and there were three P85+'s that had parking sensors. Could have been loaners or customer cars.

Couple guys at TMC site have already taken delivery of cars here in the US with them. No posts yet with impressions.

I was at the Norristown PA service center on Aug 15th, there were 2 Model S with parking sensors ready for delivery.

I get mine a week from Wednesday.

I get mine on Thursday. Hopefully.

Is this something that can be retrofit?

I'm a month out still. I ordered on 8/3 with a late September delivery date. I have no idea how you guys got your cars so quickly!

I had a loaner last week and tried out the sensors. They work quite well, and I would have easily bought the parking sensors if they were available when I got my car. As is was, I added aftermarket sensors to my car (front only).

The Tesla system is a split design that shows you separate left/right obstructions rather than the typical single indication. The warning display automatically pops up in the left side of the instrument display when needed and disappears when no longer needed.

The car had 1.33.61 software, and I noticed the screens, while nice, were not the same as shown on the Order section of the Tesla website. When I inquired about this, they indicated the next release (perhaps 5.0?) would show the newer style, which is quite a bit nicer. The new style is supposed to include actual distance from the object too, that wasn't shown in the version I used.

I finalized my order on 8/3 as well. Picking up on 8/28. Jerome Guillen intervened and had Miki Sofer move up my production by a week so I could get it after a 3 1/2 week wait. Then again, I'm in L.A. so the car doesn't have to go far once it's done.

s far as retrofit goes, don't bank on it. If TM announces one, it'll likely cost at least $3k and will require sending the car back to Freemont. Service centers won't have the machines to lunch the holes in the number covers.

I hate when number covers lunch on holes. Such a waste of space.

I missed getting the sensors by a few weeks. Tesla will keep on improving the sensors. I would not be surprised to see them used phased array sensors that show distinct objects with distances. Lane chance sensors. Multiple cameras.

Smart cruise control is another feature I would like because it could be used to extend the range in highway driving - optimize tracking the vehicle in front for optimum speed, regen, acceleration, coasting, etc. Option to fold the rear view external mirrors to increase range. All could add 10-15% to the highway rage.

I would like to see some weight loss to may be closer to 4,000 lbs from the current 4,670 lbs, using improved structural design, stronger alloys. Would certainly improve handling, acceleration and even range.

I picked up mine 3 days ago (8/14). Parking sensors and cold weather package. According to the Delivery Center, I was the first in the L.A. region to get them. I was also the first in the area to get 5.0, and had to wait for them to upload it before I could explore the vehicle, as these new features were inoperable without it. In the meantime, we did the orientation using another vehicle without these features. 5.0 took about a full hour for them to upload using a laptop.

The sensors work beautifully. The front ones come on the left dash screen whenever I get close to an object, including occasionally a brief beep if I am turning into traffic and get too close to a vehicle in the next lane (at very slow speeds of course).

The rear sensors come immediately upon going into reverse, on the bottom half of the screen, with the camera on the bottom half. If there is nothing behind me, it's just a picture of a radar-type screen. Only when I get close enough does it start to flash.

Both the front and rear sensors distinguish right from left. They start out green, then yellow with corresponding distances in inches, then holy cr*p red when you're really close.

My impressions: flawless delivery. I'm very happy with them. I would post pictures here, or on TMC, but I have kids with me and lots of other stuff going on.

+1 4Super9

I picked mine up on Friday and had the parking sensors, fog lights and lighting package added. They all work great and the delivery experience was flawless. The car is great and no issues!!!

My car even came with the upgraded 19" tires.

The other highlight was the factory tour. To see the factory in action is a real plus. The whole process was a wonderful experience.

Thanks to the Tesla team.

I saw a tesla tech upgrade a P85 plus in he field so I know it can be done. He told me now permission or time frame was given to him to do upgrades. The upgrade was done on a display model in the show room only.

@mikeah007 Are you saying that you saw a P85+ get parking sensors installed in the field? We were under the impression that the bumpers had to be punched in Fremont.

I wonder if the front sensors (probably modified) could be installed in the front "grille" only? It seems that this would greatly simplify installation, perhaps at the expense of some area coverage.

I keep asking my service rep usually on weekly basis about retrofitting my P85+ with parking sensors. I got my Model S in May so its not that old.

The answer so far is "Not yet". But he gives me hope that someday it can be done and will be more expensive (which i don't care).

Tesla, please get it done.

It's fairly easy to drill the holes. Even the aftermarket kits include the drill bit. The plastic bumper parts are already molded on the back-side where the sensors go, so there isn't even any issue about where to drill.
The bumper removal and wiring are another thing entirely.

Took delivery of my S85 on Friday. The parking sensors work great. Also 5.0 software installed.

Are the sensors directionally aware? One thing I didn't like about parking sensors in past vehicles is they would always beep at me about an obstruction that was opposite my direction of travel.

I don't care about some bushes in front of me when I'm backing out.

Not that it really matters. If/when I ever get a Tesla MS it's a must have feature for me.

The showroom model example above could be an exception. I have read that others have been in showroom cars and demo rides where the vehicle clearly had parking sensors but they were not operational.

The example above could have been one of those cars that already had the sensors installed in the factory-punched bumper and the tech may have just had to connect wiring harnesses and load new software, thereby completing the "in-field upgrade".

Just guessing.

Bubba;
Why would you want to increase your "highway rage"?
/;p

The things Bubba mentioned doing would certainly increase "highway rage" by 10-15%

Don't get me wrong I would love smartcruise, but I could see how truckers and other vehicles on the road would be annoyed by it. I also don't think cops would take too kindly to mirrors being folded in.

In the next few years I'm sure the auto industry will have some kind of car to car communications protocol, and hopefully that will enable things like smart cruise. Where cars could operate almost like a really smart train.

I've always wanted a way to tell the idiot behind me to either urn on his headlights, turn off his brights or get off my 6. Also, wouldn't the loss of CD due to thicker posts on mirrors needed to accommodate motors negate the gain by folding them in?

To answer the question above the show room car sensors were installed in the field by the tech but was not operational at that time because he did not have the 5.0 update yet. Tesla had sent him the kit. Showroom demo only. By the way, I called Tesla recently and they said Tesla is working on a roll out and pricing for the update.

I've seen pictures of the new US system in action. It is not like the European version on YouTube.

The European version is slick. Distances are provided along with a larger proximity picture.

I would hope the US version looks like that after a software update. It's functional now, just not as slick in my opinion.

Talk about First World Problems!

You know I was wondering... if it's true that the latest cars may have the wiring harnesses in place and the bumpers have templates for the sensor holes in the back, would it not be possible to do an after market install of the same sensors used by Tesla, plug them into the wiring harnesses, and enable the sensors using the secret "hidden access" menu? Would they work? I'm betting yes...

@AmpedRealtor Welcome back! Did you decide to let the car re-charge? :) or are you just having your morning coffee before you head back out in that beautiful red cruiser for the day?
Enjoy!


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