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Missing features?

If there's a search function in the forum, I can't find it. So I'm sorry if this has already been discussed. I've read so many reviews and watched so many videos, but they always focus on the same things and I've never heard about some of the details I'm curious about.

Correct me if I'm wrong on any of these, but I'd just like to see some nice features that other cars have on the model S and X.

1. Heated and Ventilated seats. I may have I heard mention in a video that there are heated seats, but nothing about ventilated. I hate back sweat. A heated rear seat option would be nice as well.

2. Dual climate control? I've read so many reviews and watched so many videos of the model S. They all talk about the same things, and ignore so many details. The car may or may not have an awesome climate control system, but I haven't heard word one.

3. Since its an EV and doesn't need to be started could it be set to maintain a temp so when I come back to the car after being in the mall for a while its kept its self cool or warm?

4. Radar controlled cruise control. So many cars have the radar controlled cruise control I'm surprised that its not in the TM cars.

5. Blind spot monitoring.

I know a lot of these will use a lot of power and reduce the range, but most of the time...like 90% of the time I'm not going to need the full range. I generally will only drive 25 miles in a day. On a big day of diving I'd be hard pressed to do over 150 miles. So most of the time I'm going to have power to spare, I might as well be able to be more comfortable.

1. Front seats are heated, not ventillated.

2. There is definitely dual climate control.

3. The car can be set to maintain a certain climate, I believe, for a set period of time (I am not certain of this). Eventually we will be able to use the smartphone program to pre-heat or pre-cool the vehicle.

4 and 5 are a negative I believe. There is word that the car is pre-wired for parking sensors in front (but no sensors), but I don't know if that will be available for use in cruise control function.

For #3: the car will function both off of timers, or (if you have a data package) off of a cell phone prompt to begin heating/cooling.

The other feature that's been mentioned in other posts is power folding mirrors, like I have on my 07 LS 460.

Since the Model S is wide - folding the mirrors will help to provide a little more space in garages or parking lots.

If there's a search function in the forum, I can't find it. So I'm sorry if this has already been discussed. (hobblyjig)

This is the thread you were looking for:
http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/what-other-features-would-you-wa...

Thanks for your replies!

For cold climats a heated steering wheel is a very good power saver. The Nissan Leaf has it. If I am short of range I cut the cabin heater and use just heated seats and steering wheel. The comfort is amazing even in freezing temperatures. The power saving is tremendous. Even more in short trips with frequent reheating of the interior. I hope this option will be available for the European version, Elon.

For anyone looking for a way to search (not just Forums): http://www.teslamotors.com/search

+1 Desai. Thanks for the tip.

http://www.teslamotors.com/search

That's an awfully whacky page. Seems to my like its not meant to be publicly accessible.

(Add an apostrophe in my above post at your own convenience. And change a "y" for an "e", while you are at it.)

If one wants to drive without cabin heater in winter, a heated steering wheel and seats are not enough. Without heat, the windshield fogs over or freezes. But combine those two with a heated windshield too and we have a winner ;)

Desai, VB;
Indeed. Very peculiar. Couldn't generate any useful results. Doesn't include the forums.

I didn't realize this until the test drive last month, watching my wife drive. This car accelerates sooooo fast that the difference between the legal speed limit, say of 40 mph, and a ticket-begging ten miles over is just a fracton of a second. You can blow right by 40 in an instant, and you won't need the rear view camera to let you know, you've got a cop that wants to chat.

I would not mind having a really simple to set chime, so I can drive as I need to, but get an auditory or even visual warning I'm over my set speed. They have that in taxis in Singapore. Might save me some money. Cause I know I'm gonna floor it at the lights, even if I never go over the speedlimit.

Its dissapointing blind spot monitoring (#5 above) will not be available at launch. I'm sure Tesla will add in the future. Afterall, the best safety features help avoid getting in a wreck in the first place.

Come on Tesla... dig deeper into the MB parts bin and offer this feature, while your at it consider a Distronic and Presafe Brake package for those willing to pay.

Maybe Tesla can skip these features altogether and offer a Google Autotomous drive feature in a few years, aka Autopilot mode... this feature should be an option on GenIII for sure and all 2015 models going forward. It would be so cool (maybe a little bit of a nail biter too) if Tesla pioneered this technology as well as mainstreaming the EV. Seriously though, for now I'd be excited for basic blind spot monitoring... baby steps

Google Autonomous would be the most irresistible hacker target EVAH. Playing Smash-Up Derby on the Autobahn and interstates ... by remote control!

Assuming the car controls can be accessed remotely. I would guess this is not the case.

If you drive with the rear camera on the screen, you may not need blind spot monitoring as the fish eye lens on the rear camera shows your blind spots quite well.

And having an HD camera might do very nicely for resolving vehicles far behind.

I tried closing one eye while checking out the rear view mirror yesterday (due to V.B's thought about the possibility of 3D being important). I think 3D helps a little, but the HD should do well to make it almost as good.

“If there's a search function in the forum, I can't find it.”

Have to agree with Volker that www.teslamotors.com/search is a whacky site.

Here’s a couple of simple tricks I use to Search the Tesla site. In your search bar, simply type:

Site: teslamotors.com/ [followed by a subject]
(Example: site: teslamotors.com heated steering wheel

If you want to search Forums only try:

Site: teslamotors.com/forum/forums ____________

Good luck!
Edh al

Am I the only one who thought it was pretty distracting looking at the camera while driving? I mean it's cool to show off, but it was crazy at first.

I don't think it's all the different to look up at the rear view vs. slightly down for the rear camera view on the 17" screen (plus you have more screen real estate compared the the tiny in comparison rear view mirror.

Maybe I have been using smart phones for too long?

Yeah, but the view is different. You see the ground flying by instead of the tops of cars behind you. It's like that new Mumford and Sons music video which hurts my eyes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kS8RTRi7HA

If you drive with the rear camera on the screen, you may not need blind spot monitoring as the fish eye lens on the rear camera shows your blind spots quite well. (markapeterman)

Almost but not quite. The wide angle lens does not cover more than 180 degree. Since the lens is mounted at the rear end of the car, it cannot see cars next to you.

I don't think it's all the different to look up at the rear view vs. slightly down for the rear camera view on the 17" screen (BYT)

Except that your right arm and hand covers part of the display, at least as long as it holds the steering wheel the way it should.

Am I the only one who thought it was pretty distracting looking at the camera while driving? I mean it's cool to show off, but it was crazy at first. [...] You see the ground flying by instead of the tops of cars behind you. (Michael23)

+1! The low perspective and wide angle distortion is useful for slowly maneuvering tight parking lots, but is unsuitable for highway driving. To track multiple-lane traffic behind you and estimate relative speeds etc., you need a high-mounted camera with as little distortion as possible (no wide angle).

BTW, here is a thread specifically dedicated to the cameras vs. mirrors topic. Actually, when posting the above, I thought I was in that thread:
http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/cameras-replacing-mirrors
(private, only owners and reservation holders can see it)

M23;
Kind of enjoyed the Road to Red Rock! They could've livened it up a bit by swerving back and forth, tho'.
>;)

True, but it's still the best car,
You forgot parking sensors too

The most glaring missing feature of the Model S is that there isn't one in my driveway. (yet)

@Beaker +1

Beaker,

I noticed that too.

Philosophically speaking, it lacks Imminence and Is-Now-ness. For most arbitrarily preferred locations in Space-Time.

Or SLT.

<;p


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