Model S

Lingering Questions About The Model-S

edited November -1 in Model S
I've been following the Model-S for a few years now and saw the car for the first last week. As a result I have a few questions:

1. Will there still be a central range of buttons for "emergency lights", high-beams, etc? What about rolling down my window etc? I don't want to have to navigate the center screen to find functions such as these.

2. The GPS system uses WiFi... so, what if I'm driving somewhere that doesn't have a good signal? Will I loose my GPS, and radio, etc? or can I download maps for use when I'm disconnected.

3. People say that the service work etc will be less as a result of less parts, but what about the price of the new technology parts that break... ie: the accelerometer that triggers the brake-lights on regenerative breaking, or the 17" screen, or the custom calipers etc?

4. I noticed the mirror wasn't fancy, ie: no auto dimming, no home connect for garage door opening etc? Comparing against a luxury car I wonder if they've gone high-end on some things but gone cheap on the obvious? IE: active dampening suspension, back-up sensors, auto parking, what-about headlights that turn slightly as you go around a bend (forgot what car does this or what its called).

Just some questions for thought... It looks like a great car, and I hope one ends up in my drive-way.


  • edited November -1
    1. Central, no. There's a separate emergency flasher button to the left of the touch screen. There are window toggle buttons on the doors just like every other car and I'm sure there will be headlight controls on the steering column.

    2. There will be a NAV option that will be standard on the Signature.

    3. Have you seen the wacko expensive parts on modern ICE's?!

    4. It's a beta. Wait to see what the production car has.

    It is definitely going to be a great car!
  • edited November -1
    Also re #2, the nav system uses a cell connection (3G/4G) as well as WiFi. It also will download large swaths of data, so even if you have gaps in coverage, you're not left stranded.

    As Mycroft noted, though, if you often drive in areas with big gaps in cell coverage, the DVD-based nav system may be a better choice.
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