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First of all, yes, I'm one of those that really doesn't like the shifter on a steering wheel lever. I know that I'm going to try to activate the wipers and accidentally shift the car into reverse and kill everyone on the road. (I'm joking of course)
Maybe I shouldn't have opened with that because I'm not that concerned about it. I just think it would be really cool if you could shift the car using the touch screen. This isn't just an electric car, it's an electronic car and a software car. It would be really cool and futuristic to have the car shift via touchscreen.
Yeah, I realize that this would be a problem if the car died and you need to push/tow it or something. You could have like an emergency physical shifter hidden under some panel or something for such situations.
To me, what's going to be so fun about this car is not that it's electric, but that it's finally showing the promise of marrying consumer electronics/computers with the actual user-facing functions of operating a car. In short it's futuristic.