Model X

Ergonomic Entry-Exit for Front Seating

edited November -1 in Model X
The Tesla already comes with the ability to lower and raise body from road surface to accommodate less air drag or overcome more challenging road conditions. What about having an optional, only when parked, extra-high-rise setting for ergonomic entry-exit? I suggest front only to conserve battery energy when those whose backs request enable this feature, and to require less hardware modification. And maybe it'd look cool parked, looking like a rocket about to take flight.


  • edited November -1
    Before Tesla adds an "Access Height" to the MS air suspension, I suggest the following entry procedure: if you squat a little and get your ass in backwards first, then duck and get your torso and head in backwards and sit, and then swivel clockwork on your ass and carefully bring your feet into the car one by one, the right one first, of course, you are ready to close the door and drive. Follow the reverse of this to exit.

    If you have knee trouble, or if you just don't care for all this gymnastics, shift your purchase to an MX, which seats you higher to begin with.
  • edited November -1
    Interestingly, a number of years ago I was invited to "think tank" sponsored by a major auto company(s). The two/three day session was to brain storm the auto seat -- all aspects. One of the things coming out of the sessions was the fact that the auto seat was poorly designed since people had to "fall" backwards in order to get in the seat.

    It was not the mission of the group to solve seating issues, but point out the problems. However, the group did recommend that the seat rotate -- so a driver could sit normally and then rotate forward facing. The other alternative was to raise the seat in such a way that entry would be less difficult--not falling, but sitting normally.

    The only recommendation adopted was to simplify the seating controls for both the passenger and the driver. Mercedes moved their seating controls to the door panel (no longer squeezed between the door and seat).

    I would imagine the other recommendations were never adopted since they presented little competitive advantage. However, in recent years many auto manufacturers have introduced "easy in and out" where the seat does not rotate but moves back and clear of the steering wheel and then forward once the driver is in the vehicle.

    Recognizing the difficulty for some, Tesla took a different approach by raising the doors (Falcon Wing) for the rear of the Model X, improving the entry and egress into the back of the SUV which was a challenge due to the position of the "B" pillar.

    @realization... the need may be valid, however, there is always the challenge of need vs. cost. Thanks for the recommendation to the Model X forum.
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