I would like Adaptive Cruise Control. It would improve energy efficiency by optimally using the regenerative brakes and make it a smoother drive.
iPod compatible and hands free phone dialing...
More leather covered surfaces.
Music shuffle function on USB stick stored songs.
I picked up my car yesterday, so finally I can write something from first-hand experience!
My number one, two and three would be: automatic hill hold: automatically prevent the car from rolling in the opposite direction of the "gear" selected (D or R).
@pebell - Turning on the "creep" function should solve that problem. Adaptive cruise control would be my number one feature right now too. Sounds like they are working on it plus some. I'm excited about the autonomous in three years project Elon is tweeting about. I hope it can be retrofitted.
Interior materials used, as well as fit and finish are low grade. For example, fake leather and cheap/thin plastics that easily break and are loose. Upgrade the interior so that it's on par with other luxury models.
I agree with nick-r, the interior styling and comfort could be inproved
AC vent in the back trunk for kids seat PLEASE
no kid can survive back there if its direct sunlight,
and I have Huper Optik tint!
Mobile SC kit with two copper hooks that can directly be hooked-up on the power lines... ;D
collision detection while driving.
Like @rchiang, I personally feel that this incredibly high tech, wonder of automotive achievement should have the same collision detection / prevention technology that is offered in the new mid-level Infiniti coming to market, and already in many other high end cars. That said, I have absolutely no regrets about buying my S85, which is the best car I have ever driven, but it would be nice to have the latest technology. I hope to never need it, and I know I'm more likely to survive a crash in the Model S than in any other car, but any technology to reduce the risk of collision would be nice to have.
LED Cornering Lights NOT OPTIONAL.
Charge port door should automatically close or be spring loaded - I continually forget to close that thing, I don't know what's wrong with me!
There is a "lip" at the rear of the trunk hatch that rises above the bumper. It is difficult to put my black lab into the back of the car because he has to be lifted over this area to get into or out of the trunk. He is older with arthritis and has to be carried into the car. All of my Toyotas are pretty much flat in this area, the rear trunk opening is level with the rear bumper.
Complete voice activation a la Ford coupled with complete iPhone integration with touch screen. Has anyone tried to tune an XM radio station? It must be done with touch screen. No way to use scroll wheel and no voice recognition. An accident waiting to happen!
1. Better device controls through USB, and higher USB power (iPad)
2. a/c into back area
3. 4g mobile service
4. Alert through mobile app that someone has started/moved/opened the car - an alert, not a display once app is opened.
Adaptive cruise is number one on my want list.
After almost 12 months, and over 17k miles, the ONE thing I miss the most (compared to other vehicles), is hard-wired iPod music and controls.
I really hate the sound of my iPhone 5 playing thru the Studio Sound System via BluTooth, thus I chose to put all my music on a USB thumb-drive, for optimum quality. Unfortunately, the Studio-Sound-System via USB music lacks many functions that the iPod has, including music shuffle. I find trying to get to my favorite music while driving to be very distracting, and a huge leap backwards. I also lose all the album artwork, and song artist titles, etc when I create USB playlist folders.
Otherwise, I enjoy all the other functions of my MS, and consider most of the features to be HUGE improvements over ever other vehicle on the road.
Leave on and lock.
One great advantage of a battery car in Arizona is you can leave the AC on while you make short stops. Just need a screen option that you can set it for 0 to 30 minutes on exit and still lock the car. I know I can do it with the phone app but it's a real pain after the third or fourth stop on a hot day and takes several minutes each time.
It's the one feature on my Nissan Leaf that I really miss. On the Leaf you just leave the car on and lock the door when you get out. Works great.
A software upgrade to provide a projected path for the back up camera, linked to the steering angle, color coded in green, yellow and red.
I'll have other comments after the car is delivered!
I would like wings
I would like better cushioning on the armrests, both door and console.
How about photon torpedoes to clear off traffic on 405 freeway @ Sepulveda Pass??? LOL!
Kidding aside, things that I would like:
* Center console with more cupholders/storage. Glovebox is not enough and far from driver.
* Ability to keep energy use data for longer than 30 minutes. Would be nice to compare days or even a running average.
* Compatibility with older iPods w/o BT transmitter. USB does not work for iPod/iPhone.
iPhone USB audio is high on my list. I've seen others say on the forum that Elon stated the Made For iPhone terms were such that they'd never agree to them, so it doesn't seem likely we'll see anything on that front.
1. power-folding mirrors
2. to be able to close charge port door from driver's seat
3. back-up, blind-side detection
Download trip information from car.
Self closing charge port cover
My top 5:
1) Rear view lines/projected path
2) WiFi AP mode for devices
3) Better browser support and ability to play videos
4) Ability to send directions to car
5) Rear AC vent for 3rd row
1. Heated stearing wheel like my Leaf
2. Backup guide lines like my Leaf
Headlight cleaning! Absolutely essential!
Seriously, this was a standard feature in both the Swedish car brands (Saab and Volvo) for over 40 years, and an important factor in reducing accidents in our foul winter driving environment. Salt, melting slush and asphalt particles torn off by Mr Medelsvensson's studded winter tires combine into a horrible thick brown gooey aerosol that quickly obscures even the best of illuminants. Few people take the time to stop at a service station every ten minutes to clean it off.
At a guess, over half of the cars sold in my country today has some way of cleaning the headlights. In the old times a wiper and washer, nowadays almost exclusively a high-pressure spray washer. Most if not all sorts of VW/Audi/Skoda/Seat/Porsche, Mercedes, Opel/GM, Ford, Fiat, Citroën/Peugeot/Renault, Toyota/Lexus, Suzuki, Subaru, Kia, Hyundai (... etc) are also available with this feature, either standard or as an option.
Also, I would greatly appreciate even a small increment in battery capacity, since my major frequent long-distance trip is just out of range now.
After that is taken care of, let's discuss armrests, USB and reverse-camera guide lines.
Blind spot monitoring, ACC and collision detection. Even seemingly minor dents have resulted in many thousands of dollars in repair bills. This will inevitably raise insurance rates significantly, regardless of the overall safety of the car. While possibly not a problem for many owners, it will be for some stretching their budgets to buy an MS, and will possibly factor into Gen III sales decisions.
Better seats. The rear seats looks and felts like A bench. The front seats lacks side support. Try e.g. a Volvo "sport" front seat - Tesla has A long way to go in this field...
Safety assistant technology; auto brake, lane crossing warning, blind spot warning...again - look to Volvo.
-Adaptive cruise control
-Seats both front and rear better adapted for tall people. Have a look at Saab or Volvo, they know how to do this.
-"Sport Mode" screen/instruments. Analog-lookalike instruments: Revs, speed, temp, G-force etc.
-"Night panel" (idea from Saab). When driving in the dark it only informs you (lights up) what you really need to know there and then.
-"All the way home" lights. When you leave the car the headlights stay on for a short while in order to light the path to the house for you (option).
-Automatic progressive power steering (light at low speed, heavy at high speed)
-A "Shooting Brake" version = cool station wagon
-4 wheel drive, where the front drive engages only when needed (Nissan GTR style)
-Continue a small center console from under the 17'' screen, so you can more comfortably rest your right leg against it.
-When you've ordered and paid your deposit you receive a 1:10 scale exact model of the car you've ordered. To keep on display :-)
+1 on the headlight cleaning. That's a big miss... doh! :-)
Vampire Drain - I understand 5.0 should reduce it. Eliminating it or reducing it to less than 1 mile per 24 hrs tops my list.
Adaptive cruise control. It's the only thing I miss from my 2007 Infiniti.
I would like to add the heated wipers to my MS. I have always hated when my wipers iced up while driving.
The numbers on the bottom of the driver's display are too small and too dim; I can't tell the time, mileage or outside temperature. I have to lift my sunglasses and lean forward to read any of those. They should all be the same size and brightness as the radio station display in the upper left.
A remote control window on the 17" for operating your iphone.
I would like a solid piece of glass for the pano roof as an option. I like the glas but would never open it if I got the pano now and I don't want to deal with the issues that come with sunroofs.
There should be a "Max AC" button.
There should be a home button so I can go back to my favorite split screen at any time from anywhere.
Also the favorites in the web browser should be able to be moved up or down in position.
iOS7 support. Can't control it or skip to the next song.
USB iPod support.
I like the proposal for a solid glass roof that does not open.
I also like the proposal for a direct wire input to the sound system from an iPhone, rather than using BlueTooth for transmitting music. That seems REALLY basic, and I can't believe the Model S doesn't have it.
Back up lights need extra side illumination (to see the wall I am parking next to)
Odometer digits should be bigger and have a decimal digit (to anticipate exits more accurately)
Higher regen braking option. "Standard" is still a little low.
Steering ratio change so a 90 degree turn (at a car park) can be done without extra hand-over-hand.
Somehow, the steering ratio is just a little off and it takes extra hand-over-hand maneuvering for common turns as well as for turns on the track. i.e. lock to lock should require fewer steering wheel turns.
Better drive train cooling on the Performance model so battery and power electronics don't overheat on the track. Typically two or three laps into a session, overheating causes the max power that can be delivered to be lowered to half the normal value.
Shorter brake pedal throw for hard braking. For track use, the brake pedal has to be pushed too far for hard (threshold) braking. While this is not an issue for normal driving, it can slow emergency braking.
a) Regen is at max the can and rear tire traction can handle. Braking mostly adds front wheel slowing.
b) It is not a track car. Making it one adds way too much expense, just for the benefit of the few speed nuts like yourself.
Well I disagree with Brian and agree with viranjit. Given the looks and specs for this car it for sure should be a very good track day car! It's built and handles like a proper sportscar. If not a super sportscar. Can't wait to hear Jeremy Clarkson's verdict when Top Gear get to test it :-) Have you tried to power slide it?
However the overheating of the batteries may be difficult to overcome. I'm very experienced as to RC car racing (plus planes and helis) and we've been using Lithium batteries for many years already, we are first in line to adopt new battery technology. If the "C-rating" (ability to do high bursts of power over a limited time) is too low for constant track racing that may be a limiting factor given the batteries available as of now.
OTOH you don't want to cool down Lithium batteries actually. On the contrary they perform better when warm (within reason). In fact we often pre-heat them before racing (or flying). When they cool down they can loose as much as 40% power. The motor must of course not overheat.
The drive train heats up???
Appreciate the info. on Lion batteries, @SHY.
@Brian, I am not a speed nut, but I do take HPDE driving schools so I can improve my driving. Nothing competitive.
I was given a tour of the factory by an engineer who works on the cooling system of the battery and power electronics and, when I mentioned my experience on the track, he speculated that it might be a limitation of cooling the power electronics or motor and not the battery itself. The service rep at the Fremont service center consulted the engineering department and said it should be OK to track the car.
I am going for another HPDE in three weeks and am hoping to have TM turn on full logging so they can improve subsequent versions of the car. My last car was a 2002 BMW M5, on which I had done a handful of HPDE sessions. The classes taught me a lot about smoother driving and what the car was capable of.