Submitted by Mr.Giskard on October 17, 2010
What are your views on the decision to go for a massive touchscreen on the dashboard? I think that Tesla could have gone with something less flashy and still maintain the great aesthetic that they've achieved with the design of the model S.
What I mean is, having a big pane of glass slap bang in the centre of the dashboard kinda makes the whole thing look less interesting than it could. I'm not saying that dashboards should be filled with dozens of buttons - and there are cars out there with really ugly dashboards - but would having a few "real" buttons with good design really make the car any less appealing? I think it would make it look even more stylish.
And then there are a few real issues that need clarifying like daytime visibility and night glare; personally I like driving at night with the dashboard button LEDs lit up as they make the cabin a bit more cosy and they are not at all intrusive. If the touchscreen will be as bright as my LCD monitor then it will not make for a very relaxing driving experience.
Lastly, it would be interesting for Tesla to explore tactile feedback on the screen as it would help bridge the gap between "feel" and function. I think Nokia built a prototype a few years ago.