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Oooh... Light tape DRLs

Sorry for the cross-post, but someone was asking about Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) in the Model S forum and I mentioned the Model X DRLs in a reply there, but I feel it bears a topic in this forum.

Remember the glowing suits in Tron: Legacy? They were built with a relatively new technology called Light Tape where the entire surface of the tape (safe for a tiny border used to seal in the phosphors) glows with a very uniform and bright light. They are incredibly efficient for the amount of light they produce.

Well, the DRL strip on the Model X prototype is made of Light Tape. You can see this on the Model X page in the "click and drag" falcon door picture. The Model S with a less advanced DRL strip made up of individual LEDs behind a diffusing lens and the Model X with its Light Tape DRL strips both have their DRLs (and their headlights) on right next to each other for comparison. It's hard to tell from that one photo just how much light they are putting out, but they are certainly noticeable in the picture and easy on the eyes compared to the glaring of the other light sources shown.

One more cool unhyped detail awaiting Tesla drivers...

olanmills | 20 June 2012

While I'm not regretting reserving S, since the X is not suited for me, I do feel a pang of... I dunno, something, when I see these cool features that the X has that the S doesn't, like this Light Tape and the screen-buttons on the steering wheel.

Volker.Berlin | 21 June 2012

olanmills, two thoughts. First, all we have seen of the "X" up to now was one single prototype. It remains to be seen which features the Model X production version will or won't have. Second, from here on, there will always be an even cooler Tesla model just around the corner. Get used to it! ;-)

steven.maes | 29 June 2012

+1 Volker.Berlin

Brian H | 29 June 2012

Yes, there's no reason to feel that the Tesla Magic Circle of Engineers and Designers has emptied its well of innovation and creativity. Both in terms of pushing the envelope, and in not going overboard goo-goo geeky, Elon is a big factor here.

As for getting "used to it", that's likely to be pleasantly impossible. ;)

MikAo | 3 July 2012

Talking about design, have you noticed that some pictures show normal sidemirrors and some show cameras. Let's see if TM can bend the laws to allow cameras in all states and in other countries. Also sometimes laughing when Elon explains that Falcon doors let you go easily to the car if someone parked REALLY close to you. Yeah, to the backseats and possibly use remote control to drive the car from there..... Sorry, but Falcon doors don't fit in to my garage and I presume that will be the situation with most of others, garage door rails hanging there. Someone could make a poll.

OK, nice ideas but let's wait if they end up in production. My bet is 2*NO.

Brian H | 4 July 2012

Elon indicated a major new surprise development re the Falcon doors is imminent. Something's up.

flar | 5 July 2012

The falcon doors don't extend any further up than a typical SUV tailgate. If they won't fit in your garage then many SUVs would not fit either (if you plan to use the tailgate without backing out of the garage first)...

MikAo | 5 July 2012

flar, well, in my MPV everybody can get out of the car in the garage and get things out of the tailgate window which opens. How about X model?

I can start the poll, in my garage rails are at the height of 2 meters or around 6"6. I think that is close to European standard in normal private garagedoors.

How about yours?

Alex K | 5 July 2012

@Mika: I'm in the USA (AZ). The rails in my garage are 10' (3m) in height. They hug the ceiling. I have a Liftmaster jackshaft garage opener which mounts next to the garage door.

http://www.liftmaster.com/lmcv2/pages/productmodeldetail.aspx?modelId=436

Brian H | 6 July 2012

Europe is sized for dwarves.

Brian H | 6 July 2012

Or Hobbits.

Timo | 6 July 2012

And Brian H mouth is larger than his brains.

Brian H | 6 July 2012

Timo;
Don't like being teased? Stay home, don't venture out onto the Web!

MikAo | 10 July 2012

I think that European standard is what I have, 2 meters which gives enough clearance to open the hatch inside.

Why don't everybody measure their garage and let us know their rail heigt, so we could get understanding how big procentage will be out of the question for model X. I'm sad to say that X model is most likely too "tall" for me, in the future garages as well.

So, please, measure your rail height and post it here.

OT, I have been in the US once, in Las Vegas and I have to admit, US asses are huge! Happy to have European sized wife and friends.

steven.maes | 1 August 2012

+1 for the European sized wife and friends :-)

maxell200 | 2 September 2015

Ok, right

Enough with the cameras and falcon doors.
1. There will be no cameras in place of side mirrors, not for another 5 years, so please stop with the speculation

2.'stop outside ur garage, empty the passengers, close falcon doors. pull into garage, open drivers regular door and exit.

End of story. I don't know why people like to create problems where there aren't any.

Remnant | 15 September 2015

@ MikAo (July 3, 2012)

<< Let's see if TM can bend the laws to allow cameras in all states and in other countries. >>

There's no "law bending" in using cameras in order to improve visibility around the car. Specifically, regs do not forbid side rearview cameras, they only REQUIRE the side mirrors.

Hence, Tesla could just CURRENTLY offer the cameras as an option, in which case it would also make the side mirrors easy to remove whenever they are no longer required.

Ankit Mishra | 15 September 2015

Hahaha. I don't think @MikAo will be replying @Remnant. Gonna bring thread back to life to kill it again, @maxell200?

grant10k | 15 September 2015

Brought back to life to correct a technicality, too. Whenever someone says "Cameras are illegal", it's basically shorthand for "Cameras without physical mirrors as well are illegal because mirrors are required".