Is it possible to put the 3G in the MS on "airplane mode?" (like on an smart phone) If not, how and where can I suggest that be a feature?
Are you planning to take your MS on a flight? :-)
Dude! That would be a great feature for when taking my Model S as my carry on when flying to Maui next month. I'd hate for the Tesla's electronics to interfere with airplane communications at 32,000 feet.
You can't take your Tesla as carry on. You need to check it. And it needs to be in a box.
Thanks Haggy, I'll keep that in mind. I am just worried about the TSA opening my luggage, seeing the Model S, and then joyriding it when I'm on the airplane.
If you're really asking how to turn off smartphone vehicle tracking, that's a separate option under Settings/Safety & Security ("Remote Access"). But you already knew that, right?
In the UK this would be a really useful feature. The 3G service we have here is so useless that a lot of the time the car thinks it has a data service but actually it doesn't.
That in turn makes the sat nav completely useless because you can't enter a destination.
mgboyes, spooky. If the 3G service isn't available who or what is the car communicating with? Is the problem that Nav is trying to work in 3-D?
mgboyes: If 3G isn't available you can still enter a destination as a street address.
@schepps5 - what/why are you trying to accomplish? More detail might help get you more useful (though less amusing) responses
Cite for me in example where a Model S owner was in (or caused) an accident because they were distracted using the web browser while driving and I will agree. Until then, it's just excuse for political reasons or, more likely, based on popular belief rather than real world statistics. Damn I hate pseudoscience.
For some reason I posted to the wrong thread. Please disregard
Your comment was still somehow surprisingly relevant because airplane mode might have prevented web browsing. Then you could always counter "That may be so, but if the person had used airplane mode, it wouldn't have happened, and besides there's nothing stopping somebody in an ICE vehicle from opening up a Playboy magazine centerfold and staring at it while driving."
Or you could ignore such threads in the first place because anybody who doesn't already understand your logic isn't about to change his mind. People target things because they are more tangible, not because they are more important. Tired drivers are more of a threat than drunk ones, but it would be absurd to say that going after drunk drivers is less important than it already is, or that we can target things that we can't prove. It's not a matter of comparing whether a feature in a Tesla is a distraction, but of recognizing that driving while distracted is illegal, so web browsing while driving is illegal. Driving a vehicle without hands free calling is more dangerous, but can we blame the manufacturers for the "lack of a safety feature" as people often do in other cases? You get what you get and you use it responsibly or you don't.
If we ban web browsers, then perhaps we should ban child seats. Any parent knows that driving with children can be very distracting, especially when they are crying or screaming. Aside from the obvious problem that doing so would make things more dangerous, it makes perfect sense.
I actually just purchased the Knee Defender device so I can disable the recline feature for the chair in front of me. This gives me plenty of room to use my Model S on an airplane, so having an "airplane mode" on the Tesla would be great. Come to think of it, maybe we should request airliners install HPWC's so we can also charge them while in the air.
Specifically, if for the psychological comfort of people riding in that MS that do not want to be around cell phones or smartphones that are on or transmitting, can I shut off the the giant one running on the touchscreen?
Here comes the tinfoil hat comments..........
Tinfoil hasn't been around since World War II and neither has a world free of radio waves of some sort.
Protect yourself from the government's EMW/EMP/mind controlling ELF waves!!!
Something that might blow your mind. During our Tesla test drive, I mentioned that I love steaks and needed a new pair of running shoes.
When I logged on to my computer that night, there was an email from Outback Steakhouse with a $10 coupon and on Facebook Adidas and Nike were advertising to me.
Could it be... the Tesla is spying on me and providing my info to advertisers?
This should follow the Model 3:
Okay, never mind there isn't a quarter of the necessary lifting surface there, it's still a cool idea. :)
@kpg1981 You got a Knee Defender, be careful you don't get splashed in the face with a cup of water and ruin that beautiful Tesla screen.http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/08/26/knee-defender-fig...
Where do you put a Knee Defender on a G5?
"During our Tesla test drive, I mentioned that I love steaks and needed a new pair of running shoes.
When I logged on to my computer that night, there was an email from Outback Steakhouse with a $10 coupon and on Facebook Adidas and Nike were advertising to me."
If you said you love steaks and they sent you a coupon for Outback Steakhouse it would appear to be pure serendipity. Steaks and Outback have very little in common.
/elitist steak rant over
Haha Thomas, you can't beat Outback when taking out family though. No way I'd take them to Ruth's and Maestro's ;)
...for the psychological comfort of people riding in that MS that do not want to be around cell phones or smartphones that are on or transmitting...
While you're at it, why don't you also request an onboard sink for some nice, relaxing handwashing?
@Ruby110 if the car thinks it has an active internet connection it only offers you the google search method of entering a destination. There's no way to force it to use the offline database. An "airline mode" would achieve that.
The underlying issue here is that in the UK the 3G service on the cars is utterly awful. I frequently have no choice but to start my journey without entering a nav destination because I'm at a location where the car believes it's online but where the actual data connection is so weak/slow/intermittent that the destination lookup service just fails.
Note to airlines:
Remove all seats so that we may drive our Teslas on board. Then we can just sit in our car with "Airplane Mode" engaged.
@schepps5 - The car is a very effective Faraday cage, which will prevent most of the RF from the external antenna getting into the car.
If you really want to worry about (unproven effects of) RF/EMI, you should probably be more concerned about the drive unit under the back seat.
No tga.... If that were true your phone wouldn't work inside the car.
@DTsea - Oh, I had him and you had to go and ruin it!