I am a Model S reservation holder and just attended an event where we could view the Beta model. My wife and I are very excited with the car and look forward to the middle of next year when we take delivery.
We are left with a few questions/hopes for the car that maybe someone hear can address.
1. I hope the interior of the car is still being finalized and can be made more accommodating to one's specific needs. We don't have 5 kids so the rear facing seats are just not of interest. I would rather have a more functional rear trunk space. I would also love to be able to fold the 2nd row of seats down (ideally split seats) to make room for skis, sails, tools, or whatever long/bulky things one might put in a car. (And no I don't want an SUV.) There is a lot of interior volume in this car and I want to make use of it in several ways.
2. The seats were very comfortable, but I hope that they will be more form fitting. I can imagine making corners in this car and sliding around on those seats. (I didn't get to test drive, so maybe this is not the concern I think it is.)
3. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we were shown the bells and whistles of the 17" display with its phone contacts, media storage, internet access, etc. etc.:
A. I don't need to read the New York Times while driving or even when at a stop light.
B. The last thing I want is yet one more place that I have to sync my contacts and music and podcasts.
C. The presentation suggested the car would have a built in 3g/4g phone and data connection. Again, I don't want to have to pay for and manage yet another phone connection.
D. It was implied that I might have to pay extra for turn by turn navigation. Reduce the size of this screen, save the power and give me turn by turn nav. as standard.
It seems to me that making the car a deluxe blue tooth device for my iPhone/Android/blah blah smartphone is a better way to go. Let me make calls on my phone through the car's speakers/mic. Let me play music and podcasts from my phone's playlists through the car's speakers. Maybe even let my phone's gps and google maps talk to the car and take me where I want to go (with turn by turn navigation) through the car's display.
Beyond eliminating the need to sync another device and pay for another data connection in the car, it seems to me that we might better keep step with mobile technology if we rely on my $400 smartphone for the mobile phone/data technology and the $60,000 car for transportation. I can change my phone when 4g becomes 5g and I don't want to have to come for service at the Tesla center for that.
I can't believe I am the first to have these thoughts, but I have not found much reference to these specific issues on the forums. I hope (and sort of expect) that Tesla has cool solutions in mind for these issues.
Can't wait to hear more.