Does MS have a speed alarm?

Does MS have a speed alarm?

Can you set a speed that the car will beep you when exceeded it? I have not heard it mentioned in this forum.

jat | 25 août 2013

No. Not sure why you would want one -- if you want a fixed speed, just use cruise control.

TommyBoy | 25 août 2013

Oh I know why he's asking! My wife hit 71mph in a 45mph zone on our test drive. She had no idea she was that fast.

If she could set a speed alarm for say, 55mph, at least she would look down and let off a little!

Of course, you'd need to set one and clear it all the time for different speed limits but having the option would be cool. Might save you from a scary-high fine.

TS | 25 août 2013

This is a typical feature in "turn by turn navigation as well as speedcamera alert. Should be included in the Tech pack. (Garmin GPS)

If not, TM should add it pronto.

carlk | 25 août 2013

My Porsche has this feature. I usually set it at 85 to prevent me from unknowingly going too fast and get a reckless driving ticket. I can't even tell you how many times it beeped me when I'm cruising or accelerating into a freeway.

MS definitely should have this pretty easy to implement feature. You can't even use the engine sound to judge its speed.

jat | 25 août 2013

There's this big number right in the middle of the dashboard that shows the speed - that seems sufficient for me.

Anonymous | 25 août 2013

I'd have to set mine to at least 100mph or it would be constantly buzzing me!

carlk | 25 août 2013 Are you being offended that someone have asked something that you have never used before?

@tezzla Certainly you can. It buzzes you just one time and you can still go on to drive as fast as you want.

Ludger | 25 août 2013

Living in Germany my wife put it for the Autobahn in my Audi or BMW to 220 km/h, but the MS Performance does only 210...

jat | 25 août 2013

Not offended, just tired of hearing lots of people say "OMG, the Model S doesn't have ". The Model S does not have every bell and whistle that any car somewhere has. What it does have is an all-electric drivetrain and a unique combination of capabilities -- buy it for what it is, not what other cars are.

chrisdl | 25 août 2013
Did you ever consider that it's exactly that attitude which stops innovation? How is it that someone who buys the most innovative car in the world is against improving it?
MS is not perfect and everybody can suggest changes or improvements, however silly they may be to other people. Certainly, Tesla will only implement a fraction of them, but they will keep improving, of that I'm convinced.

If MS was the ideal car already, Tesla could stop right here and just keep selling the perfect car since it cannot possibly get better. Why do you think they constantly are improving the MS anyway? Now if there's one company which doesn't shun change it's Tesla. If there's one person who thinks out of the box and constantly reinvents himself it's Elon Musk.
Respect for change.

jat | 25 août 2013

Innovation is not copying what others do -- innovation is building something new. For example, putting an all-electric drivetrain that can outperform most cars into a car that has practical range, looks great, seats up to 7, and has tons of room while building a nationwide fast-charging network.

Tesla is still a startup, and as such they have to ruthlessly focus on what is important. For example, it is far more important to Tesla's success that they get the Model X and GenIII launched on time than it is to add every little feature that people have seen on other cars.

chrisdl | 25 août 2013

I agree with that completely, jat. Sorry if I sounded harsh in my reply.

I get ticked off by people who are against every improvement suggested by fellow forum member. One advantage of buying a Tesla is exactly that they keep adding little things. That's also innovative, because no other brand does that.

TommyBoy | 25 août 2013

Now that they are a $19B company thanks to TSLA maybe they can hire a dozen software guys to concentrate purely on the Model S improvements.

carlk | 25 août 2013

It's not just a fancy bell and whistle but something very useful on a performance car that people tend to drive fast. It can even be qualified as a safety feature. It's well worth it if it prevented just one serious trouble, speeding ticket or accident, from happening to one MS driver.

It's really a simple implementation I don't think it will take a programmer more than a few hours to do. You think MS should not have stability or traction control too because that makes it look like it copied from other cars? Your attitude is exactly the same as what has caused Detroit's downfall in the last few decades.

Bamboo8 | 25 août 2013

Jat you're correct sir!!! Now then, lets try to fractionate that nugget and disseminate it to rest of the OPs that start their topic by whining and complaining that the MS does not have this or that. And demand ( with open letters) that this or that be in the next update...

Vicelike | 25 août 2013

I already have one on my S+

At least when my daughter is in the car with me. She dependably screams at 1.8 times the speed limit. ;)

Mike_E | 25 août 2013

When you hear sirens from behind you can assume that is a "speed alarm"... :)

Brian H | 25 août 2013

Yabbut, not everyone has properly trained daughters!

jat | 25 août 2013

@carlk - no, I am not suggesting that, any more than I am suggesting that Tesla shouldn't have used wheels because other cars do.

Instead, I am suggesting that the value of each feature has to be weighed against opportunity cost -- how many people will actually want that feature and what is the value to them, and what are you not doing by spending time on that. You should not be choosing to implement some feature simply because Porsche or BMW or whoever has it.

jbunn | 25 août 2013

I would have liked the alarm in Washington State, but now in California going the speed limit will get you rear ended by a Yugo.

I do try to drive the speedlimit. Have not had a ticket for 20 years, and I would use the feature should it become available.

J.T. | 26 août 2013

It's the arrogance of those who suggest "improvements" that bothers me.

Let's say you're at a Mexican restaurant with 6 other people. The waiter put out a bowl of chips with a bowl of salsa. You take a chip with salasa and without asking anyone else you add salt and habanero sauce to the bowl of salsa. You feel you improved it while others at the table might feel you ruined it.

You can suggest all the changes, retrofits, updates and options you want. Just don't presume that we all want the same thing and that your taste somehow is superior to ours.

pebell | 26 août 2013

@jtodtman: I can reverse that logic very easily. It's the arrogance of those who do NOT need a particular feature and therefore feel that they have the right to tell people who DO need/want something to shut up, that bothers me.

To stay with your analogy: why would anyone in your Mexican restaurant feel the need to complain if someone suggests some Habanero sauce on the table, just for those who like it spicy?

And I totally fail to see why you think the OP expressed that he feels his taste is "superior", by simply asking for the availability of a particular feature. Nor do I understand why it is suggested that the OP wants this feature "because Porsche has it". He made it very clear that he wants this feature because he USES it.

And now I will probably state something VERY arrogant too, by expressing that I would much rather have Tesla adding new (and to me, useful) features through software updates to the $100.000 car that _I_ bought, than that they forget all about me and shift all their attention to new models that _others_ will buy. :)

Don't mind me.. I am feeling a bit feisty today :)

J.T. | 26 août 2013

@pebell First, let me say that because of our last exchange I have restrained myself from commenting on several threads where all I would have added are bile and sarcasm.

Now, let the feistiness begin.

I said It's the arrogance of those who suggest "improvements" that bothers me

The word "improvements" was in quotes because that word suggests that it makes something better. Many, many people love the seats in the MS. Some want Tesla to make the seats more like Merc, BMW, or Porsche. They don't want an option; they want the seats changed for everybody. Pretty arrogant wouldn't you say?

And I'm not even referring to the OP. A speed warning system is a good idea. If they do it, fine, if not also fine. It was actually my good friend chrisdl who suggested that wishes are improvements.

The Mexican restaurant: One of the diners inflicted his "superior" taste on the whole table by determining that the salsa needed "improving"without asking anyone. Arrogant again.

So, I get the fact that everyone has an idea of what would make the car better for their own use. But to suggest changing something lots of other people like is an improvement, that's arrogance.

pebell | 26 août 2013

@jtodtman: actually, I agree with you on much of what you write. The "changing it for everyone" suggestions can be considered as arrogant. However, most posters do not explicitly state that _that_ is what they want. The seat example, for instance, could easily be implemented through an "Sport Seats" option - everybody happy.

For options such as speed warning I think that they don't harm anyone if they are there and turned off by default. At most, they "clutter" the user interface a little. A feature like the "creep" option, which I think is comparable, is usually heralded as a prime example of how cool the MS is that is can receive new features as updates - even though many people still prefer the default, non-creep behaviour.