Submitted by Robert.Boston on Thu, 2011-10-27 16:43
The Model S GPS could be a very smart, valuable assistant, far more than just helping us get from A to B in the fastest way.
Because the GPS is linked to Google Earth and the internet generally, it will know the terrain=gradients, traffic conditions, and speed limits along various routes. It should also learn my driving habits and preferred routes, and have learned by history where traffic snarls exist that may not be tracked by Google.
From all this information, the GPS should be able to calculate not only the fastest route, but also alternatives that balance speed and battery consumption. It should also be able to estimate what amount of battery charge each route would take, and advise whether you have enough juice (or, what changes to your driving style are needed to reach your destination). If charging along the way is needed, it should find and suggest waypoints with charging options.