And I don't want to hear that, "Well with the assisted pilot" (and no, not "auto pilot", what a stupid marketing ploy. It's not autonomous and you shouldn't give drivers a false sense of security so they're less engaged when driving).
For the $57k price, there should be a heads up display with all relevant data, or at least the option for one.
Also, what is this stupid UI choice recently in "less is more?" There are so many devices out there today with "one button" and different LED flashing patterns you have to remember for use. Do the windows really not have power buttons, because dropping the window at a drive through is going to be super annoying and more complicated than it should be.
Would be very surprised if there doesn't end up being a market for aftermarket mods for that sort of thing. Hopefully Tesla takes the hint and fixes it on the next iteration.
On Model S the right scroll wheel is used for climate adjustment, so perhaps in the future Tesla will make it configurable in user preferences.
I’m genuinely confused why automakers (it’s not just Tesla but they seem to be the worst offenders) do this. Even if we get full self-driving cars tactile controls are still far superior for basic functionality to a touchscreen. For more specific operations sure, but I shouldn’t have to aim a finger mash to change the volume.
All often used controls are contenders for the same constraints as well, since the more effort you have to put into locating and operating them the more time your attention is not on the road.
Sounds system volume can be essential in some circumstances, but is also used fairly often, so should be easily visible at all times (that is, you should not be able to hide it behind other panels unless it is very easy to return to the default display.
Climate controls are not essential, but also used very often, sometimes more often than sound system volume controls. They also should be visible in the default display.
A speedometer and fuel display are essential, and should always be visible.
I'm not sure how the Tesla display works, but if it allows you to cover these controls with anything and doesn't have a very simple and direct way to got back to a default display with these controls on it, I think that's not only bad design, but dangerous. Hopefully that's not the case.
Having owned a Yaris, I can tell you that it's not a problem. (It's a matter of compromise. The steering wheel can obscure the gauges in other car models.)
Most (if not all) cars with that dashboard style are budget-oriented cars. This Tesla costs well over 50,000 USD.
These are some of the most popular cars in the world, so hardly unusual.
Toyota in particular claims it's a safety feature, not a cost-saving measure . Many drivers, myself included, prefer center-mounted instrument clusters. I can understand why Tesla does it.
I only end up using the brake pedal at a stop sign or at the red light when I'm the first car.
The autopilot is also aware of the speed limit signs, and with Model 3 you can assign an offset (e.g. always drive at speed limit + 5).
As other people pointed out, there are other models on the market that do not have speedometers right in front of the driver, Toyota Prius being the prime example https://di-uploads-pod4.dealerinspire.com/napervilletoyota/u...
If all your friends jumped off a bridge…
The Samuel Morse School of User Interface Design.
I really dislike the center console. At least the speedometer should be visible at all times(a hud focused at infinity would be ideal), everything else is less important. Still, this is becoming a trend now (I'd guess it's for cost-cutting).
What about readability of that screen under sunlight? I see nothing in the article addressing that. Is it just a non-issue?
TACC reads and interprets the speed limit signs. From Model 3 Owner's Manual:
"Traffic-Aware Cruise Control makes it easy to cruise at the speed limit. You can cruise at the speed limit that is currently being determined by Speed Assist (see Speed Assist on page 78). To do so, move the gear lever fully down once then release.
When you release, your cruising speed is set to the speed that is determined by Speed Assist, taking into consideration any offset you have specified. If you are already driving faster than the speed limit when you pull the lever, the set speed does not adjust to the speed limit—it adjusts to your current driving speed."
With TACC enabled the only time you have to keep track of speedometer is sign edge cases (e.g. Limit 25 but only when children present) or if the speed limit was obstructed.
Same goes for center "master power windows" controls, locks, etc
Every time I see center mounted stuff I figure it is a global car platform and a cost saving measure.
Everything else is "it's fast and exciting and fun" which sounds pretty appealing.
My next "new" car will be something used that has physical dials and switches. I'll spend the differential $ on rebuilding engine/trannie and other wearable components.
I do not ever want to look away from my driver's sight picture to adjust something like AC or radio.
In your tesla all you might have to do is say "left driver seat window down" and the window opens. If you only want it halfway down you will have to say "stop" at the right point.
Of course if your aunt borrows your car she will have no idea how to roll down the window because she doesn't know the proper voice control.
Of course it won't work when the window is open and you're driving fast because of the noise.
Of course you won't be able to remember all of the voice controls, and will inevitably end up screaming at your car to open the hood because you don't remember exactly which words to use.
Of course, before you go on your first ride you should read the manual and memorise all the voice controls.
Of course you should never say the words "open hood" while driving for obvious reasons.
Do you still think voice control is a great idea in a car?
Maybe a combination of a more seamless UI like Star Trek along voice with control then?
Voice controls as imagined by science fiction like Star Trek and implemented by Apple, Amazon, some cars, etc. are one of the worst UI designs imaginable. Vocal communication is a Hollywood trope to make up for the fact that flipping a light switch doesn't make for compelling television. Vocal communication is slow, ambiguous, leaky, and distracting, whereas mechanical interfaces can be operated almost subconsciously. How long does it take you to depress the brake pedal in a car, versus, "Okay Google, [long pause, waiting for enough cell bandwidth] please stop before you hit that car in front of me!"
Sure, you might say cars will take care of stopping automatically. But that just proves the point that voice is an unsuitable UI medium. And cars don't yet stop autonomously with 100% reliability, and there are a thousand less critical but more common interactions with everyday systems that are just ridiculous for voice: turning on lights, adjusting the volume of a stereo, locking a door, etc. The last holiday party I went to the hosts were using an Echo for music, and the entire conversation had to pause for 30 seconds every time someone wanted to change the volume. Give me sensor-based automation, give me switches and knobs, give me anything but a voice interface.
When I'm driving I find it less distracting to adjust the AC or the music via knobs, than to use the voice activated calling function. Mind you my cars speech recognition is quick and superb, but skipping a track, adjusting a mirror, or setting the air conditioner are automatic and don't require me to focus on anything else but driving. I doubt voice everything will make anything safer.
> Everything else is "it's fast and exciting and fun" which sounds pretty appealing.
These two are in conflict. The main expensive option was the range option, which also makes it accelerate faster.
Basically the author wanted more physical buttons. Everything else was a compliment.
Huge market: old people, easily distracted people, people who are not petrolheads.
But surely all car review experts will miss the current interfaces we have grown to love and like. I have issues with every single car that tries to modernize the interface. Think Citroen with it's odd satelites, think BMW with it's knob-thiny, but every once in a while there are changes that are just fantastic: HUD! Steeringwheel heating! DSG!
I'd imagine someone clever enough could wire together a speedometer which connects to the OBD's connector and shows a current speed, though I'm not sure if there are compromises on resolution or sampling time or that sort of thing.
Probably only want a read only one for everything else though.