Adam Cogan reviews the Tesla Model S

Adam Cogan takes you through the good and the bad of his 2015 Tesla Model S.

List of things to improve:

  1. Profile – Support for more than 10 users
  2. Centre storage as standard
  3. Back seats – Clips to hang shirts
  4. Pre-installed dashcam
  5. Phone mount
  6. Weight driver to select profile
  7. Keep driver statistics
  8. Cameras above front wheels
  9. Physical button to open front trunk (inside and outside)
  10. Sound to confirm the car is locked
  11. Notifications on phone that windows are down
  12. Add Skype app
  13. Add weather app
  14. Add web browser
  15. Add mail app
  16. Introduce app for Windows Phone *irrelevant
  17. Show which profile used which bluetooth device
  18. Improve updating experience

It would be great if Tesla considered adding this feature to its cars.

Add full-colour heads-up display (like Lexus LC 500)

BMW = yes
Mercedes = yes

This is a feature only the driver will see. In the Lexus the heads-up display (HUD) projects a range of essential navigation, safety and performance info directly on to the windshield in front of the driver — it almost looks like a hologram on your bonnet.

Figure: It would be nice to see it in the Tesla.

Source: What it’s like to drive the $199K Lexus LC 500 from Black Panther for a week

Introduce advanced front-lighting technologies to make driving at night safer

BMW = yes (7 series only)
Mercedes = yes (S class only)

Ford is developing a couple of advanced front-lighting technologies to prevent collision and keep drivers safe at night:

  1. The first one called “camera-based advanced front lighting system” interprets traffic signs and use GPS info to widen the headlights’ reach at roundabouts
  2. The second technology called “Spot Lighting” uses an infrared camera attached to the vehicle’s grille to detect people and large animals on the road through their body heat

Watch Ford’s video to see how it works

Tesla should consider adding these to their cars.

Ideally, the driver needs see yellow and red squares flashing up on the heads-up display.

Note: With a software update Tesla could do this if it went in the console

Source: Ford’s high-tech lighting system makes driving at night safer