More details of the redesigned Tesla Model S and Model X are coming out and among them, a potentially controversial feature in the vehicles: The company is adding automatic shifting between park, reverse, neutral, and drive (or PRND).
Tesla will add an option for change drive modes via the touchscreen, however, CEO Elon Musk tweeted about automatic shifting coming to the redesigned model.
“Car guesses drive direction based on what obstacles it sees, context & nav map. After you drive without using a PRND stalk/stick for a few days, it gets very annoying to go back & use a shifter! You can override on touchscreen,” Musk tweeted.
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No more stalks. Car guesses drive direction based on what obstacles it sees, context & nav map. You can override on touchscreen.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2021
Electrek revealed an internal Tesla document which slightly gives meaning to Musk’s tweet;
“The vehicle uses its Autopilot sensors to intelligently and automatically determine intended drive modes and select them. For example, if the front of Model S/X is facing a garage wall, it will detect this and automatically shift to Reverse once the driver presses the brake pedal. This eliminates one more step for the drivers of the world’s most intelligent production cars,” it read.
The idea behind this feature in the Tesla Model S and X redesigns is to further simplify driving. It will however be interesting to see what the feedback is after Tesla owners start taking deliveries of their vehicles. Tesla says they would start taking deliveries in March 2021.
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