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Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S 136

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An anonymous reader writes "In a lull between product launches Tesla intends to keep making improvements to the Model S according to Elon Musk. Tesla will automatically push software to the Model S fleet that will help the car learn the driver's habits and the navigation system will offer directions to avoid traffic jams. 'This year, Tesla is offering only the single model, the Model S that is EPA rated at up to 265 miles on a single charge, the most of any electric car. The company's next model won't come until next year, when the delayed Model X crossover goes on sale. Musk says the holdup has centered on making sure its signature design element, gullwing doors to make it easier to get in the rear, works properly and is leak-proof. "Getting the door right is extremely difficult," he says.'"
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Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

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  • by nadaou (535365) on Sunday June 08, 2014 @11:01PM (#47192887) Homepage

    In other news, Linus makes a point release!

    • Re: (Score:2, Redundant)

      by Cryacin (657549)
      Improvements? No one could possibly want to have a range of more than 640k.
      • by neokushan (932374)

        640KM range probably would be enough for anyone.

    • by thegarbz (1787294)

      Yep and it's a fair comparison too. Every other car company does this to. No sirree there's nothing unique about a car company releasing point updates to improve customer's vehicles after they bought them right?

    • by Optali (809880)
      OMG!!! OMG!! OMG!!! This will change IT as we know it!!!!

      And almost as newsworthy:

      Tesla runs out of toilet paper in the men's WC's of their factory!!

  • Please tell me it's Waze. Best Nav system in the world - it's saved me from more than one ticket...

    • Waze is owned by Google now, but it still uses some strange 3rd party text to speech library instead of Google's superior one. Google needs to start busting some heads and get them using the built functionality that Android has. Other than that minor gripe, I completely agree with you.

      • by MrLogic17 (233498)

        Google only purchased this company this past year. Give it some time... I'm rather happy google hasn't swooped in and hanged a bunch of stuff right away.

    • by viperidaenz (2515578) on Monday June 09, 2014 @12:25AM (#47193095)

      I was going to try it out, but they wanted me to grant "irrevocable, perpetual, sublicensable" permission to any location data gather by the app, which is all associated with a unique identifier.

      • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09, 2014 @02:03AM (#47193311)

        Welcome my son,

        Welcome to the machine.

        Where have you been?

        It's alright we know where you've been.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    And that's somehow news?

    Well, at least we got it straight from the horse's mouth.

    But it's not like gullwing doors are new or anything.

    Some Tesla fanboi will probably mod this -1 for saying something negative about Tesla. Go ahead, you won't hurt my anonymous coward feelings.

  • by stox (131684) on Monday June 09, 2014 @12:58AM (#47193187) Homepage

    mistakes in the Delorean. Really bad in northern climes where the seals would freeze, locking you in the car. Notice I said "one of", the Delorean had a lot of other issues, too.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Those were mostly solved by the third movie, though...

    • All car doors have seals. Wouldn't this be a problem on any car?
      • by drinkypoo (153816)

        All car doors have seals. Wouldn't this be a problem on any car?

        It should only be this much of a problem on vehicles with complex hinges that open all at once, instead of from one end to the other like normal doors.

  • by Lohrno (670867) on Monday June 09, 2014 @01:04AM (#47193199)

    Is it me or is this a really stupid idea? Just making the doors gull wing prevents you from putting: luggage on top, ski racks, bike racks on roof, etc. You know, the kind of things people would do with an SUV or crossover...

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I bet 90% of SUVs are driven around town only and never have those things on their roofs.

    • Is it me or is this a really stupid idea? Just making the doors gull wing prevents you from putting: luggage on top, ski racks, bike racks on roof, etc. You know, the kind of things people would do with an SUV or crossover...

      All those things would reduce the mileage on the vehicle. Maybe the gullwing doors are a clever plot to prevent people from ruining the aerodynamics, and thus the mileage, of the vehicle. Being electric this is a very important factor.

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      Their target market is the school run and people who like to be higher up while driving, not people who actually use an SUV for it's original purpose. There are lots of luxury SUVs like that on the market, which focus more on comfort and luxury than the utility aspect. The only time those people go off road is when they get a wheel on the pavement while trying to park.

      • by Lumpy (12016)

        Those are called minivans. I dont care how they want to twist it... It's a minivan without sliding doors.

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      Skis go inside (my A8 has a bag which can be made to protrude into the rear seat area and hold skis) and bikes go on the back, where the air is already turbulent and they will cause less drag.

      • When you travel as a group of several skier/snowboarder in the same car, the equippement don't necessarily all fit in the back's ski trap.
        You either have to pushdown one of the back seats (and lose one place for one gang member), or you put all the skis and snowboards on the roof (at a small mileage cost but you still have enough room for the whole team).

        • by drinkypoo (153816)

          When you travel as a group of several skier/snowboarder in the same car, the equippement don't necessarily all fit in the back's ski trap.

          If it doesn't fit four pairs, then it's shit. The car fits four people, the bag should fit four pairs of skis. Bikes are harder. You can't get more than two bicycles on the back of a car gracefully. If you manage to get four back there they'll stick out like a shopping cart.

  • "automatically push software to the Model S fleet" So, either my car does a software update while I'm doing 50mph or the home office needs to know at any given moment whether I'm driving or not. For a car I own, I'd prefer the option to do manual updates.
    • by dlgeek (1065796) on Monday June 09, 2014 @03:13AM (#47193405)
      Or the car gets pushed an update file while you're doing 50mph, stores it for later, and installs it at some point when it's stopped and charging.

      (Other options also include a polling mechanism where the car phones home for updated periodically when stopped, or a combination of the two where they push an "update is availible" flag, which signals the car to phone home and download/install it once it's stopped/charging).
    • by Anonymous Coward

      They way it works in reality is the update gets pushed to the car whenver. The next time you get in the car it tells you that an update is available and warns you that you cannot use the car while the update is being installed. It then suggests that you update the car the next time it's plugged in at 2am (or something like that). You let it know if that's okay, or if you want to schedule for another time, or bug you later, or if you just don't want the update at all.

      I've had a couple updates in my Model

  • Not only a Slashvertisement that links to an article with practically zero content... but largely a dupe [slashdot.org] to boot.

  • by mknewman (557587) on Monday June 09, 2014 @09:20AM (#47194401)
    Elon Musk has said there will be a roof rack for skiis and other things (bikes, canoe?) not sure how he's going to pull that off. He's also promised 400m batteries, self driving (entrance ramp to exit ramp), better seats, 4wd and of course the megafactory and a sub $40k car capable of 200m range. Oh and Mars missions. Got to hand it to him, he doesn't think small.
  • It smacks of the big three in the 60s adding more and more chrome and fins to the same damned platform year after year. Model S is great. Now get cracking and sell me a 45K family sedan. Otherwise all the goodwill you have earned will evaporate like a gasoline spilled on the road in Mohave desert.

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