Test drove the Tesla today in Dallas - awesome. The only possible upgrade I would like to see is a Blind Spot detection system. Anyone aware if this option is in future plans?
I think you can actually use your side mirrors or look over your shoulder to see if cars are coming.
Concur with your answer. Works well, probably don't need rear cameras or other safety advancements either but they seem to help in certain situations. Just want to know if it may be an option in the future, you may continue to look over your sholder at no additional cost.
I thought that it wasn't considered to be a blind spot if you could see it in the mirrors or look directly. I have driven vehicles with real blind spots.
I don't get it. If the mirrors are set correctly, there is no blind spot. It's amazing to me how most people do not know how to adjust their mirrors.
@pruhawk Yes, it may be an option in the future.
In the future options, can I get a car washer that also drives me around. I would also like for him to make the payments for me.
Flashlights can illuminate the blind spot. Seriously visibility to the sides is not a problem. I am tall so visibility out the rear window can be a challenge--just punch it no one can keep up with you and then change lanes.
I'm not sure what everyone is talking about regarding a blind spot.
I adjusted my Model S so that the mirrors just barely show the side of the car and I keep the camera showing when I drive. The very small area that is outside the mirrors and not yet in my peripheral vision is clearly shown in the camera.
I glance at the camera in the center console, to the right mirror, and finally back to the left mirror. If I am being cautious, I then look over both shoulders before I shift lanes. I haven't even had any close calls with motorcycles with this technique.
The "look over ones shoulder" technique works best IMO.....time & bug tested already. ;)
The backup camera is a wide angle fish-eye lens and it eliminates the blind spot if you leave it on when driving. That and having your mirrors adjusted properly gives you a tremendous quick check of the road behind you. I find that when the nose of a car on my left or right side--- is at my driver side door window --- I can still see the back of that same car in the backup camera. I trust this greatly more than a little yellow light in the side mirror of other cars.
I think it's a cool feature and I would like to have it looking over my shoulder is just a force of habit now which is the best policy anyway for me it's mirror shoulder mirror go
A bit off subject but supports many here.
My friend was hit from behind by a car while riding his bike, I was riding right beside him. We were making a transition to a left turn. I always use a helmet mirror and can see everything behind me, no blind spots.
When the officer questioned me about what happened, I told him that I had looked in my mirror and hadn't seen a car, so we proceeded to change lanes. He then asked, did you confirm with your eyes?
I was shaken and couldn't remember.
He then stated, you always confirm with your eyes.
The moral of the story........, no matter what system you have, you must always confirm with your eyes!
friends can anyone answer a simple question here? If anybody is aware of an upgrade with a blind spot detector on the side mirrors , most of us already know the merits and demerits of looking over your shoulder!
Somebody recently was tell me in England when you go for your drivers license the car you use cannot have mirrors on it as part of the driving test because it is the proper way to look with your eyes before you go not sure if that's true and I don't feel like searching it out right now lol
OK the planned release date of blind spot detector is two days after you bought the car.
Installing two cameras instead of the mirrors would be an ideal solution to eliminate blind spots. I have read that the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers issued a petition to the NHTSA to allow them to replace the side mirrors with cameras.
I wonder what happened with that request?
I was always taught to check my rear view mirror every 30 seconds, to keep tabs on what was behind me or what was coming up.
There have been a number of times where I looking to change a lane, but a particular van that I had seen in the rearview mirror was nowhere to be seen and I knew it hadn't passed me. Well, he was sitting 2 lanes over and in a particular way that I didn't initially see it. Would this be considered a blind spot scenario, I suppose. However, because I was paying attention to what was traveling behind me and what cars had passed me, I knew this van was "missing". So I actually slowed down a bit to allow him to come into me peripheral view.
Now with the Tesla and the fisheye camera, this will probably not happen. I look at the rearview camera as an extension of the mirrors. Set everything properly and pay attention, then there will be no surprises.
I am all for "safety enhancements" if they in fact do things that we can't humanly do, like pump one's brakes a million times a second like ABS brakes, the rear view camera giving you a broader view than one's mirrors can, automatic braking in a split sec via traction and stability control.
"Blind spot", Lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control...... these just further add to lazy driving. These
features do things that you can do.
There is a misconception about what goes on here. We are not privy to ANY time frames on ANY changes to ANY part of Tesla's production.
Easy way to set your mirrors to eliminate blind spots...
I learned a lot from this smart teenager! :)
AR: cool, smart kid. Ironic that he has the fuzzy dice obstructing his front view, though.
Blind spot illumination is sooo last century! Take a look at the Tesla Careers website:
Business Title Office Location # of openings Job Type
Advance Driver Assistance Systems - Camera Validation Engineer US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office 1 Full time
Advance Driver Assistance Systems - Lead Radar Engineer US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office 1 Full time
Advance Driver Assistance Systems - Product Engineer, Camera Hardware US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office 1 Full time
Advance Driver Assistance Systems - Radar Validation Engineer US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office 1 Full time
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems - Firmware Engineer US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office 1 Full time
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems - Hardware Engineering Manager US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office 1 Full time
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems - Safety Systems Architect US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office 1 Full time
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems - Simulation Systems Engineer US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office 1 Full time
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems – Development, Simulation, and Validation Tools Engineer US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office 1 Full time
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems – Simulation and Validation Systems Lead US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office 1 Full time
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems – Simulation and Validation Systems Manager
I think it's inappropriate to compare the Model S to the S-class Mercedes based on price because doing so ignores the present value of years of energy savings. Over an ten-year period, I would expect net savings of $2,500 annually, a total of $25,000, a present value of, say, $19,000. I'm very close to buying the Tesla, and I think of it as a $61,000 vehicle (I'm configuring an $80,000 price, net of federal tax credit).
Oops. Wrong thread. ^^^
I really love reading postings how a Tesla needs this or a Tesla needs that. Elon and his team have designed, developed, and released to the consumer the most advanced automobile ever. Gimmicks like Blind Spot Detection Systems have probably been debated over and over again by the Tesla teams. Unlike other automobile companies, any new feature will subject to incredible scrutiny. Tesla does not have the luxury of beta testing options on an unsuspecting public. Tesla has to get it right the first time, and it HAS to be better than anything else on the market. We all purchased Teslas because we love the car, and we also love Elon's vision for the future. If you want to own a wannabee, buy a Volt. Otherwise, enjoy the amazing automobile that Tesla has developed.
Steve, you are obviously a fuddy-duddy. What I want to know is when will I get auto-lowering back on my coil suspension? I have been waiting ever since I bought it.
@Steve Be aware that for VIN20353 "fuddy duddy" is a term of endearment. He called me that once and he LOVES me.
As to your post, my pet peeve is when newbies call the the lack of grab handles and coat hooks "oversights," as if the engineers hadn't ridden in a car before.
@Steve1501 +1. MB has to continue to offer new gimmickries because Hunydai can make exactly what it's making in three years at a much lower price. Tesla does not have to do this and it should not either. Like things ir mentioned Tesla should continue to do what are disruptive and not trying to imitate MB or Hunydai.
That said it's totally legit for op to express what he/she likes to have. It just may or may not happen though.
I only love JT because he knows what to do with cream cheese.
check out this thing: http://www.goshers.com/blind-spot-detection-systems-00-bsds3016-10.html
(full disclosure: I don't have it in my car, but a friend of mine does and it seems to work quite well)
ir: Thanks for the list of job openings at Tesla. At least it gives me a clue as to what they're working on. In spite of the reservations of some of our fellow drivers, I'd love to see a few of the safety devices offered. I read somewhere that the collision avoidance system with automatic braking could reduce frontal accidents by as much as 80%. And while I don't think I'd ever need such a system to prevent me from crashing into another car, truck, motorcycle, etc. it might prevent some drunken driver or perhaps someone who's fallen asleep from crashing into me....