I prefer switches in Alpha which similar to Roadster's. It looks more sophisticated than lever in Beta. I admit that lever at the back of steering wheel is convenient but I don't like it.
What's your opinion?
It won't be there for production from what I heard at Freemont. I think if you look you'll find an article about it.
@Discoducky Thank you. Could you please paste link to the article here?
Chaiyawut, I can't put my hands on a link, either, but the entire steering column in the Beta is taken from the Mercedes shelf, with a Tesla logo slapped on. Tesla will certainly have their own steering column for release, so we can say for sure that it will be different. We just don't know, how.
@Volker.Berlin You mean it will be driving mode switches instead of lever?
We simply don't know. All we know is that the steering column will not be the same.
I'm seeing a trend here...
Please put a little effort into doing just a simple search for the information you desire:
http://www.bing.com or whatever floats your boat: tesla steering column
this is the first hit: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2012-tesla-model-s-first-ride-reviews
to search just the Tesla forum: steering column site:www.teslamotors.com/forum
Also, you can find information on your own posts by searching: Chaiyawut Keereeto site:www.teslamotors.com/forum
Sorry but I'm NOT asking about steering column. I'm talking about drive mode selector.
I was searching about drive mode switches and lever and even "stalk" after I knew the right word. I didn't find anything about selector except that it comes with Mercedes-Benz steering column. There is nothing indicates that the real Model S will not have stalk as the selector.
What would you like between stalk and switches?
Buttons would take up too much space. What I'd like is a dial selector on the dash. Kind of like a stove top burner dial.
Not likely to happen of course. We'll probably end up with a stalk.
Is cluster of switches on steering wheel possible?
My guess is that Tesla will follow the general industry trend and have two small clusters on the steering wheel, e.g. basic audio controls and basic cruise control, along with three or four stalks. Two clickable scroll wheels, one under either thumb, plus a couple of buttons on either side, provides quite a lot of potential for a user interface.
Or maybe a throttle like an aircraft?
Hey! Maybe this issue will bring back the consol!