Although updated very frequently, Tesla vehicles still lack some features that owners have been asking for for a long time. We present here the main requests that will unfortunately probably remain absent forever.
You know that Tesla vehicles are real computers on wheels, updated remotely quite frequently. In the same way, the production lines also evolve as the year progresses to add or correct certain material points of the cars leaving the factories.
However, many functions are missing, both in software and hardware, despite frequent complaints from owners. In this file, we will go around the main requests that remain untreated to date, and for which it is better not to have too much hope, even if Elon Musk sometimes gives hope on his Twitter account.
But where are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
This is one of the biggest disappointments: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are absent subscribers. Indeed, although Elon Musk’s firm is very advanced in terms of on-board technologies, whether in terms of responsiveness or the features offered, do not plan to wear your smartphone’s interface on the screen of your Tesla.
For many years, almost all Tesla owners have been asking for the ability to use either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Whether for example for route planning which would be easier than with on-board navigation, or to use music listening applications which are not natively available on the original Tesla software.
Unfortunately, after all this time, it seems very unlikely that Tesla will change its mind and allow Google and Apple systems to embed themselves in the infotainment system of Elon Musk’s company vehicles. To the chagrin of owners of Tesla Model 3 or Model Y, it will be necessary to deal with only what is offered by default on the on-board software. This is of course very regrettable, because despite the small additions made as software updates are made, there is still a significant gap between Tesla’s proposal and that of Apple or Google.
No heads-up display, augmented reality, or 360-degree view
Most manufacturers nowadays offer two practical and popular features for drivers, which Tesla has still not implemented to date: a head-up display and a 360-degree view. When the Tesla Model 3 was presented in April 2016, the first criticisms of the single central screen were quite virulent. In effect, many were unconvinced by having to look away from the road to see the speed or navigation directions.
More than six years later, the interface of the Tesla Model 3 has not evolved: there is no head-up display, which would alleviate this concern. If you have never had the experience of a vehicle offering a head-up display, it is likely that this lack does not impact you too much, but it is a safe bet that you will be conquered after a few days spent behind the wheel. of a car that uses this technology.
As a reminder, this is a small projection (either on the windscreen or on a small transparent screen), visible only to the driver, and intended to clearly display some essential information such as the speed or the route to be taken. follow. On the Tesla Model S and Model X, there is no head-up display either, but a screen is present behind the steering wheel in addition to the central screen, unlike the brand’s Model 3 and Model Y. . It’s quite unfortunate not to see Tesla explore this track, because driving pleasure would be even better.
In the same way, Tesla does not offer a 360 degree view of the vehicle to facilitate parking maneuvers, or an augmented reality display. Whether it’s Nissan, BMW, Mercedes or even MG, they all offer a version of this system aimed at helping the driver with low-speed manoeuvres. With Tesla’s current camera layout, that doesn’t seem possible, unfortunately. In particular, it lacks a camera at the level of the front bumper.which would be very useful when you have to move very close to a wall, given that the accuracy of proximity sensors remains limited.
Undoubtedly to limit costs, Tesla is unlikely to add hardware to be able to offer a 360 degree view, augmented reality, or even just add a camera to the front bumper. However, Elon Musk said on Twitter in 2018 that the 360 degree view would be available. As for the head-up display, it is better not to believe it either: the American manufacturer seems quite limited in its choices, for better or for worse.
Piloted suspensions: this is not on the program of the Model 3 and Model Y
The comfort of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y is often singled out
, especially by those accustomed to high-end vehicles. Although Tesla has gradually improved this point, by readjusting the insulation joints, adding double glazing, or even improving the comfort of the seats, a feature relating to suspensions is missing: adaptive suspensions.
Present on the flagships that are the Tesla Model S and Model X, and a time anticipated on the Model 3 and Model Y, it was necessary to face the facts for those who expected adaptive air suspensions on both Tesla’s most popular vehicles. The advantage of such suspensions is of course to improve comfort, by erasing all the roughness of the road without you noticing it, but this can also improve efficiency, especially at high speed, by lowering the ground clearance of the vehicle.
The Tesla Model 3 Performance could also benefit from adaptive air suspensions to increase their ground clearance, and thus avoid rubbing the sills or the plastics under the chassis during descents in underground car parks or during elevated passages which are a little too high. Indeed, with only 13 centimeters of ground clearance and a relatively long wheelbase (2.88 meters), it is unfortunately not uncommon to rub lightly under the vehicle, which fortunately remains harmless in most cases. .
On the Tesla Model Y, which is intended to be more family-oriented than sporty, the optional addition of controlled air suspensions would indeed be welcome, and Tesla has experience with these suspensions thanks to its Model S and Model X which are equipped with them. since many years. When comparing this SUV to the competition, it appears to be a lack for some potential buyers., who will then agree to move towards other references such as the Audi Q4 e-tron for example, which offers controlled suspensions. Anyway, it is better not to have hope on the possible arrival of this option on Tesla Model 3 or Model Y: it has very little chance of seeing the light of day.
However, let’s qualify this lack by the fact that the Model 3 and Model Y are not uncomfortable. They are indeed typed “sport” with a rather firm chassis and suspensions, but nothing prohibitive for all that.
Where are the massage and ventilated seats?
The front and rear seats of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are heated, and even electric at the front, but some comfort options are missing which are sometimes found in vehicles located in the same price range: these are the seats ventilated and massage seats. In addition to providing comfort, the ventilated seats slightly reduce air conditioning consumption. Indeed, by increasing the feeling of freshness, the ventilated seats have the effect of reducing the need for air conditioning in the passenger compartment.
If the heated seats are very effective in providing an immediate feeling of warmth, the ventilated seats are just as effective in cooling the body, and it is a shame that Tesla only offers it on the Tesla Model S and Model X. This would be particularly useful if you opt for the black interior, which tends to heat up a lot in the seats in summer. If you recover your vehicle after having been parked in the sun for a few hours, it is very likely that the seats are hot, and if they were ventilated this would avoid having to suffer this unpleasant feeling.
As for the massaging seats, this too is an option that exists with certain other manufacturers, and which allows both driving and when stationary (during a rapid charge for example) to relax the back and lumbar of the occupants. Nevertheless, for these two options relating to the seats, we must again remain realistic: their chance of seeing the light of day on the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are almost nil, given that Tesla seeks to remove components rather than add them (the manufacturer notably removed the lumbar support from the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y at the end of 2021). But there is still some hope for certain functions, as we will see in the conclusion.
Are there things to look forward to in the future?
As we have seen previously, many requested features do not seem to be relevant at all: Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, head-up display, controlled suspensions or even ventilated seats are dreams that have no chance of seeing the light of day. soon. However, all requests from Tesla owners do not always remain in vain. For example, we can cite the load planning that has arrived in the application, the step-by-step navigation, or the addition of an electric rear trunk on the Tesla Model 3 since 2021.
Recently, Tidal arrived on the infotainment system, and today Apple Music is expected to be the next music streaming service that will be available directly in the brand’s vehicles. With the release of electric pickups such as the Rivian R1T and the Ford F-150 Lightning, many have pointed out that the front trunk is electric, while at Tesla it is necessary to open and close it manually . No doubt we can hope for a change on this point in the near future, but nothing is less certain.
Tesla is still a manufacturer that aims for annual growth of around 50% (in number of vehicles sold) and it is necessary to limit the complexity of manufacturing as much as possible to achieve this goal. This is why each change, addition or modification of a manufacturing process must be extremely well thought out to pose no problem.
There is also the price constraint. Adding an element of comfort would necessarily increase the sale price of the vehicle, thus reducing its appeal to consumers. And Tesla does not want to offer an extended list of options as some manufacturers can do, in order to keep production simple and fast.
And finally, unfortunately for those who expect features that will never arrive: Tesla seems to be selling its vehicles without any harm, with delays that continue to lengthen. Why then should they improve their offer, if the current one is selling so well?
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