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You can say that about the Model S and Model X too. After five years on the road, Model S users are still getting updates with new features and performance enhancements. Pretty nice, if you ask me. Heck - GM couldn't even be bothered to give 2016 Volt owners the 2017 energy rating display when we all took our cars in to the dealer for various firmware recalls last year.

I checked out my neighbors Model 3 a couple of days ago. He was even kind enough to let me drive it for a few miles. His is a very early car. Not first 30, but close. Fit and finish looked fine. Drove like a dream. Yes, there are a number of hardware bits that don't have software support - for example the interior camera above the rear view mirror. But that will come in time. As it is, the car is quite driveable. Wifi and (free) LTE access is built-in to the car, so updates are easily done without taking it to the service center.
 

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It’s just as finished as my ELR. Except GM reneged on CUE updates as promised.

Tesla is the new paradigm. Build flexible systems that are able to be tweaked remotely. Yeah maybe they released the software early, but, Tesla owners are way happier than other car owners.
 

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No question there are a few software bugs in it. We were playing with the various "Easter eggs". Like the "Santa" one where the turn signal tones are sleigh bells ringing. There is a "more cowbell" one with cow bell sounds. Another, with a Little Pony icon, brings up a 'paint' application where you can write and draw things on the screen. Funny thing is we couldn't figure out how to exit the paint program. Fortunately it was at the end of the drive. So we got out of the car - you don't actually power it down - it just detects that the credit-card sized RFID card in your wallet has left the car. Then came back and the normal display was back again.
 

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You can say that about the Model S and Model X too. After five years on the road, Model S users are still getting updates with new features and performance enhancements. Pretty nice, if you ask me. Heck - GM couldn't even be bothered to give 2016 Volt owners the 2017 energy rating display when we all took our cars in to the dealer for various firmware recalls last year. <snip>
That is all true as I've had several enhancements added to my X since I've purchased.

A couple recent ones were:
- easy entry/exit (optional) setting so if I unbuckle the steering wheel and seat will move to my entry/exit settings
- performance upgrade so now the vehicle performs even better for things like 40-70 mph window (think passing)

Taking our 2016 Volt physically into the dealer to get software updated to avoid RPP/redude propolsion power on older vehicles with loss battery capacity (in colder weather is one of the triggers). Having another family member pick me up or I could wait for a van at the dealership to give me a ride home. Not ideal way to use peoples time.

Over-the-air/OTA is one of Tesla's main benefits and the Model 3 (S & X) will improve with limited negative impact to the customer.
 

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Sure OTA update can be nice. On the other hand I think it can be an excuse for releasing stuff before it's ready. Potential for a big problem. I'm not that keen on driving around a car with hardware that doesn't work yet because he software isn't ready.
 

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Sure OTA update can be nice. On the other hand I think it can be an excuse for releasing stuff before it's ready. Potential for a big problem. I'm not that keen on driving around a car with hardware that doesn't work yet because the software isn't ready.
As well we are talking about the ability to *enhance* or add features to the cars as well fix minor things. Remember all these sub-systems are separated for a multitude of reasons (security, functionality, etc). This has been discussed many times. In the Teslas as an example you can reboot the UI while driving ... why? Because it is a complete separate system than the drivetrain!

And you realize there is a ton (10 Mil lines) of software in our Volts and software is never bug free. I've been to my dealer to get it update with a USB several times.

Title: Infographic: Chevy Volt Has 10 Million Lines of Code; F-22 Raptor Only Has 1.7 Million
https://insideevs.com/infographic-c...nes-of-code-f-22-raptor-only-has-1-7-million/
 

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If Tesla's business model bothers you don't buy one and don't invest in them either. Folks buying Tesla's do so knowing what they are getting and are happy with it. I'd love a Tesla warts and all but for the cost.
 

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Looks like Electrek was hard up for a Tesla story. This is quite the nothing burger.

If there were missing parts this thread title might have some teeth. At best it's a poor interpretation of what most folks who paid attention already knew.

 

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Sure OTA update can be nice. On the other hand I think it can be an excuse for releasing stuff before it's ready. Potential for a big problem. I'm not that keen on driving around a car with hardware that doesn't work yet because he software isn't ready.
Then don't buy one.....
 

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Looks like Electrek was hard up for a Tesla story. This is quite the nothing burger.

If there were missing parts this thread title might have some teeth. At best it's a poor interpretation of what most folks who paid attention already knew.

That is a pretty good overview. Note that besides the front, rear, and interior cameras that he pointed out, there are also cameras in the B pillars and rear-ward facing ones in the pods above/behind the wheels on the front fenders.

I didn't test autopilot, but my neighbor assures me he uses it every day during his commute. It does the lane keeping, can lane change (when safe) with the touch of the turn signal lever. Adaptive cruise works, and so on. It can't read traffic signals, so you do have to step on the brake pedal at a red light. He hadn't tried 'summon', so I'm not sure if it works yet.

Speaking of the brake pedal, like previous Teslas, it is a pure friction brake. No blending. The 'go' pedal has two levels of regen - comparable to the Volts "D" and "L" - sans paddle. One can also independently turn "creep" on and off. With creep turned off, the car will come to a stop on level ground without using the brake pedal.
 

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That is a pretty good overview.
And it shows missing functions in the display too. Some of them have been added since. So..... no story here. If you cared about it before you already know.

Heck, I don't really care (I'm not buying one) and I KNEW.

P.S. The headlights are pretty cool. I've never seen that configuration before.
 
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