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2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Tesla

image2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

The backup screen image in our long-term 2013 Tesla Model S is HQ but where are the distance lines?

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  • legacygtlegacygt Posts: 599
    All I need is a nice crisp picture and a view that includes my car's bumper. Lines with arbitrary hash marks mean nothing to me. Just let me know if there's anything in my way and when I'm getting close to the bumper. This screen is good enough for me.
  • kirkhilles_kirkhilles_ Posts: 151
    I'm very surprised. I definitely rely on the lines on our Pilot, especially since it can be tough to tell scale. Once again, though, this is the PERFECT reason why software upgradable cars are so awesome. It may not be in there when you bought it, but it WILL be there in the future. Awesome. Compare that with any other car, even high end luxury cars.
  • Mine is a later model than yours. Mine has very tightly integrated parking sensor both front and back. They come on in reverse or at very low speed while moving forward. They display in both the main screen and the LCD dashboard. The display in the LCD dashboard will show you exactly how many inches you are from the offending object and will highlight whether that object is to your left, center, or right. We use it every day in our garage and I like to stop 16 inches from our wall which allows us to walk both in front of and behind our car with the garage door closed.

    I do miss the backup lines. We had them on our previous car and I could back that thing into any spot perfectly the first time. Backing the Model S into a spot is a nightmare for me. My wife is much better than I am at it. I can't even park it straight into a spot well, however.

    I'm hoping the backup camera gridlines come soon because with a car this wide they are much needed.
  • stovt001_stovt001_ Posts: 799
    While admittedly having never used it (anyone want to loan me their Model S so I can correct that glaring omission?) I think I'd prefer to have the uncluttered picture offered by not having guidelines. As legacygt said arbitrary marks without units don't really tell you much.
  • Is anyone actually driving the Tesla lately? It seems that we are being bombarded with trivia after the 2nd motor replacement and the inability of the crack Edmunds reporters to find out how much the replacement motor would cost an owner if the car was out of warranty.
  • All I need is a clear view with my bumper in it... then again, that's all I ever have had. I bet if I had the lines, I'll be singing a different tune.
  • sharp_caisharp_cai Posts: 11
    Sonar System is available?
  • hybrishybris Posts: 365
    Use a complex series of two cameras that are head mounted and 3 carefully placed reflectors in order to back up my vehicles. They never came with guidelines either and they work just fine.
  • agentorangeagentorange Posts: 893
    Says much about the lack of visibility in modern cars that the Mk1 Eyeball is never suggested as an alternative.
  • mayhemmmayhemm Posts: 6
    I thought the lack of camera overlay would be a big problem for me since, like you, I find my Model S substantially bigger than the Audi TT it replaced. However, after recently driving loaner cars WITH overlay and trajectory, I found it to be very little help. That experience bumped this feature down substantially on the priority list of features Tesla should add in the future.
  • mayhemmmayhemm Posts: 6
    I thought the lack of camera overlay would be a big problem for me since, like you, I find my Model S substantially bigger than the Audi TT it replaced. However, after recently driving loaner cars WITH overlay and trajectory, I found it to be very little help. That experience bumped this feature down substantially on the priority list of features Tesla should add in the future.
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