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

Navigation outage in the long-term 2013 Tesla Model S.

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  • quadricyclequadricycle Member Posts: 827
    Purely web-based? They really should have layered Google Earth onto a GPS based system... That really wouldn't be effective where I live, considering we had enough trouble getting internet for the house, and even mobile phone signal is spotty.
  • throwbackthrowback Member Posts: 445
    Are the other screen functions usable? I did not realize the maps were purely web based. I guess they don't plan to sell many cars in rural areas with poor cell service.
  • stovt001_stovt001_ Member Posts: 799
    I'm guessing an electric car is always going to be a hard sell in rural areas that also have poor cell service. If you don't get cell reception, there probably isn't a supercharger nearby either.
  • agentorangeagentorange Member Posts: 893
    If this is Web based and relying on cell signals, don't try this in large chunks of Nevada.
  • mtakahashi_mtakahashi_ Member Posts: 12
    UPDATE: Yes, the navigation is indeed working at full strength. It seems as though the internet anomaly is the most plausible explanation for the outage.
  • tokyorushtokyorush Member Posts: 24
    It is indeed web based. I've had this happen a few times as well in poor cell coverage areas. Personally, I can't wait until they have the wifi capability working so I tether to my phone's 4G instead of the built in 3G.
  • tokyorushtokyorush Member Posts: 24
    I should say that it is GPS and web. The problem is that the map itself is web based instead of on a DVD like my old Buick. The problem with the Buick's system, of course, is that it is slow and gets out of date.
  • mfennellmfennell Member Posts: 91
    @tokyo: I believe I read that the inset that displays on the dashboard is a traditional system that doesn't require a web link. Does that sound about right?
  • mayhemmmayhemm Member Posts: 6
    If you have the tech package, the turn-by-turn display on the instrument cluster should work as long as you have a GPS signal. The map on the main display may be web-based.

    I hope they add 4G support by the time I get my car next year, as we too have large areas with no cell coverage.
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