NetEase (NetEase) August 7th (August 7th) a Western Tech columnist made a three - day test drive to Tesla. He said the car really realized complete networking.
A friend of mine recently received his long procrastinating Tesla Model3, and I experienced a new car with him. When we first got into the car, the radio sounded in the radio - and we couldnt find the button to turn the radio off, without any buttons inside the body. I found out how to reduce the volume by clicking on icons after I madly slid crazy about a tablet that was used to manipulate vehicles.
After a few more clicks on the Modal 3 touch screen, called DashPad, I found something else: privacy settings. This is a typical Facebook style. By default, Tesla has already allowed vehicles to collect video data captured by vehicle cameras anytime and anywhere.
Later, a message suddenly appeared on the screen, which showed Tesla needed two hours to download and install updates. Tesla Model3 is very much like what you already know: a smart phone. But before we really know how to use it, it is more like the iPhone launched in 2008.
Last week, Tesla lent me a Model3 to comment on the Washington Post. In three days, I learned this car like iPhone with wheels, and finally convinced that it was a future car, and I was a little worried about our future. Even if youre not interested in having a Model3, you dont believe in electric cars, you dont like Teslas CEO Elon Musk, or you dont believe Tesla can stand in the market at $35000, but Tesla is setting the agenda for the auto industry.
Model3 has been connected online through cellular networks, WiFi, and Bluetooth in a way that has never appeared on a regular car. Its computers, dashboards, keys, motors, brakes, batteries, power plugs and cameras are all sending and receiving data, and Tesla is turning the car into the largest network device you have.
I dont comment on the driving performance and quality of Model3, and I think Model3 should be examined like a networking device. Heres a familiar development process: smart phones have just started as an expensive replacement for mobile phones, and then become surprisingly useful mobile computers that eventually become hacker breaks. A monitoring and control device for distracting attention.
We need to understand how networking changes the way cars run and grow, and what we dont usually think about when we visit an auto show.
Anyone who has grown up in the age of smart phones may think that the way Model3 operates is nothing special. When you receive a Model 3, the first thing you need to do is log on to your phones Tesla application, which opens and locks the car. I have never been accustomed to stopping and leaving the car without using the key, but this is the design concept.
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There are two small buttons on the steering wheel, which are used for turning signals and vehicle speeds, but in addition to that, the touch screen is used to control the vehicle. What is the advantage of the touch screen? From the point of view of engineers, they have infinite possibilities. Adding a lot of new features just needs to update the software - there is no need to wait until next year to launch new vehicle models to achieve new functions.
This applies to the problem: Tesla has switched the location of the phone and music player to defrost, making it easier for drivers to operate. The screen is a bridge to the future. Cars can be more autonomous. Drivers and passengers may want to get totally different information.
Software patches can also improve the car itself without requiring access to stores. Tesla upgraded the model 3s brakes by nearly 20 feet after a consumer report found a big flaw in the brakes.
The promise is that, like your mobile phone, your Model3 will get better with the age of the car - including one day, to be able to really drive completely. Networking also allows many other parts of the car to work better. You can easily drive the car out of a narrow parking space. Tesla says 90 percent of car problems can be identified and diagnosed remotely before they are sent to a car service center. Even the charging port of Model3 is also connected. When I needed to recharge the car, I drove to the super charging station at Tesla, and when the plug was inserted, the car knew who I was and how to pay for it.
Smart phones have really changed peoples lives, but they also have big problems. And when these problems appear in the car, the problem is magnified.
Starting from the shift of attention. Driving with this fixed DashPad in the middle can sometimes be uncomfortable - the speedometer is just on the edge of my right lateral vision. There is another learning curve: I finally figured out the problem of volume control, but I still havent got the interface to use the map. For example, adjusting your rearview mirror, such an important thing, must be controlled by a screen. Even opening the glove box will take a few clicks. There is no physical handle in the car.
Before the car is fully automatic, giving the driver a touch screen is a hidden cost: you almost always have to stare at the screen for a while. The memory effect of physical keys is better when the brain builds muscle memory. Model3s voice commands help limit screen interference, but they are currently limited to a small portion of the functionality you might want, as long as navigation, music player and phone function.
Last year, psychological researchers at the University of Utah, working with the AAA traffic safety foundation, found that most of the entertainment systems of the touch screen are distracting, and they shouldnt even appear when people drive. Rating different vehicles, they say, Tesla Model S (formerly Model 3) systems impose very high requirements on drivers. They havent rated Model3 yet.
The national highway traffic safety administration has developed a set of voluntary safety guidelines for vehicle interference. Model3s situation is part of these guidelines: there is no text information or updates on a large screen, and no plans for the application store, Tesla says. However, the navigation system allows you to enter information into the system while the car is running, which runs counter to the guidelines of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On Twitter this week, Musk said he wanted to hire video game developers to make super-fun games to integrate touch screens in the middle.
As for networking, these features require a network service to work, and after a year of use, ringing and horning alone cost $100. Of course, you have to use it in a network covered area. On several occasions, I couldnt search my next destination on the map and use other application functions. Tesla said that all the core functions of the car will always be used.
Theres also privacy: cameras around cars help Tesla build autopilot, but who actually watches the data? Musk released the possibility of turning it into a dashcam traffic recorder on twitter. Model3s privacy settings allow Tesla to collect video clips, as well as road segment data (part of the vehicles journey).
You can choose to cancel, but this is the default setting. Tesla says it collects the data anonymously so it cant be used to judge a persons location or to provide customer data to advertisers. As for software updates: the car that I tried to drive didnt have any problems when it was updated, but even apple successfully used a new version of the IOS system to make iPhone. Tesla lets you choose whether to refuse updates or not, but it warns that doing so may have a negative impact on your driving experience.
Last but not least, anything with software can be hacked. Until now, most vehicles have completely separated the infotainment system from the core automotive functions, which Tesla did not consider when designing cars. The Tesla vehicle system has been blacken by researchers.
None of this has hurt the ordinary Tesla owners we know. Mask has said that hacker attacks are a major problem, especially in a fast attack - and Tesla also has a loophole bounty program to pay them as long as hackers find the problem.
So far, most of the Tesla cars have been bought by fanatical fans, who can endure design defects, spend hours learning how to use their cars - and do not like to criticize cars. They are like the first people who bought the first edition of iPhone. But Model3 is eager to enter a critical mass market. Most people think that software update is a worry rather than a celebration.
Tesla was very detail-oriented, and it answered many of my questions better than any other interconnected device manufacturer, and I appreciate that. It is much more risky when it weighs about 4000 pounds and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in the next 3.5 seconds. My friend said he was satisfied with his Model3, but three weeks later he was still studying how to operate it. It feels like playing video games, he says. He would think twice about buying a Model3 for his wife. After all, his wife is not like him. He is not an engineer in Silicon Valley. Teslas customers still apply only to early recipients.
Teslas goal is to listen to customers, and even after selling a car, it has unprecedented ability to make changes. It can learn a lot from apple, and apple has not only found a way to bring sophisticated technology to a very wide audience, but also clearly conveys how it deals with privacy and security. Maybe Tesla needs genius. You can drive there and learn how to drive. Tesla also needs to keep its attention to the simplicity and safety of the car, even if it runs counter to the instinct of Musks turning a car into a large DashPad video game. (selected from: WashingtonPost compilation: NetEase intelligence participation: Rosie) concerned with the NetEase intelligent public number (smartman163) for you to interpret the big events in the AI field, new ideas and new applications. Source: NetEase intelligent editor: Ding Guang Sheng _NT1941
Teslas goal is to listen to customers, and even after selling a car, it has unprecedented ability to make changes. It can learn a lot from apple, and apple has not only found a way to bring sophisticated technology to a very wide audience, but also clearly conveys how it deals with privacy and security. Maybe Tesla needs genius. You can drive there and learn how to drive.
Tesla also needs to keep its attention to the simplicity and safety of the car, even if it runs counter to the instinct of Musks turning a car into a large DashPad video game.