When Tesla introduced the revamped Model S and Model X, Elon Musk revealed new electric vehicles would do away with conventional changes in favor of an automatic system that can override on the touch screen. But how would that work? You may have found out. According to Autoblog, Owners of Tesla Silicon Valley has shared A short clip of what appears to be the touchscreen shifter for the 2021 S and X models.
The interface allows you to drag a car icon forward or backward, depending on the direction you want to move. It is not clear how it would enter neutral or park, although they could be automatic or activated with another command. It seems quite intuitive, although it is certainly a change from moving a stem.
And in case you’re wondering: this is legal, in the US at least. Federal rules do not require physical checks and only stipulate that the transmission option must be clearly visible as long as the engine is capable of moving the vehicle. . It is unclear how well this approach will hold up in other countries.
It’s easy to see why Tesla would go for the touchscreen switch. It feeds off the tech savvy image of Tesla and helps prepare for a future where the car is self-driving (and therefore doesn’t need a stem). The measure also helps Tesla’s bottom line: no stem, fewer parts, easier repairs, and faster production.
However, not everyone can be excited. If the touchscreen system fails, you have no choice but to trust that the car will shift in the right way. And while the controls are simple, they are likely not instinctive for many drivers. It is a bet that you are willing to change things in the name of simplicity. It’s not necessarily a big gamble, but it’s worth pointing out before spending a fortune on a unique electric vehicle.