SageBrush wrote:Saying the Model 3 is not a car is about as silly as saying it does not have a speedometer. It is, and it does.
No, the Tesla Model 3 is DEFINITELY NOT
a car. It is an autonomous transportation device from the future. A car is meant to be driven. A Tesla can be driven like
a car. However, the driving functions take a back seat to autonomous vehicle operation. Look inside the M3 above the rear view mirror. There is a video camera shooting video INSIDE the M3. Why? Is it because Elon Musk works for the NSA? No. Think. I reason that it must be there to keep track of the M3 so that your customers won't mess it up because they are being video recorded. The M3 is ready with the hardware for autonomous Uber-like services. That's why the M3 doors can be unlocked via phone app, so after the customer pays, the M3 will let him in the autonomous vehicle.
Also, car manufacturers generally don't put things in a car unless they really think you'll need them. This is because if they put stuff you don't need in the car, they'll have decreased profit margins. Why, then, does the Tesla Model 3 go 125 to 155 mph? The Leaf only goes 87 mph because the speed limit is only 75 mph. Speeds above 87 mph are not necessary. Why is it necessary
for Tesla to make the Model 3 go over 125 mph? Check out Elon Musk's Boring company. He plans on building tunnels only for autonomous vehicles to go 125 to 155 mph in order to bypass traffic jams in cities with bad traffic such as L.A. This will be a "killer app" for autonomous driving. I have sat in L.A. traffic before. It took 2 hours to go 4 miles. At 155 mph, you could go anywhere in the greater L.A. area in less than 15 minutes.
Why do you think that Teslas have such a gigantic lcd screen? The Leaf has a tiny screen because Nissan thinks that's all that's necessary for a car that needs a human driver. I mean, you can't watch youtube on your lcd screen while driving, right? With autonomous driving, the humans in the M3 will be bored and need to watch Youtube or Hulu or Netflix. That's why Teslas all have that gigantic lcd screen.
No, the Model 3 has no speedometer. A speedometer is a "meter" for speed. It is a dial that is in front of you, for easy visibility. The stupid speed on the lcd screen's corner is NOT a speedometer. It is an afterthought. This Tesla model 3 is NOT a car. It is an autonomous transportation device from the future. I predict that in a couple of years, owners of Teslas will wake up one morning and via an OTA update, their Tesla will be able to take them anywhere via a voice command. No driving would be necessary. You'd be able to go anywhere in the greater metropolitan area of any city in less than 15 minutes. Once you've experienced this, nobody would ever want to travel by land in a "car" ever again. The difference between a Tesla and a "car" is like the difference between a smart phone and a flip phone. Once you've used a smart phone, you'll never use a flip phone ever again.
That's why I bought the Tesla Model 3. I want to wake up one morning and be living in the future before anyone else. Until then, my Leaf is actually a better driving car but it is definitely NOT the future of land transportation.