According to the verge, Tesla CEO Elon Musk raised the auto-switch case on Twitter, tweeting, “The car’s prediction is leading the direction based on the obstacles it sees, the context and the navigation map.”
“After you’ve been driving without a PRND stick for a few days, it becomes very annoying to go back and use the gearbox, so you can bypass this on the touch screen,” Musk added.
The interior of the Tesla document revealed that the car uses automated driver sensors to intelligently and automatically identify and determine intended driving modes. For example, if the front of the S / X is facing a garage wall, it will detect this and automatically switch to reverse as soon as the driver presses the brake pedal.
Even so, the consequences of trying to automate PRND won’t become apparent until people start receiving deliveries of these new cars, which should happen within weeks.
Automakers have tampered with the look and location of driving mode limiters for years, and are enabled by the advent of automatic transmission and the ability to change modes via software, with many companies ditching the classic steering wheel stem in favor of a knob on the dashboard, central console, or separate physical buttons. .
Others tried to mix the hardware and software, but it didn’t go well, and the removal of the PRND stalk featured on the earlier Model S and Model X is part of a broader overhaul of the interior design of those electric vehicles.
But it’s not alone in sparking a debate about safety, as Tesla ditched its circular steering wheel in favor of a U-shaped one, a decision Roadshow reports has already caught the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal automotive safety regulator.