- May 1, 2023
- Reaction score
- Land Rover Defender
Your second point is not a driver benefit. Aesthetic minimalism is borderline. Are there drivers bothered by two stalks so much that they want them removed, despite the lowered functionality? I definitely am not (and aesthetic appeal is important for me), but I’m willing to accept if someone feels that way.it seems you mean to say "any driver benefits that I agree with"
I'm not qualified to give that answer.
Nor am I saying I know Tesla's answer to the less prickly question of "does Tesla see benefits to removing stalks"
I only gave just two examples, which don't seem to resonate with you, but does seem to plausibly resonate with Tesla:
1. aesthetic minimalism, wherever achievable (even at some functional expense)2. preparing the world's expectations of vehicles for a future where the need of such controls is negated by technology (and right or wrong, they could be more bullish than you on timing)
none of which was to ignore or disagree with the obvious #3 on this list, which is both of the above overlap with and synergize with minimizing manufacturing complexity / parts (ie cost savings)
I wasn't disagreeing that #3 was on the list, only suggesting that Tesla could have some other items on the list (whether you agree with their list or not)
though i did mention that when it comes to "drive direction stalks" i have some empathy for Tesla's apparent position here: people should only be indicating direction before they turn the steering wheel (only counter example I can think of is when stopped at a stop sign, and a last minute decision is made to turn the opposite direction than initially intended)
I’d argue it’s a small minority though. So you are still making the experience worse for almost everyone.