USA: Tesla Motors has released the first look of all-electric Model S sedan. The vehicle has 17-inch touch-screen nestled into the center of the dashboard. Developed in-house by Tesla software engineers, the large iPad-like device includes navigation and music streaming, and is equipped with 3G wireless for Internet access.
Tesla has the ability to push software updates out to its current Model S customers, so the car can automatically be refreshed to include new or enhanced capabilities, including a “sensor suite” of safety features for the driver. That could include pedestrian detection, collision avoidance technology and additional cameras to monitor blind spots or obstructions while driving.
Nvidia provides the chips that provide the computing power for the Model S’s infotainment system. Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chip powers the instrument cluster, and the Tegra 3 powers the 17-inch touch screen.
JB Straubel, Tesla’s Chief Technical Officer, said: “We want to compete with laptop makers and mobile devices and offer the experience in the car. It looks totally familiar to anyone who uses Apple (AAPL) products. In the very next software release, we’ll be able to go to 85 percent ‘deep sleep. We’re aware of the pain that non-sleep has caused.”
Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk, said: “You’ll see blind spot detection and smarter and smarter cruise control. Tesla plans to develop most of the new technologies in-house. It’s a core competency.”
One feature Tesla hasn’t added is video.
Straubel, said: “We haven’t integrated video; it’s conspicuously absent. We’re trying to strike a balance and give people useful tools that make driving safer.”
Danny Shapiro, Director of Nvidia’s automotive division, said: “The auto industry usually lags the consumer electronics market by years. Tesla was the first to bring to market what consumers are seeing on tablets to their cars.”
Source: Tesla Motors