Introduction to Tesla
In a world that is increasingly deterred from the harms of petroleum, there has been borne company whose sole goal is to replace the current automotive state with the future of driverless technology. In order to do this Tesla has taken a huge leap forward not only in the technology that drives their vehicles, but also in exquisite design.
Automotive design can be split into a few key categories: exterior, interior, colour and trim in various sub categories such as ergonomics. Exploring the traditional vehicle such as the one below it is instantly clear that car design has emerged from an era of industrial revolution that has led to much heavier vehicles. This also means that the curvature and sleekness of the everyday vehicle is not futuristic whatsoever.
While Tesla vehicles may look conventional this is only because Tesla has decided to create a frame that drivers are used to. However underneath this boisterous exterior is a combination of innovation and technology. But before we get into that let’s take a closer look at the overall structure of the Tesla.
The batteries in the Tesla, also known as the battery pack, sit underneath the floor on the interior and this creates a certain amount of rigidity there can certainly be fell when driving a Tesla on the road. There are generally four options available when a customer selects their battery pack. These are either the 60 kWh, the 75 kWh, the 85 kWh and the 90 kWh. By producing a range that is close to 400 miles Tesla has certainly taken the conventional vehicle and decided to innovate rather than rejigging the current state of affairs.
There are over 300 supercharger spots throughout Europe from which you will be able to accumulate a 50% charge whilst drinking a coffee. When you are ready to go you’ll be entering a vehicle that can do 0-60mph in just about four seconds.
Looking at the interior of the Tesla we can see a definite degree of minimalism that has been applied throughout the vehicle. The steering wheel is of a very simplistic nature with only two buttons and to indicate sticks behind a steering wheel. The sleek middle console effortlessly flows from the back seats all the way to the front console and slowly wraps around into a beautiful and large high definition display that is the centrepiece of any modern Tesla.
Contrasting this with the rather bulky interior of most petrol-based cars and it is easy to come to the conclusion the Tesla is not only attempting to achieve a minimalistic nature but also has plans beyond those of traditional personal vehicles.
Looking into Tesla’s masterplan, there seems to be a desire to eventually create an Uber of autonomous vehicles. This would allow you to go to sleep and hire your vehicle to the network for a designated period of time to riders over a certain star rating. By the time you wake up your vehicle would have returned itself to your house and you would have earned money in exchange for your vehicle’s time.
A closer inspection of Tesla’s interior reveals that many key features such as access to the glove box, access to features within the heads up display and access to compartments throughout the vehicle can be controlled electronically through the beautiful high definition screen. This leads us to believe that within Tesla’s eventual application that creates this new marketplace, owners will be able to dictate whether or not they would like riders to have access to certain areas of the vehicle.
For example, an owner may decide that it does not want a rider to have access to the front of the vehicle and may decide to only allow the rear doors to open when picking up a rider. Or an owner may decide to allow a rider to enter through the front doors but may not allow a rider to open the glove box for instance. Another great example is if an owner has left his or her belongings in the trunk of the car and wants to restrict access while their vehicle is active on Tesla’s ridesharing network.
As we can see teslas new-age approach is certainly one that cannot be underestimated. Whilst it may seem ludicrous today to imagine a completely autonomous network of autonomous vehicles picking up and dropping off customers all over the world, we would remind you that it only felt like yesterday that people were stating that they would never purchase electric cars to begin with.
This is why when comparing the traditional vehicle with Tesla’s new age approach, we should also consider the consumer demand and the relevance of the point in history when these innovations were created. The demand of the 21st century customer is much different then the demand of those living at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution. With these changes in time come a change to the design and approach the car makers take to new innovations in their vehicles.