CEO and Chairman of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk is a very ambitious man, and is known by many as the man who wants to redefine transportation on Earth and in space. He also plans to expand fully autonomous vehicles to the mass market - which indeed are pretty cool ideas. But sometimes, Musk has brilliant ideas that most people don’t agree with.
For instance, earlier this week, he confirmed to the public that he will ditch the head-up display (HUD) for the Tesla Model 3, and it that it will not feature any traditional instrument.
Instead, he feels that all the information the driver needs can be put on a large center display.
The Model 3, which will go into limited production later this year and which will feature a self-driving mode, comes with no fuel tank or engine. And I think that this is why Musk believes that there is no need for a HUD, since there is no need for the driver to monitor anything, apart from the speed the car is going. Furthermore, Tesla representatives made it certain that drivers will be given all the information they need in the car’s 15-inch tablet that will be placed on the center console.
Musk really is not the type to please people. People have messaged him on Twitter regarding this matter but he seems pretty certain with his plan. One guy tweeted that he would rather spend extra cash on a basic LCD speedometer, and Musk responds to him with a “You won’t care”. Another instance is when Musk raised the question “How often do you look a the instrument panel when being driven in a taxi? to the people. So I guess not a million people can change his mind.
This idea might be a potential disaster since cars have always been equipped with a HUD, and people are used to this. By changing this, prospects of the Tesla Model 3 might be turned off by this new movement by Musk.
However, there have been rumours that Tesla’s Autopilot technology that has full-on autonomous capability will not be ready by the time the Model 3 will be released, and the company has to go through federal regulations before they can sell these vehicles. Therefore, we can never be too sure if Tesla will actually pushes through with their plan.
Also, Tesla plans to skip the beta phase, and will go on with the production of this model from the current prototype. The company plans to release this model as early as July and will have a starting price of $35,000. The Model 3 can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than 6 seconds, and will have a range of around 220 miles.