theverge.com - 9 days ago
Tesla Model S is the epitome of a tablet on wheels
Cars have become expensive, rolling gadgets that are full of screens, speakers, and sensors — but are they actually good gadgets?
In our new series, ScreenDrive, we'll review cars just like any other device, starting with the basics of what they’re like to use. The Tesla Model S embodies the whole “rolling tablet” concept more than any other car I’ve driven. That’s because the Model S dashboard is literally built around a giant, 17-inch tablet, one that communicates the core functions of the car and will feel intuitive to a generation of tablet users who are used to the taps, swipes, and pinches. Unlike Ford and Honda and BMW and every other legacy carmaker, Tesla came into existence at a time when this kind of in-car technology was foundational, not evolving. So from the perspective of ScreenDrive, Tesla has had that distinct advantage in its tech underpinnings. When I first saw a Tesla Model S in a mall showroom back in 2012, my initial thought was that such a massive interactive display would inevitably be a distraction while driving. After now having driven a Model S on multiple occasions, I still think there are elements of it that could be smarter or more intuitive.
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