When I took delivery of my Tesla Model S, I knew that it had a lot of cool hardware that was slated to be enabled progressively in future software updates. Forward looking radar, steering-wheel control servos – all sorts of nifty things.
This morning, my son Felix found out about a very cool piece of hardware that has been quietly built into cars manufactured since late last year that include the ‘cold weather’ (or ‘subzero’) package.
That device genuinely raised the bar. It was a watershed in the design and interaction model of a portable computing device. No mobile device company has designed a mobile phone or tablet device since then, without some level of reference to and comparison to the iPhone.
Model S is the product of a company lead through the rare talents of another visionary entrepreneur, Elon Musk.
When looking at this vehicle, it becomes immediately clear that this product – and its design team – will have a comparable impact in the transport sector over the coming few decades.
Its been a long time coming. Back in 2012 I ordered a Tesla Motors Model S, on the day they were announced. I believe that my car was order #69 in the world, and at the time there was no guarantee when – or if – they’d be sold in Australia.
A few weeks ago, and around 60,000 Model S vehicles later, my shiny new Pearl White and Carbon Fibre Black P85+ is finally in its home in Adelaide, South Australia.
I had a nice chat with Garry Barker for an RMIT University Podcast series called “Talking Technology”. We talked (yes, again :) ) about my favourite hot-button items – startups, innovation and investment cycles and electric cars.
The release date for the podcast is 14 August 2014, and here it is: