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2013 Tesla Model S: Poor Door Lock Controls

June 14, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

There are many things I like about the main control screen in our Model S. The door lock control screen is not one of them.

It's not the screen itself that's the problem, it's the fact that it's the only means of locking and unlocking the doors other than using the key fob itself.

This is a problem for a couple of reasons. One, door lock controls should be on the doors. Putting them anywhere on the dash is nonsensical, or just plain stupid if you prefer. Tesla is not alone in this problem.

The other issue is the fact that the lock/unlock screen is not the default home page. You have to select the control screen first to bring it up, so unlocking the doors is a two-step process. Again, that's ridiculous. Just design a fancy lock/unlock button and stick it next to each door handle, it's not that hard.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 4,512 miles

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