2016 Tesla Model X: Temporary Gremlins
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on August 17, 2016
I drove our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X home for the first time in quite a while. That's when I spotted a couple of gremlins.
The first one was observed when I went to close the driver-side rear door. I pressed the button on the B-pillar and walked away. The articulating door began its leisurely closing process. About two-thirds of the way closed, it stopped and sounded the beep-beep-beep as if it was being blocked. I walked back over. Nothing was in the door aperture other than fresh air and late-afternoon sunlight. There wasn't a tree branch or a hedge or really any object at all within fifteen feet of the door, parked as it was on the street. I pressed the button again and the door closed normally. Slippery little gremlin.
Later that evening, I hopped back into the Model X and began driving. At a stop light roughly a quarter-mile from where I departed, I activated the turn signal and then attempted to use the central touchscreen. None of the functions responded to my touch. I tried about eight different sites on the screen. Nada. Frozen.
After maybe ten seconds, the screen unleashed a mad flurry of activity, catching up with a least some of my previous inputs. I noticed that the turn signal's metronomic clicking sped up, too, once the flurry commenced. I canceled the turn signal and turned it back on. It was back to its regular click-clack frequency.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 7,175 miles