Tesla 'D' - the next stage of development
So, unbeknownst to many, we suddenly found themselves on the next turn of the helix unwinding of the world - with other means of transport, and a completely different order of things in the cities and on the roads.
Sometimes evolutionary development, going slowly, and it so happens that come brightest innovators, has a bright vision of what the world, and a strong intention to realize this vision. And miraculously, they begin to create change at the level of the established world-systems.
Last Friday, I watched the broadcast with an informal presentation Tesla "D" in California and tested range of emotions from joy to delight. And it's not a new product innovation leader in the industry, the case in all the conceptual and engineering beauty of what is happening and presentation of far-reaching consequences.
Elon Musk again pushed the boundary beyond the expected.
Further, a number of technical details. But the story here is not the case, and that the future is already here, and commitment to the idea of a large, sometimes gives incredible results.
Time to unveil the D - two engines
What happened? Few details.
The best car in the world Tesla Model S has received its first upgrade the hardware platform and suffikc "D" in the title. D - stands for Dual Motor. Yes, Tesla decides questions: Do you want all-wheel drive? - Let's add a second motor!
The electric motor is compact, simple, almost noiseless and does not require heap dop.agregatov as petrol engine - which makes it possible to install on a separate motor on each axle. Radical rejection of the heritage of the past makes it impossible to apply the unexpected solutions.
As a result:
Acceleration to 60 mph (96.5 km / h) in 3.2 seconds. It's insanely fast! Not for nothing called Musk personal roller coaster car. Now this is the fastest four-door car in the world, according to the dynamics of acceleration as the famous supercar Mclaren F1. Despite the fact that the essence of Tesla - not a supercar, and family premium sedan with seating for children under the trunk :)
The maximum speed increased to 155 mph (249 km / h)
The machine was a four-wheel drive. On-board computer controls the motors: the front and rear.
And the energy consumption at the same time ... down. The car rides on the same charge.
Many in the last paragraph of wonder - as so reduced consumption?
Any "normal car", with the addition of all-wheel drive will consume more fuel and often lowers to understeer. In Tesla, all complicated and unnecessary coupling elements are absent (gearbox, razdatka, trees ..), motors are controlled by wire, the power of each regulated with millisecond precision. Mechanical losses and delays are negligible. As a result, the computer distributes the load on the motors so that they are always in the optimal mode, the energy savings and improving manageability.
It is difficult to explain briefly and popular all engineering beauty of what is happening. It's not the speed acceleration, the matter amazing opportunities appear due to radical and uncompromising in creating a new type of transport.
And something else ... - Autopilot
But that's not all. I well remember how it sounded unreal and a half years ago, when Musk said "in 2015 we will do autopilot" ... And it did!
In Tesla nominally have radar, sonar and video cameras hires. And now all this is used as the autopilot system and advanced active safety.
Shows the dangers on the dashboard (approaching car).
Take into account the layout and displays it on the dashboard.
She goes on turning lane,
Takes into account the speed limit (lowers, gaining recognizing signs),
Gives audio and tactile warnings.
The machine analyzes dangerously approaching objects and tries to avoid a collision. If desired, the driver can make it go in any direction, but by default the machine will choose the safest way.
All this adds to that already Model S and so on all kreshtestam - safest passenger car in the world.
And after all this the charm of the autopilot just beginning:
The machine itself makes parallel parking.
She drives into the garage.
It can leave the garage and found a host at the door.
Moreover, the machine can focus on the meeting, added to the calendar, and leave the car park in advance. Going to a meeting, you will lag just go out and get in the car at the door.
What the experienced, but conservative auto corporations took decades (bringing news of the promise and the prototype to the series), Tesla, "company-newcomer" missing year. Moreover, in parallel with the introduction of dozens of other innovations.
Some people say, "parking assistant and now put on Fords." It is important to understand that there is a question of a different order of things. Tesla - is not set funktsinalnyh features. It is a holistic radically innovative platform and strength in the integration of all its elements. At the moment the possibility of adding a calendar, all existing parking-assist immediately became obsolete. And this happens in every direction that develops Tesla.
* A week ago, I once again watched as Tesla Download the latest software update (v 6.0) with the functionality of calendar sync with your phone. Then still thought, "Well, a small but handy feature". And suddenly, flapping feet * * industrial robot, is added to the calendar autopilot and get something out of science fiction movie ... All that makes the Tesla - it is not a simple :)
Tesla Model S is not a machine, is the platform entirely new mode of transport.
Making autopilot they offer an upgrade to the previous Model S.
Making an electric four-wheel drive, they will change the body and get a roomy crossover Model X.
Making touchscreen panel, they can as much as necessary to improve the interface of the machine.
Initially making a radical new body, they get low weight (high mileage) and a whole new level of security for all series machines.
Having made one update and diagnostics over the network, they receive statistics, updates and neugonyaemost for all subsequent machines.
This list is quite large now. I'm not here to talk about the electromechanical brakes and other technical magic.
With each update platform is becoming stronger and unattainable from a position of technologies of the last century. The gap is growing.
And when you look at the next step of development platform - inflames curiosity: what are the tricks of visionary future Ilon in store for next year.
We are waiting for a bright future. :)