If I could afford a Tesla, I sure would have one. I tell everyone that Tesla is my dream car, and they ask me why. Well, here is why, Tesla’s design and process. This sleek and battery charged machine is a dream and easy to market because of its outstanding features. I have touched on the aspect of how easy it is to buy a Tesla from their website. 4 clicks and a $300,000 car will be arriving at your doorstep in a few days. The clean and easy to use design of the Tesla website makes it even more intriguing to buy a car. But does this clean design also translate to inside the cars?
Inside Tesla vehicles is a computer size screen that controls all your features. In some Tesla models you only have the middle screen and no screen above the steering wheel where you normally see your speedometer. Is this a smart design move? Think about it, if you are driving and want to know your speed, you must look down and to the right. This can be quite dangerous and distracting when driving. This is just one little design issue with Tesla vehicles.
Another pour design that I came across is in the new Tesla Model 3. Recently Tesla decided to make the map smaller and add more space for the driving feature on the left side of your screen. Not only is there a lot of empty white space but it makes the map smaller which can be harder to see.
The Model S has a vertical screen with the menu options at the bottom. This is a safety hazard for some because when driving your hands are normally placed towards the top of the steering wheel meaning that you must reach to the bottom of the screen to click the menu. This menu would better fit at the top of the screen for easier usability.
Lastly, Tesla’s buttons seem to not be large enough to easily click. This can cause error in clicking the wrong button and taking more time to be distracted. Tesla could improve this by making the buttons bigger and easier to click when driving.
Overall, Tesla did a great job when designing the AI inside their cars and they have the user experience in mind. With minor changes I am excited to see what Tesla create in the future and how their UX changes with the cars.