In Murfreesboro Tennessee yesterday a drunk woman crashed her Tesla Model S into a telephone pole. She told police she was “messing with the radio.” It was a clear day, hers was the only car in the crash, so I’m guessing a combination of inebriation and driver distraction caused the crash. The extent of the inebriation is indicated by the fact that when she was asked to hand over her drivers license, she handed it to the fireman who was standing next to the policeman. Okay, so maybe the cause of the crash was mostly from inebriation?
I just happened to have returned from the Tesla Factory for the opening of a Supercharger station, and also managed to wangle a test drive of a Model S. My oh my oh my oh my is that a fun car to drive. But, it was a P85 Performance model, meaning it’s the top of the line for the Model S. Still…
The question did come up about driver distraction with that large screen right there. The person helping me with the test drive swore up and down that Tesla had done a good job of making sure all the relavent information is eyes-front-and-center in the dashboard, and there’s little reason to look at that fancy schmancy 17″ LCD display panel.
Indeed, during my drive I didn’t do much looking at the panel. But I’m guessing this drunk woman let her eyes wander one too many times, clipped a power pole, and wrecked her car.
Makes me wonder just how much driver distraction lives in the Model S 17″ LCD panel?
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