Did Tesla Motor Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Lie About Model 3 Interior?
No, Tesla Motor Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) didn’t lie when it showed off the prototype of its affordable Model 3. But there is a strong chance the company make everything clear about the car. It turns out that the landscape screen that featured in the prototype Model 3 was only a placeholder but not the real thing. Instead, Tesla is said to be working on a sophisticated head-up display (HUD) for the production Model 3, which is expected to start rolling out towards the end of 2017.
There is overwhelming evidence that the production Model 3 will not be exactly the same as the prototype that Tesla showed off at the end of March. None other than Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, has said that they held back some details when they showed off the sample Model 3. A series of tweets by Musk have left many guessing what details Tesla left out to be revealed later.
Hiring of Kovac provides a hint
Although it remains unknown what kind of surprise features Tesla Motor Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has in store for Model 3 buyers, the hiring of Milan Kovac provides important hint. Kovac worked at Skully Systems, a company that develops motorcycle helmets with built-in HUD. Additionally, Kovac worked at Softkinetic, a company that develops gesture-controlled systems that counts BMW among its customers.
With Kovac on board and the hints that Tesla was still holding back some features to roll them out as surprises for Model 3 buyers, it seems logical to conclude that a gesture-controlled HUD dashboard could be in the works for Model 3.
In his recent tweets, Musk has been talking about the steering system in the production Model 3 being like a spaceship. He also talked about the prototype interior not being the real thing and that there will be part two reveal of Model 3.
Tesla Motor Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s Model 3 has sparked strong consumer interest with preorders for the car ballooning to nearly 400,000 in just about two weeks after the showcasing of the prototype.
Model 3 is Tesla’s mainstream nameplate with a base price of $35,000. Tesla is taking a $1,000 deposit for preorders. Production of Model 3 is set to begin at the end of 2017.
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