Yesterday evening a Twitter user named Paul Franks asked Tesla's CEO Elon Musk if Tesla can program its cars in such a way that once in park to move back the seat and raise the steering wheel. Franks said "steering wheel is wearing." Apparently the bottom left of the steering wheel is wearing when rubbed while getting out.
Many people were surprised that Musk replied and took the advice. "Good point," tweeted Musk. "We will add that to all cars in one of the upcoming software releases."
Here is that tweet exchange.
Good point. We will add that to all cars in one of the upcoming software releases.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 19, 2017
Elon even went further adding that another tweet to the conversation and wrote "yeah, it should probably automatically adjust to the user config of whoever is closest to a given door when the handle is touched."
I was following some discussions about this tweet exchange and noted that some Model S owners think this should have been a standard featured on Tesla vehicles. Others say that while Tesla despite its high price lacks some features that other luxury vehicles like Lexus have, it has features that no other vehicle has.
By the way, one of the cool and unique features of Tesla vehicles is that you don't need to wait for another release to get updates. Just like iPhones and other smartphones, when Tesla updates its software you get an update in your car immediately. For this and similar other features see our story called Top 10 Reasons Why Tesla Model 3 Will Be Remembered Like iPhone.
While it's good that Tesla is listening to its customers (other car companies do too), I would like to raise a question. This change or improvement can reduce the wear on the seat material over the extended period of time, but wouldn't this possibly contribute to the wear of the electric motors driving the seat positioning? With more frequent Park-Drive-Park cycling these motors will be actuated for more frequently than otherwise, said one Tesla enthusiast in one of the forum.
What do you think?