Tesla Model X Wins The Golden Steering Wheel Award

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In following with the many awards that the Tesla Model S received following its release, the company’s Model X SUV has apparently been awarded the Golden Steering Wheel (Das Goldene Lenkrad), according to a new blog post from Tesla.

Tesla Model X Black Eye

As noted in that blog post, the Golden Steering Wheel is a particularly prestigious award — partly owing to the fact that the award jury is composed of a very wide variety of knowledgeable people, a jury which spent 3 days judging the vehicle.

This “wide variety” includes “professional race car drivers, accomplished technicians, editors, designers, and digital and connectivity experts.” Initial candidates for the award are selected through a nomination process involving hundreds of thousands of people across Europe.

In Tesla’s post, the company notes that while the Model X is an amazing vehicle, it’s been a really complex process to learn how to build it well. As a result, there have been quite a number of new features and a lot of new functionality introduced since the Model X launch.

Here’s a brief rundown from Tesla:

Falcon Wing Doors

  • 2x improvement in door sensor object detection
  • 25% improvement in opening/closing speed
  • Dynamic profile adjustment to indoor mode when roof sensor detects a low ceiling
  • 83% reduction in customer-reported issues with door opening/closing

Powered front doors and remote keyless entry

  • Refined keyfob detection for smart automatic front door behavior as you approach, enter, or leave the car
  • 8x improvement in keyfob battery life; automated alert from the car if the battery gets low
  • Several improvements to power front door movement and latching system, leading to 51% reduction in door issues and improved performance on hills
  • Wind noise customer-reported issues reduced by 22% with a combination of hardware modifications and fit/finish improvements

Interior Temperature Management

  • Introduced Cabin Overheat Protection by managing the maximum interior temperature of Model X through software
  • Improved HVAC performance by increasing maximum fan speed with an over-the-air software update

Second row seats

  • Multiple over-the-air updates have enhanced seat motion, obstacle detection, pitch calibration, and usability
  • Software enhancements have added intelligent behaviors between seats, adjusting spacing differently, for example, depending on which rows are occupied

Infotainment System

  • Touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity improvements via over-the-air software update
  • Largest user interface overhaul since the launch of Model S in over-the-air Software 8.0 rollout

Notably, Tesla’s blog post claims that there’s been a 92% reduction in reliability concerns over just the last year. And, interestingly, that over 90% of Model X owners have said that they would buy the model again.


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