One lucky driver had a unique opportunity to educate law enforcement about the Tesla Model 3. Unfortunately, it happened in the middle of a traffic stop and the entire exchange was caught on camera.
The policeman pulled over the driver because of the computer mounted on the dash. At first, it’s clear that the driver actually thought the policeman was joking about the display and asked for his help removing it from the car.
After realizing that the officer really did think it was a computer mounted to the dash, he proceeded to talk him through some of the functions of the display in a polite and introductory way, noting that the touchscreen was the only way to change the air conditioning, view the navigation, and watch his speed.
It was great to see a Model 3 owner willing to educate the officer about the car, even in such an uncomfortable situation, before the police officer awkwardly shared that, “I’ve asked you enough stupid questions.” Before walking away from the car, he admitted how cool the car was as he bid the driver farewell — “take care, drive safely and … it’s pretty slick.”
The video highlights the sizable gap in education that we still have in front of us for electric vehicles and, specifically, Teslas. Many electric cars look and feel much like their internal combustion ancestors, but Tesla flies its technology flag loud and proud with center-mounted touchscreens, replacing most of the manual buttons, knobs, dials, and gauges found in most vehicles.
The Model 3 packs in more technology than any other car on the market and puts that tech prominently on display with its dash-mounted 15 inch touchscreen. The display is accentuated even further by the low-profile dash design that sits lower than in most traditional vehicles in an effort to keep the from view nice and open.
As production and deliveries of the Model 3 have really started to ramp up over the last few months, more and more are making it to customers outside of the urban areas that have long sported higher densities of the Model S and X. The burden rests not solely on vehicle owners, but also on service centers, the law enforcement agencies themselves, and to some extent, Tesla.
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