A popular Tesla owner on Twitter, Nash, aka Tesla in the Gong, has shared his experience with Tesla’s contactless and touchless delivery. He placed his order in April of this year for a Model 3. For a hot minute there, it looked like he wouldn’t get his Model 3 until late September due to the coronavirus-related factory shutdown.
A phone call from Tesla, however, pleasantly surprised Nash with the news that there was a secret stash of Model 3s that would arrive in Australia in mid-June.
An Intuitive Car
In one of the emails from Tesla, Tesla explained just how easily he would be able to use his new vehicle. “Your Tesla is incredibly intuitive. If you know your way around a smartphone, you’ll know your way around your Tesla.”
Before we dive further into the deep ocean of Tesla’s contactless delivery, I want to expand on what Tesla meant by the “incredibly intuitive” comment. When it comes to cars and vehicles, intuition is not a typical description. Beautiful, sleek, badass, hot, sweet, and sexy (or in Tesla’s case S3XY) are some words that may come to mind when someone gets a new vehicle. But not intuitive.
Intuition is something that humans have used for thousands of years. It’s a gift or an extra sense. (I remember I used my intuition at a casino once — I just felt the right slot machine — and won a sweet $2,500 — $2,200 after taxes. That was a million years ago.) However, if a machine is overly complicated, intuition won’t get you very far. Luckily, Tesla has designed its vehicles to be very easy to use, despite being so advanced, something that probably doesn’t get talked about enough. Many people see the big screen and think it’s going to be complicated to use, like a hard computer program or something.
With Autopilot, your car can also be intuitive in other ways. At times it, your car may know about important threats when you don’t. A great example is a meteor falling out of the sky. And it will become even more intuitive as the technology grows and learns from millions of drivers around the world. Tesla is already close to achieving Level 5 autonomy, and is due to release FSD functionality by the end of 2020.
Nash’s Contactless & Touchless Delivery Experience
His day started with a train ride to Sydney, to the Tesla delivery center there. He got there and did a quick walkthrough of the car while explaining that even though he’s been around Tesla cars for a while, this new form of delivery was a new experience for him.
When inspecting his Model 3, the first thing that he noticed was how great the paint job was. While he was standing by his car, he took a video selfie with the delivery specialist. However, he had to use a bubble caption to point out where the specialist was since they were social distancing. He also gave a bit of advice for new Tesla owners when taking delivery of their cars: take your time and be thorough.
While setting up the Model 3, Nash and a friend who was there with him sat in the vehicle while he spoke on the phone with the Tesla delivery specialist, who guided him through the setup of his 3.
Nash’s First Impressions
“This is absolutely gorgeous,” exclaimed Nash in the video. He noted that the Model 3 is more nimble on the streets. Unlike the Model S and X, the 3 doesn’t have that second screen in front of the steering wheel, something Nash thought he would miss. However, he loved the minimalistic design. “This minimalist view is gorgeous!” He said that it would take a bit getting used to since you have to look to the side for the speed of the car, and other important things, but not much.
“I will say, the Model 3 will not feel out of place in a futuristic science-fiction movie,” he said.
There’s always room for improvements in all things — and this is a good thing. Without leaving room for improvement, there would be no room for growth. Challenges help us become better, whether as people or as creators.
“I would have loved to see air suspension in the Model 3 and the Model Y,” Nash said. One other major future feature request is for a Starlink connection.
Monetizing It & Helping Others
Although Tesla hasn’t rolled out its robotaxi fleet yet, Nash has found a way to monetize his Tesla, and if you are in his area and want to rent it for a drive, you can do so here. Evee is an electric carsharing service that enables Tesla and other EV owners to rent their cars out, similar to Turo here in the USA. “I wish people would use the car as a ‘try before you buy’ so that more folks can check for themselves if an EV would fit their lifestyle and workflow,” Nash explained on his page. He’s using his free Supercharging credits for the Model 3 so that the renter won’t have to pay for charging.
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