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Tesla S to Feature Integrated Computer, WWAN and 17″ Haptic Touchscreen

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tesla_s_touchTesla Motors announced the Model S, an electric car that will feature a 17″ ‘infotainment touchscreen.’   According to the company’s press release the touchscreen “…allows passengers to listen to Pandora Radio or consult Google Maps, or check their state of charge remotely from their iPhone or laptop.” Pretty cool features for an in-car computer, but that’s just the beginning.

I contacted Tesla Motors to get more information about the computer and while they can’t offer too many details about the touchscreen, it’s clear it’ll be an integral part of the Model S.

“We’re not releasing all the details right now! Keep in mind we are 2.5 years out from the start of production, and a lot will change. Not only will li-ion battery capacity continue to increase (by roughly 8-10 percent per year as it has for a decade) but obviously software and wireless technology will improve. The show car we debuted yesterday has 3G connectivity — but will that be the fastest and most robust in 2.5 years? That’s hard to say,” wrote Rachel Konrad, senior communications manager of Tesla Motors. “The haptic display is really extraordinary.”

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Tesla Motors was founded by Elon Musk, a PayPal co-founder. Its investors include Google co-founders Sergey Brin   and Larry Page.

Tesla interior pic via Kevin Rose

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

1 Comment

  1. Mike

    03/30/2009 at 3:09 pm

    I love Testa Motors, but haptics won’t help me find the control I’m looking without taking my eyes off the road. Touchscreens do not belong in some situations.

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