Before cell phones, we had car phones. Before car phones, we had CB radio. It was the prototype for “social media,” you know. The camaraderie started with truck drivers, but then spread to normal humans too. Soon we had movies like Smokey and the Bandit and songs like Convoy. Both drew heavily on CB culture, even making the lingo kinda cool.
The fad faded, but it was fun while it lasted.
TeslaMondo thinks Tesla owners could enjoy similar, but far more enduring, camaraderie if Teslas could see other Teslas on the NAV screen. Here’s how it could work:
- Your car would be cloaked by default. You would have to turn on visibility.
- You’re driving along and spot a little red car icon on your NAV screen. It’s another Tesla, apparently parked at the Old Home Fill ‘Er Up and Keep on Truckin’ Cafe. You touch the icon, and up comes whatever information the other owner wants to reveal. It could be just “Tesla.” Or it could be “John Doe, Model X P90D, Johndoe@gmail.com, 756-555-1212.”
- Within seconds, your phone is vibrating. Guess who it is? John Doe. He sees your P90D on his “radar” too, invites you to meet him for sausage and eggs.
- You stop in and chat for a while. Turns out you’re both in the same business and travel the route once a week and decide to hang out at this cafe on a regular basis and so you’ve got a new friend and the orchestra swells in the background and the sun is setting as you shake hands. Roll the credits.
- As you’re both hopping back on the highway, you’re joined by another Tesla that spotted you guys and just wanted some company. But he happens to have some key Autopilot-related advice about road conditions up ahead, So now we’ve got three Teslas cruising together.
- Mercy sakes alive, looks like we’ve got us a convoy. Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Why couldn’t this happen? Why shouldn’t this happen? Well, for one thing, a convoy of Teslas stopping into the same Supercharging station at the same time wouldn’t work out swimmingly. Randomized solo visits work much better. Second, you might leave your visibility on by accident and receive unwanted attention. And third, y’all might be tempted to go a-huntin’ bear.
Besides that stuff, seems this idea is clean clear to Flag Town, come on?