“Tesla Model 3: It’s a giant iPhone.”

The fully connected car with a steep learning curve

#Driving

Sat, Aug 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The Washington Post Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews Tesla's Model 3. More than a car it sounds like an oversided smartphone from a decade ago with more settings than the Facebook app.

Last week, Tesla loaned me a Model 3 to review for The Washington Post. Over three days, I navigated the steep learning curve to operate this iPhone with wheels, and ended up convinced it is the car of the future. I also came away a bit concerned about our future.

Even if you’re not interested in owning a Model 3, don’t believe in electric cars, don’t like CEO Elon Musk, or don’t believe Tesla will survive to produce them for $35,000, Tesla is setting the agenda for the auto industry. The Model 3, through cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth connections, is constantly online in ways mass vehicles haven’t been before. Its computer, dashboard, key, motor, brakes, battery, power plug, and cameras (I could go on) are all sending and receiving data. Tesla is turning the car into the largest connected device you’ll own.

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