Tesla adds a trip planner to their website

Similarly to a trip planner in the car, Tesla has introduced a new feature on their website now, called Go Anywhere.

Tesla_trips_sample_route

A bit of fiddling around and I found several differences right away:

  • When selecting the model of the vehicle, only the current production lineup is available. For example, you can only select S 75D (with dual motor), since the RWD model S is no longer available. Similarly, you can’t select a Roadster or any of the previous battery pack capacities (60, 70, 85 or 90).
  • It assumes 100% initial state of charge and it doesn’t show the remaining capacity when arriving at the supercharger (only an estimate on how long it will take before you can get going).
  • You can click on the Supercharger icon to find more information about it, but it doesn’t display the current status (available or how many stalls are in use).
  • It does not have an option for a round trip.
  • It also doesn’t seem to account for elevation changes, wind etc.

The website has its quirks, too. As cleverly spotted by one of the TMC forum members (BerTX), it does some funky stuff when calculating the route where there’s no adequate Supercharger coverage along the way:

Tesla_trips_quirky

It would make for a heck of a road trip if one would follow that suggestion!

As far as I can tell, there’s one new feature that Tesla vehicles are lacking – you can add stops to your itinerary:

Tesla_trips_add_stop

Way points have been requested by Tesla owners for a long time now, hopefully this is a sign that it will be introduced in the cars as well.

An introduction of the trip planning tool coincides with a recent tweet from Musk about the revamped navigation system coming our way and I am starting to wonder if this is just a teaser of what’s coming. Wouldn’t it be great if we could plan the whole trip on the computer or phone and download it to the car using the Tesla app? I guess time will tell if there are more works on the way. There are some reports already about updated maps being pushed to the fleet, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long!

As it is, the tool seems to be targeting potential buyers more than the existing owners, so they can try and see where the car of their choice could bring them.

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