Thanks to AI and other smart tech devices, we’re slowly relying more and more on machines.
But what about when it comes to our cars?
While we patiently await the imminent drop of the Tesla Cybertruck, drivers are getting used to new innovation in their Teslas.
And while the Autopilot and Sentry Mode features were welcomed by owners of the EV, there’s one feature that drivers aren’t quite on board with.
Over several days in May 2019, Tesla quietly launched a couple of new features.
One made it easier for Tesla owners to receive software updates.
Another made it easier to get your Tesla repaired if something goes wrong.
The sticking point? It can now diagnose its problems and pre-order the parts needed without a human overseeing the process.
The update was apparently first spotted by a Model 3 owner after a message appeared on their touch screen.
“An unexpected condition has been detected, with the Power Conversion System on your Model 3,” it said.
“A replacement part has been pre-shipped to your preferred Tesla Service Center.
“Please use your Tesla Mobile App or your Tesla account to schedule a Tesla service visit now.”
The Model-3 owner then tweeted about it via X (formerly Twitter).
“How phenomenal is this? Your @Tesla knows when a part needs replacing, and proactively orders the replacement itself! This is next level stuff!” he said.
Tesla was quick to respond to the positive feedback via their X account.
“Yep, our cars can keep tabs on certain components to let you know if they need replacing and order parts ahead of your next service visit,” it said.
“Like skipping the doctor and going right to the pharmacy.”
The update was apparently borne out of a recurring problem with the availability of Tesla parts.
However, not everyone was impressed with the update.
“Imagine checking your account to find out your car ordered itself new tires,” said @memezar.
Followers commented with similar concerns.
“Imagine the car is in a crash and it just orders like 70k worth of new parts,” one said.
They needn’t worry, though.
Musk said owners would be able to cancel the pre-preordered parts if they believed they weren’t necessary.