Tesla Motors Inc ‘s Model X has attracted a lot of attention for its unique vertically-opening Falcon doors. No doubt, they are exciting, but building them is really difficult. Therefore, it seems, Tesla has made an attempt at making the doors work better, but in the process, made them less safe, says a report from Jalopnik.
Making doors work better, but less safe
Tesla Model X door’s sensor array is the root cause of the problems. Since the Falcon doors are powered, there is a set of sensors on which the Model X relies to determine if the door mechanism is in a position to damage the car or hurt someone by crushing a body part in the door.
However, Tesla Motors Inc recently made a change to the car’s firmware to get the doors working properly, but it could lead to crushing of objects or hands that comes in the way. The firm updated the firmware earlier this month because the inductive sensors meant for preventing arm-crushing are also the ones that give false positives, and hence, prevent the doors from working, leading to frustration of customers, the report notes.
A YouTube channel named ‘MEtv Product Reviews’ – whose runner owns a Model X – was the first one to bring the issue to light. In a video, the owner is seen using the Model X as an $80,000 vegetable slicer. The most dramatic part is where we see the door clipping a cucumber in half. The video also shows that inside door panel inductive sensors are no longer operating due to which an object can easily be crushed in the door, the report notes.
People might argue that one should keep their hands away from the door just like they would with any car, but the two are not same. Falcon doors are powered, and hence, there should be reasonable safety systems in place.
Tesla to raise more cash
Separately, in a Wednesday filing, the firm said it plans of raising additional cash this year, so that it can help fund development, production of its new Model 3 sedan and also build its giant battery factory. Tesla – in a registration statement with the SEC – said it was considering raising money through either an equity or debt offering. In the past, Tesla CEO – Elon Musk – did warn that the firm might need ‘a small equity capital raise’ in 2017.
In the filing, Tesla Motors Inc said “the money will be primarily used for tooling, production equipment and construction of the Tesla’s Model 3 production lines, equipment to support cell production at Tesla’s Gigafactory.” The firm also said that some of the funds will go to more retail stores and service centers.