Tesla has started shipping the upgraded Model S sedan with unique yoke grips.
The rectangular steer is one of the most controversial features Tesla has released in recent times.
Technical critic Marx Brownlee talks about his gambling problems in a recent video.
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Tesla caused a stir in January when it announced a tire replacement for the Model S sedans and Model X SUVs.
Now that the updated models are hitting the road, we’re starting to see what it’s really like to live with a rectangular yoke wheel instead of traditional tires. The controversial clothing had its drawbacks, as many critics (even the tough Tesla) were skeptical when consumer photos first hit the web.
Technology commentator and electric car enthusiast Mark Brownlee, whose MKBHD YouTube channel has nearly 15 million subscribers, discussed the positives and negatives of gambling on his new Tesla Model S Blade in a video in July.
At first glance, the yoke seems completely impractical to drive, with the main purpose of steering training. Your arms can only be in one position, which will rotate the wheel parallel to park until the neck hurts.
If you keep one hand on the wheel or practice changing your grip occasionally, it won’t really blow up a gambled Tesla.
The yoke’s guide features are accustomed, Brownlee said, but the steer buttons are a real pain.
Tesla avoided pressing key buttons under the steering yoke, normal handles and full operation of essential functions – such as turn signals, headlights and eyeglass wipers. Even after walking hundreds of miles, he still saw Brownlee inadvertently push a button along the way.
“I don’t know how common it might be, but it flashes when you turn around, and wiping headlights and glasses is so common, it’s so annoying,” Brownlee said. He said the yoke should be right, but called the touch button “wrong”.