I have a deposit down on a Model 3 for early 2019 in Australia, which is a right hand drive market, meaning the screen will be to the left of me while driving. I’m strongly right-handed, meaning I’ll be not only working without haptic feedback and muscle memory on that screen, I’ll be doing so with my non-dominant hand, a hand I can barely catch a ball with. Finally, I’m far-sighted, so I can’t easily read detail on a screen without my reading glasses on but can’t wear my reading glasses and see clearly further than a few metres.

Im driving with my iPhone in a similar position now and even allowing for the smaller UI, it’s hard, requiring much more visual involvement than I’d like. A lot of things have to be postponed until I’m at the next set of lights.

Don’t think I’m unusual in this regard, except that as a tech nerd and a Tesla fan, I’m going to stick it out even if it’s hard.

I love your theory that Tesla is using the Model 3 to nudge us towards autonomy! It does make sense. And I for one would much rather crunch through a hundred unread emails than be the pilot for my morning commute, so I say bring it!

I’m Alan Jones, an EiR for startup accelerators, GP at M8 Ventures. Previously investor, founder, and early Yahoo PM. Opinions mine (but should also be yours).

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