If anyone needed more proof that there's a certain level of obsession regarding the Tesla Model S, we have exactly the video for you. See, Edmunds has a long-term Model S and there is some discussion there over whether the car's slide-out-as-you-approach door handles are a good or a bad thing. Jason Kavanagh, Edmunds' engineering editor, found they" lack tactility, as there's a delay between when you tug and when the solenoid fires, so the door feels as though it sticks slightly. Not a lux vibe, that." Others have discussed whether the handles, which extend mechanically but then use an electric signal to unlatch the door, cause minor inconveniences and if they are a good idea in an emergency.

To test another aspect of the unusual handles Donna DeRosa, the Managing Editor of Edmunds.com, decided to see if the auto-retracting devices are in any way dangerous to someone who, for some unknown reason, leaves his or her hand in an open handle for too long. And, like any good Internet journalist, she flimed it. So now we have a 43-second video showing nothing more than what happens if you leave your hand inside the Model S' automatic retractable door handles too long. Curious, aren't you? You can watch it below.



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      JP
      • 2 Days Ago
      "I'm stuck". Then she pulls her hand out. OK.
      Cheetahjab
      • 2 Days Ago
      99 problems and this door handle ante one
        Spec
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Cheetahjab
        Sure . . . but it was an excuse for another Tesla story.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Days Ago
      Why wouldn't they have a sensor to prevent them from closing if *anything* is blocking them? Or at least cause the motor to reverse when there's resistance... Many cars have windows that auto-reverse as a safety feature, as do garage doors.
        Rotation
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        Auto-reversing on power windows is the law now. Garage door reversing been the law for quite some time now.
      XiozTzu
      • 2 Days Ago
      I know part of me wanted to see her hand get severed off in a fit of screaming. Been watching too much Walking Dead...
      DaveMart
      • 2 Days Ago
      And for god's sack don't buy trousers with zips in! Its a jungle out there - be safe!
      chambo622
      • 2 Days Ago
      As if Tesla didn't already think of this, and take appropriate measures to make sure it was safe (which it clearly is) Seriously people...find something else to pick about
      dg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never used them, so maybe they're cool, but it would seem that making an aerodynamic handle is much simpler than motors and sensors. Create a handle flush with the door, recessed under and behind it, with a spring loaded cover that you push in to access the recessed area. Bam, done.
        Spec
        • 2 Days Ago
        @dg
        I like that idea dg. It may have issues with snow & ice though.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Days Ago
        @dg
        Some people might have trouble pushing the door at the same time as you are trying to pull it open. There are also pop doors which use remote control devices to forcefully pop the door open - but they seem gimmicky to me and prone to failure.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Days Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          "...but they seem gimmicky to me and prone to failure." Those "door poppers" use an electric signal to actuate a solenoid, which differs from the Tesla handle in having fewer components; they're pretty much exactly the same as the "trunk poppers" that have been commonplace on cars for decades. Not sure why you'd think they're prone to failure any more than a *more* complicated Tesla handle might be.
      Rotation
      • 2 Days Ago
      ltaw: I looked, I can't find it. I think you're right, I don't think the law ever passed. I remember one of the California Congresswomen putting the bill forth (much like where the reverse camera mandate came from) but maybe it never passed. It was only for windows with auto-up (where they close all the way with one touch), but I guess it never passed.
      Eideard
      • 2 Days Ago
      Dumber.
      • 2 Days Ago
      Look, a little kid has better sense than you - don't slide your hand out, just pull on the handle, it's spring loaded: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgzHw8aqTrM
      Grendal
      • 2 Days Ago
      Here is the Teslive Event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n-xsEjq7pk There are a lot of good ideas tossed around during the presentation.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Days Ago
      Meanwhile, other people have real problems to deal with and don't make up fake ones.
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