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There were questions about the nav system in the Tesla Model S when the vehicle launched in the US, and there are still people who don't like it. But here's the thing: the US version at least has a nav system. With the luxury electric vehicle now available in China, drivers are discovering that the car is shipping without a working navigation system at all.

As China EV blogger Alysha Webb reports, Tesla's explanation for the lack of a nav system is that "Google maps are not supported." At least the company is working on an alternative map database for the land where Google doesn't work right. We've confirmed with Tesla PR in the US that Webb's report contains an official Tesla response, which includes the following:

Currently there isn't a navigation system in Chinese Model S as Google maps are not supported in the country. However, teams are currently working on a solution with Chinese text and voice recognition. We plan to introduce navigation to Chinese cars later this year (as already communicated to our customers). Once it's available, maps will be pushed to customers' vehicles through software updates.

One interesting quirk is that Tesla can't yet push the updated map to everyone over the air, since, "remote over-the-air software updates are not yet supported in Chinese Model S." Instead, Tesla will have to rely on its backend system to update the EV to what most American customers would consider standard equipment in a car in this price range. You can read the whole thing here.


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      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do we engage in "free trade" with this nation that blocks software applications, pirates videos and games, and just generally has no regard for our intellectual property?
        Human
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Money? Tesla needs to sell cars. America needs to borrow money. And china needs to placate the biggest kid in the playground.
        Storm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        This times forever
      TangoR34
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why don't they blame China instead for blocking everything?
      vegasstyleguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised the murderous regime allows any internet at all.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      It makes sense that there are differences in different countries.
      Louis MacKenzie
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope it comes with "Driver's Education App" in the Chinese version because the damned drivers there don't know how to drive or don't care for the rules of the road. Well, to be fair the pedestrians don't either.
      jphyundai
      • 1 Year Ago
      A very large fire extinguisher???
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jphyundai
        The down-voter syndrome +@ jphyundai + @ Pancakes = hydrogen misinformation spambots. :-P
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jphyundai
        Those are all being used in Hyundai's like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iJzFa4HHxo This one needed one too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZyLa9ndQWU
      Pancakes
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL, what kind of ghetto redneck interior is that.
        vegasstyleguy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pancakes
        You're mixing metaphors
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pancakes
        http://green.autoblog.com/2014/07/22/beating-teslas-coast-to-coast-time-in-a-model-s/ .... @ Pancakes You said you were " bored with " and " over " the Model S , yet you still comment on every thread since.... LOL, with logic fails like those comments we know you can't afford one. :-P
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pancakes
        http://green.autoblog.com/2014/07/22/beating-teslas-coast-to-coast-time-in-a-model-s/ .... @ Pancakes You said you were " bored with " and " over " the Model S , yet you still comment on every thread since.... LOL, with logic fails like those comments we know you can't afford one. :-P
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great way to conduct recon in China.
      Storm
      • 1 Year Ago
      BooHoo
      Pancakes
      • 1 Year Ago
      who the f**** uses a tablet for in-car controls anyway this review sums it up perfectly: "the Tesla buries all of its secondary controls—including the sunroof controls—into a huge, inelegant vertical monitor plunked into the middle of its flat dashboard. The Model S feels half-baked."
      languedoctor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure I'd want to purchase a Tesla if over-the-air updates were not supported.
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