Unless you just opt to retain the usage of the stock buttons with the new wheel. Horn buttons are just two wires. The other button will have at least three so if one the controls on the new wheel can use those, you should be good. Of course the airbag connection will have to be adapted or the airbag deleted.
Absolutely correct! A significant amount of reengineering work to implement this change. Then there are changes to the logistics chain needed to support the new parts and loss of funds allocated to the previous design inventory parts purchase. Last but not least, changes in the production process along with validation testing.
A possible third party product although I doubt that it would be profitable for a third party for the same reasons it would not work for Aptera. Same for number 1, a possible third party product. I think far less demand for this feature than the steering wheel.
I think most realize that Aptera has, on the advice of very experienced advisors in the automotive industry, moved to restrict the production configuration of the Aptera as much as possible (Few if any options or additional features) to efficiently control the costs of production and corresponding pricing. For us that means leaving out “Nice to haves” or “Wish they hads”. Perhaps after the first 5K LEs they may return some of the options.
So keep your lists but don’t expect to see them in the LE variant.
This reply was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by John Malcom. Reason: corrected spelling
This reply was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by John Malcom. Reason: Correct spelling
Very well put. I would like to reiterate for everyone participating in this thread that these are meant to be ideas for smaller features for the second or third run of production, not the launch addition.
How about removable skid plates or other types of armor for camping/off-roading? They add weight, and in the case of Aptera’s curved body would be a manufacturing challenge but oh what a repair savings for an unseen trail rock or hole.
That’s a good idea. A cooler that keeps a few items cold would be awesome. I have a small Engle refrigerator that draws about 45 watts while running and gets down to below freezing. It’s an actual refrigerator with a compressor and not a peltier element as the latter requires more energy to run..
I would like to be able to attach my laptop to the screens via HDMI (image and speaker audio) to work remotely when I am parked. I could work in the car forever with power from the sun or watch movies when I am stuck in the woods when it’s raining.
This would be a great solution to allow Aptera to have good options to use the screen when charging or camping without the expense of software development. Many phones and tablets can also use HDMI out via usb adapters. Highly unlikely to be in the launch edition but it would be a good improvement they could make eventually. For road safety reasons it can’t be allowed to work when driving.