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Tesla patents a “Dual axis rotational mechanism” for the ability to rotate the screen of Model S and Model X. The possibility of the new feature was noticed by Sandy Munro at the beginning of the year, but at that time it had not yet been implemented.
In early 2022, Sandy Munro tore down the Model S Plaid and learned a few secrets. While examining the dashboard, experts discovered that the center screen has a hidden mechanism that allows it to be rotated and adjusted to suit owner preference. A more detailed study of the mechanism showed that some components are missing there. Experts suggested that two motors should be installed there, each of which would be responsible for turning in a certain direction. In addition, the screen motion guiding element is missing. After some simple manipulations, Munro's team demonstrated and explained how it would work.
Although some components were already installed to make the screen rotate, others were missing, which implied that the company would improve the cars in the future. On November 24, 2022, the Patent Office published Tesla's “Dual axis rotational mechanism” patent, which was filed on May 16, 2022, and included an earlier patent from 2021. In it, Tesla explained that some components of the car, such as a screen, can be used by both the driver and passengers and turning it towards the one who uses it will be very convenient.
In order to make this possible, the company created a special dual axis rotational mechanism that provides movement along an x-axis, a y-axis, or a z-axis. The images in the patent showed “the display device is mounted on rotation mechanism that facilitates a dual axis rotation utilizing a single actuator, dual rotation joints, and associated linksages. The rotation component further includes at least one additional floating joint that provides additional tension forces relative to a third axis. Still further, in accordance with further embodiments, a control component can be utilized to generate control signals relating to rotation of the single actuators, such as establishing control positions and duty cycles.”
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.