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Configurable Instrument Panel

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by TrevTremaine, May 5, 2017.

  1. TrevTremaine

    TrevTremaine Member

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    I'm trying to find ways to change the configuration of the IP - to show music on the left and to be able to change it on the fly. I thought it was possible, but I'm not finding anything on how to do it.
     
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    Press and briefly hold the left scroll wheel to display the options available, scroll to choose music (or whatever), then click the scroll wheel to select it. Same idea for right scroll wheel/right side of the instrument display
     
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    tomas Traded in 9 rep bars for M3, used to be somebody!

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    Better yet, read the manual and you'll learn 3 other things as well.
     
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    Yeah, I always love quoting RTFM, which I looked through but didn't find the details. Payback dealt!
     
  5. bob_p

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    A while back, Tesla (Musk?) indicated we were supposed to see increased user interface customization (dashboard & console). All we have seen (so far) is the forced hiding of the icon/status bar on the center console, and loss of some of the steering wheel button features (we can no longer change the media player source from the steering wheel).

    Other manufacturers provide more customization of the dashboard - hopefully we'll see that from Tesla in an upcoming release...
     
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    tomas Traded in 9 rep bars for M3, used to be somebody!

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    It's interesting, with 8.0/8.1 we lost some configurability, and gained some. Stats (consumption, mileage, etc.) on the IC became configurable, but other options (e.g., media player source) not. I suspect further configurability was part of the overall 8.1 UI overhaul that fell off the table due to "all hands on deck" effort to get AP2 out. I suspect there are some further UI "enhancements" that are designed and in stages of development/testing that we might see someday.
     
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    Unfortunately, Tesla's track record on user interface improvements appears to be mostly improvements in how the software looks - and not in functionality or usability.

    There's a methodology for quantifying usability - and it doesn't appear Tesla even tried to evaluate the usability of the improvements in 8.0 before it was released. Items such as the loss of the starting letter scroll bar in 8.0 or even the loss of the current time in 7.0 were obvious issues raised immediately after the software was released.

    Tesla really should open up their beta program - and give more of their (loyal) customers early access to the software, so that obvious flaws can be detected and corrected before the software is released to everyone...
     
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    Clueless. There is no evidence that the people designing the UI have ever tried to use it while also drive a vehicle. Button size, button location, etc. etc.

    The functionality and usability of the CID is just a huge missed opportunity for Tesla. I think it shows well in the stores and that's all they care about. Maybe in another 5yrs they'll start to pay attention to "refinements" like usability and functionality of the CID apps. Until then we are stuck with apps that appear to have been a project for a summer intern who went back to school and Tesla said "good enough".
     
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    I suspect that even though the Model 3 will cost much less than an S or X, most of the reservation holders will expect more from Tesla's software (functionality comparable to other cars, without major bugs & design flaws), though they won't have to worry about the dashboard customization - Tesla solved that problem - no dashboard display...
     

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