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Is the Model S dashboard display distracting at night?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by BenTesla, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. BenTesla

    BenTesla Member

    Jun 18, 2012
    I remember in older reviews one of the major grips about the center 17" touch screen was that it got really distracting at night.

    Well I have a solution! If Tesla used an AMOLED display, they wouldn't have to light up the entire screen at night. From my understanding, that technology allows all sorts of phones (I think Samsung is the biggest user) to not have to wake up all the pixels just to do simple on screen actions. Thus saving battery and not being so bright. I think it's more expensive but I think the screen would be even more of a selling point to techy people. I like this solution because it allows some innovative solutions and combined with Tesla's current system of over the air updates, they can change mid stream.

    EXAMPLE: On the new Moto X smartphone, Motorola and Google built in a feature were the time or notifications could show up on the phone even if it was off. I think that's something the Model S could look to replicate. Or maybe instead of utilizing the entire 17" screen for to "apps"/programs simultaneously, they could run just one in "Night Mode". Imagine that!:love:

    Now as always when I post on these forums, I'm just curious as to how effective a solution this could be for Tesla and would love to here your response.
  2. Twiddler

    Twiddler Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    Central TX
    Possibly, although with with right scroll wheel set as the dimmer, I never have a problem with brightness at night. The 0% setting has always been too dim, but 15-30% juuuust right. I was concerned about the brightness issue before owning one, but much like many other of my initial concerns, it seems silly now.
  3. Blurry_Eyed

    Blurry_Eyed MS Sig #267, MX Sig # 761

    Dec 29, 2011
    I have also found that by accessing the brightness control through the right scroll wheel, the screen brightness is not an issue for me. As the daylight fades, I just dim the screen as necessary and at night if I want a darker cabin, I can quickly dial it down to 0% and then quickly ramp it back up to something higher if I need to see a display a bit more brightly. I usually have it between 15%-45%, depending on the level of light outside the car at night.

    Also if you want to have a fairly dark center screen you can go to this website (bookmark it as a favorite on the web browser):

    Darkness at Anytime

    It is just a black webpage. You can expand your web browser to full screen and that helps. If Tesla used an AMOLED screen, it would be totally black and even darker and that would be awesome, but I find that even with the screen they use now, it is dark enough for my satisfaction. It's not completely dark, but having a black webpage in full screen mode is helpful.
  4. neroden

    neroden Happy Model S Owner

    Apr 25, 2011
    Ithaca, NY, USA
    The short answer is "no".

    It can get distracting when certain lighting conditions (near dusk, going past hills) cause the display to flash from day mode to night mode and back.

    Everything else, I've been able to adjust perfectly by setting the "day" and "night" screen brightnesses to my favorite settings. The "night mode" works fine in all the apps.
  5. AMPd

    AMPd Active Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    Northern California
    AMOLED screens would be more expensive, and I think the biggest reason is there are none being mass produced in such large size.
    However, I would love an AMOLED display in the future!
  6. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Mar 8, 2012
    Not distracting at all. Just turn the display brightness down to 5 in the city or 0 in the country.
  7. Zextraterrestrial

    Mar 11, 2010
    Humboldt/Los Altos
    Only Distraction in the S is the other cars that are noisy and smelly :wink: (+ the bad drivers trying to figure out what it is )

    but that type of a screen idea will be neat if it makes it into the X or later S' even
  8. gmontem

    gmontem Model S P01707

    Mar 24, 2011
    Castro Valley, CA
    Another vote for 'no', although I would not mind if Tesla replaced my center console with one that used an AMOLED display. :biggrin:
  9. ToddRLockwood

    ToddRLockwood Active Member

    Sep 11, 2012
    Burlington, Vermont
    There's an easier fix: program the right-hand thumb wheel on the steering wheel to control screen brightness. That puts the control right where you need it. Additionally, I recommend keeping the screen in Night Mode all the time.
  10. Vger

    Vger Active Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
    Exactly. +1
  11. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

    Apr 2, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada

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