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No dash screen -- only 15" touchscreen?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by proven, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. proven

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    Did I miss something or is there no dash screen in the car? I only saw the horizontal 15" touchscreen in both the periscope test ride and reveal video.
     
  2. Seattle Tom

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    Yes, I noticed the same thing. Tesla rep seemed to confirm it too.

    Only a prototype though...plenty of time for that to be rectified. I hope!
     
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  3. Brad_NC

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    I would also prefer a dual display setup... but, that's tradition talking. I accept change pretty easily though, I'll get used to 1 display pretty fast... on the other hand, that expanse of empty dash space... I might not get used to that so quickly.
     
  4. CarlitoDoc

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    I would hope for a decent HUD instead of a secondary screen.
     
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  5. proven

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    Watching the test ride video closely it looks like they put the speed info in the top left corner of the 15" screen.
     
  6. cashie

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    Me too, I would like to see a decent HUD for speed and charge etc.
     
  7. igotzzoom

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    I actually think it's pretty clever. Cost-saving, yet elegant and minimalist. Also works with LHD or RHD. Just need to change the software config to display the speed/range/etc. on one side or the other.
     
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  8. tga

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    I've driven a Mini for years with the center speedometer. It's downright annoying. You're taking useful information that you want to see often and moving it out of your line of sight and putting it "way over there". It sucks.

    The LHD/RHD excuse worked in the old days when you had lots of mechanical linkages to the gauges. Now it's just a single CAN bus. Totally trivial to move an LCD around.
     
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  9. Tanquen

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    I can't really see this happening. Having one screen is a cool idea but you really need a cluster by the steering wheel to show emergency info and car status when the main screen is not working and or the OS running the main screen is not working.
     
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    It's a prototype, they are 2 years away from delivering this car (Despite claiming Dec 2017, it's "Tesla Time")
    The fact the car is so far along is impressive.. many things can/will change by the time it gets to production.
     
  11. Tina C

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    I would feel safer with a secondary display in front of the driver for the essentials like speed & battery. They get lost in big screen. What if the big screen froze up? Plus at night I would want to seriously dim or turn off the big screen. Plus there is the emptiness of the dashboard. I would like the big screen to look more built in, not just like it got stuck on the dash as an afterthought.
     
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  12. Model S M.D.

    Model S M.D. Ludicrous Radiologist

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    In one of the test ride videos, the driver/designer confirmed there will be no dash or HUD. It's a combination of cost saving and space saving...can't have it all!
     
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    In a video on the verge the same driver answers an explicit question about the dash. He sort of confirms the configuration as intentional and ready to move into production.
     
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  14. Infoe

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    Unless head of engineering who answered the question plans on changing it. Get used to it. The future is now. It's one display with speedometer in top left corner. I love Model S center display but what can we do
     
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  15. Tanquen

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    So when the screen is not working or the OS running the screen locks up you'll know nothing about the car speed etc.
     
  16. Model S M.D.

    Model S M.D. Ludicrous Radiologist

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    Just hold both shortcut steering wheel buttons together and the screen resets. My screen has never frozen on me btw, *knocks on wood
     
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  17. Tina C

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    Another thought on it only being a prototype - where are the air vents for the AC?
     
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    Mine has reset spontaneously a couple times.
     
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  19. neroden

    neroden Happy Model S Owner

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    #19 neroden, Mar 31, 2016
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    The display as presented is non-functional. Under high-glare conditions, the speedometer will not be readable. The speedometer is also not large enough. However, I am sure they can rectify this with a fairly simple plastic shroud, and some software changes, before final production.

    I've driven a car with an offset, centered instrument cluster. It works OK, but the anti-glare shroud is essential.

    It's quite clear the interior is a prototype. Everything is in *roughly* the same places they'll be in the final version but they've got a lot of detail work to do.

    Remember the Model S prototype? It also had a "floating" screen which people didn't like, and it was more built-in by the final version. Expect the same.
     
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  20. FequalsMA

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    Relevant to note that the Model X prototype had a "floating" MCU design that was nixed before production and faux air vents.
    I think its safe to say we'll see some sort of changes to these regards before production as well.
     

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