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Refreshed Model S Plaid - Hidden Feature Coming Soon? (LED Lights!)

birdonwall

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So I've taken delivery of my Model S LR for a month now and I've been driving it for sometime and just realized something insane. I think there might be a potential update that allows for a led light along the front dash. There is a thick strip of glass across the front dash (see pics below). Would be absolutely epic if this was an update in the future that would make driving at night much better.

Let me what you guys think?

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zanary

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Just curious why you think driving at night with an LED light across your dash would make your experience 'much better'
Auxiliary screens are common in supers and hypercars. Have you ever driven in a Porsche or Ferrari that have the passenger side screens?

We don't yet know if these are LCD or LED screens, or how they work as of yet. I assume they will honor the screen brightness behavior of the main MCU and IC screens already found in the Model S.
 
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Blueblaster

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I think they are just trim pieces that the air is bounded off of via the HVAC system. My model S refresh has one and when you redirect the air, it comes from beneath that glass and bounces off as adjusted.
they are not simply trim pieces. there is a screen embedded....you can see from side profile view and back is wired to car. Whether they will eventually 'turn on' with future software update remains to be seen. Most intriguing I am not seeing any PNs in parts list for them to order as trim pieces.
 

WilliamG

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There’s been evidence of LED bulbs in the trim pieces and in DynoMode about a ‘light package’. However, there’s zero evidence of a screen on the passenger side.

Edit: light evidence

When my door panel was removed because of... (well, it's my car, it's been through a lot) - there was a connector that was clearly for some light bar - just hanging around there. I do wonder if supply chain issues reduced a lot of the ambient light functionality in these cars. It's the blue cable behind the carbon/wood trim. The trim is just pulled off without any tools, if you're curious to look for yourselves.
 

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cwanja

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When my door panel was removed because of... (well, it's my car, it's been through a lot) - there was a connector that was clearly for some light bar - just hanging around there. I do wonder if supply chain issues reduced a lot of the ambient light functionality in these cars. It's the blue cable behind the carbon/wood trim. The trim is just pulled off without any tools, if you're curious to look for yourselves.
Bingo. Seen that same connector in three or four others that posted tear down photos. I agree, think semiconductor or some sort of supply chain issue scratched this feature.
 

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