With all of the ideas going around about the Model 3 cockpit (e.g. heads-up display, etc.), I think there is a case to be made for the Model 3 having a driver display integrated into the steering column. 1) In the Model 3 design sketches, the steering column is featured prominently as separate from the dashboard. Without the steering column, the dashboard would be symmetrical for both the driver and passenger. A symmetrical dashboard would improve the efficiency of manufacturing by having common components between Left-Hand-Drive and Right-Hand-Drive models. The integrated steering column/display/steering wheel package could be interchanged between the left and right side on the same dashboard component during manufacturing. Additionally, I think the open-top steering wheel in the design sketch alludes to a display placed behind the steering wheel. That being said, I do not think the production steering wheel needs to be open-top style. 2) The Porsche Mission E concept interior has a display integrated into the steering column, in line with what I envision for the Model 3. Tesla's hire of the interior designer for this concept, Felix Godard, was reported (Tesla hires the interior designer of Porsche’s all-electric Mission E) soon after the Model 3 reveal. 3) Tesla's chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, was the head of design for Mazda North America from February 2005 - July 2008. In January 2007, Mazda revealed the Mazda Ryuga concept. Its cockpit featured dashboard gauges built into the steering column in an otherwise symmetrical interior cabin.