Here’s How the Tesla Model 3’s Big Touchscreen Works

Published on October 10, 2017

Here\'s How the Tesla Model 3\'s Big Touchscreen Works

One of the most interesting elements of the Tesla Model 3 is its single central touchscreen. This 15-inch display dominates the dash, controls all the car’s major functions, and even replaces the traditional gauge cluster. Here’s how it all works.

On the left side of the screen, the Model 3 shows what gear you’re in, what the speed limit is, and which of your doors are open. Interestingly, windshield wiper controls are located at the bottom left corner of the screen and you only get two options—slow and fast. Presumably, speed will be displayed in this area too, but it’s not shown in the video, which takes place indoors at a Tesla Gallery.

There are permanent icons at the bottom of the screen too—the one furthest to the left is for car settings, while the next seven are dedicated to climate control. Pressing the central fan button brings up air vent controls for both driver and passenger—instead of moving actual vents, you control the direction of airflow on the screen.

The three buttons on the right control audio and your phone connection. The car in this video didn’t offer Bluetooth phone connection or FM radio, but Tesla confirmed to us that both of those features will be made available with an over-the-air update. The rest of the screen is taken up by a big navigation map.

One Tesla Gallery employee in the video notes that this is the 259th Model 3 built, so it’s a very early production example. It’s a fairly well optioned example too, with 19-inch wheels and the Premium Upgrade package.

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