Tesla Model 3’s interior – No buttons, dials or knobs

Tesla’s Model 3 has an interior like no other, replacing the key functions drivers are used to with a 15-inch touch screen. The touch screen will serve as one central interface to control many different aspects and functions of the vehicle. So how could this design choice affect driving and owning the car? Find out below.

 

Removal of the traditional dashboard:

The Model 3 will not have a traditional dashboard like most cars. Instead, this information will be displayed on the 15-inch touch screen. This means that vehicle speed, transmission status, battery levels and vehicle status information will all be displayed in one central location.

We hope that the screen’s method of displaying information is customizable, meaning that users can change the layout of information to suit their driving habits. This would increase safety and ease of use when operating the vehicle.

 

Advanced controls:

Features such as air conditioning, music playback and Bluetooth calling will all be accessible and adjustable through the Model 3’s touch screen. Although touch-screen car audio is nothing new, the idea of combining it with air conditioning and other features is interesting and innovative.

Since many drivers are used to adjusting AC levels and volume levels with knobs or buttons, we hope that the touchscreen interface doesn’t pose a safety risk to users. A knob/button can easily be found without taking your eyes off the road, whereas a driver will have to look at the touch screen to locate the right option.

Hopefully, Tesla’s assisted driving features will reduce the safety risks associated with the touch screen.

 

Futuristic smartphone integration.

Tesla reduced manufacturing costs on the Model 3 by having one touch screen rather than the two touch screens that previous models featured. This allows the company to sell the vehicle for a more accessible price. Elon Musk has states that the driver’s smartphone will be able to serve as an additional screen, allowing you to unlock that car via NFC connection as well as adjust air-conditioning settings before you enter the vehicle. These features will rely on a Tesla app to be installed on the user’s phone.

Many people think that this type of smartphone integration could mark the beginning of Tesla’s own ride-sharing service, similar to Uber. Customers could download the Tesla app, using their phones as verification to unlock the vehicle. With the Model 3’s self-driving capabilities, this could be a defining moment in the way we request a ride.

 

In conclusion, the Model 3’s unique interface could be considered controversial to many. A lot of drivers will consider the interface as a smart, futuristic and relevant tool to our tech-oriented lifestyles. Some drivers may find the interface too experimental or cluttered. Over time, the reception of the Model 3 will give us an accurate depiction of what people think.

Regardless of driver’s opinions, it is evident that the American car manufacturer is using this advanced technology to take small, calculated steps towards a self-driving future.