What's On A 2012 Tesla Model S Screen Display? First Owner Shows His

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2012 Tesla Model S display screen [Photo: Flickr user jurvetson]

2012 Tesla Model S display screen [Photo: Flickr user jurvetson]

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While the first official 2012 Tesla Model S deliveries start tomorrow, a few individuals have been lucky enough to get theirs early.

One, perhaps unsurprisingly, is Elon Musk. The other, and owner of Model S number one off the production line, is Tesla board member and venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson.

Steve is naturally pretty happy with his Model S, and thanks to his Flickr photo feed we can now get a more detailed look at the Model S's huge touch-screen center console.

The Model S uses two large TFT display screens in its interior. One replaces the regular instruments you might normally find in a car. The other is a large vertical screen where you'd normally find stereo and heating controls, through which all the typical functions can be adjusted.

It can also be used to display different groups of information. In Steve's photo, it's showing a page from Tesla Motors' website, below which is a large Google map page showing traffic updates.

Jurvetson notes that it's surreal driving with satellite view fully zoomed in on the screen, but more contextually interesting than doing the same on a desktop PC.

He also responds to a commenter on the image, saying that he's not found the huge display distracting while he drives. Steve uses the large screen for maps, and the smaller display for music and energy monitoring. Interestingly, whether playing music from radio, internet, Bluetooth or otherwise, the car displays a high-res image of the album artwork for the track you're listening to.

It's fascinating to get a proper glimpse of the production display for the first time--and we've no doubt there'll be more intriguing detail images on the way from the Model S's first owner...


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Comments (7)
  1. The Model S rocks. Period.

  2. The technology available in the Model S is amazing. That huge touch screen is extremely cool, I like that they have the air conditioning and basic stereo function permanently set on the screen. When I was on a test drive in the Fisker Karma it drove me nuts that to simply lower the fan speed on the AC I had to be on the correct screen to adjust it, Tesla's big screen is far more practical.

  3. Can't wait for the automag reviews of this car. Let's see whether they can get the vehicle info straight. Unfortunately, and embarrassingly, Tesla has had (at least in the past) a bad habit of making somewhat misleading claims about their car - i.e. they mix up data from the various models to make the car look its best, but fail to mention which model it applies to. And they never have provided exact info about recharging times. Nevertheless, the Model S will make a strong statement about the
    capabilities of electrics, even though it will probably always be too small in numbers to have any impact on such things as gas consumption, etc. I've waited a long time for this day to come.

  4. Tesla may transcend anything we knew in the past about 'halo effect' on a car company -- I just hope the 'Moses at the Red Sea moment' doesn't go to their head over time. Nissan on the other hand could also be a contender for better than halo effect... we'll see.

  5. That looks terrible. Looks like a file cabinet... or an eMachine! ;P

    Next they will be skinning that thing. "Oh look! It's a giant Winamp!!!"

    Quick! Someone call somebody with taste. Didn't you guys learn anything from Steve Jobs?


  6. Great to see other fan comments about the great Telsa Model S today...except for the "kid" of course. Very good comments btw. Model S has been n remanins my new dream green car. Eight years ago it was the Prius and it did just about everything well for me...esp mpg. I'm really looking forward to getting an S model, probably 60kw battery pack, late next year...probably a 2014 year model...and have it doing everything very well.

  7. The screen is bigger than my laptop...well done..


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