The Tesla Model S 17″ center touchscreen display / command center is the iPhone of today’s automotive infotainment systems. It’s eye-catching, has mind-blowing coolness and it’s something that’s never been done before in the automotive world. But being the first of its kind inherently means that you’re learning on-the-go while iterating towards success. This however doesn’t come without its shortcomings. Case in point is the Tesla Model S web browser.
Quick Tesla App
- Weather – Current Weather, 8-Day Forecast, & Local Severe Weather Alerts using automatic Geo-location
- Radar/Wind – Animated Gifs from Weather.gov & WeatherUnderground.com
- News – Top Stories mixed with Tesla News
- Stock – Real-Time stock quote
- Valet – Valet instructions with multi-language translation support
The main screen displays a basic clock that’s fast, interactive and, simply, gets the job done. Clicking on the Tesla logo towards the bottom right will swap out the clock for a full screen view of the Tesla T. It looks absolutely stunning to see the trademark Tesla red splashed across the gigantic 17″ touchscreen display, however we found it far too distracting to drive with it on. It’s better suited when displaying your car at a club gathering or EV meet up.
Also see: Tesla Model S Lighted T
The 8 day forecast is a great way to keep up to date on the weather and best of all it’s geo-based so you’ll always have the latest local weather info regardless of where you are.
Firmware 5.9 introduced the ability for the Tesla Model S web browser to detect your location.
We were surprised to see how quickly the News tab loaded considering it’s accessing a pretty substantial list of data feeds.
The ‘Charging’ tab was one of our favorite. Displayed on the screen is PlugShare’s Tesla specific charging map which highlights all of the various chargers (not just Superchargers) around your proximity. We found this to be especially useful when traveling in more remote areas where a Tesla Supercharger is not available.
Also see: Interactive Tesla Supercharger Map