Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Instrument Panel - Driving

When Model S is driving (or ready to drive), the instrument panel shows your current driving status and a real-time visualization of the road as detected by the Autopilot components (see About Autopilot). The visualization automatically zooms in and out based on the detected road type.

Instrument Panel

NOTE: Touch Controls > Autopilot > Full Self-Driving Visualization Preview (if equipped) to display more details about the roadway and its surroundings, such as road markings, stop lights, objects (such as trash cans and poles), etc.

  1. The instrument panel displays your location on a map, a wiper menu, Auto Shift out of Park instructions, etc. When a navigation route is active, the upcoming portion of the route displays.
  2. The speed limit (if available) that is currently being detected by Speed Assist.
  3. The currently set cruising speed. When Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is available but you haven't set a cruising speed by engaging Traffic-Aware Cruise Control or Autosteer, the icon is gray.
  4. Autosteer is actively steering Model S. When Autosteer is available but you haven't activated it, the icon is gray.
  5. When navigating, upcoming instructions in the navigation route appear here.
  6. Total estimated driving distance (or energy) available. Instead of driving distance, you can display the percentage of battery energy remaining (touch Controls > Display > Energy Display).

NOTE: When anticipating when you need to charge, use estimates as a general guideline only.

  1. Surrounding road users are shown in their corresponding locations.

WARNING: Although the instrument panel shows surrounding traffic, some vehicles may not be displayed. Never rely on the instrument panel to determine if a vehicle is present (for example, in your blind spot). Always use your mirrors and perform shoulder checks.

  1.  Your Model S.
  2. The power meter displays real-time power usage. During acceleration, the bar fills to the right with a gray color (or white if the display is dark) to represent power being used. During deceleration (when Model S is moving and you release your foot from the accelerator pedal), the bar fills to the left with a green color to represent power being fed back to the Battery by regenerative braking (see Regenerative Braking).
  3. When Autosteer is active and detects the driving lane, it is highlighted in blue (see Autosteer). Depending on the current driving scenario, you may see neighboring lanes.

NOTE: In situations where Autosteer is unable to detect lane markings, the driving lane is determined based on the vehicle you are following.

NOTE: If Navigate on Autopilot is active, the driving lane displays as a single blue line in front of Model S (see Navigate on Autopilot).


     Indicator Lights

    Indicator lights display along the top of the instrument panel to show status and alert you of specific vehicle conditions. A brake system fault is detected or the brake fluid level is low. Conta

     Wipers and Washers

    You can access wiper settings by touching the wiper button on the steering yoke or touching Controls > Wipers. Press the wiper button on the steering yoke to wipe the windshield. Press and hold

     Braking and Stopping


     Location of Airbags

    Airbags are located in the approximate areas shown below. Airbag warning information is printed on the sun visors. Model S is equipped with an airbag and lap/shoulder belt at both front seating positions. The airbag is a supplemental restraint at those seating positions. All occupants, including

     Steering Interventions

    Lane Assist provides steering interventions if Model S drifts into (or close to) an adjacent lane in which an object, such as a vehicle, is detected. In these situations, Model S automatically steers to a safer position in the driving lane. This steering is applied only when Model S is travelin

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