Changes to Tesla’s user interface affect the layout of the center screen. With more space allocated to drive visualizations, the area of the map has been reduced. The Tesla “T” logo at the top of the screen has also been removed. Whether this would be popular among Tesla owners is an open question, although it’s obvious the change has been made when it comes to the growing functionality of the Full Self-Driving Suite. Tesla explained this in its release notes for 2020.40.8.12.Driving visualization improvements
The driving visualization has been improved to better support full autonomous driving capabilities by increasing the screen size to display additional information about the surroundings. The next turn will now appear above the visualization if the list of navigation turns is covered by another application.
With the larger visualization, some elements have moved slightly but will continue to look and behave the same. Some notable differences are as follows:
- Quick access to the rear view camera and wipers has been moved to the lower bar.
- The set speed of the autopilot is now displayed directly below the speedometer and can continue to be set using the scroll wheel on the right steering wheel. The speed turns blue when the autopilot is engaged.
What’s rather interesting is the fact that the improvements to the Full Self-Driving beta have been happening at an incredibly fast pace. Since the limited beta of FSD rolled out to members just over a week ago, the capabilities of the system have already started to improve. This was observed by the Tesla Silicon Valley owners group, who asked how the new update and user interface might improve FSD’s actual performance on the road. In a response, Musk said the update may result in fewer interventions.
“We measure this primarily in the probability of intervention. This update addressed several issues, resulting in perhaps about 1/3 fewer interventions. Most of the improvements are to fix some silly bugs from big eureka moments. This is true for most of the beta versions of my experience, ”Musk wrote.
Elaborating further, Musk explained that as autonomous driving improves, the faults that will be experienced by the system will likely decrease significantly. The CEO explained that while FSD’s faults are never going to be zero, there will eventually come a time when their probability of faults is significantly lower than that of the average human driver. Musk added that updates to the limited beta of FSD will also be fairly quick, with new improvements rolling out every 5-10 days.
Watch a first look at Tesla’s new user interface and driving visualizations in the video below.