Software update adds ability to tilt the display in new Model S

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By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla is adding the ability to tilt your display in the new Model S/X
Tesla is adding the ability to tilt your display in the new Model S/X
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When the new Model S was shown off back in 2021 it was said to come with a tiltable 17" center screen.

Although the initial plan was to offer a tilt-able display, the displays in the new Model S and Model X have remained fixed until now.

There's currently no way to tilt the display, manually or automatically. However, it looks like Tesla is now testing an update that activates the servos that tilt the large center display.

However, not all vehicles are equipped with the motor to move the display. Tesla has only recently started to include all the hardware required. It's not clear whether Tesla will provide a retrofit for older vehicles. For vehicles that have the required hardware, an upcoming update should enable it to be controlled through the UI.

Twitter user @TeslaFrunk has just published a video showing the displaying tilting from left, to center and then to the right.

It looks like the display swivel will be done by the push of a new button added to the Controls menu.

The new button appears to be called "Display" and it replaces the Glovebox button. Upon pressing the button, you're presented with three options, left, center or right.

Tapping on the desired direction will cause the display to slowly move to the desired position. This doesn't appear like something you'd change just to use the screen for a moment, but instead more of a personal preference.

The glovebox button appears to have moved to the bottom right corner where Neutral used to be, and Neutral has been moved to the bottom of the Auto Shift column that allows you to shift your vehicle into Drive, Reverse or Park.

There's no word on what software version this vehicle is running, but it's likely an early access build or internal only software.

Some drivers like to have the display in the center, giving equal access to the driver and passenger, while others would prefer for it to face the driver.

This is a welcomed option that gives owners more flexability in how to use their cars.

It'd be nice if Tesla also offered an option to automatically tilt the display toward the driver if there was only one person in the vehicle or keep it in the center if there is someone in the passenger's seat.

Software update 2022.16 is just around the corner. Will this be included in it? We should find out soon.

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Tesla's MCU 2 will likely not be upgradeable to MCU 3

By Jorge Aguirre
MCU2 compared to MCU 3
MCU2 compared to MCU 3
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Tesla hacker and Twitter user @greentheonly has speculated that it won’t be possible to retrofit current MCU 2 (Media Control Unit) Teslas employing Intel chips with the new and improved Ryzen-based processor that is used in MCU 3.

In an up-close inspection of a new Model Y’s internals Green stated that “retrofit for intel cars definitely looks impossible - totally different power and other harness and thickness of the unit.”

The news hasn’t been confirmed nor denied by Tesla or its CEO, Elon Musk, but if proven to be accurate it would most certainly disappoint a great number of MCU2 vehicles owners, who were expecting to be offered the possibility of an upgrade, in the same way current MCU1 owners are able to upgrade their chips for a $2,000 (plus tax) fee.

MCU (Media Control Unit) is the computer controlling Tesla’s touchscreen, processors, RAM (short term memory), non-volatile memory (long-term memory), the audio subsystem, 5 amplifiers, WiFi, Cellular, Bluetooth, GPS, the Ethernet bridge, multiple CAN bus communications, the LIN bus, USB ports and many more.

It handles every software operation, excluding Full Self-Driving/Autopilot, which are unaffected by which MCU version a Tesla is equipped with. All Tesla’s built after November 2016 are capable of Full Self-Driving.

MCU2 came out in the spring of 2018 (fall of 2017 for Model 3) as an upgrade to the NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor found in MCU1. All cars delivered after that point benefited from the improved responsiveness and extra features that came with the Intel’s Atom E8000 Series CPU.

From a technical standpoint, the two chips possessed entirely different architectures. The release of software update V10 highlighted the differences, as MCU1 owners were excluded from both Tesla Theater and Tesla Arcade. Effectively, MCU1 doesn’t support Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or any other streaming services that may be added in the future. It also doesn’t support any of the games Tesla added. Additionally, the web browser on MCU2 is much quicker and more capable as it’s built on Google’s Chromium platform.

In summer of 2021 Tesla released the redesigned Model S with a more powerful infotainment processor MCU. At the time no one was sure whether this was Tesla's next generation MCU or whether it would trickle down to other models.

Then in late 2021 the first news of a new Tesla MCU chip generation started to flood the web, with reports coming from China of a new AMD Ryzen-based computer being present in newly delivered Model Y’s.

The new MCU is faster and brings noticeable improvements in responsiveness in the web browser, as well as while using video streaming services, such as Netflix and YouTube.

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Model 3 and Model Y may soon get a rear display for entertainment

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
The Model 3 and Model Y may gain a rear display for entertainment
The Model 3 and Model Y may gain a rear display for entertainment

It looks like the new Model 3 and Model Y may be getting a secondary display soon. In a recent tweet from @greentheonly, it was discovered that new Model 3 and Model Y models with AMD processors have the capacities for a second display.

Connectors on the circuit board of the AMD powered Model 3/Y show that it has a connector to power a "2nd display". It is possible that the second display will be in the back of the car like the new Model S and Model X.

New Model 3 and Model Y vehicles have a circuit board that’s similar to the ones in the Model S and Model X, but they’re not the same, so this isn’t just the case of Tesla sharing parts between the two cars and letting the 2nd display port go unused.

According to Green, a similar situation occurred before, where the Model Y PCB had unused USB3 ports which were then populated in later revisions.

It’s possible that Tesla will add a rear display to the Model 3 and Model Y because it becomes a big selling point for Tesla.

The rear display gives you convenient features such as the ability to turn on rear seat heaters, and adjust the cabin temperature. It also allows you to manage music in the vehicle as well as some additional entertainment options such as play games and stream movies from Netflix, Disney+ and more.

And while games and movies on the vehicle’s main screen can only be used while parked, on the rear display your passengers are welcome to watch movies on the way to their destination.

This is a compelling feature and it’d actually cost Tesla little to add since the 8” display is powered by the same hardware as the center display.

Alternatively, it is possible, but unlikely that the second connector will be used for an instrument cluster display including speedometer, temperature, GPS, and battery information behind the steering wheel.

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