You can easily view your Tesla's trip meters and odometer in the vehicle
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Do you need to view how many miles are on your Tesla? Are you looking to see how far you’ve driven on a trip or figure out your vehicle's efficiency?
In this post, we’ll discuss how you can access Tesla’s odometers, both, trips odometers and the overall odometer, as well as accessing quick view trip cards on the Model 3 and Model Y.
The primary odometer in Teslas is located under the software tab in the vehicle’s controls. To access it, tap the car button at the bottom-left side of the screen (called “Controls”) and then touch the “Software” tab. Underneath the car's image, you'll see the vehicle model, along with the odometer and the vehicle's VIN.
Trip Odometer / Tripmeter
In addition to the main odometer, Teslas have two trip odometers for more nuanced needs. For example, using the trip odometer during a road trip will allow you to monitor the energy used, distance driven, and average watts per mile or kilometer during your trip.
To use or view the Tesla trip odometers, go to Controls > Trips. Once here, you’ll see “Trip A” and “Trip B.” These can be renamed by tapping on the trip odometer name or reset by using the buttons further down the screen. Like other vehicles, trip odometers will continue to count until they're reset.
Many vehicle owners like to keep one of the trip odometers counting since they first bought the vehicle, letting them view the energy used and average efficiency from the very beginning. Unfortunately, the vehicle's main odometer only keeps track of miles or kilometers traveled and not efficiency.
You can also use the trip meters to track how many miles you've traveled with your existing tires, or use one of them to track when your tires were last rotated. Unfortunately, you are limited to two trip meters in your Tesla, in addition to the other default meters.
Current Trip Odometer
Tesla also includes two other odometers that make it convenient to track your battery usage and time driven. The 'Current Trip' odometer is reset after each drive. If the vehicle is left in park for more than a few minutes, the current trip odometer will be reset back to 0. The 'Current Trip' odometer is the only odometer in the vehicle that tracks slightly different metrics. Like the other vehicle odometers, distance traveled and average energy usage is displayed, but instead of total energy used, the vehicle will display the amount of time you've been driving in minutes. Similar to Trip A and Trip B, the current trip odometer can also be reset whenever you'd like by tapping the 'Reset Current Trip' button at the bottom of the screen.
Since Last Charge Odometer
The vehicle also tracks the distance traveled and energy used since the vehicle was last charged. This metric could be useful toward the end of a charge cycle to know how many miles or kilometers your vehicle achieves on your typical charge or to get an idea of the average energy used by the vehicle during the season. The only way to reset your 'Since Last Charge' odometer is by charging your vehicle.
Using Tesla's Mobile App
If you have access to the vehicle on Tesla's mobile app, the easiest way to view your primary odometer is to open the app and scroll to the bottom. Your odometer will be displayed at the very bottom of the app, directly underneath the vehicle model. Along with the odometer, you’ll also be able to view the vehicle’s configuration, VIN, software version and more. Unfortunately, the odometer is the only one that is displayed in the app, and the other trip meters aren't available.
View Odometer While Driving
If you’re in a Model 3 or Model Y, Tesla recently brought back trip cards. These small informational cards give you a quick view of your trip meters or vehicle tire pressure.
To access Tesla’s trip cards, simply swipe left on the mini music player controls. You'll be able to choose between the music player, trip cards and tire pressure cards. If you don't see the music player on the left, you'll need to tap on the gray music icon in your vehicle's bottom menu.
Picking the Odometers
Your vehicle can display up to four trip meters of your choice on the Trips card. To choose which to display navigate to Controls > Trips and tap 'Show in Trips Card' for each trip meter you'd like to display. These trip cards are not available in the Model S and Model X.
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Tesla is implementing a new hazard light pattern that improves drivers' attention
Emergency Safety Solutions
Tesla is rolling out a significant safety enhancement through a software update. Teslas, already the safest vehicles on the planet, got a little safer thanks to a small company based in Texas. While this article will highlight the advancement in safety, it will also applaud the work of Emergency Safety Solutions, which dared to challenge the old way of doing things.
Overnight Evolution: The Game Changer
Tesla North America didn't mince words when they announced: "If an airbag is deployed, hazard lights will automatically activate & flash faster to improve visibility." Elon Musk added, "New Tesla safety feature uploaded via over-the-air software update. Your car just got better while you slept."
It got much better thanks to a partnership with Emergency Safety Solutions (ESS), which we spotlighted a year ago. The small company, now just five years old, used a Tesla Model 3 to display its advancements in the hazard lights system, which had remained unchanged for more than 70 years. After numerous studies, the company changed everything about the hazard lights and approached Tesla with its findings.
Chilling Frequency: Every seven minutes, a disabled vehicle is involved in a crash on American roads. The result? An alarming 15,000 injuries or fatalities annually.
Ancient Flaws: The primary culprit behind these startling figures is a hazard light system that hasn't been updated in over seven decades.
The Solution: A frequency shift by adjusting flash frequencies from the sluggish 1.5Hz system to between 4Hz and 6Hz immensely heightens driver alertness. Hertz is a unit of frequency, which equals the number of cycles per second. In this case, the frequency of flashing lights is increased from 1.5 flashes per second, up to 4 - 6 flashes per second.
Real-World Outcomes: When 5Hz flash frequency was tested, drivers reacted a crucial 12 seconds faster. Moreover, they recognized an issue of more than three football fields sooner than the 70-year version. The number of drivers shifting to the safer side of a disabled vehicle also shot up dramatically — from 30% to an impressive 87%.
Emergency Safety Solutions also posted on X: "Great step toward making our roads safer for people in disabled and vulnerable vehicles! We appreciate our partnership with Tesla and applaud this major milestone in our mission to protect drivers when they need it most."
Tesla states in their post on X that this update is rolling out now in the U.S. to Model 3/Y vehicles and newer Model S and Xs.
It's more likely that H.E.L.P. is implemented in update 2023.38, but we have yet to receive release notes for vehicles in the U.S., so we'll have to wait and see if this enhancement made it in.
More H.E.L.P. to Come
Keep an eye out for even more safety advancements courtesy of this partnership with ESS and Tesla. The company created the Hazard Enhanced Location Protocol or HELP. Beyond the lightning-fast flashes, HELP seamlessly integrates with in-car and phone navigation systems, giving drivers a heads-up about potential hazards before they become visible. It's like giving your Tesla a sixth sense.
Unfortunately, that will take longer as it would require more automakers to get on board with this new system. However, as we've realized, automakers are following Tesla's leadership on several fronts, and they may also increase road safety and implement the advanced system.
If an airbag is deployed, hazard lights will automatically activate & flash faster to improve visibility
It's not a good day to be named Max and work at Tesla or on the security team assigned to the Cybertruck. You can't help but wonder how a daring individual found himself in the driver's seat of this highly anticipated vehicle. This perpetrator spoke in Russian and joked that a bag in the truck belonged to Elon Musk before zooming in to a name tag reading "Max."
While we certainly don't condone breaking the law, we were provided with a risky reveal of the Cybertruck's interior courtesy of a mysterious and perhaps too-bold-for-his-own-good infiltrator.
The video is less than a minute long but provides new information, notably on the updated user interface (UI). For weeks we've had Cybertruck sightings, but this is our best look at the Cybertruck's display.
Updated Icons and Font
The UI appears designed specifically for the Cybertruck; icons possess subtle sharp edges, mirroring Cybertruck's angular aesthetics. This design philosophy also extends to the unique font choice, giving the UI a rugged, distinct look.
A further advancement is the seamless transition between vehicle visualization and maps. The once-clear partition is a fading background, allowing for a more unified appearance. This unity is further emphasized with the vehicle now being depicted atop a 3D polygon terrain, which has been discovered before in firmware updates.
Icon Placement Changes
One of the first distinctions users would notice is the transition from horizontal app icons. This design has been the hallmark of previous Tesla models, to a vertical arrangement along the lefthand side of the screen.
The vehicle control icon is at the bottom, followed by climate controls and other apps. The gear indicator has evolved, too, switching from its usual horizontal layout to a vertical orientation in the screen's top left portion.
A closer look at the Cybertruck's UI
The status icons, such as time, temperature, Tesla profile used to grace the top of the display, but they have now been realigned to the left side and can now be found directly above the vehicle visualization.
Cameras, Front Camera Confirmed
Another intriguing update revolves around the Camera app. Where previously users had to decipher camera views, they are now labeled for convenience, as showcased in the video with marked "Left" and "Front" camera views. Yes, there is a front camera view, finally answering the question of Tesla introducing the front bumper camera. We previously had a look at how we expect Tesla's updated Camera app to work with the front bumper camera.
One of the standout features in the video is the battery display. Gone are the traditional battery icons. Instead, we are introduced to slanted lines, each symbolizing 10% of the battery charge. This visual representation is intuitive and integrates with the Cybertruck's angular design.
Music Mini Player?
Beneath the vehicle visualization is what appears to be a minuscule music control feature, though its precise functionality remains uncertain from the short video clip.
Inside the Cybertruck: More than Just a Fresh UI
Ambient Lighting: Drawing inspiration from the latest Model 3 Refresh and the Chinese Model Y, the Cybertruck incorporates a colorful ambient lighting strip. Strategically placed, this lighting adds a modern aura to the vehicle's groundbreaking design.
Interior Layout and Accessories: The video takes us on a mini-tour of the truck's interior, revealing several intriguing features:
Hexagonal Design Elements: Keeping in line with Cybertruck's geometric aesthetic, the backup camera icon flaunts a hexagonal design, intriguingly contrasting the octagonal design found on the cupholders.
Center Console: A spacious tray area reminiscent of the old Model S finds a home between the front seats. Decked with some wires and a yet-to-be-identified document, the console boasts "cyber cupholders" with an octagonal design. Furthermore, it's equipped with dual phone charging spots right in front of the cupholders.
Sun Visor: The video briefly showcases the two-stage sun visor, which resembles the one found in the Model X. The video provides a glimpse of the massive glass roof, promising a panoramic view that will undoubtedly make the interior feel even more expansive.
Rear Window View: A feature with many talking is the clear view through the back window. Although the video offers only a short glimpse, obstructed by tires placed in the truck's bed, it's evident that when the cover is open, drivers and passengers will benefit from an expansive, unobstructed view.
As one viewer pointed out, this video will probably be used for evidence one day. Whoever was in the Cybertruck owes Max an apology, and poor Max needs to remember to lock the door.
Video reveals the Cybertruck’s UI
- apps are along the left side - status bar icons like time and temp are above the vehicle visualization - smaller nav search icon - gradient between the visualizations and map
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