Tesla Model S Dash Cluster UI

Tesla Model S Dash Cluster UI

Today's Tesla Model S is about as close to the perfect electric vehicle (some would suggest car) as there is to be found in the market - but there is always room for improvement.

Without question, the number 1 suggested improvement for the Model S (if one were forced to choose), would be an update of the interior of the car which some have felt was a little underwhelming compared to the rest of the package.

Today, Media Labs reached out to us and demonstrated its concept render of what they would like to see implemented inside the Tesla when it comes to a new dashboard concept rendering.

Says Alex Huang of his work:

There’s been plenty of talk about Tesla’s upcoming dashboard redesign, but rather than waiting I thought I’d take a stab at a visual overhaul of their current dashboard. The current dashboard UI was quite revolutionary when it first came out, but it’s definitely showing its age with its skeumorphic visual cues. Buttons looks like physical buttons, while icons are given embossed 3D treatments.

When approaching the redesign, I wanted to keep the UX more or less the same, and focused on reducing the UI chrome and visual noise. I wanted the dashboard to have a clean, minimal UI that was easy to use and scan. Keeping in mind that the point is not to distract the user while they’re driving, I tried to keep things as simple as possible while reducing visual clutter.

Close-Up Look At Tesla Concept Dashboard (click to enlarge)

Close-Up Look At Tesla Concept Dashboard (click to enlarge)

"Connected Apps" (via Media Labs)

As part of the re-envisioned dashboard is this "Connected Apps" homescreen hub (above) for different applications.  Photo below gives a close-up look.

Close-Up Look At

Close-Up Look At "Connected Apps" Media Hub Concept (via Media Labs)

Alex was not done there with the concept render, stating that:

"One feature I would love to see is the ability to request valet service from anywhere. Here’s an example of a user using Luxe, an on-demand valet service app, through their Tesla dashboard."

More Tesla Concept Dash Imaginings (via Media Labs)

More Tesla Concept Dash Imaginings (via Media Labs)

"Another awesome feature would be the ability to book hotels on-the-go without having to take out your phone. Here’s a look at the Hotel Tonight app integrated with the Tesla dashboard interface."

Hotel Tonight App On Tesla Dashboard Interface (via Media Labs)

Hotel Tonight App On Tesla Dashboard Interface (via Media Labs)

What do you think?  Is Alex is onto something?  Looking at where his designs are leading, we feel for confident that changing/cleaning up the 'faux' buttons found in today's Teslas for something a little cleaner is definitely a good first step.

You can contact or check out more of Media Labs work here.