SCREEN_ TEST Jot this down, it’s go­ing to get com­pli­cated...

Top Gear (Malaysia) - - Life & Style -

THIS ISN’T A CAR YOU FULLY UN­DER­STAND in the first five min­utes. Like a new smart­phone, you need to com­mit some time to learn­ing the screen, the short­cuts, lo­cat­ing the set­tings you might need and en­grain­ing them on your brain. The quar­ter clos­est to the driver is ded­i­cated to in­for­ma­tion and con­trols you might need while driv­ing, like a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of your au­topi­lot sit­u­a­tion and short­cuts to the trip com­puter, charge sta­tus, etc. The rest is dom­i­nated by a map or what­ever you want to over­lay, such as your ra­dio or mu­sic stream­ing, cli­mate con­trol set­tings and phone sta­tus. Al­ter­na­tively, you can dive into the set­tings menu (best to do this when stationary) and have fun ad­just­ing the di­rec­tion of the vents, or the wheel for reach and rake with the scroll wheels by your thumbs, or tweak­ing your steer­ing weight, or… hon­estly, the list goes on.

Once that’s done, you can have fun ex­plor­ing Tesla’s ‘easter eggs’ – modes that are there for no rea­son other than to make you and your pas­sen­gers laugh and prove Elon isn’t just an evil ge­nius de­ter­mined to colonise the so­lar sys­tem. Modes like the, er, Mars but­ton that turns the map into the sur­face of the Red Planet, or the Santa set­ting, which turns your car into a sleigh, the road into a rain­bow and other road users into rein­deer. You will ei­ther find this fun or ex­cru­ci­at­ingly an­noy­ing.

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