What do you all think of the minimalist approach to the Cybertruck?

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Tesla puts a good deal of reporting into the software - more than my 10yo Tacoma, that has virtually no user-interfacing software, and more than my wife's Highlander where I have little trust in what it does report.

I could see off-roading situations where you would want an altimeter, for example, but those are add-ons to most vehicles off the line.

I can't think of a single dial in my pickup today that I would miss in the CT. Either because the display already has it (and a test-drive in a MY helped me see that it's reasonably located/sized) or because the dials seem unnecessary in an EV (hello, RPMs & engine temp).
In my mind, TESLA is a lot more then a car "hardware" company. Software and AI is a big part of it. Including energy management and storage. I wish SpaceX was part of it. Perhaps TESLA investors will have a first shot at investing in SpaceX. I will buy a TESLA phone when they are available.

See these numbers, they are going north...

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I am not sure I like this approach. I'm an Electrical Engineer and like the different readouts that my Chevrolet Volt has. I am pretty sure I will miss this functionality in the CT. It's true the display will have lots of info on it but there is something to be said for separate dedicated readouts.
I’m an analog Dude living in a digital world. With a very old ComSci degree it feels like Cybertruck is a fit but steampunk levers, dials, guages and knobs are really my FAV.

Third party interfaces will probably bring back some of the tactile controls, visual cues and add new ideas that implementing on a center screen tablet UX isn’t possible. Throttle modulation mapping dynamically based on speed is one I want for fine motor control at crawl pace through the rock.

Battery is a readout UI that is useful to have several UI interfaces for answering different questions. Mpg is no longer.

Overall Tesla space themed minimalism design aesthetic is appropos. Steampunk is appropos in a thoughtful reverence to automotive convention. Something new, something old…as the saying goes
 

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My 2013 Tacoma has way too many switches, buttons and dials spread all over the place. I use a few of them regularly and have to grab the manual to figure out what the other ones are for. I have an Alpine deck so the stereo (actually mainly CarPlay) takes care of everything. The dial I use the most is electronically switching between 2wd and hi-4wd, don't remember ever using low-4wd. If the CT requires swiping the display to go in reverse, that would bother me. I still hardly use the buttons on the steering wheel. I spent 40 years dealing with computerized publication systems so I'd much rather have a GUI-based display that uses AI to determine what shows up on the display.
 

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I would prefer tesla to take away my handle, peddles and heck even the screens. I just hop in and hop out. wouldn't that be nice?
You are on the wrong bulletin board.

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I am not sure I like this approach. I'm an Electrical Engineer and like the different readouts that my Chevrolet Volt has. I am pretty sure I will miss this functionality in the CT. It's true the display will have lots of info on it but there is something to be said for separate dedicated readouts.
i think I'm going to miss having gauges of some kind right in front of me. I'd really like a minimal HUD on the windshield with something like current speed, maybe left turn ahead kind of thing.
 

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I am not sure I like this approach. I'm an Electrical Engineer and like the different readouts that my Chevrolet Volt has. I am pretty sure I will miss this functionality in the CT. It's true the display will have lots of info on it but there is something to be said for separate dedicated readouts.
I love the minimalist approach. I hate all other cars that have dashes with dozens of dust/dirt collection pockets. I hate cleaning them, too time-consuming. A Tesla probably only needs a couple of swipes of a wet towel and the car interior is clean. If I want gages and other things, I'd rather have them on the flat screen that is easy to change and clean.

Thank you, Elon for simplifying our life!

Dan
 

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If the CT requires swiping the display to go in reverse, that would bother me. I still hardly use the buttons on the steering wheel.
Hate to break it to you, but I strongly suspect the yoke means on-screen shifting. Good news is lots of people say you get used to it quickly. Most of the time you just get in, put your foot on the brake then on the gas pedal…

I don’t love the idea either but I have Cybertholm Syndrome So I’m going to love it.
 

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I am not sure I like this approach. I'm an Electrical Engineer and like the different readouts that my Chevrolet Volt has. I am pretty sure I will miss this functionality in the CT. It's true the display will have lots of info on it but there is something to be said for separate dedicated readouts.
Each person has their own idea as to what they like. As for me II like parking my vehicles close to the house.
 

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Each person has their own idea as to what they like. As for me II like parking my vehicles close to the house.
Maybe I shouldn’t, have made this sound sarcastic. I have always said the Cybertruck is a unique vehicle. If you want something with gauges then get something with gauges. To me the Cybertruck is simple with few distractions. You will understand the older you get.
 

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Each person has their own idea as to what they like. As for me II like parking my vehicles close to the house.
The Chevy Volt was fine, a decent enough car for it’s time even though it fell short of it’s original goals. A friend of mine loved his.

It was the Bolt that caught fire.
 

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I don't consider it clutter, I consider it convenience.
Convenience for what function?
Very likely you will be able to configure the central display anyway you desire.
Have you ever had to dive into malfunctioning gauges of a regular car? A nightmare!
On an old 240 Volvo the car is built around the heater blower motor, requiring a whole day just to find it. They rarely fail but when they do, ouch!
The simplicity of the CT is beautiful.
 

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I am not sure I like this approach. I'm an Electrical Engineer and like the different readouts that my Chevrolet Volt has. I am pretty sure I will miss this functionality in the CT. It's true the display will have lots of info on it but there is something to be said for separate dedicated readouts.
What exactly are you needing that you can’t get on the screen?
RPM?
Oil temp?
I don’t get it…
 

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Hate to break it to you, but I strongly suspect the yoke means on-screen shifting. Good news is lots of people say you get used to it quickly. Most of the time you just get in, put your foot on the brake then on the gas pedal…

I don’t love the idea either but I have Cybertholm Syndrome So I’m going to love it.
I test drove the Model Y in Seattle with a yoke steering. I loved it. Not only did it look good but even with sharp turns was manageable. I look forward to a yoke on the Cybertruck. My next question would be is how would you have a manual shift without a clutch and tranny?
 
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