While the exterior of the upcoming Tesla Model S looks normal, wait until you get inside and discover that the only physical buttons on the dashboard are for the four-way flashers and the glove-box.

Tesla is stepping into the future by ditching the old idea of having a center console covered with buttons, switches and knobs, and replacing them with one single 17-inch display that literally controls every feature of the EV.

From the moment you open the driver’s door, the high-resolution touchscreen powers on, enabling the driver to use or adjust every system of the car. The touchpad gives the possibility to adjust vehicle parameters, such as opening the panoramic glass roof, adjusting the ride height, lights, steering response, the amount of regenerative braking and more. Also it operates the infotainment systems. It controls the HD radio (classic or online), device connectivity, the GPS, phone and it works as an Internet browser too.

For simplicity, it has an iPad-like interface, with user-friendly design and lots of visual icons to make it comprehensive for every driver. Also, the top and bottom parts of the screen will never change, to solve the “muscle memory” issue and less distract the driver. Some functions can be used from the integrated buttons in the steering wheel for that matter.

By Gabriel Brindusescu