Car Status

Overview

The touchscreen displays the status of Model 3 at all times. What you see depends on whether the vehicle is:

When Model 3 is parked, the status area shows the drive mode, estimated range, and an overhead view of the car with buttons you can touch to open the trunks and charge port door. When you press the brake, Model 3 powers up and indicator lights flash briefly. Unless an indicator light applies to the current situation (for example, a seat belt is not fastened), it should turn off. If an indicator light fails to turn on or off, contact Tesla.

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Note
The following image is provided for demonstration purposes only. Depending on vehicle options, software version, and market region, the information displayed may be slightly different.
Vehicle touchscreen with icons

Indicator Lights

The following indicator lights illuminate to advise you or alert you of a specific status or condition.

Red exclamation point within a red circle with the word BRAKE underneath
A brake system fault is detected or the brake fluid level is low. See Braking and Stopping. Contact Tesla immediately.
Amber exclamation point within an amber circle with the word BRAKE underneath
A brake booster fault has been detected. See Braking and Stopping.
The word ABS within an amber circle
An ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) fault is detected. See Braking and Stopping. Contact Tesla immediately.
An amber P within an amber circle
A parking brake fault is detected. Contact Tesla. See Parking Brake.
A read P within a red circle with the word PARK underneath
The parking brake is manually applied. See Parking Brake.
An amber exclamation within a tire circle
Tire pressure warning. The pressure of a tire is out of range. If a fault with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is detected, the indicator flashes. For a TPMS fault, contact Tesla. See Tire Care and Maintenance.
Red icon of a passenger with a seat belt
A seat belt for an occupied seat is not fastened. See Seat Belts.
Red icon of a passenger with a seat belt and an airbag
Airbag safety. If this indicator does not flash on briefly when Model 3 prepares to drive, or if it remains on, contact Tesla immediately. See Airbag Warning Indicator.
Green oval shape with a squiggly liine going through beams of light
Front fog lights are on, if equipped. See Lights.
Two green ovals with three lines each on the outside representing lights
Parking lights are on (side marker lights, tail lights, and license plate lights) . See Lights.
A green headlight icon with beams of light angling down
Low beam headlights are on.
A blue headlight icon with beams of horizontal light
High beam headlights are on and Auto High Beam is disabled or currently unavailable.
A blue headlight with an A with horizontal beams of light
Auto High Beam is enabled and high beams are on. Model 3 is ready to turn off the high beams if light is detected. See High Beam Headlights.
A grey headlight with an A with horizontal beams of light
Auto High Beam is enabled but high beams are not on because light is detected in front of Model 3. When light is no longer detected, high beams automatically turn back on. See High Beam Headlights.
Amber icon of rear view of vehicle with squiggly tire marks
This indicator flashes amber when the electronic stability control systems are actively minimizing wheel spin by controlling brake pressure and motor power. See Traction Control. If this indicator remains on, a fault is detected and you should immediately contact Tesla.
Amber letters TC within a tire symbol
Electronic stability control systems are no longer minimizing wheel spin. On a Rear Wheel Drive vehicle, the traction control system has been turned off, or on an All-Wheel Drive vehicle, Slip Start has been enabled. See Traction Control.
Blue trailer icon
Trailer mode (if equipped) is active. (See Towing and Accessories).
Grey H within a circle
Vehicle Hold is actively applying the brakes. See Vehicle Hold.
Red icon of vehicle with doors open
A door or trunk is open. See Doors, Rear Trunk, or Front Trunk.
Blue snowflake icon
A blue snowflake appears when some of the energy stored in the Battery may not be available due to cold weather conditions. During these cold weather conditions, charging rates may also be limited. If Model 3 is plugged in, you can heat your Battery by turning on climate control with the mobile app. The snowflake disappears when the Battery is sufficiently warm.
Amber turtle icon within a circle
Vehicle power is currently being limited because the energy remaining in the Battery is low, the vehicle's systems are being heated or cooled, or an error is detected by the drive inverter .

See Popup Messages and Vehicle Alerts for more information about alert popups on your vehicle's touchscreen.

Driving Status

When Model 3 is driving (or ready to drive), the touchscreen shows your current driving status and a real-time visualization of the road as detected by the Autopilot components (see About Autopilot). The visualization automatically zooms in and out to better utilize touchscreen space and inform you when a vehicle is detected in your blind spot.

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The following illustration is provided for demonstration purposes only. Depending on vehicle options, software version, and market region, the information displayed may be slightly different.
Vehicle cluster and callouts
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When full self-driving is enabled (if equipped), the car status area displays visualizations of the road and your vehicle's surroundings. You can expand the visualization by dragging the car status area from side to side. This displays more details about the roadway and its surroundings including road markings, stop lights, and objects (such as trash cans and poles).
  1. The power meter displays real-time power usage. During acceleration, the bar fills to the right with a gray color (or white if the display is dark) to represent power being used. During deceleration (when Model 3 is moving and you release your foot from the accelerator pedal), the bar fills to the left with a green color to represent power being fed back to the Battery by regenerative braking (see Regenerative Braking).
  2. When Autosteer is available but you haven't activated it, the icon is gray. When Autosteer is actively steering Model 3, the icon is blue (see Autosteer).
  3. Currently selected drive mode: Park, Reverse, Neutral, or Drive.
  4. Driving speed.
  5. Other cars detected on the road (as applicable).
  6. Your Model 3. Colored lines radiate from the image of your Model 3 as objects are detected (other motorists, guard rails, etc.). The location of the lines correspond to the location of the detected object. The color of the lines (white, yellow, orange, or red) represents the object's proximity to Model 3, with white being the farthest and red being very close and requiring your immediate attention. See Lane Assist.
  7. When Autosteer is active and detecting the driving lane, the lane is highlighted in blue (see Autosteer).
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    Note
    If Navigate on Autopilot is active, the driving lane displays as a single blue line in front of Model 3 (see Navigate on Autopilot).
  8. The speed limit that is currently being detected by Speed Assist (see Speed Assist).
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    Note
    On roads where the map data determines that a conditional speed limit exists (for example, a speed limit based on time of day or weather conditions), a second speed limit displays. It is the driver's responsibility to determine whether the conditional speed limit is currently in effect and adjust the driving speed accordingly.
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    The icon associated with the detected speed limit reflects the style of speed limit signs used in your market region.
  9. Total estimated driving distance (or energy) available. Touch the displayed value to change how available energy is displayed. You can toggle between driving distance and percentage of battery energy remaining. You can also change how energy is displayed by touching Controls > Display > Energy Display.
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    Note
    When anticipating when you need to charge, use range estimates as a general guideline only.
  10. The set cruising speed. When Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is available but you haven't set a cruising speed, the number is gray (see Traffic-Aware Cruise Control).
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Warning
Pay attention to important alert messages that display at the bottom of the car status area of the touchscreen. Ignoring these messages can result in serious injury or death.
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Warning
Although the touchscreen shows surrounding traffic, some vehicles may not be displayed. Never rely on the touchscreen to determine if a vehicle is present (for example, in your blind spot). Always use your mirrors and perform shoulder checks.