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.
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Cards

The bottom of the car status display also shows shortcut "cards" for quick access to Media, tire pressure data, trip information, and more. Swipe the cards to the left or right to customize your cards shortcuts.

Indicator Lights

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

USA: The word BRAKE in red
If the touchscreen displays this red brake indicator at any time other than briefly when you first start Model 3, a brake system fault is detected, or the level of the brake fluid is low. Contact Tesla immediately. Apply steady pressure and keep the brake pedal firmly pressed to stop the vehicle when safe to do so.
Canada: Red exclamation point within a red circle with the word BRAKE underneath
If the touchscreen displays this red brake indicator at any time other than briefly when you first start Model 3, a brake system fault is detected, or the level of the brake fluid is low. Contact Tesla immediately. Apply steady pressure and keep the brake pedal firmly pressed to stop the vehicle when safe to do so.
USA: The word BRAKE in amber
The touchscreen displays this amber brake indicator if a brake booster fault is detected. Apply steady pressure and keep the brake pedal firmly pressed to stop the vehicle when safe to do so. Hydraulic Boost Compensation will be active (see Braking and Stopping).
Canada: Amber exclamation point within an amber circle with the word BRAKE underneath
The touchscreen displays this amber brake indicator if a brake booster fault is detected. Apply steady pressure and keep the brake pedal firmly pressed to stop the vehicle when safe to do so. Hydraulic Boost Compensation will be active (see Braking and Stopping).
USA: The word ABS in amber
The ABS indicator briefly flashes amber on the touchscreen when you first start Model 3. If this indicator lights up at any other time, an ABS fault has occurred and the ABS is not operating. Contact Tesla. The braking system remains fully operational and is not affected by an ABS failure. However, braking distances may increase. Drive cautiously and avoid heavy braking.
Canada: The word ABS within an amber circle
The ABS indicator briefly flashes amber on the touchscreen when you first start Model 3. If this indicator lights up at any other time, an ABS fault has occurred and the ABS is not operating. Contact Tesla. The braking system remains fully operational and is not affected by an ABS failure. However, braking distances may increase. Drive cautiously and avoid heavy braking.
USA: The word PARK in red
When you manually apply the parking brake using the touchscreen, the red parking brake indicator lights up on the touchscreen.
Canada: A read P within a red circle with the word PARK underneath
When you manually apply the parking brake using the touchscreen, the red parking brake indicator lights up on the touchscreen.
USA: The word PARK in amber
If the parking brake experiences an electrical issue, the amber parking brake indicator lights up and a fault message displays on the touchscreen.
Canada: An amber P within an amber circle
If the parking brake experiences an electrical issue, the amber parking brake indicator lights up and a fault message displays on the touchscreen.
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 Warnings.
An orange half circle with three horizontal lines coming out of it and a wavy vertical line
The rear fog indicator displays on the touchscreen whenever rear fog lights are on.
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 Adaptive Headlights is disabled or currently unavailable.
A blue headlight with an A with horizontal beams of light
Adaptive Headlights 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
Adaptive Headlights 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 icon of rear view of vehicle with squiggly tire marks and the word OFF
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.
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.
green icon with a lightning bolt in the center

Appears when regenerative braking is limited. See Regenerative Braking for more information.

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 Cameras). 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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Note
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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Note
To display more details about the roadway and its surroundings, such as road markings, stop lights, objects (such as trash cans and poles), etc., touch Controls > Autopilot > Full Self-Driving Visualization Preview (if equipped).
  1. 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).
  2. Currently selected drive mode: Park, Reverse, Neutral, or Drive.
  3. Driving speed.
  4. The power meter displays real-time power usage (see Regenerative Braking for more information). The power meter may display vertically at the top of the driving status screen but the function is the same.
  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
    A blue outline may appear around the speed limit icon to notify that you are above the speed limit.
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    Note
    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.