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2013 Tesla Model S: Bluetooth Inoperative

March 21, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

This weekend, our long-term Tesla Model S gave me the equivalent of the "blue screen of death" (Bluetooth screen of death?).

All day Friday and Saturday it was working as it should. Saturday night, it decided to stop. Sure, it's not the end of the world, since I rarely get or take actual phone calls and satellite radio is a decent backup to streaming audio. But really, it's times like these that I wish there were a Control-Alt-Delete for the main touchscreen.

Then there was that voice in my head that said, "hey dummy, maybe there is!"

One Google search later and I found the reset procedure for the center screen. All I had to do was hold down the scroll wheel buttons on the steering wheel for a few seconds and the system reboots. After it restarted, the Bluetooth was once again able to initialize. Score!

For some reason, I still couldn't connect to my phone, so I deleted the pairing and went through the process again. It worked like a charm. All is well once again in Tesla land.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 1,641 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    This car is going to make MyFordTouch v.1.0 look as simple and reliable as a claw hammer. I see that they have managed to put some actual miles on it, however. Maybe it has a GPS-based odometer that registers even when it's being flatbedded.

  • What this shows is it is apparently easier to design and build an electric car than it is to design and build a fully digital infotainment and hvac and whatever else control system. And I still think the giant hunk of flat dash that is required for the big touch screen doesn't look very good. It is a shame that Tesla didn't learn from Ford's attempts or have the Cue system to also learn from. For a fraction of the money they probably could have had an aftermarket company customize the appearance and some functions of one of their head units with a decently large custom screen and had regular controls for the other systems below it. I wonder what it would have cost to do a ipad there and have someone write some killer apps for it :)

  • tokyorush tokyorush Posts:

    Love the subtext on the "bluetooth screen of death".

  • tokyorush tokyorush Posts:

    I'd strongly recommend that people sit in one of these and play with the 17" touchscreen before passing judgement. Yes, especially given that they have numerous apps, the ctrl-alt-del equivalent is needed. However, it is unbelievably better designed than any other automotive interface I've dealt with previously. Simple, intuitive and pretty complete. Software upgrades have been good as well (just received one to allow timed charging and improve accuracy of the range indicators).

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    @tokyorush, I agree it is an excellent system, but I still don't think it belongs in a car. COMAND in my old S550 was much easier to use while driving and a lot less distracting. The giant touchscreen is one of the few things I would change about my Mode

  • ken428 ken428 Posts:

    Anyone who recommends an iPad in the car does not understand the requirements for automotive displays. They must be able to handle extreme temperatures and also last for at least 10 years. Your iPad would not work after sitting in the sun for a few hours (you would likely get a temperature warning). Imagine getting in your car after a hot day and seeing a temperature warning telling you to wait until it cools down.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    I don't think Tesla (or any manufacturer for that matter) has made a touchscreen interface that is good enough to give them license to include snarky comments at the bottom of their crash screens. A simple "Sorry for the inconvenience" would be more appropriate.

  • "Anyone who recommends an iPad in the car does not understand the requirements for automotive displays." --- Okay, then an industrial strength iPad... the pad itself not being the key item here, but the operating system.

  • legacygt, I think that was added to the picture. --- Although I thought it was funny and would crack up if the car actually had that pop up.

  • zhangrenhou zhangrenhou Posts:

    I would have done the same.

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