Cybertruck manual gear selector and emergency door release handles get interactive preview
The big 18-inch central console display of Tesla's newly released Cybertruck is the main and seemingly only point of interaction with the electric off-roader. Tesla has crafted a new Cybertruck UI that has an actionable 3D replica of the vehicle on the start screen that can be interacted with to open and close things, showing the changes in real time on the display.
The fact that all cabin controls are accessed from the central console display may raise some eyebrows in case of malfunction or vandalism, but Tesla is mandated to put redundancies as well. The wiper blade can be controlled from the steering wheel "squircle," for instance, while the Cybertruck can be driven with a broken screen or exited without power, too. Granted, other Teslas also offer these redundacies, but they seem easier to access on the Cybertruck.
Cybertruck manual door release emergency handle location
- Above the window switches
As a few Tesla EV renters can attest, when for some reason the power of the car has completely been drawn down, they have faced trouble finding out how to exit the vehicle. Tesla has issued interactive Cybertruck functions review video to show the location of its the emergency door handles, frunk button, manual gear selector, and the like.
The Cybertruck's emergency handles for manual door release are located, as usual, right above the window switches. Pulling on the handle will release the lock, though Tesla advises that this shouldn't be done on a regular basis to avoid damage to the door mechanics.
The Cybertruck's rear manual door release lever or button is likely still located under its pocket liner as Tesla makes those deliberately harder to access for safety reasons.
Cybertruck manual gear shifter location
- On the overhead console
Tesla has dedicated a part of its new Cybertruck manual video to the overhead console. Instead of a fairly useless rearview mirror, especially with the tonneau cover closed, Tesla is using it for the front Autopilot cameras, as well as the manual gear selector.
Just like on other Tesla vehicles, the Cybertruck has redundant gear shift buttons in case the touchscreen is damaged or malfunctions, but its location mimics the Model 3 Highland rather than older Tesla models.
When a screen malfunction is detected, the manual gear selector in the Cybertruck's overhead console will light up and can be used to drive away, reverse, or park just like a swipe on the touchscreen. Alternatively, one can simply press any of the manual gear shift buttons on the Cybertruck's overhead console to activate the selector.
Other Tesla models also have manual gear selectors, but they are located on the stalks or in the central console, save for the Model 3 Highland, so there might be some learning curve with the Cybertruck.