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Tesla hires an augmented reality/HUD expert for its Autopilot program

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After Tesla unveiled the first Model 3 prototypes last month, the interior design had electric vehicle enthusiasts puzzled. The lack of instrument cluster and the center 15-in display with all the controls raised a few eyebrows. Some speculated that the concept is hinting at the possibility of either a heads-up display (HUD) or fully autonomous technology integration.

Musk commented that it will make more sense after the second part of the Model 3 unveiling, which will happen closer to production in late 2017. Coincidently (or not), we now learn that Tesla recently hired an augmented reality/HUD expert from SKULLY.

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Tesla representative at Model 3 event says that lack of instrument cluster should make it to production

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The lack of instrument cluster in the Model 3 prototypes unveiled at the event this week has divided Tesla enthusiasts. For some its a deal-breaker, but for others it created hope for more advanced autonomous features and HUD technology in the production vehicle.

We reported on the possibility that the lack of instrument cluster could simply not make it to production, but in a video of a test drive at the event posted today, a Tesla representative refers to the Model 3 prototype as an “engineering validation car” and saying that the feature should make it to production.

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