Fast Access to All Heater Controls


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Provide easier access to steering wheel heat, rear-seat heat, and wiper heat


Perhaps use a two-touch operation by adding them to the HVAC auto screen. Right now to enable the heated steering wheel, wipers, or the rear seats, you have to tap Controls, then find the Cold Weather section, then find the right icon.

Some other vehicles with heated steering wheels have a button on the wheel, which makes it easy to enable to disable the heat as needed. It’s silly to require so many steps for something that you would normally be doing while driving.


With version 10 software, Tesla added voice commands for various heater functions. You can now say “Show seat heaters” to bring up the selection pane, or directly change the state of various heat functions like “Turn on steering heat”.  Here’s a Google spreadsheet with the various voice commands.

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     Created 3-Oct-2015


Please, please, please give us a heater off button. Or better yet give us a mode with 2 temp sliders like the Nest, with a low setpoint where the heater comes on and high setpoint where the AC comes on.

My range would be from 58-72, so any cabin temp in this range there would be no heat and no AC used, only Vent if I so desired.

This would save tons of energy worldwide, and save accidents for people fiddling with the HVAC controls while driving / Autopilot not enabled.a
    Created 23-Oct-2019
Tesla's partial solution is to remember the last steering wheel and seat heater setting so there is no need to activate them when coming back to the car.  But I get your point that if the settings need to be changed, it would be more convenient not to dig into a menu.
    Created 27-Jul-2018
I would like to be able to start the seat and steering wheel heaters with the app.

    Created 1-Feb-2017
Auto steer heat should be configurable under a certain temperature
    Created 11-Jan-2017
My ideal is this: a button on the back of the steering wheel as it was in my Audi A6. Second best: an icon by the driver seat heater icon. Third best: have the car remember the last setting for the steering wheel as with the seat heaters.

And while at it: allow the phone app to turn on the steering wheel heat.
    Created 5-Jan-2017
Why not have the wheel icon button appear only when the temperature goes below a user defined threshold.  Say 38 F as an example.
    Created 1-Dec-2016
I'm not sure that our Original Tesla's (2012 - 2015), have enough memory available to do what we want. So many features that we see on other Premium cars (voice commands, the various profile settings, HD Audio the much needed parking aid, the front camera)
    Created 30-Nov-2016
Agree with Kelly. In PNW, winter temps in the 40's most days and I ALWAYS want (and love) steering wheel heat. So just like seat heat, if it's on, keep it on until I turn it off. AND, this should be a button next to the seat heat button so I don't have to go to deeper menu.
    Created 24-Nov-2016
I would be happy if they just had it remember the prior setting just like the front seat heaters
    Created 24-Nov-2016
Fully agree. It would be great to have easier access to the Cold Weather options.
    Created 5-Oct-2015