Tesla easter egg transforms cars into art studios

Elon Musk reveals hidden Easter egg in new Tesla update, and it’s one for the artists.

Sketch pad easter egg in Tesla

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter earlier this week to reveal a hidden Easter egg in Tesla’s latest 8.1 software update for the Model S and Model X

In his Tweet, he tells owners to tap the ‘T’ logo on the touchscreen three times. This turns the infotainment system into a touch sketchpad, so owners can work the right side of the brain and bring out their inner artists.

It’s finger-painting with a high-tech twist, and budding Michelangelos also have the option of submitting their masterpieces to Tesla for critique by clicking “Yes, I am an artist!” or keeping their creative genius to themselves by selecting “No, the world isn’t ready for my art.”

Other features of the update include an update for the Autosteer function to make it work at speeds up to 129km/h, re-enabling features of Autopilot 1.0 including Auto Lane Change, and interface features like listing opening hours and Google ratings for businesses via Maps and allowing the adjustable headrests to be controlled through the touchscreen.

Aside from the usual comments of concern, mostly about driving and sketching (one word: Autopilot), @liambolling posted a video on Twitter to share how the sketchpad actually works.

Musk later published submitted artwork via his Twitter account.

Tesla Sketch Pad Examples

A sketch of Mona Lisa made an appearance but in a giggle-fest of fun, a submitted drawing of a unicorn farting into the fuel pump of a car, which is similar to an image featured on Musk’s personal coffee mug, was also shared.

Tesla drivers are no strangers to Musk’s wacky Easter eggs. Past firmware updates have seen a variety of weird and wonderful functions added to the ever-growing list of capabilities of Tesla’s road cars.

Our favourites include:

  • The Mars Easter Egg which is revealed when holding down the ‘T’ and putting ‘mars’ in as a code to take a (pretend) voyage to Mars.
  • Turning the charging port to a beautiful rainbow lightshow by hitting the charge handle button 10 times quickly.
  • Putting Autopilot into psychedelic mode, by activating Autopilot four times in quick succession to turn the lane marking display into a Mario Kart-style rainbow coloured road.
  • Or turning your Tesla into the James Bond: Spy Who Loved Me submarine by holding down the ‘T’ symbol, entering 007 as the access code and then taking a ‘dive’ to various levels below sea (which actually adjust the car’s suspension).


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