I like it a lot, feels much more alive. (Though the colour-coding has made a big difference, well done devs getting that added so quick.)
But if you don't see the point of the new setup, that's because it isn't there yet. As a dev posted in another thread, the reason for changing it was to be suitable for combat; can't really expect it to "add anything useful" until .
Prev's just told me in chat that the intention is for other players' ships to be visible in the system map, so we'll have a better idea of what the real point of the new design is when they've got that working.
(Was trying to post this the day before yesterday but it doesn't seem to have!)