Cooked Unit Elon Musk has always been open about wanting Teslas to be the most fun cars ever.
He may have already injected some arcade games and even announced adding Cuphead and Fallout: Shelter to the cars, but he’s not stopping there,
He has now also taken to Twitter (again) to talk about integrating streaming platforms into Tesla’s giant screens, too.
Extremely serious Tesla CEO Elon Musk sure does love an Easter Egg. If you delve into the various sections settings of a Tesla you'll find a tonne of hidden goodies. Some add comfort, convenience and practicality to the luxury EV. Others make you wonder what kind of cooked unit even thought to put something like this into a car. And then you remember it's Elon. Case in point, Tesla's new 'Emissions Testing' functionality. Yeah, it's a fart app.Read more
Musk has claimed that both YouTube and Netflix are on the cards for Tesla, offering a cinematic experience to users.
Ability to stream YouTube & Netflix when car is stopped coming to your Tesla soon! Has an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio.
— e^???????? (@elonmusk) July 27, 2019
This isn’t the first time that Musk has mentioned streaming in cars, having dropped that YouTube bomb at E3 in June.
There’s currently no timeline on when these features will roll out, but they will require the Tesla display screen to support HTML5 first.
It’s also not a particularly surprising move. It would certainly be appealing for anyone who needs to kill time in their Tesla, like when using a Supercharger.
There isn’t a whole lot to do while you wait for the car to juice up, especially if you don’t feel like playing difficult-to-control Arcade games. I definitely would have switched on Netflix during some of the late night Supercharging stints I’ve done in the press vehicles.
Of course, safety is always going to be an issue when it comes to in-car entertainment. At the present time the Tesla Arcade games are locked when the car is in motion, so it will be interesting to see whether streaming apps will follow suit considering their potential for distraction.
Audi has tackled this issue with free-to-air streaming in the A8 by automatically turning the screen off when the car moves. It will only switch on when the car has stopped, like at a traffic light. When the car is in motion the audio from the TV show continues to play.