As automated driving becomes more common place it is expected that our commutes may give us more time to get work done or simply relax and catch up on our favourite series. That being said, we are still a long way off that becoming reality, but not according to Elon Musk. He says that Tesla streaming will soon enable video from Netflix and YouTube.
Entertainment in cars is nothing new and neither is it an unheard of venture for Tesla. They have already unveiled games that drivers can play on the main displays. Called Tesla Arcade, it allows you to play games like Cuphead and some classic Atari games. The games only work while the car is parked, and players can use the steering wheel as a controller.
Musk has long wanted to enable a service like Tesla streaming. The Tesla CEO has long touted this is where car infortainment systems will be going as autonomous driving becomes more ubiquitous and YouTube and Netflix seems like s good place to start. Even though Tesla have full connectivity to the internet, features like these still aren’t possible due to the displays not currently supporting HTML5, the browsing technology needed to browse these services.
Once again, once this Tesla streaming launches it will initially only work while the car is standing still – think parents waiting for their kids at karate class or watching something while the Tesla is charging. Only once all the regulatory hurdles have been passed and fully automated driving is legal and allowed on most roads will Tesla streaming work while the cars are moving.
We are still some way off that reality with very limited self-driving tests being conducted all over the world. Tesla wants to have fully self-driving cars on the roads by the middle of next decade, at least on highways and larger roads in cities. Self-parking technology is also likely to see the light of day before our cars are fully automated.
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