By on July 29, 2019

Careful not to skip any opportunity to build hype for his auto brand, Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday that Tesla customers would soon be able to stream YouTube and Netflix videos from the comfort of their car’s interior. While it goes without saying, the CEO added that the feature would only be available while the vehicle is stopped until “full self-driving is approved by regulators” — as if that was the singular issue holding up autonomous vehicles.

The resulting comment thread led to a gaggle of other revelations. According to Musk, Tesla’s new pickup is slated to unveil in 2 to 3 months “maybe” and software version 10 is just around the corner.

Version 10 is claimed to come out as early as next month, incorporating games, new infotainment features (like text-message reading), improved Autopilot functionalities via FSD, better traffic light and stop sign recognition, and Tesla’s Smart Summon. However, Musk noted that some of these features will require the usage of the company’s paid premium connectivity package. 

The bundle essentially killed free internet inside Tesla’s vehicles, which Musk previously admitted wouldn’t last forever, late last year. While the standard package still permits internet access, it’s now limited to low-data applications. Owners wanting to get the most from their car will be required to shell out $100 per year for access to the premium pack.

Unfortunately, this puts us a bit on edge as it’s vaguely reminiscent of BMW’s recent CarPlay shenanigans. Version 10 opens up the door for new in-car features, potentially placing some behind a paywall by way of an annual subscription. You may have to buy in before you can continue buying in, so to speak. But we don’t want to default to outrage until we see what Tesla literally has in store for us. Assuming version 10 is extremely robust, offering real value for an extra 100 bucks a year, then we can’t complain too much. However, if it’s leading with an in-car marketplace and asking you to purchase features that should have come bundled in, we’re going to go mental.

Another noteworthy item, is that Tesla’s older models don’t use horizontally oriented screens. While this will be perfect for watching World Star Hip Hop fights and YouTube videos taken by small children, most media produced with a budget of more than zero dollars tends to be shot in a wider aspect ratio. That might leave a lot of Model S and X drivers kicking themselves or, more likely, content streaming video from their phone. Of course, depending on when they purchased their car, some customers will have to upgrade their media unit anyway — which Elon said they could do for an unspecified price.

Even though Musk said to expect version 10 sometime next month, with the pickup debut hot on its heels, Tesla has a long history of delaying its releases. Cross your fingers but don’t hold your breath, because a couple of months could easily turn into triple that once converted to real-world time.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1155179932474957825?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1155179932474957825&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpublish.twitter.com%2F%3Fquery%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Ftwitter.com%252Felonmusk%252Fstatus%252F1155179932474957825%26widget%3DTweet

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34 Comments on “Elon Musk Says You’ll Soon Be Able to Stream Video Inside Your Tesla...”


  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Not just entertainment, education!
    Watch Rich Rebuilds channel on YT to learn how to fix all the stuff that Tesla won’t do on warranty.

    • 0 avatar
      rickkop

      Instead of videos, how about making spare parts available so people don’t have to wait 3-4 months to get their cars repaired after minor fender benders.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        You see Rick…Musk is a complete fraud.

        He has no interest in making Tesla anything more than a (poor) manufacturer of low quality fashion accessories.

        A real automotive company would have fired this clown years ago due to his sheer incompetence.

        And thus ends the lesson on why Tesla is still the biggest joke in the auto industry.

  • avatar
    EquipmentJunkie

    Does this news signal some poor July numbers for Tesla?

  • avatar
    TimK

    Let’s see, 99% of Tesla owners already have a smartphone or tablet that can stream media, access the internet, etc., etc. So why in Sam Hell should they pay Tesla to duplicate what they already have?

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      Many years ago I worked for a sarcastic high level engineering manager who would look at a new design and announce that the poor peon designer “has re-discovered America”.

      He would have had a lot of fun with Musk.
      Landing rockets like they did 50 years ago.
      Building car biws with automated stamping and welding.
      Boring tunnels with decades old machinery.
      Duplicating iPad on the dashboard.

      And the media gasps in amazement.

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        “Landing rockets like they did 50 years ago.”

        …and how many times were those rockets reused?

        You’re conveniently leaving out innovations like the high-efficiency Hallbach effect motors that make the motors used by other OEMs look like a joke when compared side-by-side, the recent innovations and patents in vehicle wiring technology, and the supercharger network that is still growing.

        But hey, anyone can start an aerospace company or an auto company, right? So easy. Happens every day. Just build a rocket, launch it to the space station, then bring it back and do it again. Yeah, anyone can do that. Or, just design a car, hire some people to build it, then hire some more to sell and fix it. Easy, right. So simple.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          I don’t really any landing upright, but the Shuttle’s SRBs we’re definitely reused. Pretty sure the RS-25 main engines were too, along with, you know, the rest of the spacecraft. The only thing not reused was the external fuel tank.

          Not to take away from the landing bit. NASA I’m sure would have loved for the SRBs to avoid the bath in the ocean, but reusable has been done since the early 80’s.

        • 0 avatar
          TimK

          Yeah, the visuals of the first stage landings make for great PR (one of Musk’s strengths). But that PR comes at a cost because the weight of the unused fuel and landing gear cuts the payload delivered to orbit by about 20%. Others have calculated the break-even for reusables and it’s 3 to 7 launches.

          So Mr. Genius loses 20% payload on every launch and he has to reuse the tin-can first stage at least three, and possibly seven times before it starts earning him a buck.

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          “But hey, anyone can start an aerospace company or an auto company, right? So easy.”

          Calling Tesla an automotive company is an insult to all current and past real automotive companies. Even Yugo had the decency to build their products in an actual building and not a tent.

          Calling Tesla an automotive company is like calling Louis Vuitton an automotive company because they make high end fashion accessories too.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        …Landing rockets like they did 50 years ago…

        Look, I’m no Musk fan but the only rockets landing the way SpaceX Stage I boosters land 50 years ago was in B grade science fiction movies shown before the main feature at the drive-in.

        By 1969 in the movies we had HAL, orbiting space stations with gravity, hotels in space, permanent moon bases, and the capability to send manned flights to Jupiter.

    • 0 avatar
      Snooder

      The fact that the Tesla screen is both massive and mounted? So if you wanna watch something, you dont have to lug around a superfluous tablet that you then have to find a way to prop up.

  • avatar

    MY Fusion is already reading for me messages from my cell phone and has real time 3D hologram video projected on the windshield and autonomous system is using advanced traffic sign recognition system utilizing neural network computer architecture from my brain servo control system .

  • avatar

    You have to do something while you’re not driving the car…..

  • avatar
    Mackie

    I look at a computer screen all day. It’s the last thing I want to see when I get in my car.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I don’t want full self driving (nor do I believe it will *ever* be approved for public roads), and I don’t want video games in my car.

    If Tesla is really trying to evangelize EVs, then they should put more resources into developing the vehicles, not the fluff.

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      The day will come when I’m unable to drive. When that day comes, I would very much like a car that takes me where I want to go, when I want to go there. No other humans involved.

  • avatar
    chris724

    At this point, any success Tesla has will be in spite of Musk, not because of him.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    We’ve reached peak BS with Tesla.

    It’s no longer new, sexy, unique, and to be honest, the vehicles look stodgy now, the quality control is pretty rough, and the intentional carnival barker deflections and distractions from Musk on everything from flying cars to hyperloops to “life is a simulator” to let’s colonize Mars make it all the worse.

    I say this as someone who actually admires Elon Musk for being ballsy and bold and having a real vision, but he goes overboard, and he does not have focus and discipline in investing enough in his core product in terms of CapEx, new product, nor R&D.

  • avatar
    Lockstops

    OMG! I heard rumours they are innovating a way to get Kindle into Teslas too!! Game changer.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Android Auto has this ability already. It isn’t implemented for obvious reasons but I have absolutely seen it on test rigs. Incidentally the “carputer” I built a decade ago could do this. A Raspberry Pi and a cheap touchscreen would get you 90 percent there. A CAN hat on your pi to read the steering wheel buttons should get you the last 10 percent.

  • avatar
    sckid213

    What is the value proposition of being able to watch movies or play games on your car’s screen when it is stationary? And when most drivers probably have an iPhone in their pocket and an iPad in their briefcase?

    Who sits for hours in their stationary car to the point where they would want to watch videos on their car’s screen? I figure if waiting for a passenger, they’d whip out their iPhone for some browsing or video watching. It just seems pointless to even offer the functionality on the vehicle’s system at this point.

    FWIW, my ’08 CTS can play DVDs on the car’s screen (a result of being equipped to play the flash-in-the-pan DVD Audio format). I have never used it once, nor thought to use it. I think one guy on the forums said he used it to watch movies in his car at lunch hour…but that can be done anywhere with an iPad these days.

    • 0 avatar
      Snooder

      Simple.

      Let’s say you have a date. You take her out on a nice drive in the canyons. Then you park somewhere scenic, bust out the champagne and relax while watching a romcom on the fairly large Tesla screen.

      Also, you’d be surprised the hoops you have to jump through to watch movies on your car screen. I managed to get my ATS to show video while parked, but it took several hours.

      • 0 avatar
        TimK

        “Let’s say you have a date.”

        Did you forget the /s tag?

      • 0 avatar
        sckid213

        FYI Snooder, the gen-2 CTS does not have CUE as in the ATS; it has an orphan Windows-based system used only on that gen of CTS. Playing a DVD on the screen is as easy as inserting it and pressing Play. (The car has to be stationary and in Park, of course.)

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      “when most drivers probably have an iPhone in their pocket”

      Android phones are more common than iPhones.
      Most people do not have a tablet with them.
      Phone screens are tiny compared to the massive screen in the Tesla.

      • 0 avatar
        Lockstops

        Are they tiny though, comparing a modern large phone in your hand closer to your face vs. Tesla’s vertical screen limited to the horzontal image that will fit and placed much further away?

        Besides, when I knew I was going to be sitting around waiting for my EV to charge I usually had my iPad Pro in the cabin at arms’ reach. And even if not prepared I almost always had it in the trunk which was not hard to get out from there as I was going to exit the vehicle to plug in the charging cable anyway.

        • 0 avatar
          Lockstops

          Much better to use the phone or iPad anyway since then you can also choose to do work. Then you have your e-mails, web browser (a proper one), spreadsheets, word processor, notes, etc. etc.

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          Not enough time to watch a movie while charging. Most of the time when I charge, I’m either at home, at work, or shopping. Sometimes eating at a restaurant. With the next car, I’ll have 300+ mile range and charging will probably be limited to home and work.


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