With movie prices on the rise, viewers turn to Netflix to get an entertainment fix. One of the few places you have to turn the screen off is in the car. Fear not, however; Elon Musk has done it again. The Tesla CEO recently tweeted that Netflix and YouTube will soon be available in Tesla vehicles.
When and how will Tesla make this happen?
The announcement took place on July 27, 2019, but Musk didn’t give an exact date. He merely said it was coming soon. While “soon” could be one month or two years in the auto world, Musk tends to deliver on his promises.
Not only are Tesla models known for being fully electric and fast; they also have the most technologically advanced software on the market. The current software V9 was released in September 2018, but Musk has promised that V10 will come out soon. For those who like to sing along with the radio, V10 will even offer car karaoke.
Will other entertainment features be added?
This is Elon Musk we’re talking about — the man who took electric cars to the next level and is sending people into space. So, yes, the system will include other apps and features.
In his tweet, Musk addressed several questions regarding V10 and its future apps. He replied, “Yes, V10 will include several games & infotainment features, improved highway Autopilot, better traffic light & stop sign recognition & Smart Summon.”
Will Netflix be available while the car is in motion?
Yes, but not right away. Tesla will release a version of V10 that only works while the car is stopped. However, Musk tweeted, “When full self-driving is approved by regulators, we will enable video while moving.”
Always one for innovation, Musk is developing a new self-driving ‘Robo‘ Tesla. For drivers who like to feel in control, this may sound like a waste of time and money. Other consumers are intrigued by the idea of being chauffeured in their own car.
Will V10 cost more?
Unfortunately, yes. The V10 system with all its new apps will be a premium connectivity package. This may take several Tesla owners by surprise because internet connectivity is standard on all past models. It’s a big change that could cost Tesla in the long run.
When Tesla first launched with standard internet activity, the automaker announced that it was only for four years. Recently, Tesla decided to give owners who had free standard internet connectivity the ability to keep it if they had it prior to July 1. This is great news for current Tesla owners, but new or potential customers may choose to go with another automaker.
Apps like navigation assistance will still be standard. But more popular apps like Netflix and YouTube will retail for more. The new premium connectivity package will likely cost around $100 annually, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. One thing is certain: While drive-in movie theaters may be a thing of the past, the V10’s entertainment features may be just as good.