Elon Musk has long touted the potential that the in-car displays in Teslas have for drivers: they can not only provide information but also entertainment. To that end, he says the cars will soon be able to stream video from Netflix and YouTube.
Tesla has already revealed games that drivers can play on the screens: in June, Bethesda Studios announced on E3 that drivers would be able to play Shelter. Tesla has also released Cuphead and some classic Atari games, such as Tempest, Pool positionand Missile Command. On Friday, the company revealed that drivers in the Tesla Arcade could play chess.
The games only work while the car is parked and players can use the steering wheel as a controller. However, the same is the case here Musk notes that when regulators approve self-driving, Tesla will allow passengers to stream video while the car is moving. Musk has not revealed a timeline for the rollout of the position.
Possibility to stream YouTube & Netflix when the car no longer comes to your Tesla! Has an incredibly immersive, cinematic feel thanks to the comfortable seats and surround sound audio.
– e ^ (@elonmusk) July 27, 2019
The desire to let drivers and passengers watch video is no surprise – Musk noted on E3 that the ability to watch YouTube was on the way. Until now, the display does not support HTML5, so such a function is currently not possible in the cars, though owner has found a solution for this.
The ability to catch up with your Netflix queue or to play a video game in the car is attractive to anyone who is stuck in a car at a child's practice or who has made a long drive with them. (There is a reason why some minibuses come with TV screens.) And when cars finally can drive themselves, passengers want something to do while driving to their destination.
But there are major concerns that would come with such a & # 39; n function. Test vehicles must have a driver behind the wheel to take over in case something goes wrong, and even if the self-propelled technology improves, it is hard to imagine that this will go away completely. There was also a controversial incident where TV was a problem: a fatal crash in 2017 between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian, where the test driver watched the car The voice on Hulu.