Elon Musk has long pointed out the potential that the screens in the car found in Teslas have for drivers: they can not only provide information but also entertainment. To that he says that the cars will soon be able to stream video from Netflix and YouTube.
Tesla has already unveiled games that drivers can play on the screens: In June, Bethesda studios at E3 announced that drivers would be able to play Fallout Shelter. Tesla has also released Cuphead and some classic Atari games, such as Tempest, Pole Position and Missile Command . On Friday the company revealed that drivers would be able to play chess in the Tesla arcade.
The games only work while the car is parked, and players can use the steering wheel as controls. The same is true here, although Musk notes that when regulators approve self-driving, Tesla will allow passengers to stream video while the car is moving. Musk did not reveal a timeline for the feature to roll out.
Ability to stream YouTube & Netflix when the car is stopped coming to Tesla soon! Has an incredibly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfortable seats and surround sound.
– e ^ (@elonmusk) July 27, 2019
The desire to allow drivers and passengers to watch video is not a complete surprise – Musk noted at E3 that the opportunity to watch YouTube came. Up to this point, the screen does not support HTML5, so such a feature is not possible in the cars right now, even if an owner found a way around it.
The ability to capture your Netflix queue or play a video game in the car gives some appeal to anyone who's stuck waiting in a car for a child practice or put on a long road trip with them. (That's why some minibuses have TV screens.) And when cars can finally drive themselves, passengers will want to do something while cycling to their destination.
But there are enormous concerns that may come with such a feature. Test vehicles must have a driver behind the wheel to take over in case something goes wrong, and even when the technology of self-driving improves, it's hard to imagine it going away completely. There has also been a high-profile incident where TV was a problem: a fatal crash in 2017 between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian, where the car's test driver saw The Voice on Hulu.