When I get into my car, there are many things I aim to do: set up GPS one, plug in some tunes, quadruple-check that I haven't forgotten my wallet, etc. I can't say I'm really itching to get hold of all the Netflix shows I've missed. But Tesla is here to make sure you can do just that!
You read it right. Elon Musk announced via Twitter that Tesla drivers will soon be able to stream Netflix and YouTube – as long as the car is stopped.
I can't see the appeal of sitting down in my car for a Stranger Things marathon – but the option will be there for people who spend a lot time to just sit in unmotivated cars.
Interestingly, this new feature doesn't seem like the one I want to work super well in several Tesla models. Models S and X both have large screens – but they are also vertically oriented, not horizontally, which is certainly not the preferred direction for literally watching something (remember, everyone: record your videos in landscape mode please ).
It is Model 3 and the upcoming Model Y that will both have the horizontally oriented screens, which will probably make them the preferred models for streaming … if you only buy your car based on how well you can watch YouTube on the.
Musk also added that these streaming modes will become available during vehicle operation when full self-driving is approved by regulators. Now I can see the interest in streaming in that case – but we are definitely not a place where drivers can go ahead and stream a movie on the road yet.