Elon Musk has long praised the potential that Tesla's in-car displays have for drivers: they can provide not just information, but entertainment as well. To do this, the cars would soon be able to stream videos from Netflix and YouTube.
Tesla has already featured games that drivers can play on displays: in June, the Bethesda Studios announced on E3 that the 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 could play chess in the Tesla-Spielhalle.
The games only work when the car is parked, and players can use the steering wheel as a controller. This is also the case here, though Musk states that Tesla allows passengers to stream videos while the car is on the move, with supervisors approving the ride itself. Musk has not released a timetable for the introduction of the feature.
The ability to stream YouTube and Netflix when the car stops driving in your Tesla! Has a surprisingly 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 videos is not a complete surprise – Musk commented on the E3 that the option of watching YouTube to see, was on the rise. So far, the display does not support HTML5, so such a feature is currently not possible in cars, even though an owner has found a way around this.
The ability to catch up with your Netflix queue or play a video game in the car is appealing to anyone who gets stuck and waits for a kid's workout in a car or takes them a long drive. (There is a reason why some minivans are equipped with TV screens.) And when cars can eventually drive themselves, passengers will want to have something to do while driving to their destination.
But there are great concerns associated with such a function. Test vehicles must have a driver behind the wheel, who will take control if something goes wrong. Even if self-propelled technology improves, it's hard to imagine it disappearing completely. There was also a sensational incident in which television posed a problem: a fatal crash in 2017 between a self-driving Uber vehicle and a pedestrian where the car's test driver watched The Voice on Hulu.