In a recent announcement, Elon Musk has stated that Tesla's electric cars will soon be able to support video playback while they are in park and connected to a Wi-Fi network. This feature will benefit from a planned upgrade of the Supercharger network, allowing Tesla owners to charge WiFi for free.
The use of the Supercharger network as Wi-Fi hotspots is a pretty strategic move for Tesla, especially as charging stations are much more comfortable for owners of electric cars. With the addition of features like TeslAtari and the rollout of the faster Supercharger V3, the stops for loaders have become more comfortable over time. The video playback capabilities in the car will definitely make waiting in Superchargers even better.
Playback and streaming in-car videos will be a real hit with electric car owners who go on long road trips. When traveling long distances, drivers and passengers should take short breaks to combat fatigue. During these breaks, Tesla's passengers will appreciate the opportunity to access their favorite content online and prepare for the next leg of their journey. This is something travelers are already doing today, although video streaming is usually done on mobile devices like smartphones or tablets, both of which have smaller displays than Tesla's electric cars.
A key message in Elon Musk's Twitter post is his emphasis on all superchargers who have free Wi-Fi over time. This is a remarkable statement as the Supercharger network today has over 12,000 stations worldwide (and is growing). In order for Tesla to provide free Wi-Fi for each station, the electric car manufacturer must ensure that it can ensure Internet coverage anywhere in the world. Fortunately for the owners of Tesla, the space company Elon Musk, SpaceX, is already on its way to such a project, called Starlink.
SpaceX's StarX is a satellite constellation that provides low-cost, high-speed Internet connections all over the world. SpaceX has made progress with the deployment of the Constellation and announced early last month that new Starlink satellites will launch in Florida this spring with the company's proven Falcon 9 rocket. With such upcoming milestones it can not be long before SpaceX makes dedicated Starlink launches in the near future.
Elon Musk has not announced the date for the launch of Tesla video playback capabilities in the car, though the CEO responded positively to a request from a Model 3 owner last August who asked if video streaming services like Netflix and YouTube will be asked to be supported in the future. In his reply, Musk wrote two words: "Version 10".