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Sep 12, 2018,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

Tesla: Version 10 to bring video streaming to cars within two years

According to a recent Elon Musk tweet, video streaming services will become available in two years’ time on Tesla’s center screens, thanks to the ‘version 10’ software update.

Tesla Model S owners may soon have the luxury of watching their favourite Netflix series on their center screens, if a recent Twitter exchange between Elon Musk and his followers is anything to go by. Asked: Any chance of getting video streaming (Netflix, YouTube) to watch while charging?” by one follower, the Tesla CEO replied: “Version 10”, as reported by BFMTV. The feature is expected to become available when the Tesla software is updated over the next two years.


Available by 2020


While Musk’s announcement received an enthusiastic response, Tesla Model S, X and 3 owners will still need, for the time being at least, their smartphones or a good book while their cars are recharging. This is because version 9 of the Tesla software is only coming out in the next few weeks, almost two years after version 8.

Given that timeframe, version 10 is not likely to put in an appearance until 2020, though some internet users believe the streaming feature will be made available sooner, in a standard update of the operating system.


Slow charge times


With no further information available on version 10 aside from Musk’s tweet, it is anyone’s guess as to what the future streaming system’s conditions of use will be. In view of current legislation, it is likely to only be available when the vehicle is stationary.

It is a feature that could come in handy while charging on long journeys. Tesla Supercharger stations are supposed to charge batteries to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes, though in reality the process can take up to 45 minutes longer.


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