We don’t usually write about cars, but here is an interesting one: Elon Musk today announced that his company Tesla is bringing YouTube and Netflix streaming to their cars.
The support for YouTube and Netflix will allow users to watch content from YouTube and all the shows and movies from Netflix on their car. And that’s obviously really great if you have a Tesla. Musk said on Twitter that the viewing experience is “amazingly immersive” and provides a “cinematic feel due to comfy seats & surround sound audio.”
Ability to stream YouTube & Netflix when car is stopped coming to your Tesla soon! Has an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 27, 2019
You will only be able to stream YouTube and Netflix when the car is stopped, of course. After all, it’s very easy to get distracted by a 2 minute YouTube video. There is, however, a chance of YouTube nad Netflix streaming working when your car is moving.
Musk says the company is working on enabling video streaming while the car is moving once its full self-driving system is approved by regulators. That would actually be pretty wild, especially being able to just watch a show on Netflix or a video on YouTube while your car just drives itself.
<p>Musk: We've got the driver entertainment system working so all that is left to go is the trivial task of creating a self-driving system that doesn't crash.</p>
<p>Tesla needs to fail already. Massively in debt, major quality control problems, shady tax deals, never hitting any timelines, over promising and under delivering and executives bailing. All run by a megalomaniac. Please just fail. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#445638">In reply to PeteB:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Tesla can't afford it's own existence.</p><p><br></p><p>They are subsidized by tax payer money.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#445643">In reply to xapache:</a></em></blockquote><p>The EV tax credit ran out for them in 2018. They would have went under but California through them a lifeline….yet again.</p><p><br></p><p>Go to the Tesla forums and look at the quality issues. You have lots and lots of software glitches plus manufacturing issues because they do not have the track record as a auto maker. Lots of odd issues like how the wheel wells are not one piece (like 6+) and are cracking on the welds, or how the rear end of the Model 3 collects dirt, 40+ pounds of it over time. There are stories about people that get in minor accidents that wait 7 months for spare parts to get the car fixed at a body shop.</p><p><br></p><p>How many people have now died because of the auto pilot mode or from fires after a wreck? Just recently someone crashed and the door would not open and they burned up.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#445642">In reply to Thom77:</a></em></blockquote><p>That's actually not true in proper context. They were the first to repay their loans from the Feds. Paid far ahead of schedule with all interest. Oil companies are more heavily subsidized than Electric. Most industries are "subsidized by the tax payer money"….farming, oil & gas, nuclear power (I'm a nuclear engineer, it's not economical without heavy govt funds to get started). GM took a massive bailout and the Taxpayer lost BILLIONS! Why are so many idiots so quick to forget that but shout down Tesla for actually improving lives, safety, features. </p><p><br></p><p>People get kidnapped at gas stations while filling up these days. As soon as I can afford an electric car that can be charged at home daily I plan to do so. The safety benefits of a low center of gravity and not needing to put my wife and child in a crappy situation are worth a lot. I normally fill her car up for her so she doesn't have to worry about the theft and crime at stations. Living near the Mexico border in NM, it's definitely on the news pretty often.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#445673">In reply to Pargon:</a></em></blockquote><p><a href="https://www.governing.com/topics/finance/gov-companies-receiving-largest-federal-subsidies.html" target="_blank">https://www.governing.com/topics/finance/gov-companies-receiving-largest-federal-subsidies.html</a></p><p><br></p><p>Weird. Tesla isn't on this page….but GM is. Go figure. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#445673">In reply to Pargon:</a></em></blockquote><p>"People get kidnapped at gas stations while filling up these days."</p><p><br></p><p>Yeah huge problem, I see in the news all the time??? People get into trouble like that because they do stupid things at stupid places and stupid times. Like do go to a gas station in a bad part of town at 2am.</p><p><br></p><p>What happens when you have to drive say 600 miles away and have to wait at a charging station for way, way, way longer than it would take to fill up a tank of gas?</p>