It seems that Tesla’s engineers think differently than those working for other car manufacturers, because the new Model 3 has some features that could take time to get used to.
For instance, while there is a tradition stalk for turning the windshield wipers on and off, the only way to change their speed is by going into a submenu in the infotainment system. This is where the driver will have to search for other vehicle functions, such as the defroster, air conditioning, seat heaters, and stereo.
For now, listening to music inside the Tesla Model 3 is tricky. As TheDrive notes, there’s no FM/AM radio, CD player, and the car doesn’t support music streaming, be it from a smartphone connected to the infotainment, or a flash drive inserted into one of the four USB ports that come with the premium package. However, Tesla said that features like FM radio and Bluetooth streaming will be activated with an over-the-air update in the near future.
Tesla’s cars purchased in North America don’t offer access to Spotify either, so the only option remaining is to use free and paid subscriptions to Slacker Radio. Selecting the second variant could cost you upwards of $10 each month, and this service has roughly a quarter of the library size of Spotify.
Moreover, it uses cellular data connection, which comes free for the first four years, so coverage might not be that good in various places. Additionally, it’s unknown what happens when the free subscription ends, if owners will have to pay for it, or if Tesla will somehow expand the offering.
Thanks to r/teslamotors!