The Tesla Model 3, Model S, and Model X will soon have their infotainment systems updated to include Netflix and YouTube.
Elon Musk made the announcement on Twitter (of course…), saying that it will have “an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio.”
Tesla will only allow its owners to stream Netflix and YouTube when their car is parked. However, the company intends on updating the system to allow owners to use it when a vehicle is moving once full self-driving has been approved by regulators. However, as we have come to expect in recent years, it will likely be some time before autonomous vehicles hit public roads en masse.
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.
— e^👁🥧 (@elonmusk) July 27, 2019
As Engadget points out, the Tesla Model 3 will provide the best viewing experience for users as its centrally-mounted infotainment screen is positioned horizontally while the screens of the Model S and Model X have their screens centered vertically.
At one stage, there was talk about the Model S and Model X getting updated interiors to closely mimic that of the Model 3. However, recent statements from Elon Musk indicate that this won’t be the case.
When Tesla does introduce YouTube and Netflix streaming to vehicles which are on the move, don’t expect it to happen without some controversy. The introduction of the streaming services is tipped to happen sometime in August.