Elon Musk urges Tesla to have more games in the car in preparation for the future of self-driving

CEO Elon Musk urges Tesla to have more car games and entertainment, which he sees as ‘critical’ in a self-driving future.

Does he find himself in front?

Last weekend, Tesla started pushing a new software update that Mush has considered ‘fire’ over the past few weeks.

The update eventually consisted of some changes to the user interfaces and the main new features were three new video games in the car and a new ‘Boombox’ feature to play personal sounds through external speakers.

Musk followed up the update with several comments regarding video games and entertainment in the car, which he considers ‘critical’ if he wants to achieve autonomous driving:

He said yesterday:

“Entertainment will be critical if cars drive themselves.”

The CEO announced that Tesla would bring an online multiplayer version of one of the games they released in the recent update, and asked his followers what Tesla should do with car games once they achieve autonomous driving:

Tesla’s video games in the car are currently only playable if the vehicles are parked.

Musk has received many suggestions, including support for cloud game platforms, such as Stadia, but he has also been praised for focusing on this if autonomous management is not resolved.

Tesla currently lacks Musk’s famous prediction to have 1 million robotic actions by the end of 2020.

The carmaker’s interest in video games also extends beyond Musk’s tweets.

As we reported earlier, Tesla has a team of software engineers working on video games in Seattle, and they recently started building a similar team in Austin.

Electrek’s Take

Does he find himself in front? Yes, I think he is. It feels like a distraction from the fact that Tesla is missing another important FSD timeline that Elon put forward.

Right now, the focus should really be on solving autonomous management and not finding what to do when we achieve it.

No one doubts Tesla’s ability to provide entertainment in the car when vehicles are driving themselves.

On the other hand, many people doubt Tesla’s ability to deliver vehicles that can really drive themselves without the driver’s supervision.

Right now I want to hear more about the effort and not about playing in the car.

Tesla would have a wider version of FSD beta this month, and the update would also spread to Canada.

We have yet to see that happen, and I would like to see more transparency from Tesla and Elon up front. Maybe they can share data from the FSD beta with limited release.

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