Tesla Premium Connectivity Is Now Live
Tesla's premium connectivity services are now live, according to a thread on Reddit. There are a number of services that come with the premium connectivity, the cost is about $9.99 per month, or $99 if you pay upfront for a year. Let's go over the services now.
Navigation is a feature that provides maps, navigation functionality which includes traffic-based routing, a trip lanner, and supercharger stall availability. This comes standard with every Tesla vehicle. This is the only feature that is listed as part of premium connectivity as well as being standard in a Tesla vehicle.
Live Traffic Visualization
There is a live traffic visualization that comes with Tesla FSD Beta. It looks like this is going to be added as part of the premium connectivity package. When a Tesla is driving, it has the ability to use its 8 cameras to create a live view around the car, which will show other cars, pedestrians, and some other things like speed bumps and construction cones.
I think having the live traffic visualization is a great idea. It causes the person in the Tesla to wonder what is on the screen and Tesla need only put a button to purchase FSD Beta. I think this will increase purchasers of FSD Beta by quite a bit.
A satellite view of a map is similar to what you would see on Google Maps when viewing a map. By default, a map shows symbols and road markers, but it's all like a drawn map. When you use the satellite view, you can see the map exactly as a satellite would looking down on the earth. This is useful if you want to see the terrain and everything that is around you.
Video streaming is fairly self explanatory. This is Netflix, Disney+, and other streaming services that provide access to movies and TV shows.
Caraoke (spelled with Car on purpose), Karaoke, is a feature of the car that allows you to play songs with lyrics on the screen. My guess is that there would be some way to hook up a microphone to the Tesla in order to hear the sound of someone singing in the car.
This one will likely be more popular with kids and young people, but I know people in their 30's and 40's (like me), that still love to do caraoke and would take advantage of this feature.
There are many music streaming services, such as Pandora, Spotify, and others. Music streaming will be a way to hook into your Tesla's software and play the music you like the most.
I don't find this one as valuable to me because I just play all my music from YouTube. But for those who subscribe to music services, this one will be nice.
An Internet Browser will allow you to browse the world-wide-web and visit any websites you so desire. This will be nicer than sitting in the car with your phone trying to use the internet and I can see people using this regularly - especially when a Tesla vehicle can do most of the driving, instead of a human driver.
Elon Musk has also stated that Tesla is trying to get Steam games added as an option inside a Tesla vehicle, but this hasn't happened yet.
What do you think about Tesla's premium connectivity? Will this be something that a lot of Tesla owners purchase?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.