Tesla cars will play video with a future update

It'll most likely be limited to when you've stopped.

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Tesla is planning to bring games to its electric cars' giant touchscreens, so why doesn't it have video playback while the car isn't moving -- something drivers have wanted for years? Don't worry, you'll get your wish soon. Elon Musk has responded to a question about the feature with a claim that video playback will be available with "version 10" of Tesla's car software. He didn't say what services would be available or when you could expect to see the update, but version 9 (with Atari games) is due to arrive by the end of August. You could be waiting a while, to put it bluntly.

It's safe to say that Tesla will put tight restrictions on video whenever it arrives. Drivers have already crashed while watching video on stand-alone devices, and the last thing Tesla needs to do is suggest that owners can use Autopilot as an opportunity to catch up on TV shows. This would be for lengthy Supercharger stops, or those moments when your EV is a refuge from the pressures of the outside world.

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