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Tesla Has A New Toy To Keep You Entertained At Charging Stations

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But still no self-driving functionality.

Tesla isn't known for announcing major model year changes for its vehicles, but the company does make many small improvements via over-the-air updates. Some of these include important new features like user interface changes and an FM radio while others are a bit more silly, like the ability to play classic Atari games. Telsa keeps adding fun new features to its user interface because it helps keep owners entertained while they charge the vehicle.

The latest V3 charging on the Model 3 can add up to 75 miles of range in just five minutes but most charging stops will take longer. To keep owners occupied at charging stops, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the cars will come with the ability to stream YouTube and Netflix. Now you can watch an episode of The Office at your next Supercharger stop.

Musk tweeted, "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." The functionality will only work when the car is in park (for safety reasons) but Musk also made an even bolder claim saying, "When full self-driving is approved by regulators, we will enable video while moving."

Being able to watch a movie in a car is nothing new, several head units have had DVD functionality for many years when in park, and many cars with built-in internet browsers can already stream YouTube. But this is the first time we can think of where Netflix can be streamed in a car.

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This should be a nice way for Tesla owners to pass the time while charging but we wouldn't hold our breath for the ability to watch while driving. Tesla has been promising full self-driving capability for a while now, and it can still be purchased for $6,000, even though the function does not exist yet and has not been approved for production. Musk has promised that the functionality would be here by now but has already missed the deadline.