Could Tesla’s infotainment system support third-party apps?
It’s often joked that Tesla’s infotainment touchscreens are I-Pads due to the shear size of them. However, it seems Elon Musk has taken the idea quite literally and has said that the system could soon support third party apps and programs.
In fact, during a Tesla podcast called Ride The Lightning, the EV maker’s CEO said, “As our number of vehicles grow, it starts to potentially makes more sense to develop games and other applications for Tesla.” He insisted this would only be possible and advantageous to developers once more cars hit the streets.
Currently, Model S, X and 3 cars have a wide variety of features as part of their infotainment system such as games, an audio streaming service, navigation and a few more ‘creative’ features like the well-documented “fart-mode”. However, these are all Tesla’s own apps.
What Elon Musk is proposing is that the cars would have a version of AppStore, and developers would have the ability to creating apps for the cars. This could be a very good idea as the company is pushing Auto-pilot more and more, it needs to fid ways of entertaining the vehicle’s occupants.