By Lennon Sihak
After many years of wait and see, Tesla is finally adding Apple Music to its cars.
Aaron Cash He shared photos via Twitter of the new Tesla exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which opens November 20, 2022. Aaron finds Apple Music included on one of his Tesla cars.
At the show, Tesla owns the interior of the new Model S, complete with a center console, steering wheel, and infotainment system so attendees can experience the yoke steering wheel and its snappy handling of maps, games, and entertainment.
The “car” was running an upgraded version of Tesla’s operating system with build number 2022.40.50, and that’s where Apple Music was found.
Tesla is known for leaving easter eggs and hints about upcoming features in its software, and this car’s launch of an upgraded version with Apple Music seems intentional. We first speculated that Apple Music was coming when the code was spotted during a Zoom conference where they showed off their video conference running Teslas.
According to the software menu in the vehicle, the vehicle VIN is set to “P3TERS3N1P000BUCK.
Tesla will integrate Apple Music into its music player, rather than actually launching the Apple Music app, which has its pros and cons. On the plus side, the user interface will be consistent and similar to Tesla’s other music offerings, and it’s expected to support Tesla voice commands as well. However, it may mean that all Apple Music features may not be available.
Apple recently announced that Apple Music will support spatial audio on some vehicles. In addition to Spatial Audio, Apple Music also supports lossless audio for a wide variety of music. Apple describes these features as creating an immersive audio experience that produces “truly multidimensional sound and clarity.”
It’s not clear if Tesla is implementing Spatial Audio or lossless audio support in its implementation of Apple Music, but we might limit ourselves to the basic features. Tesla currently supports High Quality Audio with TIDAL.
There is no official release date for Apple Music, but the wait won’t be long. Tesla is highly expected to add Apple Music with this year’s holiday update, expected later next month.
Last year, Tesla released a holiday update that included the ability to create custom light shows, a new user interface, a customizable launcher, the addition of a blind spot camera and more. This year’s holiday update is expected to include a variety of new features as well.
Apple Music, which surpassed 100 million songs in October, is one of the last major streaming services to be added to Tesla cars. Currently, Tesla offers Spotify, TIDAL, Slacker Radio, TuneIn, and SiriusXM (Model S/X only). To stream music through any of these services, you’ll need to subscribe to Tesla Connect premium for $9.99 per month.
Written by Kevin Armstrong
In an ironic twist, Tesla’s growing popularity has helped a repair shop that has been in existence for over a century. During GM’s investor day, the company’s president, Mark Reuss, said, “This is a growing business for us. I have to say it’s a new business,” according to Barrons. He was referring to servicing Teslas at General Motors facilities. The car company, which has been around since 1908, has repaired more than 11,000 Teslas since 2021 in the United States.
While unhappy about losing work on the service side, Tesla should be relieved that its owners have access to repairs at a company that has thousands of service centers across the country. Tesla increased its production, getting more of its in-demand vehicles on the road; However, it takes more time to set up the facilities and train the staff to service these vehicles.
More Teslas will need service
Recently, internal documents showed that the company was in the process of introducing a process that would allow a salvaged Tesla to be re-certified and allowed to return to the Supercharger network. This may increase the number of Teslas to work on. Service improvements have been on Tesla’s radar for some time. In the past year, Musk said the company has been speeding up service center openings to keep up with the growing demand for the product.
Musk was focused on service
In September, Elon Musk said he was focused on improving the service. A Twitter user complained that a recent service appointment was canceled on short notice. Musk repliedNote: I personally develop Tesla to make it great. We hope Tesla owners feel that way.
The user also noted that Tesla can charge $100 for canceling an appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice, but there is no penalty when the company cancels with short notice. Musk tweeted: You’re right, we should add $100 to Tesla owners if we change dates with less than 24 hours notice. It must be mutual. On June 4, 2022, he tweeted: Working on Tesla service in North America. The goal is that two-thirds of cars receive same-day service, no waiting.
But since those tweets, Musk has been getting a lot of attention to run his new company — Twitter. It’s not clear how long he will run Twitter or when he will return his full attention to Tesla and improving the service.
While more facilities are opening, many Tesla owners apparently find it more convenient to go to a nearby General Motors dealership. This cynical shift may provide some relief in the short term. Nevertheless, Tesla must continue to build and staff more service centers to keep owners satisfied and convince potential buyers to consider the electric vehicle pioneer when purchasing their next vehicle.
By Lennon Sihak
Tesla has updated its Safety Score feature to version 1.2, which adds late-night driving as a factor, among other things.
Since launching the Safety Score feature, Tesla has made quite a few improvements. Version 1.2, however, is the biggest update to the functionality to date. We hope this update addresses a number of concerns drivers previously had about how the score is calculated.
Tesla uses the Expected Collision Formula (PCF) to calculate all of the above factors. This formula predicts the number of car accidents that may occur per million vehicle miles.
This new version 1.2 adds features such as visualizing your trip (without location data to protect privacy), night driving, and increasing the grace period from three to five seconds.
Here is a list of changes made to security points:
Provide a visualization of your trip, such as a timeline, to show when certain events occurred that affected your safety score. To protect your privacy, no location data is provided.
Late night driving has been added as a new safety factor. More time spent driving at night will result in a lower safety score.
Increased grace period after autopilot outage from 3 seconds to 5 seconds.
Updated aggressive braking and aggressive cornering safety factors to account for the number of events rather than the duration of events.
Updated Forward Collision Warning Rate safety factor to calculate the rate of warnings for every 1,000 miles driven while not using Autopilot.
Safety Score has been updated to use a mile-weighted average of safety scores for the last 30 days, ignoring any miles flown on autopilot.
One of the biggest upgrades to version 1.2 is the addition of Late Night Driving. Tesla notes in their blog post that “Late night driving is defined as the number of seconds you spend driving at night (10pm – 4am) divided by the number of seconds you spend driving total in the day.” Even though driving late at night accounted for 29.3% of your total score.
The reason Tesla added this as a safety factor is that driving at night can be more dangerous due to poor vision, fatigue, and distractions.
According to the National Safety Council, most fatal accidents occur between 4pm and 11:59pm, with Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays being the most frequent accident days.
Tesla’s new flight visualization feature in version 1.2 is also a welcome improvement. Previously, drivers were not given detailed feedback about their drives. Instead, they were only given an adjusted score. The trip visualization will show drivers when their trip started, when the autopilot was engaged/disengaged, the time of the violation (if any), and when the trip ended.
We hope these insights will allow drivers to reflect on each drive and correct any aggressive driving for a full self-driving test drive.
Although Tesla has released Safety Score v1.2, some drivers will still be scored on the original version. You can see which version you’re signed up for by scrolling to the bottom of the Security Score screen.
The improvements to these safety points come at the same time as Tesla Insurance is launching in Minnesota.
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