Drivers of Tesla cars will soon be able to recline in their seats and watch YouTube and Netflix on the vehicle's multimedia display, company boss Elon Musk has announced.
Musk said the new experience, launch some time between August and October, would have an "immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats and surround sound audio."
Thanks to Tesla's V10 software update, cars will also get several new games and infotainment features, and also add a new text message function for reading and answering messages while driving, Musk said on Twitter.
The new feature sounds ideal for whiling away the time behind the wheel in slow-moving traffic, but the Tesla boss said the streamed videos will only work when the car is not in motion.
The plan is to allow drivers to watch more TV once fully autonomous self-driving is approved, said Musk. "When full self-driving is approved by regulators, we will enable video while moving."
However, it may be years before Tesla drivers can speed down the freeway while immersed in a TV series and the car takes care of the driving. Until now Tesla's robot vehicles have always featured a human on board during tests to take over in case things go wrong. – dpa