Tesla adds Apple Music to their vehicles in an update

Tesla adds Apple Music to their vehicles

After many years of waiting and anticipation, Tesla is finally adding Apple Music to its cars.

Aaron Cash shared photos via Twitter of Tesla’s new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which opened on November 20, 2022. Aaron discovered that Apple Music was included in one of Tesla’s vehicles.

At the exhibit, Tesla set up the interior of the new Model S, complete with a center console, steering wheel and infotainment system, allowing attendees to experience the yoke steering wheel and its lightning-fast processing for maps, games and entertainment.

The “vehicle” was running a developer version of Tesla’s operating system with version number 2022.40.50, and Apple Music was found here.

Tesla is notorious for leaving Easter eggs and hints about upcoming features in their software, and it seems to have been intentional to have this vehicle run a developer version with Apple Music. We first speculated that Apple Music was coming when an icon was seen during the Zoom conference, where they showed off their video conference in Teslas.

According to the software menu in the vehicle, the vehicle’s chassis number was set to ‘P3TERS3N1P000BUCK.

Integration

Tesla is going to integrate Apple Music into their music player, rather than actually using an Apple Music app, which has both positives and negatives. On the plus side, the UI will be consistent and similar to Tesla’s other music offerings, and is expected to support Tesla’s voice commands as well. However, it may mean that not all Apple Music features are available.

Spatial audio

Apple recently announced that Apple Music would support Spatial Audio in some vehicles. In addition to spatial audio, Apple Music also supports lossless audio for a variety of music. Apple describes these features as creating an immersive audio experience that produces “true multi-dimensional sound and clarity.”

It’s not clear if Tesla is implementing Spatial Audio or lossless audio support in their implementation of Apple Music, but we may be limited to the core features. Tesla currently supports high-quality audio with TIDAL.

Publication date

There’s no official release date for Apple Music, but the wait shouldn’t be long. It is highly anticipated that Tesla will 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 the blind spot camera, and more. This year’s holiday update is also expected to include a number of new features.

Apple Music, which surpassed the 100 million song mark in October, is one of the last major streaming services to be added to Tesla’s vehicles. Currently, Tesla offers Spotify, TIDAL, Slacker Radio, TuneIn, and SiriusXM (Model S/X only). To stream music through any of these services, you must subscribe to Tesla’s Premium Connectivity for $9.99 per month.

GM has repaired more than 11,000 Teslas since 2021

Ironically, Tesla’s massive popularity has helped a repair shop that’s been around for over a century. Speaking at General Motors Investor Day, company president Mark Reuss said, “That’s a growing business for us. I have to say it’s a new company,” said Barrons. He was referring to Tesla’s maintenance at GM facilities. The car company, which has been around since 1908, has repaired more than 11,000 Teslas in the United States as of 2021.

While Tesla isn’t happy about losing the business on the service side, it should be a relief for the owners to have access to repairs at a company with thousands of service centers across the country. Tesla has increased production and put more of its in-demand vehicles on the road; however, it takes much longer to build facilities and train workers to maintain these vehicles.

More Teslas need maintenance

Recently, internal documents showed that the company would introduce a process that would allow salvaged Tesla to be re-certified and allowed back onto the Supercharger grid. That could increase the number of Teslas to work on. Improvements to the service have been on Tesla’s radar for a while. Last year, Musk said the company was speeding up service center openings to keep up with exploding 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 at short notice. Musk responded: Please note, I personally put a lot of time into improving the Tesla service to make it great. Hopefully this is starting to be felt by Tesla owners.

The user also pointed out that Tesla can charge $100 for canceling an appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice, but there was no penalty if the company cancels at short notice. Musk tweeted: You’re right, we should credit Tesla owners $100 if we change appointments less than 24 hours in advance. Should be mutual. On June 4, 2022, he tweeted: Working on Tesla North American service. The aim is for 2/3 of the cars to be serviced on the same day, no waiting time.

But since those tweets, Musk has put a lot of focus on running his new company — Twitter. It’s unclear how long he will run Twitter or when his full focus will return to Tesla and improving the service.

While more facilities have opened, many Tesla owners clearly find it more convenient to go to their local GM dealership. This ironic twist can provide short-term relief. Still, Tesla must continue to build and staff more service centers to keep owners happy and convince potential buyers to consider the electric car pioneer when purchasing their next vehicle.

V1.2 of the safety score is here

Tesla has updated its Safety Score feature to version 1.2, which adds late night driving as a factor.

Since the launch of the Safety Score feature, Tesla has made a handful of improvements. However, version 1.2 is the feature’s biggest update to date. This update will hopefully address some of the concerns drivers previously had about how the score was calculated.

Tesla uses the Predicted Collision Formula (PCF) to calculate all of the above factors. This formula predicts how many car accidents can occur per 1 million kilometers driven.

This new version 1.2 adds features such as a visualization of your drive (without location data to protect privacy), late night driving and an extended grace period of three to five seconds.

Here’s a list of the changes to the safety score:

  • Provides a visualization of your journey, as a timeline, to show when specific events occurred that impacted your safety score. To protect your privacy, no location data is provided.

  • Added late night driving as a new safety factor. More time spent driving at night leads to a lower Safety Score.

  • Increased grace period after Autopilot is turned off from 3 seconds to 5 seconds.

  • Updated hard braking and aggressive turning safety factors to count the number of events instead of the duration of the events.

  • Updated Forward Collision Warning rate Safety Factor to calculate the rate of warnings per 1,000 miles driven without using Autopilot.

  • Updated safety score to use the mileage weighted average of safety scores from the last 30 days, ignoring autopilot miles driven.

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 drive at night (10:00 PM – 4:00 AM) divided by the number of seconds you drive in total during the day.” Although late night driving is limited to 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 reduced visibility, fatigue and distraction.

According to the National Safety Council, most fatal accidents occur between 4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday being the most common accident days.

Tesla’s new travel visualization feature in version 1.2 is also a welcome improvement. Previously, drivers did not receive detailed feedback about their journeys. Instead, they just got an adjusted score. Trip visualization shows drivers when their trip started, when Autopilot was enabled/disabled, the time of the violation (if applicable) and when the trip ended.

These insights will hopefully enable drivers to rethink each drive and correct aggressive driving behavior to receive the full self-driving beta.

Although Tesla has launched Safety Score v1.2, some drivers remain enrolled in the original version. You can see which version you’re signed up for by scrolling to the bottom of the Safety Score screen.

These safety score improvements come at the same time Tesla Insurance is launching in Minnesota.

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