Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla could add a video conferencing feature to its infotainment system in the future. Tesla’s software has been growing exponentially within the last two years. A video conferencing feature seems like a natural progression for Tesla.
Tesla’s 2019.40.50 OTA update introduced its Voice Keyboard feature. With Voice Keyboard, drivers could access their messages and reply to them as well. “You can now read and respond to text messages using your right scroll wheel button. When a new message is received, press the right scroll wheel button to have your text message read out loud and press again to respond by speaking out loud,” said the release notes.
A video conferencing feature would be a natural progression for Tesla’s capabilities after Voice Keyboard. Combined with Tesla’s Premium Connectivity Package, a video conferencing feature would probably be quite useful for drivers and passengers alike.
To keep drivers and their passengers safe, Tesla may only enable access to the video conferencing feature while vehicles are parked. Some other features, like Netflix and other video streaming platforms, can only be accessed while Teslas are parked.
Yeah, definitely a future feature— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
Tesla will undoubtedly continue to expand the software for its vehicles. Just recently, Elon Musk mused about adding Minecraft or other AR videogames to Tesla Arcade. There are limitless options for Tesla vehicles in the software sphere.
Software seems to be one of the areas OEMs are struggling with as they design their take on the next-gen vehicle. In March, German news media reported that Daimler was in talks with BMW and VW about combining forces to develop a common operating system for their future vehicles. As of this writing, no news has been reported about the trio’s talks. However, VW had struggled with the software for its all-electric vehicle, the ID.3.
Meanwhile, the OS for Tesla’s vehicles continues to improve. Many TSLA bulls believe Tesla’s software will be the key to future profits for the company, which many bears find difficult to understand. Tesla’s advancements in software have lead investors and analysts from the tech sector to compare the EV automaker to Apple. If their predictions are correct, Tesla has the potential to reach Apple-level profits and market value in the future.