By Lennon Cihak
After many years of waiting and anticipation, Tesla is finally adding Apple Music to its cars.
Aaron Cash shared photos via Twitter from 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 show, Tesla outfitted the interior of the new Model S, complete with a center console, steering wheel, and infotainment system so attendees could 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 the version number 2022.40.50, which is where Apple Music was found.
Tesla is known for leaving Easter eggs and hints about upcoming features in their software, and this vehicle running a developer version with Apple Music appears to have been intentional. We first speculated that Apple Music was coming when an icon was spotted during the Zoom conference where they showed their video conference running on the Tesla.
According to the software menu in the vehicle, the vehicle VIN was set to “P3TERS3N1P000BUCK”.
Tesla will integrate Apple Music into their music player, instead of actually running an Apple Music app, which has both good and bad points. On the plus side, the UI will be consistent and similar to Tesla’s other music offerings, and should support Tesla’s voice commands as well. However, it may mean that not all Apple Music features may be available.
Apple recently announced that Apple Music will support spatial audio in some vehicles. Besides 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 multidimensional sound and clarity.”
It’s unclear whether Tesla is implementing spatial audio or lossless audio support in their Apple Music implementation, but we may be limited to core features. Tesla currently supports high quality audio with TIDAL.
There is 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, which is scheduled for later next month.
Tesla released a holiday update last year 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 100 million songs in October, is one of the latest 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 need to subscribe to Premium Connectivity by Tesla for $9.99/month.
By Kevin Armstrong
Ironically, Tesla’s growing popularity has helped a repair shop that has been around for over a century. During General Motors 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 Tesla’s maintenance at GM facilities. The automaker, which has been around since 1908, has repaired more than 11,000 Teslas since 2021 in the United States.
While not happy to lose the business on the service side, Tesla is relieved that its owners have access to repairs at a company that has thousands of service centers across the country. Tesla ramped up production, bringing more in-demand vehicles to the road; however, it takes much longer to build the facilities and train employees to maintain these vehicles.
More Teslas will need assistance
Recently, internal documents have shown that the company would introduce a process that allows the recovered Tesla to be recertified and returned to the Supercharger network. This could increase the number of Teslas to work on. Service improvements have been on Tesla’s radar for some time. Last year, Musk said the company was speeding up the opening of service centers 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 about the short notice cancellation of a recent service appointment. Moss replied: Note, I am personally spending a lot of time advancing the Tesla service to make it great. Hopefully this will start to take its toll on 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 when the company cancels on short notice. Musk tweeted: You’re right, we should credit Tesla owners $100 if we change appointments with less than 24 hours notice. It should be mutual. On June 4, 2022, he tweeted: Working at Tesla North American service. The goal is for 2/3 of cars to receive same-day service, with no waiting.
But since those tweets, Musk has been paying close attention to running his new company: Twitter. It’s not clear how long he will run Twitter or when his full attention will return to Tesla and improve the service.
While more facilities have opened, many Tesla owners are clearly finding it more convenient to head to the neighborhood GM dealership. This ironic twist may provide short-term relief. However, 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 buying their next vehicle.
By Lennon Cihak
Tesla has updated its Safety Score feature to version 1.2, which adds, among other things, night driving as a factor.
Since the Safety Score feature launched, Tesla has made a handful of improvements. Version 1.2, however, is the biggest update to the feature. Hopefully, this update addresses a number of concerns drivers previously had about how scoring was calculated.
Tesla uses the Predicted Collision Formula (PCF) to calculate all of the above factors. This formula predicts how many car accidents are likely to occur per 1 million miles travelled.
This new 1.2 version adds features such as viewing your journey (without location data to protect privacy), night driving, and an increased grace period from three to five seconds.
The following is a list of the security score changes:
Provided a view 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 night driving as a new safety factor. More time spent driving at night will lead to a lower safety score.
Increased grace period after disengaging autopilot from 3 seconds to 5 seconds.
Safety factors for hard braking and aggressive cornering updated to count the number of events instead of the duration of the events.
Updated forward collision warning rate safety factor to calculate the warning rate per 1,000 miles traveled without using autopilot.
Updated Safety Score to use the mile-weighted average of safety scores from the last 30 days, ignoring autopilot miles.
One of the biggest updates to version 1.2 is the addition of Late Night Driving. Tesla notes in its blog post that “Late Night Driving is defined as the number of seconds you spend driving at night (10pm to 4am) divided by the number of seconds you spend total driving during the day.” Though Late Night Driving is capped at 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, tiredness and distractions.
According to the National Safety Council, the majority of fatal crashes occur between 4pm and 11:59pm, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday being the most frequent crash days.
Tesla’s new Trip View feature in version 1.2 is also a welcome improvement. Previously, drivers didn’t get detailed feedback about their drives. Instead, they only received an adequate score. The journey view will show drivers when the journey started, when autopilot was activated/deactivated, the time of the infringement (if any) and when the journey ended.
Hopefully, these insights will allow drivers to think through each drive and correct any aggressive driving in order to receive the Full Self-Driving Beta.
Although Tesla has released Safety Score v1.2, some drivers will remain enrolled in the original version. You can see which version you’re subscribed to by scrolling to the bottom of the Security Score screen.
These safety score improvements come simultaneously with the launch of Tesla Insurance in Minnesota.