Tesla may add Apple AirPlay (mockup) support

Elon hints at adding lossless audio and AirPlay support to Teslas

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May 31, 2022

Tesla may add Apple AirPlay (mockup) support

Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to Twitter user ShibaDoge (@JaconB1290H) who praised Tesla’s audio quality despite being limited to Bluetooth streaming.

Elon asked if it would be possible for Tesla to add Apple Airplay, which would enable lossless streaming. He also noted that Tesla cars already have the necessary hardware capabilities.

Musk responded that his audio engineering team would discuss adding Apple AirPlay and lossless music quality support, along with other audio improvements.

Musk also took the opportunity to highlight the amazing sound system of both the Tesla Model S and Model X.

Streaming lossless music is an excellent option on certain platforms that allow you to listen to high-resolution audio files. Lossless Hi-Res Audio means that the music file has not lost any sound quality due to compression methods.

Tesla currently supports lossless TIDAL audio, but is limited to songs downloaded on WiFi. The most popular streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music also offer lossless streaming but not yet implemented in Teslas.

While Elon hinted at Airplay support, another possibility is that Tesla is using a different streaming protocol like Google Cast which is used on different devices like Chromecast and many others.

This may be the case because Tesla has been reluctant to implement any of the Apple products in its cars such as Apple AirPlay or Apple Music.

AirPlay support can bring additional video streaming options to your Teslas by allowing you to stream video directly from your phone to your car’s center display.

This could also be the start of Tesla working closely with Apple. If Tesla considers adding AirPlay support, will you also consider adding support for other Apple services? Apple Music and CarPlay are among the most requested features in Tesla.

No matter which direction Tesla heads, we may soon see improved audio streaming in Tesla cars.

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Tesla may soon be able to close your windows for you

Ugh. At that moment, you look outside and see the falling rain pouring down the window of the nearby window. You bite your lip remembering you left the windows open in a Tesla.

It was so hot… I ventilated the windows via a Tesla app to help prevent your glass roof from radiating your home in molten lava. Now the rain must be falling on your house, soaking your seats and floor mats. The scramble to open the app brings a pleasant surprise.

Somehow, your Tesla has known to close its windows. Has your car developed a self-aware artificial intelligence? No, not yet at least.

Tesla has added a new useful function: automatically closing the window with the forecast of precipitation.

Elon Musk announced on Twitter on May 30, 2022 that it now appears that Tesla is ready to connect the meteorological predictions to the car’s actions.

While weather-based actions have been part of API services like IFTTT, this is the first time Tesla plans to use weather data to initiate an action taken by a vehicle.

Tesla appears to have invested heavily in weather forecasting lately, as evidenced by its use of weather data in new forecasting models announced in the 2022.16 update.

Factor the new energy use model into expected weather conditions when calculating range and energy use.

In addition, Chinese drivers receive air quality indicator numbers in their status bar. However, these features do not affect the condition of the car.

The ability of Tesla cars to automatically perform certain functions based on predictive weather certainly provides additional opportunities for using weather data.

Future use of weather data could theoretically include changing the driver’s acceleration mode automatically to “cold” when snow and ice are expected.

Or, a Tesla vehicle equipped with a HEPA filter can activate Bioweapon Defense mode on orange air quality days to check for pollen and other contaminants.

The possibilities for using weather data to adjust vehicle settings seem endless.

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Tesla may soon support automatically applying the brakes when renewal is limited

It’s hard to pinpoint the best Tesla feature or the one that changed driving habits the most, but regenerative braking should be at the top of the list for anyone who owns an electric car.

After getting used to the system, the brake pedal becomes old.

However, that piece of metal to the left of the accelerator is quickly remembered during cold temperatures or when the battery is fully charged and regenerative braking is reduced or unavailable.

A feature in Tesla’s latest update (2022.16) appears to address this issue by adding an option to make the car perform the same with or without regenerative braking.

When regenerative braking is reduced and the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the vehicle will automatically apply its normal brakes. This gives the driver a consistent driving experience whether regenerative braking is fully available or limited.

Regenerative braking is one of the most important factors that make electric vehicles so efficient. While in motion, if the driver applies less pressure to the gas pedal or nearly takes his or her foot off the pedal to slow down, most electric vehicles will slow down like applying the brakes, but they don’t.

This one-foot-long driving style saves the use of brake pads and sends a charge to the battery, creating additional power. Tesla thinks this is such an important feature that it made the most powerful regenerative braking mode record in 2020.

However, if the car is fully charged, the battery will not consume more energy. This system is also known to work differently in colder climates.

Now, thanks to the 2022.16 update, during those conditions, Tesla’s Model 3s and Model Ys will perform the same without the ability to engage in regenerative braking.

In the release notes, Tesla stated, “Your vehicle can now automatically apply normal brakes to continuous deceleration when regenerative braking is limited by battery temperature or charging status.”

It appears that this feature is only available on the Limited Model 3s and Model Y, but it is possible that Tesla will test the feature on very limited devices before making it more widely available.

Understandably, some drivers may be turned off by applying the car to the brakes without the driver specifically depressing the brake pedal, so Tesla has made this feature optional.

If drivers want to reacquaint themselves with the brake pedal, they do not need to enable the new feature; For those who do: Click Controls > Pedals & Steering > Apply brakes when regenerative braking is limited. But, again, this is only available for a select group of Model 3 and Model Y cars.

There is no news on when it will be more widely available.

Another change happened in the latest over-the-air update, so you probably didn’t realize it was there.

After reading this, you may want to check the upper left corner of the screen. There is a line directly above the speedometer. You may have noticed it before and not given it a second look, but the line provides some valuable information.

The line is in the middle if the car is not using or gaining power, but turns black during acceleration and green during regenerative braking.

You’re not alone if you haven’t noticed or ignored it, because Tesla made the line thicker and easier to see. This update is also available for Model 3 and Model Y Teslas only.

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