Tesla has changed its free data connectivity level that could potentially have a big impact on the way its customers use their vehicles. The included standard connectivity package, which adds basic navigation features without live traffic views or satellite maps and the ability to stream music over Bluetooth, will now expire after eight years (via electrec,
Eight years is still a significant period for included navigation and Bluetooth features, but it’s just a low note for potential buyers. At a time when car companies are looking for more revenue streams by charging subscription fees to use features that are already included (looking at you, BMW), Tesla’s move to impose time limits on data usage is certainly going to help the overall customer. undermines the experience.
Other companies are a bit more finicky in the services they offer. For example, BMW has maps that can be upgraded after three years for a fee, and BMW’s more premium navigation features (and Auto High Beam) are locked behind a ConnectedDrive subscription, which costs $50 per month. is year. And if you want satellite maps in Audi, you’ll pay $84.99 per month for its premium MMI Navigation Plus service.
Tesla’s vehicles included lifetime premium data features such as streaming music and movies, live security camera feeds and Internet browsing, but as of June 30, 2018, all this is available with a $10 per month premium connectivity subscription (or $99 if paid annually). closed behind. ,
So, if you’re planning on buying and owning a new Tesla for at least eight years, you’ll need to think about subscribing at some point, even just for FM radio. Alternative connectivity options are scarce as the automaker not only places standard Bluetooth audio streaming behind a standard connectivity subscription, but also refuses to integrate smartphone-connected platforms such as CarPlay and Android Auto. (Though you can be creative and do the former.)
In fact, you’ll probably want the premium connectivity package sooner rather than later on a car your uncle loves to repeatedly call “computer on wheels.” And it’s a small price to pay because Tesla gets even more expensive every few months. I’d probably hold off on a full self-driving subscription, though – it’s probably better to take the wait-and-see approach as the price goes up.