There's Something Wrong About Tesla Adding Atari Games To Their Cars

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During the announcement made by Elon Musk about the next version of the Tesla operating system, he mentioned the update would allow owners of Tesla vehicles will have access to classics Atari games through the infotainment system. While that may sound cool, it seems like a waste of resources and adds uneccesary complexity to the software. Given all the production delays, it sounds like the emperor is fiddling while the city burns.

In a series of tweets, Musk announced that Tesla 9.0 would be coming and that owners would be able to play classic Atari games when the car is stationery.

One of the games he plans to include is Pole Position and it will use the car's steering wheel as a controller. That sounds cool but, frankly, scares the crap out of me.

All those extra lines of code are extra software that will need to maintained and patched by Tesla. I can bet you threat actors will be looking for flaws that will allow them to exploit the software to compromise the car in some way. Seriously, there are plans to link the a gaming system to the car's steering system. ASnd let's remember that the steering wheel is also controlled by the parking assistance software.

The software update will also improve the autopilot and dashcam features.

My favourite response to Musk's announcement was this one:

What do you think? Does this sound like a good idea to you?


Comments

    It's a pointless gimmick - how often would people really play it?

    My car head unit plays DVDs - when the buggery am I going to watch DVDs in the front seat of my car?

    I wasn't aware the production delays were with software? That's right, because they're not.

    There's absolutely no correlation there so who cares if he's got the software engineers to play around a bit and add some cool, if unnecessary additions to the software.

    But hey, LF needs its daily anti-tesla post I guess.

      It's about the lack of focus. And connecting the infotainment system to car controls like that is not only unnecessary but adds a point of risk to the vehicle.

        It only adds a point of risk if the game software isn't properly sandboxed.

        And you can quantify the “risk” involved?

        Geez Louise! Ease up, loosen up and enjoy a Tesla. Oh you probably don’t own one, I can’t expect you to “get it”.

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