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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 1, 2018
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:
As a Tesla fan and model S owner I don’t get the Easter egg chat - how many Tesla owners are 13 years old? Have been waiting 7 months for some replacement trim parts damaged pre-delivery and we are dicking about with games. What’s that all about ?.,.,,,,,,,
— Ian Robinson (@batmansboots) August 1, 2018
What do you think? Does this sound like a good idea to you?