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Technology Tesla begins to observe in-car data usage, likely as free connectivity ends

22:56  25 september  2019
22:56  25 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Some Tesla owners have begun to notice a new graphic on their touchscreens regarding data usage , and it adds fuel to the rumor that the Silicon Valley-based Finally, in summer of 2018, Tesla released two structures of connectivity : Standard and Premium. Standard connectivity is a no-cost option

Connectivity is an important part of all Tesla cars , further enhancing the driving experience by providing access to features that require data usage All cars come with Standard Connectivity which provides access to most connectivity features over Wi-Fi only, in addition to basic maps and

Some Tesla owners have begun to notice a new graphic on their touchscreens regarding data usage, and it adds fuel to the rumor that the Silicon Valley-based automaker will soon start charging for internet connectivity.

a red car parked on the side of a road: The gravy train of free data is coming to an end, it seems. Nick Miotke/Roadshow© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The gravy train of free data is coming to an end, it seems. Nick Miotke/Roadshow

Electrek first reported on the data usage graphic after an owner submitted a photo of the new text. It shows a 50GB limit, but it's entirely unclear what counts toward usage. Roadshow reached out to Tesla to learn more about the situation but the company didn't immediately respond.

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Tesla is starting to monitor data usage in its vehicles, which has always been free , but the automaker is now planning to start to charge for connectivity . When Tesla first launched Model S in 2012, some owners were quite perplexed about the fact that the internet service came with the cars at no cost and

Tesla begins to observe in - car data usage , likely as free connectivity ends . Tesla reportedly buys AI startup that helps self-driving cars see. Tesla is starting to monitor data usage in its vehicles, which has always been free , but the automaker is now planning to start to charge for connectivity .

As the report notes, internet connectivity has, so far, been entirely free for owners. Five years ago, the automaker then stated the connection would last free of charge for four years, but the time frame has since come and gone. Finally, in summer of 2018, Tesla released two structures of connectivity: Standard and Premium

Standard connectivity is a no-cost option that includes internet connectivity for things like maps and navigation. Over-the-air updates will only occur over a Wi-Fi network, unless they're important safety related updates. Most Tesla vehicles come with one year of the Premium connectivity option as standard today. It's likely what most owners want, as it includes in-car music and media streaming and satellite-view maps. As for how much it will cost afterward, we don't know.

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Tesla has also done their best to make sure that the Model S is an extremely safe vehicle. The batteries are spread out beneath the floor of the car, actually helping to improve chassis stiffness while simultaneously Tesla begins to observe in - car data usage , likely as free connectivity ends .

Tesla only started making cars a few years ago, so it had the luxury of designing its features around Tesla has informed many drivers that their free LTE connectivity features will cost them per month going forward. The company also started to show data usage in the car ’s software earlier this year.

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The original report noted the data usage counter also hasn't appeared for owners who do not have the Premium connectivity option. Perhaps Tesla is in the midst of shuffling how all the features work yet again. Hopefully, Tesla can share more information in the near future as infotainment is a hot-ticket item for most Tesla buyers and those who lust after the brand's cars.

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