After Cuphead, Stardew Valley or even Cyperpunk 2077, these are the AAA titles from Steam which will very soon be available on the screens of Tesla vehicles. In a tweet on July 15, 2022, the CEO of the American automotive company, Elon Musk, announced the progress of the integration project of the Valve Corporation’s digital video game distribution platform. According to his statement, a demo will probably [publiée] next month “.
We’re making progress with Steam integration. Demo probably next month.In the same category
A decent second quarter of 2022 for Tesla, despite concerns
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2022
More games in Teslas
For some time, Tesla has been working on optimizing its proprietary “Tesla Arcade” console to allow its cars to run heavy games. Currently, the platform is developed by two teams based in Seattle and Austin, with the ambition to offer similar performance to powerful gaming devices on the current market (PC, PlayStation, Xbox).
Through the integration of Steam, the company aims to expand the choice of games beyond classic titles. By combining Steam’s huge library of AAA games and the updated Tesla Arcade console, Elon Musk is looking to improve the gaming experience inside electric cars.
What about security?
Although revolutionary, the concept combining games and driving raises questions in terms of safety. In 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted an investigation into the playful features of Tesla screens in order to measure the risk of accidents. After the investigation, the authority urged the manufacturer to remove the launch option, when the vehicles are in motion.
For Elon Musk, this security measure is only “temporary”, because the company intends to democratize fully autonomous vehicles in the future. Passengers will then have the opportunity to have fun and play since they will no longer need to concentrate on driving, which will be entirely provided by the autopilot.
In the meantime, the authorities believe that the human factor remains essential, despite the evolution of Tesla technology. There have been no less than 16 accidents linked to the tests of the firm’s first aid vehicles.