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Why, why no Wi-Fi?

iwannam3

Active Member
Aug 8, 2016
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Why is Wi_Fi not enabled along with the rear seat heating? If the hardware exists why is it taking months to enable? The S and X have Wi-Fi I assume they are porting existing software to the 3. The CPU & OS was decided long ago and the rest of the car wasn't required before they started work on the WI-Fi so the finished vehicle was not in the critical path. Like we would tell our programmers "It's just typing, how hard can that be?" The rear seat heater is there, the wires are there, the relays are there, how many lines of code is needed to make a button on a screen to activate the relay? Seems trivial to me. What am I missing?
 

run-the-joules

Turgid Member
Aug 13, 2017
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SF Bay
You understand the WiFi is mostly for Tesla's benefit rather than sending the data via cellular. Not like it is a hotspot so why stress over it? Maybe they don't want to route early updates thru personal WiFi networks for some reason.

The WiFi is also for the benefit of anyone wanting to remotely access their car with the app. It’s quite slow to respond over LTE, and much faster over WiFi.


Personally I have effectively zero LTE coverage in my garage so without WiFi I don’t get software updates unless it happens when I’m at work.

That said, I’d rather have Summon and camper mode and the ability to adjust autopilot from the right scroll wheel before WiFi.
 
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Wi-Fi is the biggest security hole for the vehicle. I'm not surprised they are testing the hell out of it before enabling it. Obviously it works because it will connect at a service center. They are probably just making damn sure that nobody can hack into the car over a Wi-Fi network before enabling it for networks they don't control.

Now as for the rear heated seats, that one has had me baffled. So glad they're enabling it just as winter is over. o_O
 

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