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Tesla to offer more video and games in vehicles in China

By Ramla Soni

In a first for the automaker, Tesla will offer customers in China internet-connected games and more video streaming channels in its vehicles

Tesla will be offering its Chinese customers more video and gaming content next year, making it the first time the automaker will offer internet-connected games in its vehicles.

Two video-streaming channels from cartoon-focused Bilibili and Alibaba-backed Youku will be added for a total of four. Owners will also be able to entertain themselves with three online games, mahjong and two versions of poker from Chinese tech-giant Tencent.

Tesla said the games and videos will only start after the cars are properly parked and that the new offerings will come some time in the first quarter.

The Silicon Valley automaker already offers a range of games in its vehicles for the US market but they are not internet-connected.

Tesla has built a $2bn factory in China and has set itself a target of building 1,000 cars a week by the end of 2019. It has also held racing events and showroom parties in China.

Elon Musk also announced in a tweet that a "holiday" update will add farming RPG Stardew Valley as a playable game and include a Full Self-Driving "sneak preview," as well as other things to its in-car systems.

There has been no mention of when the update will land.

Tesla added another popular indie game, Cuphead, in their massive V10 update earlier this year.

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