How to Hide Unused Music Services and Apps, or Explicit Content in Your Tesla

By Not a Tesla App Staff
You can hide unused music services in your vehicles
You can hide unused music services in your vehicles
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Tesla’s infotainment system comes preloaded with several apps, including various music services. Just like apps on your phone, the interface can get a little cluttered if you keep all the apps, even the ones you no longer use or never used in the first place. Fortunately, Tesla can streamline your media experience by hiding unused services. This includes the newly added Apple Podcasts.

Hiding Unused Music Services

To hide any music services you don’t use, you’ll need to get to audio settings. There are various ways to get there, including:

  1. Using the Music Player: Drag the music player upward to reveal additional information. Tap on the 'levels' icon to go to audio settings, where you can adjust the audio balance, EQ and music sources.

  2. Volume Control Shortcut: Tap the lower/raise volume icon in the 'dock' and then press the levels icon that appears. This is a quick way to access audio settings.

Choosing Your Services

After accessing audio settings, tap on the ‘Sources’ tab.

  • All services will be listed, simply uncheck any services you want to hide

  • To reintroduce a hidden service, you’ll need to return to this menu to re-enable it

Effects of Hiding Services

When you hide a music service, it gets removed from various locations in your vehicle, which can help simplify the interface and make things easier to find.

App Icons

Removing a service will remove the streaming music icon from the ‘All Apps’ menu. It will also remove it from the shortcut menu that lets you jump to a different music service when you tap the streaming service’s icon at the top left of a music app. For example, tapping the Spotify icon will present a drop-down menu that lets you jump to another music service.

Voice Commands

Removing a music service could also affect music voice commands. If you hide the default music service such as Streaming (Slacker) in the U.S., music commands may not work unless you specify a service name, or you’re already playing music using another service.

Search Results

Another positive effect of hiding unused streaming services is that music search results will only display results for available services. So if you hide Caraoke, or Tune-In, then music search will no longer include results for these services. However, if you’re logged in to any music services, then search results will still be displayed, even if the service is hidden.

Hiding Explicit Music

While hiding unused apps is great, you can also remove just explicit content from select services, without removing the entire app. However, this only works on select services such as Streaming and Apple Podcasts. To hide explicit content go to Audio Settings, tap the Options tab, and turn off ‘Explicit Content.’ Interestingly, Spotify already labels their content as explicit when appropriate, however, Tesla does not support hiding explicit Spotify content yet.

Advantages of Hiding Music Services

Hiding unused services helps declutter your interface and streamlines your experience. Currently, this feature is limited to music services. However, as Tesla continues adding more apps to its infotainment system, there may be future support for hiding other types of apps.

It's important to note that the available settings may vary depending on your market region, and not all settings are applicable to every audio source.

Tesla Vehicles Spotted With LiDAR: What Do They Use It For?

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently hit the news for purchasing approximately $2M in LiDAR sensors from Luminar, one of Tesla’s long-term suppliers. You’ve probably seen photos of Tesla’s Semi and various Tesla models, including the Model 3 and Model Y sporting LIDAR equipment on the roof. These cars drive around with manufacturer plates scanning streets and highways.

However, many people confuse Tesla’s purpose in purchasing LiDAR equipment with using it for FSD versus testing. So, let’s look at what LiDAR is, and why Tesla uses it on its Fleet Validation Vehicles.

What is LiDAR?

LiDAR stands for Light Detecting and Ranging – essentially using lasers to measure distances. A laser pulse is sent out, and the time it takes to return is measured – providing extremely accurate distance measurements.

Some companies working on self-driving vehicles, including Waymo and BYD, use LiDAR as part of their self-driving suites, but Tesla is one of the few stand-outs that does not. Even Rimac’s “Verne” Robotaxi – which uses self-driving technology from Mobileye, also uses LiDAR.

While LiDAR can produce extremely accurate and high-quality 3D environments, it comes with its downsides as well. Not only is LiDAR costly and requires large gear strapped to a vehicle, but it also can not be used in bad weather and can have interference issues if there are other strong light sources present.

Why Does Tesla Use LiDAR?

A LiDAR rig mounted on a Tesla Semi for testing FSD.
A LiDAR rig mounted on a Tesla Semi for testing FSD.
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At Autonomy Day in 2019, Elon Musk mentioned that LiDAR isn’t the solution for self-driving cars – it's just a crutch. Thus, Tesla hasn’t used LiDAR for any production self-driving software.

Instead, Tesla uses it exactly how it's described – they use it to gather ground-truth data. This data is then used to feed Tesla’s Full Self Driving system – which helps validate its vision-only system's accuracy. LiDAR provides very accurate measurements to help ensure that FSD’s perception of space is accurate – and is only used by Tesla to ensure that its AI technology which is the brains of FSD is capable of accurately interpreting depth from just visual data.

Tesla’s vision-only system has been seen to be extremely accurate, with Vision-only Autopark being able to park in even narrower and tighter spaces faster than the previous version that relied on ultrasonic sensors.

We’ll likely continue to see Tesla purchase LiDAR systems, as well as use them for validation well into the future.

Tesla's Upcoming Robotaxi Event in August Delayed, According to Bloomberg

By Karan Singh
Sugar Design

In a report from Bloomberg, it is claimed that Tesla will be delaying its much-anticipated 8/8 Robotaxi event by two months to October 2024.

While sources other than Bloomberg haven't confirmed this report, Bloomberg has a positive track record of reporting on financial decisions. We’ll be sure to update the article if there is confirmation on X from Elon Musk or another Tesla senior official.

Tesla’s stock has dropped nearly 8.5% over the day, ending back-to-back gains over the last two weeks. It closed yesterday at $ 241 after hitting a peak of $270 earlier in the day before the news broke.

Why the Delay?

The delay – of approximately two months – has been communicated internally, but not publicly announced just yet. Bloomberg goes on to mention that the design team was told to rework certain elements of the Cybercab, necessitating the delay.

If Bloomberg’s report is correct, it sounds like Tesla’s unveil event will be largely focused on showing off the vehicle, instead of demoing how it will work. Of course, it could still be both, but given past events, Tesla has always shown off the vehicle years before it hits production.

Rimac recently showed off their version of robotaxi vehicle named Verne, and surprisingly, it could almost pass for Tesla’s own robotaxi. A lot of design cues in Rimac’s version are elements we have already seen or expect to see in Tesla’s autonomous taxi.

A recent Tesla patent revealed that Tesla is incorporating a sanitation system into their robotaxi that will be responsible for analyzing and cleaning the vehicle’s interior, although the delay itself is likely tied more to a physical feature rather than software.

Another element we know almost nothing about is how Tesla plans to charge these robotic taxis. Will they rely on the existing charge port and adapt a solution like the robotic charging arm (video below) we saw almost eight years ago, or will wireless charging or a dock finally become realized?

While the delay for Tesla’s event appears to be related to the vehicle’s design itself and not further development of FSD, Tesla is wasting no time in getting FSD working for the upcoming vehicle. Model 3 vehicles have already been spotted with camera locations that resemble a robotaxi.

Is the Delay Accurate?

We expect that this delay might actually be true – Elon Musk usually takes to X within hours of such news breaking if it's false to refute it and hasn’t done so yet.

Tesla has delayed several of their events in the past, and a delay of a couple of months seems plausible. We should hear from Musk himself soon on whether this report is accurate.

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