Why Tesla Will Add Internet-based SiriusXM streaming to Model 3, Model Y and Others

By Nuno Cristovao

Model S and Model X cars have access to Sirius XM radio through Sirius XM-dedicated hardware. This is a premium feature that Tesla only offers in their top of the line vehicles. The Model 3, Y do not have Sirius XM hardware and the Cybertruck is not expected to either.

Many fans of the satellite-based network are forced to either buy an additional car unit and hook it up via the auxiliary jack or stream audio from their phones to the car via Bluetooth. Neither situation is ideal.

Over the past couple years we have seen Tesla take several cost-cutting measures on the Model 3 and Model Y to help keep the cars more affordable. Some design choices have always been there for cost reasons, why others were changed mid-production. Nothing against Tesla in these choices, the company is extremely agile and always looking for benefits in the long-term, but some of the choices have paid off, and some have not.

For example, Tesla chose not to include a dedicated rain sensor and instead rely on camera feeds and AI to detect when it’s raining and the wiper should be activated. I’m sure some folks would disagree with me, but the automated wipers of the Model 3 back in 2018 were horrible. They have since become much better, but as good as a dedicated rain sensor yet. It’s a similar case with Tesla’s automatic high beams, where they forewent a dedicated light-sensor. I’m sure Tesla’s software will get there eventually and be able to closely match the ability of these sensors.

Sirius XM coming to Tesla

Another cost-cutting choice Tesla has made along the way has been the removal of HomeLink garage door openers, where they’ll instead be relying on WiFi-based garage door openers in the future.

The point is Tesla has always had a long-term vision for the vehicles and for software to be able to make up for missing hardware in the future. With the automatic wipers, Tesla chose to skip a $4 sensor because they felt they could save money and do the same or better job with a software-based solution.

And how does this relate to Sirius XM? When Tesla designed the Model 3, they needed to make a lot of cost-based decisions. The Model S and X had Sirius XM hardware, but they chose not to include it in the Model 3 and future models. It’s clear that the hardware was not being provided by Sirius XM for free. There’s no doubt they needed to cut costs in order to offer the Model 3 at $35,000, but did they remove Sirius XM hardware because they could make up for it in software, much like they’re trying to do with automated high beams, wipers and garage door opening? We think so.

Tesla has streaming music offered by Slacker in their vehicles. In 2019, in their v10 release, Tesla added the ability to also stream via Spotify. In 2020, Elon Musk announced that the Tidal streaming service would also be coming to Tesla vehicles. More recently, at the end of 2020, Tesla enthusiast, GreenTheOnly, started spotting references to other music services such as Apple Music, Pandora and Audible in Tesla firmware.

Tidal showing up in Tesla

So the question is, why would Tesla leave out the Sirius XM streaming service when it could save them millions of dollars per year by not including Sirius XM hardware in their top of the line vehicles? They wouldn’t, and we think we’ll see Sirius XM service available on all models in the future. It's possible the first deliveries of the redesigned Model S at the June 3rd event will include it.

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Tesla Model Y, the best selling EV in Q1, wins U.S. News 'Best Luxury Electric SUV'

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla Model Y wins U.S. News Best Luxury SUV
Tesla Model Y wins U.S. News Best Luxury SUV
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Tesla's Model Y has won U.S. News 'Best Luxury Electric SUV' award. U.S. News writes "Despite the onslaught of new competitors, the Tesla Model Y is one of the most capable and well-rounded luxury electric SUVs that you can buy at the moment," U.S. News added, “If you’re in the market, this is an option that’s well-worth a test drive.”

The Model Y was first delivered to owners in early 2020 and was the automaker’s second mass-market vehicle after the Model 3. The Model Y effectively expanded Tesla’s product line to include a new body style. Tesla’s Model Y has rapidly become the company's best-selling vehicle, despite being more expensive than the Model 3. This speaks to the prominence of the Model Y, dominating the widely-popular crossover SUV sector. 

Tesla's Model Y starts at $62,990, making it much more appealing to mass markets than the Model X which starts at $114,990. Tesla's Model X has been offered for seven years, but is still only produced for sentimental reasons, according to CEO Elon Musk.

U.S. News highlights that, while the Model Y offers less cargo and utility room than the Model X, it still includes many of the same tech features and comparable performance. A fully enhanced Model Y has a 0 to 60 MPH of just 3.5 seconds while still having over 300 miles of range and a 155 MPH top speed.

It's no surprise that the Model Y was the recipient of the U.S. News ‘Best Luxury Electric SUV’ award as it topped the list of best-selling EVs in the US in Q1 2022. In Q1 2022, U.S. EV sales were up 60% year-over-year, demonstrating the continued shift away from internal combustion engine vehicles.

Tesla had the top 3 best selling EVs

Tesla took first, second and third place with an impressive 52,051 registered units for the Model Y, and 47,682 registered units of the Model 3. These two models alone make up the bulk of the entire U.S. EV market. Tesla also achieved third place with 9,250 registrations of the Model S and seventh place is the Tesla Model X with 4,899 registrations. Tesla remains the leader in EV sales, consistently selling a number of vehicles unattainable to competitors.

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How to add more 'Quick Control' icons in the Tesla app

By Rene Pepin
You can add a fifth Quick Control icon to the Tesla app
You can add a fifth Quick Control icon to the Tesla app

Tesla completely redesigned their app with version 4.0 last year. Since then Tesla has been quickly iterating on its features with updates and new features coming every few weeks.

With version 4.3 of the Tesla app, Tesla added the ability to customize the Quick Control buttons on the main screen.

You can add up to four buttons, but with this little trick, you can also add a fifth icon.

Add a Fifth Icon to the Tesla App

To add a fifth icon start by long-pressing the row of icons to bring up an editing screen to sort or replace those icons with the ones you use most frequently.

Now here is where the fun starts because it will take a little manual dexterity to add the additional icon but when you do it correctly your sense of accomplishment will out weight your initial frustration.

Here is the trick:

With your right thumb, pick up one of the available icons and drag it over the fourth icon (in the screen above it is the Front Trunk icon), but do not release it.

While keeping your right thumb held down, use your thumb on your left hand to press on the 1st icon (in the screen above it is the HVAC icon), and drag it to the second icon (the Defrost icon). The icon you have brought up will move offscreen to the right into the invisible fifth spot.

Release both fingers simultaneously and VIOLA a fifth icon will magically appear.

Have fun mixing and matching your icons as your needs change. You can update the icon bar as often as needed.

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Tesla used to allow users to continue to add an unlimited amount of icons, but it wasn't a great experience so the total number of icons is now limited to five.

Additional Tips

There are several other useful bits of information about the Tesla app that could make it more useful.

For example, you can tap the battery icon at the top of the screen to access charging information. This brings up the same information as tapping on the Charge Quick Control icon.

If you prefer tapping the battery icon, you can remove the Charge icon from the Quick Controls area, allowing you to free up a spot, essentially giving you an extra Quick Control slot.

Wake Up Your Vehicle Quicker

When using the app most commands are executed through the vehicle's internet connection, which requires your vehicle to be awake.

Waiting for your vehicle to wake up could sometimes take up to a minute, but there is a way to speed it up if you're within Bluetooth distance (around 30 feet).

Some commands are sent via Bluetooth, which allows them to be completed even if the vehicle is asleep. This includes locking and unlocking the doors.

When completing one of these commands, your Tesla starts to turn on almost immediately.

If you're waiting for your vehicle to turn on, you can send a command to lock/unlock your vehicle and your vehicle should wake up quicker than just waiting.

Widget

If you've added a fifth icon to your Quick Controls and use the Tesla app widget, then the widget will now display all five icons as well.

No Need to Wait

With the introduction of the Tesla app version 4.0 last year, Tesla quietly rolled out a feature that changes the way you use the app.

Previously, you needed to open the Tesla app, wait for your vehicle to wake up, and then you could send a command to the car, such as using turning on the climate system or using HomeLink.

However, now you can simply open the app, tap your desired function (it'll show a spinning circle) and you can quit the app.

Instead of the command going directly to your car, it will now be sent to Tesla. Tesla's servers will be the ones who wait for your vehicle to wake up, and when it does, Tesla will execute the command.

If for some reason Tesla isn't able to wake up your vehicle due to a poor connection or another error, then you'll receive a notification saying the command failed.

This makes turning on the HVAC system a much more enjoyable experience.

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