Everything About Tesla Caraoke (Karaoke)

By Nuno Cristovao

Tesla Caraoke is Tesla’s version of karaoke. It’ll allow you to play and sing some of the most popular karaoke songs, right in your car. Caraoke will display song lyrics directly on the screen without interfering with any critical information the driver needs to drive safely. The songs can be played with vocals or without. However, it does not have the ability to use a microphone or record you singing.

Tesla Caraoke
Sing karaoke with friends inside of your Tesla

Tesla Caraoke is free to use, although it does require Tesla’s Premium Connectivity plan to stream the song or you can also use your phone as a hotspot or use WiFi

How to Access Caraoke

To access Caraoke tap the Music icon at the bottom of the screen. If you only see a thin music player with album art, artist info and controls, then you’ll need to expand your Music player by dragging it upward to reveal other music sources such as radio and Caraoke.

If you don’t see Caraoke, it may not be an active source or your car may not support it. It requires a car with MCU 2 or higher, which was released in 2018.

If your car is 2018 or later or has been upgraded to MCU 2, then you can check to see if Caraoke is hidden. You can tap on the Settings icon that is to the right of the music sources. After tapping it you’ll see various tabs on the left that will let you change your equalizer, audio balance and sources. Tapping on sources will present you with all the available audio sources for your car.

Which Cars Support Caraoke

Tesla Caraoke requires a vehicle with MCU 2 or higher. To check your version you can go to Controls > Software then tap on ‘Additional Vehicle Information’. You’ll want to look for ‘Infotainment processor’. If it says Intel Atom, then you have a vehicle equipped with MCU 2.

Tesla Caraoke is not available in all regions. So if you have a car with MCU 2 and Caraoke is not a hidden source, then it may not be available in your region.

Tesla Caraoke is available for all models, including the Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y.

Karaoke Song List

The songs and lyrics are provided by StingRay, the creator of karaoke apps and games for many platforms. Caraoke on Teslas is completely free to use and there are no songs to buy or download.

Mute Vocals (Microphone Icon)

By default Caraoke songs are played with vocals, but if you’d like to remove the vocals from the song, you can tap the microphone. The song will continue to play with the lyrics shown, but all vocals will be muted.

Can Caraoke be used while driving?

Yes, Caraoke is a feature that can be used while driving. Keep in mind that it will cover up some areas of your screen such as your navigation map, but your next turn will be displayed over your car visualization in the Model 3 and Model Y so that you can still follow directions.

Search Songs

The Caraoke screen has everything listed by category, however if you’d like to search for a specific song, you can do so by using the global music search. There isn’t a search specific to karaoke. After searching, the results will be broken down by music service and you should see a karaoke section if there are relevant matches.

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Tesla Superchargers, Patents, and Autopilot Opened Up for Competition

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla is offering up its patents in exchange for other manufacturers' patents
Tesla is offering up its patents for an exchange

Tesla has signaled a more open approach by allowing other automakers to access its Supercharger network. This move, spurred on by a groundbreaking deal with Ford, is more than a simple act of corporate benevolence. Superchargers, now a significant profit center for Tesla, could potentially revolutionize the electric vehicle charging infrastructure by making it universally accessible.

Patents Unleashed: A Closer Look

Tesla has also made strides in the world of intellectual property, opening up select patents to other automakers. This move echoes a similar step taken nearly a decade ago when Tesla announced an open-source approach to its patents. However, the details warrant attention. Tesla isn't giving away these patents out of pure altruism. There's an important caveat; Tesla requires a cross-license deal, effectively asking for access to the other automakers' patents in return. Critics argue that this does not constitute "free" access. It's a strategic maneuver aimed at mutual growth rather than unilateral generosity.

FSD and Autopilot: A Bold Proposition

Adding to the mix, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk announced the possibility of licensing Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) technologies to other automakers. This move could transform the landscape of autonomous driving by making Tesla's advanced technologies more widely accessible. However, the practical implementation is a complex process. Past discussions about licensing self-driving technology to other automakers have not materialized, indicating potential hurdles ahead.

An Industry Gamechanger

While the recent developments have generated much buzz, the long-term implications for Tesla and the electric vehicle industry remain unclear. Directly licensing technologies and working with companies that have designed them is a viable way to accelerate technological adoption. Tesla's moves could pave the way for more partnerships akin to its early collaborations with Daimler and Toyota. However, the willingness and ability of other automakers to integrate Tesla's technology remain to be seen.

The overarching narrative here aligns with Tesla's mission statement to help accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. By allowing broader access to its technologies, Tesla stands to propel the entire industry forward, even if it potentially narrows its competitive edge. But as Musk stated, "Patents do not define technology leadership...but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world's most talented engineers."

Whether this bold gambit will yield the intended results or backfire remains a question only time will answer. For now, Tesla continues to push boundaries, challenging the status quo in its relentless pursuit of a sustainable future.

Tesla Gears Up to Enhance Service Mode: New Features Unveiled in Upcoming Software Update

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla is making improvements to its Service Mode
Tesla is making improvements to its Service Mode

In the ongoing quest to deliver advanced vehicular technology, Tesla never fails to surprise. Tesla enthusiasts have new reasons to rejoice as a host of features are set to augment Service Mode in an upcoming software update.

Pioneering Enhancements: From Diagnostics to Calibrations

With every update, Tesla's futuristic touch becomes more evident. Michal Gapinski, creator of the Tesla Android Project, which famously enables Apple CarPlay in Teslas through a web-based solution, has shared some upcoming features to Tesla's Service Mode with us. In a forthcoming software update, Service Mode will house new diagnostic screens for seat belts, the HVAC system, and what appears to be a new window calibration screen. These screens promise to provide a comprehensive, accessible system check-up that offers valuable insights into your Tesla's health.

Sealt Belt Service Menu

Tesla is making improvements to its Service Mode
Tesla is making improvements to its Service Mode

The first new Service Mode menu appears to display details about Tesla's seat sensors, seat belts and the restraint control module (RCM). The car's visualization is displayed from the top with various areas are highlighted around the vehicle including what appears to be the seat sensors, seat belt buckles and retractors. Tesla displayed how they're tied together and how they communicate with the RCM.

New Window Calibration Menu

Tesla is making improvements to its window calibration system
Tesla is making improvements to its window calibration system

But that's not all. Tesla also appears to be adding a new menu for calibrating vehicle windows. This updated window calibration menu features a new visualization, lets you easily calibrate each window individually and displays the generation of the hardware installed.

HVAC Visualization

A particularly intriguing feature in the upcoming update is a dedicated service mode for Tesla's HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system. This unique feature will display fan RPM and temperatures in various areas, seemingly allowing a multi-angle view of the HVAC system's visualization.

Though Service Mode is tailored for technicians or Tesla owners with a deep understanding of their vehicle, it offers a new level of engagement, providing detailed insights that can help troubleshoot, reset, calibrate, and even configure new parts.

Accessing Service Mode

To access Service Mode, navigate to Controls > Software, and tap and hold on the vehicle's model name that appears underneath the car's image until a water ripple appears. Then release and type 'service' in the dialog box before hitting 'ok'. It is crucial, however, not to make changes unless you understand the implications fully, as they could negatively affect the vehicle. Moreover, DO NOT drive with Service Mode activated, as it disables critical safety features like traction control.

While the new Service Mode features are not in production yet, they are expected to debut in an upcoming update. As we eagerly await these enhancements, one thing is clear - Tesla continues to push the envelope in providing owners with an unparalleled, comprehensive understanding of their vehicles.

Stay tuned for more updates on these exciting developments as they're expected in an upcoming software update.

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