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Tesla arcade mode lets you play games with car's steering wheel

Friday 21/June/2019 - 11:13 AM
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Edited By: Yara Sameh
Waiting for your electric car to charge just got a lot more fun thanks to a new app launched by Tesla، daily mail reported.

The firm's 'Tesla Arcade' software lets you play iconic games like Pong and Mario Kart from the comfort of the driver's seat.

One title، Beach Buggy Racing 2، even lets you control the action with your steering wheel and brake pedal - provided you're not already moving.

Many of the games were previously available to play via a secret area of the in car entertainment system (ICE)، but the new release puts them in the driver's seat.

The game's creators، Vector Unit - based in San Rafael، worked with Tesla engineers to connect the car's steering wheel and brakes with the in-game vehicle's.

Pushing down on the accelerator won't control your speed، however. Doing so will trigger an on-screen warning message and disable the pedal.

Tesla is inviting people who are interested in playing the game to visit their local showroom.

The Palo Alto، California، firm has also launched an advert to promote the new feature.

A bundle of games was first added to the Tesla ICE through a software update last August.

The first games launched included Atari classics like the Missile Command، Asteroids، Lunar Lander and Centipede.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a slew of games set to arrive in cars at the E3 gaming convention، held in Los Angeles from June 11 to June 13.

'I mean، if you have a racing game and you have a steering wheel...it's sitting right there، waiting to be steered،' Musk quipped on stage.

Post-apocalyptic simulation game Fallout Shelter، as well as Cuphead - a side-scroller game modelled after 1930s cartoons - are all being added to Arcade.

Users will also able to hook up an Xbox or PlayStation controller to the dashboard.

In order to play a game، users have to make sure their car is parked and connected to a WiFi network.

Musk said Tesla decided to launch more in-car games as a way to make them 'the most fun possible.'

'If you're parked somewhere waiting for somebody to finish an appointment، or if you're on a road trip، it'd be pretty cool if you could just go to the car screen and play a fun game،' Musk said at E3.

'We're exploring how to make it as fun as possible.'

He added that he envisions users being able to play a game in their car while they're at a Supercharger station، waiting for their Tesla to charge up.

Tesla will look at how users receive the games to determine whether it should add more titles or capabilities in the future، Musk said.

Musk has been known to roll out unique features to Tesla's massive in-car display.

For example، the cars have 'Dog Mode،' that lets drivers leave the air conditioning on while they're away from the vehicle، so that pups can stay cool while inside.

Additionally، late last year، Tesla rolled out 'Fart Mode،' which operates just like the name suggests.

In addition to Atari games، the in-car display houses 'easter eggs' like Fart Mode، which when activated، lets the driver make a fart noise with just a push of a button.

They can choose which seat they want the fart noise to come from، as well as the type sound they want it to make، such as 'Ludicrous،' 'Falcon Heavy' and more.

Musk joked at E3 that Fart Mode is his 'finest work' yet.

WHAT ARE THE TOP FIVE FASTEST PRODUCTION ELECTRIC CARS IN THE WORLD?
The electric supercar market has ramped up in recent years، with several companies - many of them small startups - vying to build the quickest.

Electric cars have rapid acceleration largely because combustion engines cannot produce immediate torque، while electric engines can.

This means that many of the world's fastest production electric cars، which are road legal، accelerate faster than most Formula One vehicles.

Here are the top five fastest production electric cars.

1) Rimac Concept Two: 0-60mph (0-100kph) in 1.85 seconds

2) Tesla's next generation Roadster: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds

3) Aspark Owl: 0-60 in 1.921 seconds

4) Faraday Future FF 91: 0-60 in 2.39 seconds

5) Tesla Model S P100D: 0-60 in 2.4 seconds

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