Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere, but at 48:40 into the 2012 Shareholder Meeting Elon says "...bit of course all cars come with 4G connectivity"
Hopefully that puts the "is it 3G or 4G" debate to bed.
I would certainly also hope that the MS would connect to my AT&T microcell and/or WiFi as there is no "real" cell phone coverage within quite a few miles of our house.
"How would you remote control your car from your phone while you are away (check state of charge, set climate controls etc.), if your phone is required in the car for the car to be online?" VB
Good Point Voelker, which is why I suggested that TM use a proritization just like all smartphones employ - updates & communications via wifi if available, then user cell phone via bluetooth if available, and lastly internal cell phone or whispernet as a last resort.
I suppose the car will always need to have internal 3G, 4G or whatever G is next in order to monitor and change settings remotely via app when away from home... but whatever we get now will most definitely be obsolete from a hardware perspective within a couple years. People are already complaining about the speed of map updates under 3G (I don't expect any maps except onboard as I live outside of AT&T servie). This highlights the speed of change/obsolescence issue.
Someone above says it is wrong to have 3G in a 2012 car. Really? The design paramters have to be locked down sometime, and this car had to stop being an engineering dream about 18 months ago, before 4G could possibly have been implemented. Suggesting that things change on the fly is to not understand design/production realities and scheduling. Auto technology is always 2 years behind current PC's or telecommunications, and this will always be the case.
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