We have seen the rumours for a few months, but it looks like a new upcoming Tesla feature will be the ability to connect to public hotspots for free.
Twitter user @Analytic_ETH tweeted out a quick thread on how to get access to the public hotspots.
New Upcoming #Tesla feature: Free access to public hotspots from, AT&T, Comcast, Orange, and more!
Since late last year, there have been hints in the firmware that @Tesla was looking to support "Public Hotspots".
I've been able to enable this feature, and confirm it works! 👇🧵 pic.twitter.com/L1jJMg24O6
— analytic.eth (@Analytic_ETH) April 21, 2022
To get access, you will need Tesla to enable the feature on your car.
Once that is done, your car generates a TPM-based private key for use on the WiFi networks.
Finally, you will need to select the relevant network, and your car will connect with the hot spot.
As per the vehicle’s firmware, it looks like Tesla vehicles will be able to connect to at least some of the following hotspots.
- AT&T Passport
- China Unicom
Tesla has not released a complete list or confirmed that the new feature even exists, let alone a launch date.
This is an interesting addition to the vehicle, especially for those in the United States, China and Europe.
Unfortunately, from the firmware, it does not appear that any of the big three telecoms in Canada have partnered with Tesla. However, this may change between now and the features launch.