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Tesla to Include Mahjong, Cartoons in Car Screens in China Next Year

Tesla stated Friday it would provide its Chinese clients more video and gaming content material in 2020, marking the first time the auto manufacturer will offer web-connected video games in its vehicles.

Two video-streaming channels from cartoon-focused Bilibili and Alibaba-supported Youku will be added for a total of four. Owners will also be able to entertain themselves with three online video games – mahjong and two versions of poker from Chinese tech titan Tencent.

The video games and videos will only begin after the vehicles are correctly parked, Tesla said, including that new offering will come someday in the first quarter. Owners usually use entertainment offerings while re-charging their automobiles or indulge after returning home from work.

The Silicon Valley automaker, widely seen as a pacesetter in in-car infotainment, offers a spread of video games in its automobiles for the U.S. market. Still, they don’t seem to be web-connected.

Keeping Chinese customers happy is a priority for Tesla, which has built a $2 billion manufacturing unit in the world’s biggest auto marketplace and set itself a goal of developing 1,000 cars every week by the end of 2019.

Unlike the United States, it has held racing events and showroom parties in China.

Tesla has started transporting China-built vehicles out of its Shanghai manufacturing plant, according to its Weibo posts.