The link between Tesla and SpaceX extends beyond the fact that they share the same chief executive officer, Elon Musk. Taking it further, the billionaire entrepreneur has apparently carried his interest in Mars over to his fleet of electric vehicles.Image source: Kevin M. Gill / Flickr
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The electric car maker has hidden some really cool Easter updates in its software in the past, such as a Mario Kart animation on Autopilot and changing the Model S into a James Bond amphibian car, but the most recent Easter Egg is from another planet — Mars. According to the latest tweet by Jason Hughes, now there will be Teslas on Mars.
In a tweet, he said, “At least we know there will be Teslas on #Mars @elonmusk @TeslaMotors Taking mine there for a spin! #EasterEgg.”
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Hughes’ tweet depicts a new Tesla Easter egg that unlocks a surface shot of Mars on Tesla’s Navigation app.
— Jason Hughes (@wk057) December 23, 2016
As of now, Musk has not confirmed this, but Teslarati says it has been confirmed that the Mars Easter Egg is actually real and available on the most recent version 8.0 (2.50.114) software. You just have to hold down “T” and input “Mars” as the code to activate it. Hughes has made accurate reveals previously, like the reveal of Tesla’s plan for a P1000D model even before the official unveiling, notes Teslarati.
Takes your Tesla to Mars
Tesla’s Easter Egg jokingly ships the vehicle to Mars on SpaceX’s Interplanetary Transport System (ITS). Musk revealed the interplanetary spacecraft and the new rocket booster that SpaceX is working on in September. The vehicles will be able to carry about 100 people and tons in cargo into earth’s orbit. Then the vehicle will refuel before going on a trip to the fourth planet, which is Mars.
The new Easter Egg changes the rendering of your Model X or S into SpaceX’s Interplanetary Transport System with its solar arrays deployed when you enter “Mars” as an “access code.” Also you will find yourself on Mars with Tesla’s mapping app showing the red planet when you close the window, notes Electrek.
On Thursday, Tesla shares closed up 0.36% at $208.45. Year to date, the stock is down more than 13%, while in the last six months, it is up 6%. The stock has a 52-week high of $269.34 and a 52-week low of $141.05.