Zoom officially announced it would soon add its video conferencing app to Tesla vehicles. The company announced the addition at its annual Zoomtopia 2022 Event on Tuesday, November 8, as per Drive Tesla Canada.
“I can confirm that the Zoom integration for Tesla will be available on all new Tesla models soon,” said Zoom Product PR Manager Beth McLaughlin in an email to Fox Business.
“We want to make Zoom easy to access wherever our customers are – whether they’re in the office, at home, or in transit.”
McLaughlin added that customers expressed the desire to join Zoom Meetings from their cars, especially once daily commutes and office life go back to normal.
Tesla’s promotional video
Earlier this year, Tesla released a promotional video on its YouTube channel, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the recently released V11 software update.
Although it wasn’t explicitly mentioned in the video, eagle-eyed fans noticed a small icon on the screen that appeared to look like Zoom’s logo.
However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously implied that being able to attend virtual meetings in your Tesla was “definitely a future feature.”
On Tuesday, it was finally confirmed that the feature is coming, though not by Tesla.
The upcoming addition was announced at Zoomtopia by Zoom’s Group Product Manager, Nitasha Walia. Walia didn’t issue many specifics about how or when Zoom will be added but did say that the company is excited to bring it to “all new Tesla models soon.”
Zoom’s demo on Tesla Model Y
She also shared the feature’s brief demo working with a Tesla Model Y, showing that the Zoom app uses the vehicle’s cabin camera above the rear-view mirror. This is the first time Tesla owners would see what the camera sees.
The demo also presented that if you sync your calendar to your Tesla vehicle, you could directly access a Zoom meeting from the in-car calendar.
Apart from when it will be released, another unknown detail is whether Zoom will only work on WiFi or if Tesla will allow owners who signed up for Premium Connectivity to use the car’s data plan to hold a virtual meeting.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom mainly serves businesses, hosting webinars and training. However, between the end of 2019 and April 2022, the video conferencing platform grew from 10 million users to about 300 million.
The company started in 2011 and became a household name during the pandemic.