The vehicle control system of a vehicle (e.g., an automobile, a motorcycle, a bus, a recreational vehicle (RV), a semi-trailer truck, a tractor or other type of farm equipment, train, a plane, a boat, a helicopter, a personal transport vehicle, etc.) may include a network interface (e.g., a wireless access point) that, for example, allows the vehicle control system to connect to a network (e.g., the Internet) and/or a user device to tether or otherwise connect to the vehicle control system. The network interface may be enabled (e.g., as a Wi-Fi hotspot) by a user interacting with the vehicle control system via a user interface output by a display of the vehicle control system. For example, the operating system of the network interface may generate the data for the user interface as a settings menu that at least enables a user to select configuration options, such as whether to activate functionality of the network interface. For some operating systems, the network interface may automatically be disabled after a certain period of time (e.g., ten minutes after no user device has connected to a network via the network interface or after no user device has been tethered to the network interface). Some operating systems may also require user interaction with the settings user interface output by the operating system to manually enable functionality of the network interface after the operating system has booted, creating a distraction for the user operating the vehicle control system. The operating system, according to the techniques described herein, may persist functionality of the network interface based on a user preference. In this way, the techniques may offer seamless connection of a user device to a network via the vehicle control system, or seamless tethering of the user device to the vehicle control system, thereby significantly improving the user experience and improving safety of operating network interface functionality of the vehicle control system.

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