Model S Smartphone App

Model S Smartphone App

What would you like the App to control? I'd like it to have the ability to:

1) Cool the car before I get in
2) Open the chargeport
3) Locate the car in the airport garage
4) Tell me if someone is in the car (if possible)


jerry3 | November 11, 2012

The fob should do #2.

Teoatawki | November 11, 2012

The fob does not do #2, though.

jerry3 | November 11, 2012

Correct, but it should. (that was my point)

wholland | November 11, 2012

It would be nice to be able to lock and unlock doors. Obviously, some type of password protected access would be necessary though.

RZitrin1 | November 11, 2012

You might want to add this to Rod and Barbara's thread on software changes.


Azdcmoney | November 11, 2012

Take a guess at the state I live in , # 1 I understood was one of the coolest things that were ready day 1

dbourne | November 12, 2012

Having the FOB open the charge port would be nice but I believe the tip of the charging cable is supposed to open the charge door automatically when it's moved within a few feet of the charge port door which is even more convenient to me than having to press a button on on the FOB

Scorch | November 12, 2012

Since the phone app is something I will likely be showing off all the time I'd like some lifetime type stats on it. Like $ saved (input local gas price and electricity price and it figures out my savings with my miles driven), days without gas counter, maybe even amount of electricity used this charge (for figuring out if plugging in somewhere that charges you money is worth it).

Nick Kordich | November 12, 2012

@dborne - There's a button on top of the connector that will open the port - I found that out on my last trip to a Tesla showroom. I had the impression it's automatic as you approach as you describe, but I'm not sure if that's true, too. In either case, a smartphone app feature or fob button seems redundant.

BYT | November 12, 2012

Not when you charge outside at a ChargePoint Station!!

ThomasN | November 12, 2012

Track where the car is
User defined Valet mode/Governor mode, including a decrease in acceleration
Environment. Heat/ sunroof/windows
Incoming text.
Drop pin remotely to navigator.

ahm | November 12, 2012

I'd like to be able to see charge level/range with the app.

nanurse | November 12, 2012

You should be able to transfer an address into the app from say Apple Maps and then subsequently transfer that to the navigation system in the car wirelessly via the app.

Seems like a much more useful feature than seeing where the car is on a map in the app. Maybe I'm just lazy but I find myself not using my current nav system because by the time I get into the car I've already entered my destination into my phone and just end up using my phone's nag app rather than taking the time to re-enter into the car's nav system.

This car is already connected to the internet so transferring your destination from your phone should be rather straight forward especially if they have a dedicated app that's already tied into the car.

BarryInBoulder | November 12, 2012

Queue up a playlist.
Access backup cameras or other cameras (free spy/security system!)
Tell external temperature.
Telemetry on speed, etc. when kid borrows the car.
Ability to turn on defroster or heated windows.
If it had a tow hitch, it would be great to be able to make the car creep forward or back when loading a boat onto a trailer or whatever. But it doesn't, and it's probably just begging for liability lawsuits anyway.
Along the same lines, there's got to be some uses for having the car follow you around like a puppy when the phone's in your pocket. I can't think of any, but it sure would be cool.
Easy transfer of pictures from phone to car's screen.

DouglasR | November 12, 2012

Access many of the screens and controls available on the touch screen (e.g., open windows and roof, heat & cool the car, adjust the seats and steering wheel, etc.)

Nick Kordich | November 13, 2012

@BYT - I see what you mean (after seeing the video Cindy Holland posted).

I think having a button on the J1772 adapter, like the one on the mobile charging adapter, would be more convenient than getting your phone out, unlocking it, bringing up the app and hitting the right button in it, but having it in the app would be better than nothing in the meantime.

If they produce an SAE J1772/DC Combo plug adapter, that could be a feature to help justify the price.

Another possibility is making the fob clicks customizable. Double-clicking the hood unlocks the frunk; perhaps the car could be set to allow a single-click or press-and-hold to open the charge port.

nickjhowe | November 13, 2012

Why can't TM embed the same RFID chip or whatever it is in the UMC into the J1722 adapter? That way the door would open automatically just the same.

Brian H | November 13, 2012

Don't hold your breath for the DC converters. A whole new ball game vs. AC.

dahtye | November 13, 2012

I'd also want to know the internal temp of the car.
Time to end of charge would be a requirement in any phone app.
The car should also text me that it's done charging so I can go out and disconnect so someone else can use the charger - currently, there's no outside indication that the Model S is done charging (i.e. if someone else needed to use the J-1772 charger cable). Currently, another driver can pull the J-1772 plug from your Model S, but may not because he doesn't know that charging is done. In Leafs, there is indication on the dash when charging is done so we all know that it's ok to pull the charger from an unattended Leaf.

mrspaghetti | November 13, 2012


Another driver cannot pull out your charging cable because it locks in place when the car is locked, so you need the fob to remove it.

mrspaghetti | November 13, 2012

Wait, nevermind. I guess someone could pull the J1772 out of your adapter that's locked in the charge port.

dahtye | November 13, 2012

Yes, only a J-1772 can be pulled out, but the Model S retains (locks) the adapter to the car so no one can take it.

jbunn | November 13, 2012


That brings me to my desired functionality. I would like the ability to unlock the connector remotley.

On superchargers, I'd like to have my cell contact information connected to my charging account. If someone else needs the charger, they can find out who's accessing the charger, and ring my phone.

tranhv68 | November 14, 2012

When will a iOS or android app for the tesla be available to download?

stephen.pace | November 14, 2012

George Blankenship had the new beta on his iPhone at the party Monday night, so it shouldn't be too much longer now.

Hogfighter | November 15, 2012

These are all great ideas! Add to the list as you think of new ideas (Are you reading, George?)

1) Internal/external temperature of the car
2) 'Valet' mode
3) Charge status
4) Interface with Navigation system
5) Car status (location, speed, etc.)
6) External opening of Chargeport
7) Lifetime stats of energy used
8) Remote lock/unlock with password
9) Control of car's environment (heat/cool, defrost, etc)
10) Access to backup camera
11) Easy transfer of data (playlists, pictures, etc)

Michael23 | November 15, 2012

Not sure how it would interface with navigon. Trying to picture it...I usually use google maps on my phone to find an address then what would be the next step? I guess I could copy and paste the address into the tesla app to start nav in the car: that might work. I like that better than getting in and typing the address all over before I leave.

Some owners already have a basic version of the app and are testing it so it can't be long now. Would be kinda funny to see people downloading it that don't have a tesla so maybe there can be marketing videos and pics in it If you don't have one like the s bearing the m5 in a drag race ;)

dahtye | November 15, 2012

Michael23: I like the idea of being able to cut (on the mobile device) and paste on the console screen. This can be used in either the nav app or the web app.

DouglasR | November 15, 2012

It might be nice if the Model S had an email address so that information could be transferred from the smartphone to the touch screen. Maybe this belongs in Rod & Barbara's software enhancement thread.

Getting Amped Again | November 15, 2012

@kevin.hagenstad - great list to start. I personally think #9 and #1 should be combined and listed as the #1 priority.

Alex K | November 15, 2012

@Michael23 | NOVEMBER 15, 2012: Trying to picture it...I usually use google maps on my phone to find an address then what would be the next step?

In web version of Google Maps, when you click on a place marker, there is a "more" option. Under the more option you can select "Send". There you have choices to send the address to various devices and cars. Ideally, Tesla needs to register with Google and have this feature be able to send address information to the car. This already works, for example, with the Nissan Leaf using Carwings.

benjamin.brooks | November 15, 2012

Has anyone actually heard a recent ETA from Tesla on iOS or Android smartphone app availability for the Model S?

nickjhowe | November 15, 2012

Nope - but I've seen a beta version in the wild. I know of at least three owners who are testing the app.

lars | November 15, 2012

I think the app should have a realtime availability-update of fast-chargers.
I also hope a service booking-function is made, if available timeslots can be seen directly.
If the car is showing any error-messages, it would be nice to log them in the app as well, perhaps with functionality to email them or to have a service- and error-history directly in the app.

Brian H | November 15, 2012

Hm, sounds like more than 1 app.

dahtye | November 16, 2012

When I picked up my car at the Factory, the DS told me the app is expected before the end of the year. While I'm looking forward to it, I'm not holding my breath since these things do take time to develop and debug.

sergiyz | November 17, 2012

and then apple takes weeks to review and publish...

foto | December 4, 2012

I would like the app be able to schedule heating or cooling the car. .. in the summer, start cooling the car at 5pm as I get off work at 5.30 pm or something like that.

BYT | December 4, 2012

I wonder how the app will "connect" initially with our Model S. I don't want any random person to be able to download the app and knowing my VIN# be able to track where I am or what I'm up to in my Model S? Anyone know how that security is handled? I only see the option to turn Mobile Communications On or Off currently in the Model S.

joepruitt | December 4, 2012

I've heard a subset of the owners have been asked into a beta program for the mobile app. I've also heard they have been sworn to secrecy. So, it is out there, but I'm sure not many details will be until it's released.

BYT | December 4, 2012

I know I requested to beta test, I was sadly ignored however... :(

Jgdixon | December 4, 2012

George mentioned at the Toronto store opening that he had the app and id did many of the things mentioned.

Brian H | December 4, 2012

Not ignored. They studied your posts, and ...

MandL | December 5, 2012

I was also passed over as a beta tester. mobile app feature request:

Notification on mobile device of the availability of a software update for the car and the ability to initiate or schedule it remotely.

nickjhowe | December 5, 2012

At least two beta testers are users of this forum. One self identified a couple of days ago.

Brian H | December 5, 2012

I posted on the locked cable page, but would suit even better here:

Formally, the field of Software needs to formulate and acknowledge The Law of Unintended Logic. "Any code you write implies and does things you can't anticipate."

Michael23 | December 5, 2012

Waiting for the app and then will have to wait again for android version haha.

STEVEZ | December 5, 2012

I was told by Ownership several weeks ago that I would be included in the iphone app beta test group, but when I called last week to see what the holdup was, they told me the beta list had been closed. Bummer, but at least we can infer it's getting closer to release.

Romalian | December 6, 2012

Why is there the Tesla App only for Apple and Android ?

Windows Phone exist too and some future owners have this smartphone ;)

Michael Emrich | December 6, 2012

I agree, Windows Phone 8 is needed too! Microsoft should not be underestimated.