I just came back from helping a friend purchase a new Subaru Forester, and about 2 months ago helped my son purchase a new Kia Soul. Both of these vehicles are substantially less expensive than my state of the art tech 2017 Tesla S90D, yet they come with Apple Car Play / Android Auto, allowing safer driving by mirroring their phone functions on their touchscreens, allowing both cars to audibly read incoming text messages, create voice texts through the car's audio system, integrate Waze traffic info, and many other features - basically taking full advantage of existing smartphone's capabilities and integrating it in their audio systems for the driver's convenience.
Please, no flaming - I realize the Tesla is not a compatibly priced car for a multitude of reasons which we all know in great detail - price and vehicle performance are not the source my frustration. The idea that virtually every new vehicle offered on the market today, regardless of price / brand / propulsion method, already have superior smartphone integration than Tesla owners have available to us, is very frustrating to me.
Over the course of dozens and dozens of updates, through Version 8.0, 8.1, and now 9.0, over the 3 years and 2 Teslas I've had, I've seen several new features added, and many improvements on others - but no improvement has been offered or or any imminent changes mentioned for smartphone integration. No Apple, No Android. And while I sort of understand not using those 2 systems from Tesla's "everything we do ourselves" point of view - why is there still no dedicated (and hopefully superior) Tesla smartphone interface system to better handle our smartphone features, and allow for safer driving? Given the focus on technology and safety that Tesla claims to prioritize (and we all enjoy enough to own), I find this one technological abyss unfortunately frustrating.
Look, I am addicted to my Tesla, I get every vehicle can't do everything...but integrating your smartphone in your vehicle is high tech at it's most basic, and given that fact virtually every Tesla owner uses a smartphone of some type, I find it a shame that it hasn't been made a higher priority for Tesla vehicles to provide such a system to us by now.
Thanks for listening....