Submitted by Electric Machete on July 9, 2012
Does anyone yet know how the mobile app will communicate with the vehicle? Will the car have something similar to Amazon's "whispernet" technology that is included in all models or will we need to provide our own connectivity solution?
Elon mentioned native 4g connectivity, but will we need to purchase a wireless package from a telecom company for the basic functions like using the mobile app, remote thermostat control, google map functionality, traffic updates? I have a BMW 335i that still gets free traffic updates that I believe comes through a 3g connection for which I pay nothing (after owning the car for 5 years).
I am not expecting the ability to stream Pandora or Spotify for free, but I expect that the mobile app and the native mapping system would work seamlessly without additional expense.