Multiple logins for iphone/android app?

Multiple logins for iphone/android app?

While we sit and wait for our Tesla to arrive, my wife and I have to think of things to do to make the time less tortuous! I installed the iphone app recently, even though I can't actually get anything out of it yet. It's still fun to look at the Tesla logo and pretend. But it got me wondering...

Our Model S is registered to my MyTesla account. Can you have multiple accounts linked to a single vehicle for the iphone app, or will she have to log in with my credentials? How does pairing between the phone and the vehicle actually work?

portia | June 24, 2013

your login on Mytesla where you place your order is the account to login on the app, so one account! Husband cant track wife's whereabouts, and vice versa! It's a feature, so everybody is where they say they are! Tesla does not charge extra for this feature :)

at least that's how it's been so far.

riceuguy | June 24, 2013

There is no pairing, per say. You can, of course, pair the phone via Bluetooth, but this is entirely unrelated to the app. The app works through the car's 3G and Tesla's servers, so in a pinch you can borrow any Android phone or iPhone, install the app, login, unlock your car, and delete the app. Kind of cool!

Reilly McHugh | June 24, 2013

@Riceuguy I think the login should be more secure than email address and password if that's the case..seems like it could be easy for someone else to hack into your account and control/unlock the car? Sorry if I am missing something, my car doesn't come until Friday. I have been curious about this and thought I would chime in when I saw the subject pop up.

portia | June 24, 2013

Make sure you have a good password! It's just your Mytesla account and password. You can try login now and you might even see your car (people have seen it on the map as it got delivered), of course this only works if the setting on the car is allowing remote access.

riceuguy | June 24, 2013

@Reilly, indeed a good password is a must! Of course, they can't drive the car away, just unlock it...but yes, protect your password!

stevencoberly | June 24, 2013

I've been wondering about this. Portia, you meant "can" not "can't" right? Or Amin misunderstanding how this works?

Brian H | June 24, 2013

Per say is not English, per se.

Bighorn | June 25, 2013

@Brian H Are you taking Latin this semester?

TFMethane | June 25, 2013

@Brian H

the "H" doesn't stand for "Henry Higgins," does it?

Brian H | June 25, 2013

Google both, or check wikidictionary, etc. "per say" is a sound-alike non-word/non-phrase. It doesn't even make a little sense.

GReese | June 25, 2013

The security of the Tesla configuration is unacceptable for this type of thing.

jat | June 25, 2013

@GReese - why do you say that? Does your bank require more than an account name and password?

riceuguy | June 25, 2013

@Brian H, deepest corrected into bad grammar!i would never normally write "per say" unless I was attempting to annoy you! I think you will find that auto-correct aside my grammar is mostly impeccable! :-)

Brian H | June 26, 2013

Autoincorrect seems to default to the latest errors and perpetuate them in perpetuity. It's a turn-off that should be turned off. IMO

GReese | June 26, 2013 Bank web site authentications in the US are some of the weakest that exist. Web sites protecting data/functionality of consequence should require more than one authentication factor.

Nevertheless, I am not talking about direct web site authentication, I am talking about API authentication.

APIs should never, EVER use a user name/password combination for authentication.

No two clients should EVER use the same authentication credentials for their access.

Rte66 | June 26, 2013

@Brian "per say" is an often misused (but valid) phrase in English. E.g., in the opening phrase of the USA National Anthem, there is one Oh per say".

Brian H | June 26, 2013

Nonsense. "Oh, say, can you see/By the dawn's early light..."

The correct form is "per se", from the Latin for "in itself".

You should look up the story underlying the anthem. The scene is (unsuccessful) prisoner swap negotiations on the deck of a British warship in the harbor, shelling the fort flying the Stars and Stripes. The prisoners below decks get occasional glimpses of it through the hatch, raised "o'er the ramparts", but are asking the American negotiator for news as day breaks, whether he can still see it flying in defiance of the shelling.

stuberman | June 26, 2013

Rte66 is just yanking your chain...I hope.