Vote for new functionality Tesla Model S Carplay & Siri Eyes free

Vote for new functionality Tesla Model S Carplay & Siri Eyes free

Im so excited I just ordered my Tesla......I consider my self a tech junky I hate when my technoligy doesn't work as expected or don't integrate with each other.....I hope Tesla considers adding Carplay or Siri Eyes free to the capabilities of the currently shipping Model S these are amazing feature allowing me to integrate my life. Has anyone seen any news on that?

If you walk into my house everthing is voice activated I can open doors, turn on lights, play music, operate my TV, and take a call, all via voice control. Currently working on other great integration but I need my Car to have voice control intigration with my phone and my touch screen. Carplay will get me started I could voice control my text messages, emails, calls, music, time, sport scores, directions, and more... Please Please add this intigration even Honda, Hyundai, and Mercedes will retro fit 2014 cars with display.


dramingly | April 9, 2014

I don't think it's a democracy.

redacted | April 9, 2014

Wow I hope you don't sing something like "Hot hot hot" in the shower.

J.T. | April 9, 2014

@dramingly I'm pretty sure you're right.
@barryfins Go to and post what features you would like to see added.

LEvans | April 9, 2014

Whatever integration they add with Smart phones, they should ensure the same functionality works with Android, Windows Phone, and iPhone.

I hope they don't set something up that is more geared towards the iPhone. Car/phone interfaces are essential but they need to be standards-based.

I definitely don't want some Siri/Apple based interface that works only with iPhones. iOS stopped being the most widely used Smartphone OS a year ago and car interfaces need to work with the vast majority of smartphones in use.

AmpedRealtor | April 9, 2014


You can't use Carplay or Siri eyes free with Android or Windows Phone because those are Apple technologies. Until Android and Windows Phone come out with similar functionality, you can't expect Tesla to support something that doesn't exist. However, the iPhone does have these features and they absolutely should be integrated.

If you use Windows Phone or Android and don't like the idea of Tesla supporting Carplay because it's an Apple technology, I suggest you shoot an email over to Microsoft or Google and ask them to get on the ball. This is not about Tesla endorsing one mobile OS over another, it's about supporting technologies that actually exist and are used by customers.

Kimscar | April 9, 2014

@WEB_SRFR well said. The Tesla has to be agnostic. Support for the 3 major phone operating systems need to be equal.

LEvans | April 9, 2014

Apple is not the only company with this integration technology.

Android has one and Microsoft will be announcing their system too. When phone interfaces are integrated, all available systems should be integrated. I personally use Android and don't ever see myself buying an iPhone but I want Windows Mobile to be supported as well because I understand different people have different preferences.

As Kimscar said, car interfaces must support all 3 major phone operating systems. I definitely don't want some Siri based nonsense I will never use to be the primary interface or be expected to use an iPhone for the best integration.

The Android car interface supports the same functionality so when they integrate the Apple interface, they need to also integrate the Android interface and the Windows Phone interface when that comes out.

Brian H | April 9, 2014

"What's in my pocket?"

Find the Ring that rules them all.

GeekEV | April 9, 2014

Yes. BUT, you should email and request the feature. The more people who do it will have a greater impact than posting here.

bayoufilter.tx | April 9, 2014

One line shy of a Haiku there, Brian!
May I suggest a last one:

My car's a Mor-door.

Pungoteague_Dave | April 9, 2014

Beyond silly. I have a fully automated house too, Apple Savant at its core, very happy with what it does there, but the last thing we need is Apple-specific apps in the Model S.

Ilvvw1l_I | April 9, 2014

I would very much like to see Siri/Apple CarPlay in the Tesla. :D Please make this happen!

TheSabreclaw | April 10, 2014

I really don't see why there needs to be hate about wanting integration of that OS's feature. I think the fact that the MS runs on Linux is proof enough that the engineers at Tesla are at the very least not biased towards Windows or Mac OS / iOS.

After all, Tesla offers their app for both iOS and Android; and I have little doubt that they're working on one for Windows Phone too (there's already an unofficial one floating around anyway).

I'm sure that IF they do decide to offer this kind of integration, it won't be one type to the exclusion of the others. After all, there's an "Apps" section in your Tesla's on-screen display for a reason.

That said, I really would prefer having greater control over my iPhone's music than the barebones bluetooth controls that are there now. I'm not very impressed by Slacker, since my music tastes are more ecclectic. Nor do I want to bother with exporting my music to a USB flash key drive, when it's already there on my phone. And I'd have the same preference for control of my music, if I owned an Android.

Also, being able to export destinations from my smartphone (regardless of OS) to the on-screen GPS should definitely be there.

Captain_Zap | April 10, 2014

I live in an apple quarantine zone. Partitioned technology isn't in anyone's best interest in the long run.

Red Sage ca us | April 10, 2014

I brought up my dislike for Apple iOS on another thread here.

I was informed by someone that the Apple interface for cars does not necessarily take over the whole car. It just brings the functions of the phone to the car's display, once the phone is paired or synced. That way you don't have to hold the phone in one hand, you can just touch the main interface to access functions of the phone.

As a result, the Tesla OS menu system would be unchanged, and would function normally otherwise. It would simply 'look like a giant iPad', when tied to the phone. If that is the case, I have no issues with it at all. Bring it on.

Let's hope that similar functionality is offered for Android and Windows phones as well. It can only make driving that much more convenient and safer for all. It is the responsibility of Google and Microsoft to make that happen, and I'm sure Tesla Motors would gladly work with them when it is ready for integration.

TeslaMD | April 10, 2014

People who think iOS is no longer dominant are lost in the stats. Yes, Android has taken the world by storm but that's because of huge sales in third world countries. In rich countries (U.S. at the top) Apple is still very much dominant. There would be little question that the vast majority of Tesla owners are iPhone users.

Here's a recent graphic to put things in prospective for those blowing the Android trumpet.

griffd | April 10, 2014

+1 vote for CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free. I emailed Tesla about this some time ago and they said they'd consider it. Elon also mentioned supporting this type of remote display technology during a pow-wow in Norway (in addition to an SDK for native apps). Agree that Tesla should also adopt the equivalent Android and Microsoft remote-display technologies once they come out of concept mode ;) And I'm not being facetious here, for example Microsoft did demonstrate something very similar to CarPlay this week at their developer conference, but it was just a proof of concept. In fact, the concept crashed during the demo, and you could see that the code behind it was just displaying buttons - a complete mock-up, so it'll be a long long time before they catch up to Apple's offerings. Don't want to get into any platform debates here, but there is no denying that Apple is the leader right now, and its inevitable that everyone will follow in their footsteps and hopefully even improve upon Apple's implementation. The point is, Tesla should not wait until all three have a remote display solution ready. They should adopt Apple's asap, and then work on the others as they come along. a

AmpedRealtor | April 10, 2014

Neither Android nor Microsoft have competing technologies to Siri eyes free and Carplay. It just doesn't exist. If Tesla were to implement something, naturally it could only implement Apple's stuff first because Apple is the only company that actually has these technologies. Vaporware doesn't factor into this discussion.

Red Sage ca us | April 10, 2014

Now, upon the front of native Apps for Tesla OS, I'd like to see implementations of VLC Media Player, XBMC, and maybe Plex as well. Each of those interfaces is vastly preferable to iTunes or Windows Media, in my opinion. Their video functions would only be available when stationary, of course. Remote access via streaming cloud services is cool and all, but for those times when internet access is unavailable, it would be nice to be able to plug in an SSD via USB to view my own media.

Fins | April 10, 2014

Wow didn't expect to start an argument. I do agree that all mobile OS's should be supported and all of the OS makers already have a version that runs on cars part of the automotive alliances

Currently only runs on ford cars and trucks and is know as my ford touch or mysync based on the model..Windows also connects via a software made by RIM

Is part of the heads up automotive alliance thus you have a version of google maps on almost every car the also have a platform called "Project Mode" or infotainment system (based on Audi name)

I just think we should all have the choice of device we want to connect to our Tesla... Based on the configurations of Teslas systems all three can be supported and should be supported...

so with that said have every one you know that would love to own a Tesla to email post at or anything we can do to get the process started...

Fins | April 10, 2014

FYI from Tesla

Hi Barry,
Thank you for contacting Tesla Motors. Currently we do not support Carplay or Siri Eyes. I have created a feature request on your behalf that would bring this ability to the Model S. If you have any further questions please feel free to email or call us back anytime.
Thank you,
Chad ***** | Technical Support Specialist

kenj | April 10, 2014

I am an Apple person .... asked for eyes free and Carplay via feature request. You have to plug in for Carplay functionality -- and I am good with that.

That being said, I think the Tesla should support at least IOS and Android (sorry MS fans) car functionality via an Tesla app.

I had Sync (MS) in my ICE and everything worked - Siri, Playlists etc.

Fins | April 11, 2014

Don't forget to send an email to requesting these features

drax7 | April 11, 2014

Elon uses an iPhone. Android is a stolen product. Hope iOS

LEvans | April 11, 2014

@drax7: I didn't realize Steve Job's reincarnation happened so quickly :)

It is just a stupid phone like all the other stupid phones. Support the 3 major brands in use equally and call it a day. It's this Apple holy war crap mentality against anything non-Apple that ensures I will never buy anything made from that company.

Technology happens when people innovate on past ideas. I would not support any company that gets in the way of innovation by others. If someone doesn't like how others innovate, they should STFU and build a better product.

babs.leese | April 11, 2014

would very much like to see Siri/Apple CarPlay in the Tesla. :D Please make this happen!

Fins | April 12, 2014

I can't make this happen we can make it happen send an email to requesting these features

Pungoteague_Dave | April 12, 2014

This is such a bad idea. I own nothing but Apples, have an Apple-automated home and network, yet think that tying Tesla to ANY proprietary OS would be a marketing mistake of epic proportions. That's why Linux is under the hood, and that's the way it should stay.

chrisdl | April 12, 2014

I've said it before, I'll say it again, just as other people have said before.
CarPlay is independent of the car's technology and CarPlay does not take over the car's UI. Furthermore, a car can support both CarPlay and whatever Google or Microsoft come up with in the future.

If you don't use an Apple device or if you don't enable CarPlay you won't even notice that you have it.

So given that, I don't understand why it would be a bad idea for anyone.

chrisdl | April 12, 2014

As an example, Mercedes have already announced that besides CarPlay, they'll also support Google's technology as soon as it is available. In the same car. (Probably not at the same time, but I guess you'll need to choose between Android and iOS at that point.)

Pungoteague_Dave | April 12, 2014

@chrisdl, I was addressing Siri in the title hereof. To get Siri you just have the Apple OS. Which makes this while post a supremely bad idea.

Fins | April 13, 2014

I just want to reiterate that Tesla should support all phone integration (apple, android, windows) this will give us a choice of our phone... Currently they only support music and calls this is the min that started in the 90s time to be a leader or atlest catch up to Cheep cars...


I can't make this happen we can make it happen send an email to requesting these features from apple, android, windows

chrisdl | April 13, 2014

But Siri Eyes Free is a part of CarPlay. And CarPlay (including Sire Eyes Free) is parallel to the car UI.
How do you think this influences integration of other technologies (Android / Windows)?

I agree that it would be better to just ask for CarPlay integration. Specifically adding Siri: Eyes Free is confusing.

Fins | April 13, 2014

send an email to requesting these features

jjaeger | April 13, 2014

A very, very bad idea. Kill the idea/thought ASAP please. Nothing but pain will come from any related concept.

chrisdl | April 13, 2014

You bought the most innovative car on the planet, and when new tech innovations come along which offer open integration between car and mobile devices, it's suddenly a bad idea.
I'm happy that Elon Musk is CEO of Tesla Motors and not you guys :-)

Ilvvw1l_I | April 14, 2014

CarPlay was in the movie need for speed that alone should be reason enough to include it in the Tesla. Seriously though, I would very much welcome Siri in the Tesla.

Fins | April 14, 2014

Help the cause send an email to requesting these features

AirForce462 | April 14, 2014

I would like to see a better interface with phones as well. My primary vehicle prior to my S85 was a BMW GS1150 Adventure motorcycle, I used a Shuberth with the Bluetooth communicator and it would read my text messages and integrate fairly seamlessly with my iPhone. Having said that, it is not a critical issue for me or one that even keeps me up at nignt. If a message is important, the person can call me.

B744Mike | April 14, 2014

Car Play is essential. There are huge numbers of potential buyers who will use this feature as a part of their decision making process.

griffd | April 14, 2014

A very bad idea?? CarPlay would be incredible in the Tesla. Don't forget all, besides all the cool demos you've seen, it also supports 3rd party apps. The possibilities are endless, and we'd have great alternatives to Slacker and Google Maps, like Waze, Pandora, iTunes Radio, Rdio, podcast apps, etc etc, all with LTE performance. No brainer. I'm confident that the only thing holding it up are other priorities - Elon said as much during a Q&A when he said they'd probably use this technology - but they have to priortize and have very small teams and someone limited resources compared to say a Toyota or BMW.

judimasters | April 14, 2014

WTH is this Apple quarantine zone concept? There are many many many of us Apples up here in The Emerald City. Micro is well... soft.

Fins | April 15, 2014

Help the cause send an email to requesting these features

LEvans | April 15, 2014

@Judi: "WTH is this Apple quarantine zone concept?"


While this might be hard for you to understand a significant mass of those who love technology don't want anything to do with Apple products. It has to do with the kind of company Apple is, their BS lawsuits, and how they control every aspect of how you can use their products. As someone in the tech industry, I prefer Tesla's approach to technology where the focus is on the technology and getting to to the hands of consumers whether it is via Tesla or another company.

Elon has said many times how he wants car propulsion to go electric and that is his main goal. He has said he is less concerned about whether that is because someone buys a Tesla or a different electric car. I respect, appreciate, and want to support a company based on such ethos. And now compare that to Steve Jobs who threw a hissy fit over Android and and vowed to fight a holy war to destroy Android when Google decided to innovate the smartphone concept.

Like I've said all along, car/phone interfaces are great but should not be ties to a single technology by one vendor. Tesla should equally support the same car integration functionality for Android, Windows OS, and iOS.

I was horrified when I heard Tesla and Apple were talking as I was afraid it might be related to a potential Apple acquisition of Tesla. Just about the only thing that will ensure I will not buy a Tesla is if Apple were to acquire Tesla.

Billiam | April 15, 2014

My Samsung TV has a Netflix app that turns it into a "Netflix watching machine." My Apple TV has a Netflix app that turns IT into a Netflix watching machine."

Tesla has an Apps section.

Shouldn't it be as easy (relative term, of course) as creating an IOS Music app and an IOS SIRI app and an Android phone app and a Microsoft phone app...? It would be a half screen that pops up on the MS' display which controls your iPhone is connected. Or your Android phone.

When each company has perfected their apps they can be added to the car. There is no need to choose one company over the other.

LEvans | April 15, 2014

@billiam: +1. That's a great approach to equally support the integration of each phone operating system. Hopefully this is the direction Tesla would go so that the car's phone interface equally supports integration with all phones via voice and the car's UI interface.

Oh and if Apple charges a licensing fee for their interface, I hope Tesla passes along that cost as an option/add-on for their Apple users only so the rest of us don't end up having to pay an Apple Tax for an interface we won't use.

griffd | April 15, 2014

@billiam, that would be the API approach, and I'm all for it, but it requires massive resources on Tesla's side to write, maintain, and support. Carplay would give us all this power we carry in our pockets on the dash without adding a whole new platform. And trust me, Google will copy it soon enough, and we'll have something very similar for Tesla to adopt.

@WEB_SRFR, I am also a technology guy (developer) and I love both Apple and Tesla. I think they are more similar than you think. Tesla also has control over their platform - look at the Superchargers, for example. Proprietary technology that nobody else can use. It's the same thing - be careful not to hold double standards here. Here's another example - I just watched National Geographic's story on the Tesla factories. The way they lay out their batteries is secret, and they wouldn't let the camera see. Sure Elon wants EVs to become omnipresent, but he's not about to give away all his hard earned work for it. Google is the same way - nobody can just use their App store or apps even if they use Android. And they don't just open up the patents on their search algorithms either. All these companies are in business to make a profit and to make the best products, and if that means control, each of them will opt in for that control.

The lawsuits aren't BS, they are completely warranted. Tesla should also sue anyone that rips off their implementation of the electric car. Sure, they license the technology to others like Toyota, but they still control it.

Fins | April 16, 2014

Help the cause send an email to requesting your features and that they should support all integration for phone... The more people that send email the betters chance of Tesla doing it...


Brian H | April 16, 2014

Read TM's policy on SCs more carefully. "Tesla also has control over their platform - look at the Superchargers, for example. Proprietary technology that nobody else can use." They could, if they paid a license fee to TM, made compatible sockets, and could accept enough current and charge to not become a drag and clog in the the system, trying to take frequent sips from the firehose. Much different than requiring everyone buy TM OEM hardware, etc.

I bet, but of course don't know, that the licensing fee would not be exorbitant, but just enough to cover expected use and the requisite expansion of the station number.

Fins | April 17, 2014

Based on my resurch Apple has no licensing fees for this integration the only requirement is a say so over marketing of the functionality. This is based on talking to BMW who has eyes free but doesn't advertise it...