iphone or android app to manage Tesla Model S ??

iphone or android app to manage Tesla Model S ??

Will the Tesla Model S incorporate a mobile app that communicates the cars stats? i.e. temp, battery remaining, distance that it can travel, map of near by destination points, locations of charging stations, etc.

The Nissan Leaf has this plus the ability to turn on features such as warming up the car, or cooling it via AC during the summer.

The Chevy Volt can be programmed to delay charging based on a set schedule or electricity rates; doing so can be controlled and monitored via a smartphone application.

Roblab | 25 février 2011

And the Ford has voice command, etc. etc.
I cannot imagine that there is any reason why Tesla will not have every possible software available. They hired a company over a year ago to build just the software. So... you will have bluetooth, and iPod dock for music, and G3 G4 capability, maybe even a wifi. Smartphone and iPhone apps are continually being built, and if I remember correctly, someone has built a communications app for the Roadster, outside of Tesla.

FutureNZEVGuy | 7 mars 2011

I agree. When I upgrade from my Treo, I will almost certainly be buying an Android. I doubt I will ever own an iPhone.
Saab ave gone for Android, probably due to the sales figures. See
"The exciting part is that Saab will open up the car's system to Android developers — including access to about 500 sensors throughout the vehicle for reading data such as vehicle speed, location and direction of travel, driver workload, yaw rate, steering wheel angle, engine speed and torque, inside and outside temperature, barometric pressure and the sun's position"
Based on recent sales figures, total iPhone ownership will be surpassed by Android before the Model S goes on sale. That's a lot of smartphones. It might be wise to accommodate both. Also based on recent sales figures, those two are the only ones to support, but 18 months is a very long time in the mobile space.

mb | 7 mars 2011

....put my vote down for ANDROID.

Tom A | 7 mars 2011

I'm sure that if they make an app for one, they'll make an app for all. It would be flat-out stupid otherwise.

I also sincerely hope that they have voice-activation functionality like Ford Sync. That is awesome technology, and it WORKS! Very safe and easy to use on the road. I've had it for a year in my 2010 Mariner hybrid - fantastic.

Mark Petersen | 14 mars 2011
gmontem | 14 mars 2011

Put this reservation holder's vote down for Windows Phone 7 support. Thanks.

discoducky | 14 mars 2011

Windows Phone 7 for me. Even though I rarely use my phone for voice conversation and I'd rather use the cars data connection and use Bing cloud search through Windows Phone 7. The tech is amazing, gets it right everytime!

speedmind | 15 mars 2011

Yet another reservation holder (P441-EU) would like to "vote" for WP7 but it would be great if my wife could do the same with her Android phone but who knows in a couple of years from now she may have an iPhone 7 ;-)

I'm pretty sure that Tesla folks understand the dynamics of this market (why else would they have built in what is effectively an oversized Tegra-2 based Blackberry Playbook?) I hope that they'll be able to deliver it in true Sillicon Valley style...

Btw I would like to wear my mobile developer hat on (Android and WP7 these days) for just a second and try to clarify some of the confusion in the discussion here. One thing is to have an app to "manage" your car and that in my mind needs to be as wide as possible and another is to allow developers like myself to integrate apps with the car in the same way Ford Sync allows Pandora to work by means of the AppLink API or similar to what Saab have presented by offering access to the car's sensors for apps to use. Both however need to be available in a modern car to be successful, because I truly believe that the teenagers of today will choose their rides in a very different fashion than even today (let alone yesterday).


band27 | 15 mars 2011

Right Vas, the more control and options one has, obviously the better however if u have to chose your battles, than controlling all aspects of the car remotely is priority.

With competition bringing in more and more multimedia into the car, I believe Tesla will do the right thing in order to stay on pace. After all, they are the trend setters in this current market.

speedmind | 17 mars 2011

Wow that was quick...

Tesla Model S will support third-party apps and text-to-voice, red lights will never be the same

If only we could have an emulator image so we can start working on app integration as soon as possible it would be great... But I imagine that it'll have to wait at least until the Playbook's release.

Thanks Elon for the confirmation btw.

michiganmodels | 24 mars 2011

If you have not seen this, you may find it interesting. It is from May 2009, and give a glimpse of the interface, apps, etc.

Brian H | 24 mars 2011

Apps = Hackers' Delight!

Be vurry careful what you wish for.

speedmind | 25 mars 2011

Developing the technology in the Tesla Model S is an even more interesting presentation which brings more insight into what software is onboard the Model S.

Any BlackBerry Tablet (PlayBook) / Adobe AIR developers out there?


Volker.Berlin | 25 mars 2011

Any BlackBerry Tablet (PlayBook) / Adobe AIR developers out there?

Not too likely, unless they majorly change their policy with regard to developers...

Volker.Berlin | 25 mars 2011

When I upgrade from my Treo, I will almost certainly be buying an Android. I doubt I will ever own an iPhone. (FutureNZEVGuy)

It's very nice to see some like-minded folks here! :-) I went Treo 600, Treo 680, HTC Legend (Android). I have to say I am very happy with the Legend, which partly is due to the fact that synching with Exchange works much better with Android than synching the Treo with Outlook ever did.

Ok, that was totally OT, thank you for not flaming me... ;-)

Sekou | 30 octobre 2011

WP7 Vote from this reservation holder.

brianman | 30 octobre 2011

+1 WP7

gjunky | 31 octobre 2011

+2 :) for Android
My wife and I both use an Android phone (G2 and Sensation)

BYT | 1 novembre 2011

Whole family of iPhone users, I believe in best of breed like the Model S... ;) By the way, WP7 will be out by Q3 when WP8 is out or did I misunderstand that?

brianman | 1 novembre 2011

WP7=Windows Phone 7
It's been available since winter of last year.

BYT | 1 novembre 2011

"WP7=Windows Phone 7
It's been available since winter of last year."

Well that makes it ancient then! :D

David M. | 1 novembre 2011

Wait a minute . .
Microsoft still makes operating systems for smartphones??
I thought they gave up back when the Palm OS was abandoned :)

So Apple, Android, and Blackberry must have about 99% of the market.

GHmagic6 | 1 novembre 2011

A video from Engadget showcasing the Tesla iPhone app and its functionality:

dborn | 1 novembre 2011

Iphone for this Signature reservation holder. My wife has an HTC Android - what a load of c....p! Difficult to use, hard to find how to do anything on it and the screen not especially responsive to touch with her fingers, but more or less OK with mine. Skin conductivity or something? I don't know since I don't know how touch screens work.

Timo | 1 novembre 2011

@David M, BYT New Nokia smartphones will have Win8 operating systems. They are out by mid 2012 I think. They look good, but I haven't seen them live, only at commercials (where just about anything "looks good"). I'm a bit curious though about those phones, because my next phone will probably be Nokia like all the five or so previous ones have been (I get it from my work, don't need my own).

Nokia phones have been good technically, but they made huge mistakes with the OS lately (and some of their latest products especially in smartphone-section have had crappy design as well). I hope Win8 will solve that problem. Too bad Apple has managed to get all decent designers in their ranks.

brianman | 1 novembre 2011

"Too bad Apple has managed to get all decent designers in their ranks."

I didn't realize Apple was that big... or that there were that few decent designers globally.

Timo | 1 novembre 2011

Considering what other manufacturer products look like, it just looks like Apple has them all. Technically Apple products are not any better than any other, but they look good. I think that is why they sell so well. Design (UI and HW) has always been strong point of Apple, and looking at some of the laptops Apple has made they just are gorgeous compared to usual PC boxes, even that they usually suck at ergonomy and have practically useless keyboards.

cerjor | 1 novembre 2011

Windows phone just updated to WP7.5 using Mango.

Nicu | 1 novembre 2011

Are you working for Nokia, Timo ?

therealmach3 | 27 octobre 2012

Yep, I've seen both the demo and the official videos, but all of them date back a while. And everything I can come up with in terms of info on this forum, official tesla releases etc. All date back at least 4 months. I saw one note from Tesla that they were releasing the App in October, but havne't seen anyone chatting about it.

So ... I'm guessing that means nobody has any updated info? I was hoping I had missed something.

although I appreciate @BYT's google search lesson ... gee, I didn't try that ;-)

therealmach3 | 27 octobre 2012

sorry ... posted to wrong thread :-)

SSL161 | 28 octobre 2012

Wow... old thread, but I'll weigh in.

In order of preference:

Android, Wp7/8, WebOS, iOS.

--- Cherif

SSL161 | 28 octobre 2012

Here's a thought... unless someone else also came up with it... How about a Virtual FOB within the app? This way, it's one less thing to carry around.

--- Cherif

eelton | 28 octobre 2012


I think the problem with a virtual key in the app would be the need for an additional transmitter in the phone (if it worked directly), or a cell phone signal (if it worked via the web). I could envision being in my underground parking garage with no signal, unable to open my car.

By the way, I agree with the order of preference in your previous post. It irks me that so many posts compare Tesla to Apple (as a company), as if it's a compliment. Not how I see it...

BYT | 28 octobre 2012

Is Bluetooth secure enough and active when the car is asleep?

webpicasso | 28 octobre 2012

Wp 7/8?? Seriously, NO ONE supports that garbage!

And WebOS?? Really, do you really believe that Tesla should waist their time on a dead OS?

Reality Check, there is only two mobile OS's that should be considered; Android and iOS. If Tesla were to consider a third OS, it would likely be Blackberry, since BB has about 12% of the market compared to WP with less than 2%.

BYT | 28 octobre 2012

Blackberry is dead as well. I don't short stocks, but if I did, that would be one if the ones I would.

BYT | 28 octobre 2012

If the ones - OF the ones

SSL161 | 28 octobre 2012


I was figuring Bluetooth, but I also see BYT's point... BT isn’t on, then it wouldn't work and a second antenna would be needed.
Alternate idea… a flat FOB (as mentioned in another forum thread)?

--- Cherif

SSL161 | 28 octobre 2012


LOL... I think that you missed my point. I have a visceral dislike of iOS and everything that it stands for, hence my putting it at far end or my preference and was disturbing the hornet’s nest, for shits and giggles.

I’ve dabbled in f Wp7 and expect Wp8 to be about the same.
Is it crap? Not sure… I actually like its interface a lot and feel that it has potential. The only reason why I haven’t committed to them is their absolutely atrocious keyboard (get Swype compatibility and I’m there). Another down side is the abysmal App Support (but that’s just the classic Chicken and the Egg thing).

WebOS, was put in for effect.

My primary mobile ecosystem (phone, tablets…) are Android. I have one of each mobile listed in my original post because I like to stay on top of the tech.

In all seriousness, I expect Tesla to provide support to the two most prevalent mobile systems out there, i.e. Android and iOS. However, I’d welcome their effort if it included the top three or four.

--- Cherif

BYT | 24 novembre 2012

I wonder when the app(s) come(s) out as I would love to monitor state of charge and other aspects of my car from my phone while away from it physically.

Volker.Berlin | 24 novembre 2012

BYT, it can't be long now. Rumor has it that GB is already using a beta version. Another rumor says that the app is already done for one platform but they want to publish for multiple platforms at the same time. The app has been announced all along and there is massive demand. I don't see why it wouldn't become available soon.

wbrown01 | 2 Janvier 2013
TheAustin | 2 Janvier 2013

It's coming very soon, any day now...Word on the street is that Apple has approved it for the App Store, and it's in Tesla's hands on when it's ready to be released. My guess is in the next couple of weeks (fingers crossed!). Whenever it's released, it will be interesting to see how much they have enhanced it from the prototype shown in that video, to the current reality.

Brian H | 2 Janvier 2013

Hopefully not negative enhancement!

JoeFee | 2 Janvier 2013

ETA for smart-phone apps will be by next conference call i.e. < 6 weeks.

Smistad | 3 Janvier 2013

In my opinion, support for all the major smartphones is needed. I have a Pioneer receiver, which comes with support for iDevices, and that's probably nice for those who have an iDevice. But for those who don't, it's just annoying. People have preferences when choosing their smartphone, and for me I would hate it if my Model S does not let me use my smartphone of choice.

Which happens to be Windows Phone.

brdunton | 3 Janvier 2013

iOS and Android are accounting for 90% of the smart phone market. From an Android perspective, I developing for 4.x and leaving all the others behind is a must! The application will be limited in its experience if 2.3 is targeted. iOS is by far easier to develop for from a version perspective. Nonetheless, Android and iOS get the lion's share of smart phones.

jjaeger | 3 Janvier 2013

I heard that the delay in getting the iOS app out is that Android & iOS are getting released together. Apple is ready and Android seems close now.

joepruitt | 3 Janvier 2013

I'm on the beta program and there have been a lot of Android updates in the last few weeks while it's been about 3 weeks since the last iPhone build. Makes sense they want to release them both at the same time.