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Model S Smartphone App

What would you like the App to control? I'd like it to have the ability to:

1) Cool the car before I get in
2) Open the chargeport
3) Locate the car in the airport garage
4) Tell me if someone is in the car (if possible)


Love that idea, Vawlkus.

In terms of smartphones that aren't really a blip in the ecosystem (like Windows Phone), they should just make a web-based version that they can use. It would also allow for desktop use (like when in the office).

I agree, Ron5. Should not just be limited to an app. I'll add it to the list.

That would be a very cool feature indeed!

"Vawlkus | DECEMBER 7, 2012
Oh, if wifi is available, the view from the rear camera would be cool. Spy on parking lot attendants :D"

Any idea when the application is going to be available?

I would like the ability to move the car 6 inches forward or backwards remotely. Maybe use the backup camera and see on the app to make sure I don't hit anything. There are public parking spaces frequented by parking police who put a chalk marker down behind the car to confirm if a ticket should be given later. If the car were to slightly move remotely an hour later, no parking ticket! And I can keep enjoying my lunch. :).

All the above features are available with the app for my Volt, except for No. 4. So it is easy to do for the S, I guess.

@mrspaghetti, sorry I wasn't clear, I wasn't referring to pairing the phone to the car, in that I agree. I meant a specific app running on the device to monitor and/or control your Model S.

For #4, that wouldn't be hard as it can tell you if it's unlocked or it detects a heavy ass in the drivers seat.

Request for information (or suggestion):

Do you guys think the smartphone app will come with a fee? with the connectivity package?

If I don't have a smartphone/don't have an Android/IOS, will I still be able to have the battery pack warm at a specific time?

While I understand Android and IOS have a massive market share in the existing base. New adds market share will likely have more Windows 8 and Blackberry 10. TM should have their app ported. Could the Android app be played from the Android player on the BB10 phones?

I realize there may not be anybody capable of answering those at this point.

From what I've seen in using the app, I can't see them charging for it. It's useful, but nothing to the point of wanting to pay for it.

But, I do believe it will require either the data package or an active internet connection via wifi (if/when they enable it). Otherwise, I'm not sure how the app would work across the internet to the car.

@joepruitt, I believe at least part of pbrulott's question was whether some of these features would be available without any app at all. It's a good question. There is really no reason why an app should be the only way to program the car to charge or warm up at a particular time. If it can be done with an app, it should also be possible to do it from the touch screen. But of course, I have no idea whether TM will make these features available on the touch screen as well as via a smartphone app.

If the car can connect to your wifi network, would make sense to add a web interface for some of these features via your personal intranets?

Security might be an issue there......... I need to think about this one a bit

The website says the app will have:

"The Tesla App allows you to check your state of charge remotely. If you’re eating lunch or shopping, pull up the app to see if you have recovered the range needed to get to your next destination. A few minutes before you're ready to hit the road, use the app to heat or cool the cabin to your preferred temperature"

Which seems rather spartan. The picture also shows tabs for location and charging, so you will also probably be able to locate the car and schedule charging times. heaters on prior to boarding.

Thanks for your answers.

1) the reason why I asked if the app was going to be free is because I watched a review a Mercedes charging 20$ a month for their app

2) second question was due to the fact that say for a minute I dond't have a smartphone or a compatible one, would there be a way to heat the pack or heat the car from a programmable setting in the car (heat at 7am so that when I am ready to leave the house, everthing is warm) or if the app would be the only way to do this. ref to winter/cold climate thread in the TMC forum

3)well, I have to admit I 'm not and iOS nor Android fan and I'm looking forward to the BB10 OS coming out in the next month. Early adopter all the way :-)

A suggestion for Tesla on the app:

Use the app to help the delivery process, allowing the owners to track their vehicle before delivery. Just setup a phone call between the DS and customer once the car has completed production. Give the customer their login info, links to the instructional videos and answer any pre-delivery questions they have. The customer could track the delivery progress and watch the videos while they wait. Driver makes a call day of delivery to confirm meeting point and time. Have the DS follow up with a phone call after delivery to answer any further questions or log any unknown due bill items.

This would significantly cut down on the resources needed for direct delivery.

Right now the only thing the app does that you can't do on the touch screen is the map with the location of the car. If you are in the car, knowing where it's at doesn't do you much good. I would be surprised if they add features to the app that aren't in the car to begin with. But, you never know...

@joepruitt, maybe I'm misunderstanding you, but my touch screen does have a map with the location of the car.


Are you beta testing the app?

Would also like to see a web-based method of interacting with the car. For those of us who can't have cell phones in our workplace or don't get a good signal.

Would also be nice if more detailed stats/logs could be viewed from a web interface.

I believe the Leaf currently has connectivity via a webpage. Any former Leaf owners find value in the web version?

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