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Tesla Responsive Dash(board) Web App

I am in the process of creating a responsive dash(board) web app for Tesla owners. I won't be getting mine until Feb/Mar (P8460); however, I wanted to create this thread to get feedback from current and future Tesla owners of feature requests they would like to have on a single web app. I will start it off:

UPDATED with all the requests below as of 2013.01.07 @ 9:56 PM EST

  1. Weather - Desai
  2. Charging station locator - Desai
  3. Insurance integration - Desai
  4. RSS feeds - Desai
  5. Custom widgets - Desai
  6. Service records - steveflaherty
  7. Personal 80A HPWC charging station locator - JayBoy
  8. Social network (personalization, backgrounds, colors, other Tesla owners, etc.) - tashbrook
  9. Novelty widgets - tashbrook
  10. Available (free) charging slots at a charging station - bjm
  11. Flight statuses (TripIt integration?) - paul_villasenor
  12. Sports ticket - JoshG
  13. Stock ticket - JoshG
  14. Twitter feed - JoshG
  15. Sticky notes - JoshG
  16. Clock - goaliemanshark
  17. Instruction manuals - DrTaras
  18. Day/night modes - Desai
  19. Wiki - Ben Goodwin
  20. Calendar sync - patrick.meier
  21. Synthetic engine rev sound - Steve Proteau

I have created a signup/landing page for users who are interested: http://myteslaapp.com

Looking forward to the feedback!

i'm working on one as well, mine will be a bit more customized as it is for business use and will be getting proprietary data feeds.

How will you develop and test without a unit to test with?

Great idea! How about service records?

@E60: Like other mobile web app development that I do - I test it in a virtualized environment. It won't be exact since I have no idea what kind of browser it has but I can get the dimensions and few others from the tech specs and hope that it supports all modern browser features/functionalities. Once I get a few major "must-have" features from everyone, I will create a prototype and have current owners test it out until I get mine.

Also, people can email me at pdesai@synergies.co if they do not wish to post on here and I will keep a master list.

If users are agreeable, a method of contacting the 80A HPWC owners for a cross country trip might help until the supercharger network is finished.

@JayBoy: are you suggesting that Tesla owners who have the 80A HPWC installed at their property be listed publicly that any other Tesla owner can drive up and charge on their trip? Not sure how many 80A HPWC owners are out there, but I am not sure how many would be willing to be "open" up to allow others to charge up. I think it is an interesting idea.

If there are 80A HPWC owners who can reply to this thread - we can gladly add that to the sublist under #2 - Charging station locator.

I know we have Google Maps, but a compass or direction indicator for the dash would be great, too.

Can you add guide lanes to the back-up camera? Please, pretty please?

@Velo1: At the moment (sadly) I won't be able to add your three requests to the list:

  1. Compass
  2. Direction indicator
  3. Camera guidelines

The reason for this is because those items are currently not exposed (or allowed) from the browser. The GPS is not accessible from the browser for develop the compass and/or direction indicator. Once (and if) Tesla opens this up, we can add these two to list.

The reason camera guidelines can't be added is because that is a separate app outside the browser and again is currently not exposed. I am hoping when (and if) Tesla releases their API/SDK, these three requests should hopefully be possible.

Thanks for the feedback! Keep them coming!

Nearest Charge Station on my route and it's status is a must. If it can be had on my desk-top---why can't my touch screen give me the same information? By the way, this infromation was promised when I ordered my Signature Performance.

Once I receive the HPC, I would allow anyone to charge provided they email me first. We don't have a Supercharger in Ohio and if I provide the juice for someone traveling, I'd be glad to do it.

why not make an iphone app that integrates with your dashboard app? IF so then i could remotely see (as well as in the car):

Charging status. ie. if I charge at a supercharger or local Blink charger etc. I want to know the status. it shoud alert me at some threshold I set.

You could create a social network where I can opt in to show my location to other Tesla owners or alert me when one is close. just for fun.

Find my car? thinking of sporting events and huge venues. I swear I parked in section WW!

Gas guage... ROTFLMAO!!!

Here is antoher innocent one but kind of cool. I have solar on my house and on my network it tells me how much I have generated per week/month/year/lifetime and the carbon offsets in terms of trees planted or ICE's taken off the road.

Second idea is a counter for the number of smug Prius drivers you can irritate with the Tesla. ;)

Toward Find My Car, I currently use my iPhone. There are a few good apps for this like Motion X, Trails, and others.

Good luck with all this Desai and thanks.

Is there a way of keeping track of Supercharger status - ie. whether a charger is in use or is free? This would be quite helpful in planning a road trip.

Did you see this from another thread on similar issue (iPhone app and connectivity to the car)?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDBebtB5z1Y

Thanks for posting. I hadn't seen that. I've been curious about an app.

Yes, I was suggesting that. I will have a 80A HPWC available to MS travelers in Raleigh starting in April.

Desai
Having extensive experience in the web/mobile world, and the fact that I will be taking delivery at the end of the month, I would be happy to help or provide feedback.

Are you referring to responsive design so it can be used in the dash as well as other mobile devices or were you just referring to the functionality being responsive.

@Desai - PlugShare already lets you do that with L1 or L2 chargers -- they also list "Tesla" as an outlet type, but the ones I have seen seem to refer to Roadster chargers. You can put in HPWC in the text description though.

JayBoy, I am in Cary... Taking delivery last week of January. Where are you in Raleigh?
spinmd@nc.rr.com

For those interested in sharing their HPWC (or using someone else's), I suggest you check out http://www.plugshare.com and their iOS/Android apps.

As for what I'd like to see in a dashboard, it would be helpful to me if data could be automatically pulled from my TripIt account (http://www.tripit.com) regarding my next flight about 4 to 6 hours prior to scheduled departure. My thought is that when I'm in this time window, I'm either starting to think about my flight or I'm on my way to the airport. Rather than launch an app on my phone while I'm driving, it would be much easier to look at the car's screen to see if my flight is delayed or has changed gates.

@jat - Looks like we were typing the same thing at the same time. BTW, PlugShare does list Tesla (Roadster) and Tesla (Model S) separately (at least on their website).

@Dr. Bob Reinke: Similar to what I stated to the reply to @Velo1, currently the GPS option in the browser is not available so finding the nearest charging station based on GPS won't be possible today. However, I will add locator based on manual input of current location.

@kent: You are a good sir. My hat is off to you. If I were to get 80A HPWC, I too would share. I will add @JayBoy's request to the list of nearby "personal" charging stations.

@tashbrook: Tesla is already work on an app that does exactly what you are requesting: charging status, find my car, etc. However, the purpose of this Tesla Dash web app is to provide additional features besides what was demoed in the upcoming Tesla app. I have also noted the option to have a social network type feature within this web app for all the Tesla owners to customize and connect with other Tesla owners. LOL @ gas gauge - would be funny to have as a novelty widget. I am not sure I understood your second comment?

@Velo1: Tesla's own app will have this feature which is beyond any iPhone find my car app. For example, it will show you the charging status, if the car is in motion, if so when you go to locate it - it renders it in realtime overlay on Google Maps. It also has the option to show current internal temperature and ability to set the climate from the app. My goal isn't to compete at all with Tesla's own app, but to provide another single responsive Dash web app to provide much more at the driver's finger tips.

@bjm: This maybe an option down the road depending on what Tesla's API/SDK includes.

@SpinMD: Thanks for finding the video (I was looking for it) - this is what I was mentioning to @tashbrook and @Velo1 for there feature requests.

@JayBoy: Hat off to you too. Glad to have some great Tesla owners willing to share the love!

@Mocaptain: Any help would be greatly appreciated (both in development/design and/or QA testing). As far as the responsive design - it is in reference to both: responsive to work on any mobile device (smartphone/tablet/car) and functionality which will be every changing based on user feedback and Tesla's openness down the road.

@jat: I am trying to not just do one thing (find charging station) that PlugShare does - but provide an all inclusive app for all Tesla owners.

@paul_villasenor: Will add the ability to do flight statuses (maybe some sort of integration utilizing Tripit's Developer API, if possible)

Loving all these suggestions! I started this comment with only replying to the first four - ended up refreshing the page and had to add the last 6 more replies. Keep them coming!

I plan to have a private beta version of this app soon. Please email pdesai@synergies.co if you have the Model S and want to join the private beta.

@paul_villasenor - the Android app just has "Wall Outlet (120V)", "EV Plug (J1772)", "Tesla", and "Nema 14" (plus a custom entry that you can type text).

Regarding flight info, I am too spoiled with Google Now automatically figuring out my flight information, telling me when I need to leave according to traffic, etc -- I wouldn't want to have to manually enter any of that in to some other app. It also does it for calendar appointments if you have an address, and it even figures out typical destinations (like a friends house I frequently go to on Saturdays) and tells me how long to get there.

Just to repeat, some have created 'EVSE' rigs that join two 14-50s to make an 80A input. Here's a link to one blog describing it:
http://electricroadtrips.com/day-3-from-charger-woes-to-charger-boon/

They're using KOA feeds, which are common.

Detail: He's an EE, and calls it his "Multi-Input EVSE". Sums 2 in-phase currents.

This thread contains a lot of discussion on software features that people want to see on the Model S. Most of them require interaction with the car, which (currently) is not possible from within a website, but I'd think that you can get some inspiration nonetheless:
http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/prioritized-software-enhancement...
("private", i.e., owners and reservation holders only)

@Volker.Berlin: Thanks - will take a while to decipher that thread of 13 pages.

Desai hi,

I am full of Mac and iOS devices, but my business calendar runs on Exchange 2010 with Outlook as my main client. What I would pay money for is some way to integrate the address information I note in my Outlook calendar entries to be integrated into my navigation system. I. E., when I get into the car in the morning, the nav system already knows my destinations for the day. Or at least I find my calendar entries in a worklist from where I can copy the destinations I want to the nav system.

Any thoughts?

Best wishes,

Patrick

SpinMD, I live in Brier Creek. Res # 14,780. Currently drive a Leaf.

jay@theaterdesignlabs.com

Last time I checked Tesla didn't publish a developer's environment. Has that changed?


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