Tesla Model S owners will be able to start the car with their iPhones, and possibly Android phones

Tesla Model S owners will be able to start the car with their iPhones, and possibly Android phones
A Tesla Model S all-electric luxury sedan and an iPhone - the 2014 technological high-roller's dream! Soon, the two will become even better integrated, as the upcoming update to v6 for the Model S' system software will add the option of firing up the its engine and getting notifications for it via the iPhone. Google loyals, fear not - a new Tesla app for Android is in the works as well, although whether it will feature this functionality is not for certain.

Of course, the newly forged bond between car and phone brings to light the question of security. What if somebody nabs your iPhone and takes off with your prized electric sedan? Users speculate that Tesla will make use of Apple's Touch ID API for developers, which will enable the auto-maker to secure the unlock mechanism with their fingerprints. However, access to the API from third-party apps is reserved for the upcoming iOS 8, which means Tesla owners will have to wait until mid-September at the earliest.

Before you've asked, no - the update won't let you drive the Tesla remotely with your iPhone. But it will let users sync its calendar to their phones, including the list of appointments. The car will even provide navigation directions if events are marked with location. But scratch that. The most brilliant update to the Tesla OS is the ability to give your car a custom name! Now you can call it your "Intergalactic SpaceBoat of Light and Wonder" for real as a chuffed Elon Musk gives you his nod of approval.

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29 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

BMW>Tesla

4. Leo_MC

Posts: 6333; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Volga>>BMW. A tank>>>>Volga. Who cares?

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Infiniti/Nissan and Lexus maybe Honda too and Subaru and Mitsubishi oh and Mazda > EVERYTHING ELSE But your statement is also true :)

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 6333; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Have you ever driven a Mercedes or a BMW? They are beautiful crafted machinery, reliable and fast.

28. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I haven't driven many cars since I'm just 16 lol. Cars I have driven: Nissan Maxima, Mitsubishi Colt, Skoda Octavia. All these on a small cottage road lol

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 6333; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I see, so you have a moot point.

18. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Tesla>most other luxury brands>BMW BMW = literally the most boring luxury cars.

21. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Haters gonna hate. Most people hate BMW for jealosy and mock BMW owners for same reason.

22. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'm not jealous, I don't want one. I just think they are the least exciting, and worst looking of most of the luxury brands. And I don't think they're a good value for their money, I'd pick the Tesla or an Audi or Mercedes or Jaguar or Cadillac any day over a BMW. I don't think BMWs are bad cars, I just think they're the luxury automotive equivalent of watching paint dry. And people mock BMW drivers because they're the tools swerving in between traffic during rush hour to save that extra 2 minutes on their commute, or riding your a$$. I dont know why those types of people are attracted to BMW, they just are (obviously not all BMW owners are like that).

24. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

you forgot the M3 and the M5 ,

23. DroidInMyPocket

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Yes that statement qualifies that you know NOTHING about automobiles.

2. steedsofwar unregistered

So all i need to do is mug you of your iphone and i get a free electric car too?

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

in the future , all cars can easily be hacked and mugged by hackers , back in the old days , they needed tools to start the engine and open the door , now there's a app for that

10. Xperia_droid

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

yup! now hackers can also stole the cars from the streets

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

AA SO MANY PEOPLE ARE CHANGING THEIR PICS I CAN'T KEEP UP Oh wait. No. You're a fake xperia droid. Ok NOOW I get it lolz :D

25. Xperia_droid

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

well i m one very old phonearena reader who usually prefer to avoid your senseless arguments

26. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Ok nice. But at least your account is not as old and you post a LOT less stuff than the "real" xperiaDROID

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6333; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Except, you can't use a stolen iPhone, properly protected.

6. steedsofwar unregistered

LOLZZZZ

7. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Did you read the article or just the headline? It states it'll use the fingerprint scanner to be able to start the car, so either you'll need to force them to do so, cut off their finger, or kidnap them with you. All three would be just as difficult or more difficult if it were keys.

11. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Im pretty sure the person finper print is all over the screen.. just make a copy of it and your set to go lol

13. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

So where do I get me one of them fingerprint copying machines then? ;)

14. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Amazon with Prime shipping.

16. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Your fingerprint probably, since iOS 8 opens up its Touch ID to devs. Yes someone can force your finger on your phone to car jack you. You could also always rip a key out of someone's hand too. Same thing.

9. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

I was hoping to use my Samsung Galaxy Ace. Oh well. ;(

15. alumoyo

Posts: 389; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Mercedes-Benz can ALREADY do that! Audi A7 can PARK ITSELF and then bring itself to you when you call it from a smartphone app - so this ain't nothing new!

17. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Calm yourself down lol. It's just an article announcing whats coming for Tesla.

19. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

So apparently WATCHDOGS is actually becoming a reality soon...

20. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I hope not. I don't want to fall into the emptiness through a grass field :p

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