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Tesla iOS & Android app updated ahead of car’s 6.0 firmware

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Good news and bad news for Tesla Model S owners: the iOS and Android apps have been updated to allow you to start the car without a key – but the matching firmware update needed by the car hasn’t yet arrived.

Version 2 of the iOS app also provides support for the new calendar function, where the car can pull in data from your iPhone calendar and offer to navigate you to the location – as well as providing several new alerts … 

– Owners will now be notified when:
– There’s a software update available for install on Model S
– Charging has started, has been interrupted, or is complete
– Car alarm has been triggered
– Owners will now be able to start their Model S from the app
– Support for the new Calendar feature in Model S Release v6.0
– New UI layout

As we noted a few weeks ago, Tesla hired many of its UI designers from Apple.

The Tesla Model S app is a free download from iTunes. Sadly, the car itself isn’t.

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  1. chrisl84 - 9 years ago

    Any word on Tesla adopting CarPlay?

  2. David Griffin - 9 years ago

    My Model S had a software update awaiting for me this morning but I haven’t installed it yet. Not yet sure if it is 6.0 or some incremental 5.9 update.

  3. David Griffin - 9 years ago

    The only difference I see in the iOS app BEFORE upgrading to v6 is the ability to swipe between tabs, and some changes to the Location tab (can center on car and get directions). There is also a new hamburger icon from where you can logout. Chris, V6 will not include CarPlay support, or at least according to the leaked READ ME from the beta. :(

  4. PMZanetti - 9 years ago

    If only Chrysler were as committed as Tesla to technology, my Uconnect App for my Jeep is an embarrassment


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