Tesla v6.0 Update: Start Your Car Via iPhone, Monitor Calendar, And Navigate Accordingly
With the new concept of Internet Of Things, researchers are working to connect household things with the cloud. More domains like Smart Homes and Smart Grids are being introduced, and we have seen successful startups like SmartThings that was recently acquired by Samsung.
Since household items like locks, thermostats and windows are being connected to the cloud, why not connect cars to the cloud? This was the question that occurred to Elon Musk, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors. They have developed an OS for their electric car Model S that connects the car to the cloud providing more control to the owner.
Tesla Motors have added a new feature to their OS that will let the owners of Model S start their electric car via iPhone app. The car can be started just via your iPhone without using any key. Other features that will be added in the latest v6.0 update of Tesla’s OS include Calendar app and Maps/Navigation app.
The feature was revealed in screenshots showing details about the v6.0 update. “The new Calendar app also requires use of a new Tesla Mobile App (currently available for iPhone only) – which also has new notifications functionality and the ability to start your car (in case you forget your keyfob),” reads the screenshot showing what’s new in release v6.0.
Other screenshots revealed that the new update will let users navigate through maps considering delay caused by traffic at the same time. It will tell you the route for your destination after monitoring real-time traffic conditions that will be monitored while you drive and re-route if warranted. The estimated time to reach the destination will vary according to traffic conditions as well.
“Commute Advice” feature will know your work and home location. While driving, it will suggest alternative routes if there is traffic on a bad day.
Moreover, calendar app support has been added too. If you have set an event in your calendar, Model S will remind you to navigate to the event using the techniques mentioned above about routing.
Currently, the feature that let the owners start via smartphone is available on iOS only. It is mentioned in the release note of the latest update that a new Android app will be made available in next few weeks.
With such technology, more security issues will raise. There are many security concerns produced by such tech that need to be addressed. For example, how will the app authorize who gets to start the car? If owner’s iPhone gets stolen, the thief will be able to get the car as well. There many other concerns as well.
“Malicious attackers, software flaws, and privacy concerns are the potential unintended consequences of computer technologies driving this latest round of innovation,” reads the petition recently submitted at Change.org to address security issues raised by new technologies like this.