Apple and Tesla, together at last?

Tesla drivers may soon be revving their engines with their iPhones.

In an intriguing collaboration between two of the valley’s sexiest companies, Tesla is reportedly updating the Model S firmware to allow drivers to start and drive their vehicles with their iPhones, according to screen shots published by tech blog 9to5Mac. Though the images do not reveal precisely how the new system will work, it is clear that drivers will no longer need to rummage for their keys. The feature may be rolled out when Apple introduces its new iOS 8 system later this fall, the blog reported.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk paid a visit to Apple last year, triggering rumors of an acquisition that were later debunked. Now, bloggers may have finally figured out what the tech darlings had in store.

Musk has promised to deliver big improvements to the Model S operating system, including voice-controlled song selection and enhanced suspension control.

The update follows a stream of hires from by Tesla. In recent months, Tesla has recruited Mac Hardware Vice President Doug Field, Director of Manufacturing Technology Rich Heley and security researcher Kristin Paget, according to 9to5Mac.

Tesla drivers may soon be able to start their cars with their iPhones. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty)

 

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  • Runar Botnen Totland

    There are no revving of engines og rummaging for keys when you have a Tesla.
    (Electric motor and keys can stay in you pocket at all times)

    Other than that, nice article.:-)

    • Alex M

      Well, technically, you are revving the engine when you drive a Tesla. It revs at about 16,000 rpms. :)
      Apple should have bought Tesla last year. If Tesla could have access to Apple’s $160B in cash, they would completely dominate the global auto market.

      • TheSA-X

        It doesn’t have an engine. It has a motor.

        • Sreehari Variar

          Revving doesn’t have to be always engines. Electric motors can revv too..

        • Sreehari Variar

          Revving doesn’t have to be always engines. Electric motors can revv too..

          • RussellL

            When people talk of “revving” their engine, that means they put their car in neutral or park and step on the accelerator to make the engine RPMs go up accompanied by an increasingly loud exhaust note.

            You can’t do that with the Model S.

          • TheSA-X

            -.- except the author specifically used the word *engine*

          • Kevin

            Revving the electric MOTOR can be done if the Model S is in Neutral (gear). It does not have a clutch, nor a traditional transmission.
            If the car is in gear, then you are moving forward (in D) or reverse (in R).
            However: still no “revving” sound…..
            …in fact very little sound when in motion.

      • Troy Heagy

        Both you and Julia Love should be embarrassed,
        because there is No Heat Engine inside a Tesla electric car. As a technical reporter Julia should resign (due to incompetence).

  • NCIC

    Well, right now you can start your air conditioning with an app, as well as open the sun roof, honk the horn, flash the lights, so how hard would it be to update it to start the car??

    • RussellL

      But there’s no engine to start.
      They’re just using the phone to replace the car’s key.

  • http://www.raytheon.com/ Dr. Strangelover

    They need to add about 10 more security hires.

    Russians, North Koreans and Canadians are definitely working on ways to hack Tesla’s (and other vehicle’s) operating systems.

    Have fun imagining the possibilities.

  • warrantone

    Some people don’t get the potential for Tesla. This is not another electric golf cart. Price target of $300 is conservative given the innovation and comittment of this company.

    • RussellL

      Yup, they missed out on a lot of gains and are bitter because of it.
      You can tell who they are by their constant posting of FUD.

  • Jim5437532

    I wonder if the Tesla was hacked that crashed in West Hollywood, caught fire, exploded, released toxic materials, and killed the driver. Have car thieves made their own app to hack Tesla cars to unlock the doors and start them?

    • RussellL

      Uh no. The thief stole the car using the owner’s keys.
      Of course you knew that but you still wanted to spread lies.

    • RussellL

      Uh no. The thief stole the car using the owner’s keys.
      Of course you knew that but you still wanted to spread lies.

      • Jim5437532

        I’m not spreading lies, you are. Your posts prove that you are an ignorant shill spamming slander and other lies.

        If the thief stole the “keys” then show it credible source to support your claims. If the “keys” were stolen, it was probably the fault of the Tesla service center for not properly securing the “keys”.

        You are not a credible source. You are an ignorant Tesla shill that slanders, spreads FUD, spreads ignorance, and spreads lies. That’s why you Tesla shills have no credibility and are a laughingstock. lol

        • RussellL

          “…it was probably the fault of the Tesla service center for not properly securing the “keys”.”

          Now you’re being more truthful in acknowledging the theft took place from the service center.

          If someone broke into your house, took your keys and stole your car, is it your fault for not properly securing the keys?

          • Jim5437532

            You reaffirm that you are ignorant, a slander, a liar with no credibility.

            You still haven’t supported your claims with a credible verifiable source. Put up, or shut up. Instead you have dishonestly paraphrase to take my post out of context. You are a wussy. Man up.

            Crooks like you ought to be in prison and or a mental institution.

            When a customer hands over their keys and car to a service center, they assume some of the responsibility. That’s why reputable service owners restrict access to the keys and have a lockbox for keys. You seem to be admitting that Tesla service centers treat customer cars and keys recklessly.

          • Kevin

            @ Jim 5437532
            When the light bulb finally turns “ON” for you, you will change your antics.
            Until then, you have zero credibility.

          • RussellL

            “Multiple injuries were reported in a dangerous high-speed crash involving a Tesla Model S this holiday weekend in Los Angeles. The EV was apparently stolen from a local Tesla store and was driven at triple-digit speeds through LA a little before 1 am, a sergeant Campbell from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division told KTLA 5.”

            http://green.autoblog.com/2014/07/05/man-steals-crashes-catches-on-fire-tesla-model-s/

          • Jim5437532

            Again you are being ignorant and dishonest. Nothing there says the “keys” were stolen. The source you are using isn’t very credible anyway.

            I want to know if the Tesla service center didn’t properly secure the “keys” or if the vehicle was hacked. Either scenario would show that Tesla has a disregard for safety and customers property.

            My original post was rhetorical to try to get people to think. Judging by your posts, you don’t have abstract thought.

            I think you need some professional help.

          • jonasg

            Jim you are a loser.here we have an American company delivering superb technology and all you try to do is find fault in anything you can. I hope you have no kids. What a pathetic loser.

          • Jim5437532

            Your a loser to settle for inferior technology and procedures. My standards are much higher.

        • jonasg

          In my neighborhood few weeks someone broke in and stole keys from a Benz dealer and robbed 2 cars. There is no such thing as dealers getting sued for that. You are the worst tyoe of jealous. Sick. I destest people with your attitude.

          • Jim5437532

            So just because you allege some other dealership was reckless with customer’s keys and cars; that it is all right?

            So if you hear someone jumps off a bridge, are you going to do it?

            If Tesla isn’t properly securing cars and keys; it’s proof that they don’t care about public safety or customer property. It’s a shame that you shill for a greedy corporation that doesn’t care about public safety or customers.

    • jonasg

      That is Jim. A jealous troll with an agenda. You know that the individual was not wearing a seat belt. It is remarkable he did noy die immediately which proves once again how safe Teslas are. The robber hit two poles and a wall at 100+ mph. Paul Walker died burned to death in a gas car Jim. Thousands more die every year. But you dont write about that.

      Do this math and respond: we have over 50,000 Teslas running for 2 years. Compare number of deaths per fire in gas cars and write back. Loser.

      • Jim5437532

        Why would I be jealous of idiots like you that have much lower standards? lol You are a slanderer. I’m not willing to settle for a piece of unsafe junk like a Tesla.

        You are a loser Tesla fan boy. Your posts prove you are an ignorant spammer. You’re copying and pasting the same ignorant garbage that other Tesla shills post. You’re a crook that seems to have a bunch of sock puppet accounts. You are a loser.

        If you check the stats and do the math; I think you’ll find that Tesla batteries are more likely to explode than Pinto gas tanks. That’s why the Tesla is nicknamed the E-Pinto. The Tesla model S. blows up like a SpaceX rocket.

        Do you think people are going to believe a credible expert; or an ignorant spammer like you? lol

    • sranger

      FOB was stolen from the service center…

      As usual, you are just wrong..

      You really should work on your anti-Tesla trolling skills…

    • randy

      dude, you are sick seriously, your visit to shrink is overdue

  • RussellL

    It’s just an app that allows you to get in and drive your car if you forgot, broke,… your keyfob.

    “…the ability to start your car (in case you forgot your keyfob).”

  • RussellL

    It’s just an app that allows you to get in and drive your car if you forgot, broke,… your keyfob.

    “…the ability to start your car (in case you forgot your keyfob).”

  • John

    Tesla and Toyota would be good but, this is stupid. Apple really sucks now and I have been with APPLE since the mid 1980’s. SELLLLLLLLL YOUR APPLE STOCK !!!!!!!
    Thanks for ffffffffing me apple! Go to hell!!!! with your crappy products!

  • Guest

    Tesla also throws awesome company parties.

  • Harper

    Tesla throws really fun parties.

  • disastronaut

    Apple is years behind the competition. Tesla collaborating with Samsung on the other hand would make far more sense from a technological standpoint. But then again we are just talking about being able to “start” an electric vehicle with your phone. I think even Apple is capable of such a mundane task.

  • ThatsJustHowISeeIt

    This is meaningless unless they also support Android. Fewer than half of Tesla customers use an iPhone. Apple’s walled garden approach is the reason I never buy anything Apple and I hope Tesla does not end up with a similarly miserable mindset.
    The Model S is a car and it should support the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone so customers can use the car with the phone they prefer.

    • RussellL

      The screenshot from the Model S update does say “A new Tesla Android app will be available in a few weeks.”

      Doesn’t that mean Tesla and Google are collaborating too? /s

  • basbea

    its all worthless. You don’t have to fumble for your key, the car senses the key if you have it with you in your pocket, purse or whatever. No need for this. Risky too if your phone is hacked or stolen and Phone batteries die too much and phones get lost and wet ect. to rely on them to get you home…testla owner

    • sranger

      It would be handy as a backup incase you lose or damage your FOB….

  • Troy Heagy

    Julia Love let everyone know she should Not be a technology reporter, because there is No Heat Engine inside a Tesla or any other electric car (except hybrids). She should resign.

 
 
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