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GlassTesla app syncs up Google Glass with Tesla's Model S


July 3, 2013

The GlassTesla app allows users to remotely secure their Model S using Google Glass

The GlassTesla app allows users to remotely secure their Model S using Google Glass

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Voice commands via programs like Ford’s Sync are so 2010. A newly-released app called "GlassTesla" uses the interactive capabilities of Google Glass to connect wirelessly with Tesla's Model S. Once connected, owners have a variety of Glass activated commands at their beck and call and information in front of their eyeballs.

Saha Katta, who had access to a Model S through a family member, reverse engineered Tesla's official Android app to allow it to run on Google Glass. The resulting GlassTesla app communicates with Tesla’s onboard system to provide drivers with instant visual feedback through Google Glass without taking their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.

The app gives drivers access to a range of information and commands, including monitoring the vehicle’s charging status and providing the option to start or stop charging via Glass. Lazy drivers not finished with their Big Macs can also remain in the car while they pop the charging port remotely.

Owners who have forgotten the location of their Model S can direct Glass to locate the aforementioned lost Tesla on the map. Glass then taps into Tesla’s GPS system and directs owners accordingly. Forgot to lock the doors? No problem, Glass can check the car to see that doors and trunk are locked and secured on command.

Temperature control is also on GlassTesla’s list of supported commands, with the ability to remotely activate Tesla's auto climate system. Opening and closing of the sunroof via Glass provides for a quick switch to an open air experience.

The app can be downloaded now and will of course require one set of Google Glass glasses and one Tesla Model S. Katta is also working on additional Tesla applications for Google Glass.

Source: GlassTesla via Tesla Motors

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Sure its awesome, but how many people can afford a Tesla? If they made ANY of their cars affordable for the middle class citizen they would become bigger than Ford.


Am I the only one who thinks it's a very, *very bad idea to have the visibility of the average driver "augmented" with a heads-up display? The arguments against are known to all and codified in laws against using cell phones and text capabilities while driving. I drive California State Route 152 from the Bay Area to the Central Valley often. The thought of any measurable portion of the oncoming vehicles looking for that hilarious YouTube video as I approach makes my blood run cold.

Mac McDougal

The safety of these systems will be an issue. I am assuming there will be various systems designed to prevent their use while driving.... The GPS on my car for instance cannot be operated while the car is moving.

Ian McIntosh

As a Tesla fan, I fear that partnering with these kinds of silly apparatuses only contributes to those gas-oholics who would ridicule the Tesla concept. The whole google glass concept reminds me of all those laughable "failed futures" seen at past world's fairs.

Fritz Menzel

Even suggesting the possibility of using this device while driving should have Tesla marketing personnel/think-tank users shot at dawn! There are a few cars with worthwhile 'heads-up' on the windscreen showing speed, petrol gauge, etc, but hopefully that is all any driver should think of needing. Out-of-car, well, that is a whole different thing. Still, aren't there enough mobile phone zombies walking into street poles or traffic already?

The Skud

Texting and talking on a hand-held phone are the biggest distractions for drivers... the more you can do "hands-free" the better.

People reaching and looking to the back row for something to do with their kids is more dangerous than Google Glass... are you going to outlaw children, now, too? Or radios, or Big Macs, or any other of a hundred distractions? Of course not.

Matt Rings
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