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Jul
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Welcome to the future, ladies and gents. Your jacket isn't dry, your pizza isn't freeze-dried, and your car can't fly, but if it comes from Tesla, it's still pretty cool. If you also happen to have an Android Wear device, you can pretend to be Michael Knight by talking to your car through your watch, thanks to the unofficial Tesla Command app for Wear. Unfortunately it won't talk back, unless you count honking the horn.

We've covered Tesla's nifty app for the Model S before. It does all kinds of stuff that my beaten-up Ford pickup can't, like track the car's location, mileage, and battery level. This unofficial Wear extension from developer Harth Labs doesn't have all those bells and whistles, but it does let you do all the things you might find on an electronic key fob, plus a few more. Right now it can lock and unlock your car doors, open and close the sunroof, and honk the horn.

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The app requires you to sign in to Tesla's online service, presumably so it can use the car's built-in data connection. Apparently it doesn't require the official Tesla app in order to work. That's some real future tech.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

    Once again, Tesla's lack of proper OAuth rears its ugly head. I'd love to try this but really hesitate about handing off credentials to my Tesla account to a third party...

    • DrakeTungsten

      I was curious about that. Hopefully they rectify that before I get a Tesla account, because I definitely want this, and I fear my childish desires would overrule my good judgment.

      At least my current finances overrule my needing a Tesla account :)

    • Matthew Patience

      Ya, that's definitely a worry, but as the developer who made the app I can confirm we don't do anything weird with your credentials. We simply get the oauth token and use it for only the requests you make.

      • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

        I'm sure you're taking appropriate precautions but on principle this isn't the right way to authenticate to a service -and it required me trusting you personally. There is just too great a risk for compromise, and your service could even become a target. I hope Tesla does something about this so that third party apps like VisibleTesla, GlassTelsa, and yours can be authenticated in a proper manner.

  • Addic7ed

    I want a tesla !

  • atg284

    When will AP give away a Tesla?!?!

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Right after we give away a Huawei Nexus 6. On Verizon.

      • dextersgenius

        "Android Police confirms Nexus 6!"

        • http://google.com/+JulioManiratunga Julio M

          Clearly, the Verizon part was lost in translation.

      • Imparus

        So

  • fabitrader

    I need that for my Renault.

  • Smartss

    I need this for my Kia. lol

    • GoodNPlenty

      Can't wait to replace my kia radio with android auto!

  • Michael Nedoma

    Now, just gonna let my chest hair bush grow and listen to some disco

  • StraightEdgeNexus

    That's quite a look LOL.

  • Bernhard Mehl

    How about unlocking your office door with the Android Watch?

    KISI does it!

    https://www.getkisi.com/2014/07/25/first-snapshot-of-kisi-running-on-android-wear-lg-smartwatch/

  • Mathias Kenting

    This seems like a niche product.

  • conniemhooper

    My Uncle Joshua just got an almost new white Kia Rio Hatchback only from working part-time off a home computer. try this C­a­s­h­f­i­g­.­C­O­M­

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