California-based car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced a software upgrade for its latest electric car Model S on 19th September, 2014, from its base at Palo Alto wherein the idea is to render the vehicle more responsive and sensitive to its owner than ever before.
Courtesy of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’a latest offering having been equipped with the latest Version 6 software, Model S owners will now be able to get their cars started if only they have iPhone 6, Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s latest offering, at hand. Of course, it would require a password for gaining access but it would be easy to retrieve since Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has provided a provision on iPhone 6 wherein the car’s presence is indicated by the name which the owner has christened it with.
This is what Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) had to say about this technology update –
“This is the latest in a series of software updates issued since we launched Model S in 2012, enabling new features such as hill start assist, smart suspension controls, and energy saving sleep mode. The Software v6.0 update introduces traffic-based navigation and commute advice, provides an in-car view of daily schedules, enables location-based air suspension settings and allows owners to name their Model S and start it remotely using their mobile phone.”
Being a part of a car whose price tag begins with $71,000, the technology has received both kudos and criticisms from electric car enthusiasts the world over, some of whom expressed the hope that in addition to iPhone 6, this feature will be provided through Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iWatch too.
Following was one of the comments that echoed this expectation –
“I expect the Apple iWatch to be able to unlock and start the car. Hopefully with just fingerprint recognition.”
While starting the car using a remote keyfob is a common practice where 21st century vehicles are concerned, owners of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s Model S will enjoy the advantage of being able to turn on the ignition from much greater distances, thanks to this major technological leap.
This article has been written by Vinita Basu.