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Silicon Valley carmaker Tesla is conspicuously absent from the consortium of automotive manufacturers that have pledged support for Apple's CarPlay initiative, an omission made more glaring --?and puzzling --?by recent news of high-level talks between the two companies.

Silicon Valley carmaker Tesla is notably absent from Apple's list of CarPlay patners
Silicon Valley carmaker Tesla is notably absent from Apple's list of CarPlay patners


"Tesla is not commenting on Apple's CarPlay at this time," a spokesman for the electric car producer told AppleInsider late Wednesday. That policy of radio silence is somewhat odd for the marque, which has a history of speaking candidly about its future.

Barrels of digital ink have been spilled pontificating the virtues of a hypothetical Apple-Tesla tie-up. Visionary Tesla CEO Elon Musk could put Apple's virtually bottomless pockets to good use, it's thought, while the iPhone maker could learn a thing or two from Tesla's rocketeering engineer-turned-executive.

The virtual printing presses began churning even faster in the wake of reports that Musk met in secret with Apple mergers and acquisitions chief Adrian Perica last spring. Musk later confirmed the talks, but called a sale "very unlikely."

Many investors and commentators now seem to accept as gospel the idea that it is only a matter of time before some type of deal is announced, with a collaboration on battery technology pegged as the most likely joint venture. Tesla plans to construct what Musk has described as a "gigafactory" for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, crucial components for both companies.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk with the company's forthcoming Model X SUV
Tesla CEO Elon Musk with the company's forthcoming Model X SUV


Apple, for its part, looks to be headed full-steam toward a showdown with Google in the automotive space. Apple CEO Tim Cook called CarPlay "very, very important" and a "key focus" even before Google unveiled its own bid to bring Android to in-car systems with the Open Automotive Alliance, which incidentally counts many of Apple's CarPlay partners as members.

Why, then, are the supposedly-synergistic Apple and Tesla not cooperating in the most obvious arena?

Tesla may have landed in the Google camp, given Musk's recent revelation that he would like to see Google's Chrome browser and an Android application emulator ported to Tesla's custom in-car operating system.

Technical issues could also play a role, as embedded software vendor QNX --?thought to provide middleware for CarPlay -- doesn't have a position in Tesla's software stack. This possibility is bolstered somewhat by the fact that other high-profile marques like Fiat, which has partnered with Microsoft rather than QNX, are also absent.

Or, it could be that despite all the smoke surrounding the potential partnership, there is simply no fire.
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So far Carplay looks hideous.  Tesla's interface is much better.  No need for Tesla to downgrade.

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So when does "Telsa isn't talking" become "news" (with a heaping dose of regurgitated rumors to pad the article out)?

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So far Carplay looks hideous.  Tesla's interface is much better.  No need for Tesla to downgrade.

 

That is a very broad stmt to make without any specifics. CarPlay appears to be an API to connect to iPhones. If you look at the three bigees that showed their implementations/usage of CarPlay they demonstrate how much the use can vary. Some were much more refined than others.

 

A couple showed very nice ways of having them coexist with their "house" system.

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That is a very broad stmt to make without any specifics. CarPlay appears to be an API to connect to iPhones. If you look at the three bigees that showed their implementations/usage of CarPlay they demonstrate how much the use can vary. Some were much more refined than others.

A couple showed very nice ways of having them coexist with their "house" system.

I don't think that matters to him. I think he simply doesn't like that it looks like iOS but bigger and simpler. He probably wants animated icons and widgets with small points that require a stylus in which to interact.

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I don't think that matters to him. I think he simply doesn't like that it looks like iOS but bigger and simpler. He probably wants animated icons and widgets with small points that require a stylus in which to interact.
No he wants faux leather, wood grain and green felt. Oh and a heavy dose of gloss so everything looks like a piece of glass. 1biggrin.gif
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Tesla voice commands are much more basic than Siri, which is probably a good thing, because it cuts down on ambiguity.

 

Siri needs to get a lot better at complex tasks (or multitasking) before she is ready to assist with driver requests. In my experience she does not understand the word 'and'.

 

Example: Show me a map of Sam's house and send him a text that I am running late. 

 

Siri brings up the map, but that is it. Even if I separate it into two requests, more than half the time she still doesn't know who 'him' refers to. I get so angry and frustrated sometimes trying to get her to do what I want that it is really unsuitable for use in a car in my opinion. I really need to keep calm while driving, not yelling at Siri telling her how useless she is!

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So far Carplay looks hideous.  Tesla's interface is much better.  No need for Tesla to downgrade.

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Guess I won't be considering a Tesla.
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"Tesla is not commenting on Apple's CarPlay at this time," a spokesman for the electric car producer told AppleInsider late Wednesday. That policy of radio silence is somewhat odd for the marque, which has a history of speaking candidly about its future.

Barrels of digital ink have been spilled pontificating the virtues of a hypothetical Apple-Tesla tie-up.

 

So instead of having barrels of digital ink spilled pontificating the virtues of a hypothetical Apple-Tesla tie-up, there will be barrels of digital ink spilled pontificating why Tesla chose to say, "Tesla is not commenting on Apple's CarPlay at this time", about the virtues of a hypothetical Apple-Tesla tie-up. 

 

Yes, I could have stopped reading the article and chosen not to comment, but I wanted to add to the barrels of digital ink being spilled. :)

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So what base OS does Tesla use use? So far it seems that Apple has paired with companies that use QNX. What does VW Group use?

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No he wants faux leather, wood grain and green felt. Oh and a heavy dose of gloss so everything looks like a piece of glass. 1biggrin.gif

Maybe he's Scott Forestall with a lot of virtually represented sour grapes.

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Don't mean this as a pump for CarPlay. (What I've seen so far doesn't exactly blow me away), but Tesla's system is a clusterF...

It's basically 50% driving a car, and 50% screwing around with a computer (As it is, they might as well just get it over with and install a 27 inch display in there). Just way too much interfacing with a computer screen. Even to do the most simple direct task. Basically a car designed by computer geeks, rather than human interface designers.

If only Apple had bought these guys way back when. The Jonny Ive design sensibility would have brought these vehicles up to all that they really could be.

No idea where they will end up, but as it currently stands, they definitely seem to be much more into the Android aesthetic / philosophy.

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So far Carplay looks hideous.  Tesla's interface is much better.  No need for Tesla to downgrade.

 

Love those glorious looking Android-like icons in Tesla's UI. Horrid.

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Makes sense to me to. CarPlay looks like 1/2 of a product or very unpolished product. It makes me wonder what changed inside Apple to change it's policy to showcase it's product from outside... Steve would never do that.

 

And it even makes me wonder what Ferrari is thinking about having that UI on it's dashboard. I sure wouldn't like to have those big flat icons stay on my Ferrari's dash... get real.

 

And then there's usability. Siri and Maps are pretty much unusable outside of US. I tried to used maps sever times in Europe but just doesn't find places. Google Maps are like 10 yearh ahead here... And here's also SIRI. Useless if you are not native American speaker.

 

I am not exited about this. I would rather see Apple tp focus on OS X and iOS more and make it:

a) more usable (states mostly for iOS)

b) fix broken apps in OS X (Mail, Calendar, etc...)

c) polish the UI. UI in iOS7 is nice but on some places is WTF?!

 

and at last make the bigger screen iPhone already!

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What's Tesla?

 

A car company.

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Don't mean this as a pump for CarPlay. (What I've seen so far doesn't exactly blow me away), but Tesla's system is a clusterF...
It's basically 50% driving a car, and 50% screwing around with a computer (As it is, they might as well just get it over with and install a 27 inch display in there). Just way too much interfacing with a computer screen. Even to do the most simple direct task. Basically a car designed by computer geeks, rather than human interface designers.
If only Apple had bought these guys way back when. The Jonny Ive design sensibility would have brought these vehicles up to all that they really could be.
No idea where they will end up, but as it currently stands, they definitely seem to be much more into the Android aesthetic / philosophy.
All these people complaining about the lack of an elegant car UI forget the most basic thing...the touch controls need to be big and easy to see. Might not be the most beautiful interface but at least it will allow you to concentrate on driving, not fiddling around with the display OS.
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So what base OS does Tesla use use? So far it seems that Apple has paired with companies that use QNX. What does VW Group use?
Maybe he's Scott Forestall with a lot of virtually represented sour grapes.

Tesla runs some form of Linux (http://www.techworld.com.au/article/433612/tesla_cto_talks_model_batteries_in-car_linux/).

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Makes sense to me to. CarPlay looks like 1/2 of a product or very unpolished product. It makes me wonder what changed inside Apple to change it's policy to showcase it's product from outside... Steve would never do that.

 

And it even makes me wonder what Ferrari is thinking about having that UI on it's dashboard. I sure wouldn't like to have those big flat icons stay on my Ferrari's dash... get real.

 

And then there's usability. Siri and Maps are pretty much unusable outside of US. I tried to used maps sever times in Europe but just doesn't find places. Google Maps are like 10 yearh ahead here... And here's also SIRI. Useless if you are not native American speaker.

 

I am not exited about this. I would rather see Apple tp focus on OS X and iOS more and make it:

a) more usable (states mostly for iOS)

b) fix broken apps in OS X (Mail, Calendar, etc...)

c) polish the UI. UI in iOS7 is nice but on some places is WTF?!

 

and at last make the bigger screen iPhone already!

 

I live in europe too and i understand and speak spanish perfectly Siri in spanish sounds by far better than the US version..Spanish Siri literally wipes the floor with Google Now and other asistants, and Apple Maps well everybody in europe who uses iPhones knows you're full of crap.

 

Google Now it's big joke when you compare it with Siri (just like in that movie trailer Her you can have deep conversation make jokes is like talking with a real person) and Google Now es nada mas que una mierda

 

 

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Telsa is "just a Hobby".
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You are obviously a troll or 67tt7886 just happens that i live in europe too and i understand and speak spanish perfectly Siri in spanish sounds by far better than the US version..Spanish Siri literally wipes the floor with Google Now and other asistants, ur just playing stupid try to even to compare others with Siri!!!!! and Apple Maps  well everybody in europe who uses iPhones knows you're full of crap1!!!!

 

I am not trolling. I do not know about Spanish I am fluent English speaker and I use SIRI in English. Phone book is literally unusable when pronouncing non-english names. Maybe Spanish is good, I can't say that, after-all I believe there is more Spanish speaking people in US then English right? So it must be good.

 

I am not comparing this to Google now. I wouldn't like to have that in my car either. I don't know why you think I am full of shit? Go try to find a Ski resort in Austria on Apple maps. Yeah right, unless it's Kitzbuhel or you know exact address you are left in the dark... And SKI resort is a huge place, imagine finding a business or something smaller and not knowing the Address. It's just not in. I'm left in the dark in 50% or more when I try to find some places of interest/business. I always have to open Google Maps to find a place without address... that much for that...

 

I spent over 10k EURO on Apple products in my life. That's a lot of money. I love my Macs, I love iPad and I love iPhone. I just get impression that some of these products get worse with every iteration. Apple is releasing funny features, that do not do us much. In the meantime I am waiting and waiting Apple to fix some of the core apps, but there's nothing (Mail, Calendar, etc...). Just some UI and make-up features that make things better and in a lot of times worse. Steve's absence is definitely getting more and more visible. And what's about with the iPhone size? Where's the bigger screen? I get envy on my work colleagues when they read email on bigger droid screens. It's really better to have bigger screen for that. I am not saying 5.5 inch here. But 4.5 or 5 could be something that works really well.

 

Regarding the CarPlay we'll see...


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Since Tesla market is high end I think they should support it. On the other hand, they already have a very powerfull system it there, Carplay alone would be a downgrade.  They need to find a way to merge carplay into there features to do it.

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All I got to say is Tesla, why did you stop selling and producing the roadster??? 1frown.gif I'm so sad right now I just started watching Dallas and I saw that car only to find out they don't make it anymore. Literally worst day of my life lol :/
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I am not trolling. I do not know about Spanish I am fluent English speaker and I use SIRI in English. Phone book is literally unusable when pronouncing non-english names. Maybe Spanish is good, I can't say that, after-all I believe there is more Spanish speaking people in US then English right? So it must be good.

 

I am not comparing this to Google now. I wouldn't like to have that either in my car. I don't know why you think I am full of shit. Go try to find a Ski resort in Austria on Apple maps. Yeah right, unless you know exact address you are left in the dark... And SKI resort is a huge thing, imagine finding a business or something and not knowing the Address. It's just not in. I'm left in the dark in 50% or more when I go use it. I always have to open Google Maps to find a place without address... that much for that...

Sorry about that i got carried away today i just find out that Siri Spanish she's amazing and i got tricked by some Youtube Techsite and all this time i thought Google Now was better,  but believe me it's good thing to have Apple on your car! they are only one who listens to you and gives you fast updates instead of waiting from your company car 2, 3 years..but if want something fixed like Maps you have to report to them

 

 

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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post
Why, then, are the supposedly-synergistic Apple and Tesla not cooperating in the most obvious arena?

 

Maybe they are, but they're just not issuing press releases.

 

Or maybe Musk wants to eventually add Google's self-driving technology to Tesla cars, and Google is using that to keep Tesla away from CarPlay.

 

Or maybe the Musk-Apple meeting was about battery technology and possible investments in the Gigafactory and/or eventual joint battery production deals in the future.  Supposedly the Gigafactory will require $4 - 5 billion, $2 billion of which will come from outside Tesla from investors.  And apparently Apple and Tesla will ship roughly the same tonnage of batteries this year, in their respective mobile devices and automobiles.  (Different battery technologies for now, but things change.)

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Why just parts? I have a pic of the entire car. lol.gif

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All I got to say is Tesla, why did you stop selling and producing the roadster??? 1frown.gif I'm so sad right now I just started watching Dallas and I saw that car only to find out they don't make it anymore. Literally worst day of my life lol :/

 

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Guess I won't be considering a Tesla.

 

If true, you would be incredibly short sighted to pass on the most revolutionary vehicle in 20 years simply because it did not mirror your iPhone's UI. If that's your only consideration for a car, put some wheels on your iPhone and have a seat.

 

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So what base OS does Tesla use use? So far it seems that Apple has paired with companies that use QNX. What does VW Group use?
Maybe he's Scott Forestall with a lot of virtually represented sour grapes.

 

Tesla rolled their own. It's based on Linux.

 

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Don't mean this as a pump for CarPlay. (What I've seen so far doesn't exactly blow me away), but Tesla's system is a clusterF...

It's basically 50% driving a car, and 50% screwing around with a computer (As it is, they might as well just get it over with and install a 27 inch display in there). Just way too much interfacing with a computer screen. Even to do the most simple direct task. Basically a car designed by computer geeks, rather than human interface designers.

If only Apple had bought these guys way back when. The Jonny Ive design sensibility would have brought these vehicles up to all that they really could be.

No idea where they will end up, but as it currently stands, they definitely seem to be much more into the Android aesthetic / philosophy.

 

Have you actually driven a Model S, or do you own one? I have and I do. Take it from someone who drives this car every single day, the computer's super clean interface on a 17" touch screen is a godsend compared to the ancient dashboards of today with clunky buttons and knobs which are distracting in themselves. I find the Model S has far fewer interior distractions than other vehicles. The touch screen is pure bliss to use.

 

Elon Musk and the Google founders are close personal friends. Tesla's operating system is based on Linux. Musk, in principle, favors open systems to proprietary ones. He's planning on putting together an SDK for developers to add apps to the Model S which follow their own rules - not Android, not iOS. The car's OS already assigns an app to either the top or bottom half of the screen. CarPlay and Android integration need only be apps to the car, living and sandboxed in their own part of the screen, and it would work just fine without altering the vehicle OS in any way. You'd know that if you spent any time with the Model S.

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IMO, the whole carplay UI is a freaking rare misstep for Apple.  Just total shame.

Where the f@ck did the "Eye-Free" concept go?  There should be freaking NO visual interface between iOS and the driver. Everything should be voice enabled, from navigation up to a choice of a radio station.

 

P.S.

Actually, I almost get I what want already today without carplay just by connecting my iPhone to the Bluetooth system. The only thing that bothers me is having to long click the home button in my pocket to activate Siri. I would rather have a dedicated button on the steering wheel.

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I spent over 10k EURO on Apple products in my life. That's a lot of money. I love my Macs, I love iPad and I love iPhone. I just get impression that some of these products get worse with every iteration. Apple is releasing funny features, that do not do us much. In the meantime I am waiting and waiting Apple to fix some of the core apps, but there's nothing (Mail, Calendar, etc...). Just some UI and make-up features that make things better and in a lot of times worse. Steve's absence is definitely getting more and more visible. And what's about with the iPhone size? Where's the bigger screen? I get envy on my work colleagues when they read email on bigger droid screens. It's really better to have bigger screen for that. I am not saying 5.5 inch here. But 4.5 or 5 could be something that works really well.

 

Regarding the CarPlay we'll see...

Wow that is a lot of money Macs are expensive (i blame Intel) but they are 100% usefull however iDevices they are not quite as usefull but eventually they will be, this year iOS 8 will probably introduce true multitasking and your in luck if you like bigger screens this year we gonna get a 4.5 inch iPhone, a bigger iPhone next year and later an iPad nano

 

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For all the press it receives, and the early adopters it attracts, Tesla is still only a very small player in the auto industry.  That they haven't signed up for CarPlay (yet?) isn't a reason for alarm.

 

IMO, most people are approaching CarPlay from the wrong angle.  It's not an attempt by Apple to take over the car, but merely a deeper, more consistent method of integrating of iOS, and its interface into vehicles.  Both Apple and each automaker get to maintain control of their own domains, and the experience they want to present to drivers.  Good for both parties.

 

Apple has signed up an impressive roster, including all the largest marques in Japan, the major Korean maker, and a good portion of American, French, and German marques.

 

The glaring absences are VAG (who are going from QNX to Android), and Fiat/Chrysler (Microsoft, excluding Ferrari, which operates autonomously, and chose Apple).  I'd be more concerned about these two than Tesla.

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Tesla uses Linux as the base OS, with the Qt framework for the UI.
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All I got to say is Tesla, why did you stop selling and producing the roadster??? 1frown.gif I'm so sad right now I just started watching Dallas and I saw that car only to find out they don't make it anymore. Literally worst day of my life lol :/

The Roadster was problematic, virtually all of them were rebuilt by Tesla.  The Model S is a superior car.  And The Roadsters are avaialble on Tesla's website pre owned if you really like them.  I agree they look great, I've seen a few around LA, I drive an 02' Z3M BMW and lust after the Roadster.

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I'm still trying to figure out what Elon Musk's mother has to do with this story. O.O
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Well it is interesting that most of these integration systems in cars like Chevrolet's MyLink are based on BlackBerry QNX...
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Many cars like the Camaro with MyLink support Siri Eyes Free integration through a steering wheel button.  You must have a car that does integrate as well.  

 

CarPlay is NOT a replacement for Siri Eyes Free, but simply adds visual and touch, if you want to interface in that manner.  

 

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IMO, the whole carplay UI is a freaking rare misstep for Apple.  Just total shame.

Where the f@ck did the "Eye-Free" concept go?  There should be freaking NO visual interface between iOS and the driver. Everything should be voice enabled, from navigation up to a choice of a radio station.

 

P.S.

Actually, I almost get I what want already today without carplay just by connecting my iPhone to the Bluetooth system. The only thing that bothers me is having to long click the home button in my pocket to activate Siri. I would rather have a dedicated button on the steering wheel.

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All I got to say is Tesla, why did you stop selling and producing the roadster??? 1frown.gif I'm so sad right now I just started watching Dallas and I saw that car only to find out they don't make it anymore. Literally worst day of my life lol :/

 

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Guess I won't be considering a Tesla.

 

If true, you would be incredibly short sighted to pass on the most revolutionary vehicle in 20 years simply because it did not mirror your iPhone's UI. If that's your only consideration for a car, put some wheels on your iPhone and have a seat.

 

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So what base OS does Tesla use use? So far it seems that Apple has paired with companies that use QNX. What does VW Group use?
Maybe he's Scott Forestall with a lot of virtually represented sour grapes.

 

Tesla rolled their own. It's based on Linux.

 

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Don't mean this as a pump for CarPlay. (What I've seen so far doesn't exactly blow me away), but Tesla's system is a clusterF...

It's basically 50% driving a car, and 50% screwing around with a computer (As it is, they might as well just get it over with and install a 27 inch display in there). Just way too much interfacing with a computer screen. Even to do the most simple direct task. Basically a car designed by computer geeks, rather than human interface designers.

If only Apple had bought these guys way back when. The Jonny Ive design sensibility would have brought these vehicles up to all that they really could be.

No idea where they will end up, but as it currently stands, they definitely seem to be much more into the Android aesthetic / philosophy.

 

" He's planning on putting together an SDK for developers to add apps to the Model S which follow their own rules - not Android, not iOS. The car's OS already assigns an app to either the top or bottom half of the screen. CarPlay and Android integration need only be apps to the car, living and sandboxed in their own part of the screen, and it would work just fine without altering the vehicle OS in any way. You'd know that if you spent any time with the Model S."

Yeah. Thanks for further illustrating my point. ClusterF.

Less and less attention to actually driving the car. Great as a computer though. Can't wait till next generation with 21" screen. Woot!

 

Edit: Don't get me wrong; LOVE the company and the (general) direction they are going.

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Just look at that sucker!  CarPlay needs to play in that sandbox too.  

 

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Who cares? Tesla is a niche player in the automotive market. Why should Apple waste time trying to get them on board?

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Siri needs to get a lot better at complex tasks (or multitasking) before she is ready to assist with driver requests. In my experience she does not understand the word 'and'.

Example: Show me a map of Sam's house and send him a text that I am running late. 

It never occurred to me to even try to speak a list of different commands to Siri and expect her to go off and complete them. Some commands require user feedback like sending a text, Siri: "Shall I send it?" So you can verify she heard you correctly and is sending the text you want instead of some horrible autocorrected text.

But when I issued two separated commands: 1) "Send Sam a text" 2) "Now show me a map of his house." She did it with no problem.
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Tesla voice commands are much more basic than Siri, which is probably a good thing, because it cuts down on ambiguity.

Boy is that an understatement!

 

Tesla Voice supports 3 commands. "Navigate [to a location]", "play [a song] and call [a number from your phone's address book]. There are variations like "dial" instead of call, but it can do only htose 3 things.

 

That may change in the future (Version 6.0?), but for now Siri is light years ahead of the Tesla Model S Voice system

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