2016 looks set to be a big year for Tesla, not just with its own business pushing forward but more and more of the traditional auto makers jumping onto the electric bandwagon. Not many will be competing with Tesla’s high-end cars, but then again, it’s the mid-range car like the upcoming Tesla Model 3 that the company is itself starting to focus on.
When that mid-range Model 3 car do arrive later this year, it might be the first to take advantage of Tesla’s new thinking as far as apps are concerned. Having previously offered an SDK for developers to work with in order to use the large center console screen that adorns all Teslas, it now appears that a new strategy is at hand.
Speaking at an event in Hong Kong, Tesla’s Elon Musk alluded to the fact that iPhone and Android apps would be allowed to beam their content to that aforementioned screen, essentially acting like a second monitor. Think AirPlay mirroring on Apple devices, and we don’t think you will be too far wrong.
As we have sort of thought about it more, the logical thing to do from an app standpoint is to maybe allow apps on your iPhone or Android to project onto the center display, as opposed to trying to create a new app ecosystem. So that is probably going to be our focus in the future to enable you to project apps from your phone to the center screen.
Interior of Tesla’s upcoming Model 3
The move away from its own SDK and towards leveraging the apps on the Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store will instantly give Tesla a huge potential collection of app developers. How many would want to work on apps that are designed for cars the huge majority of people can’t afford is debatable, but if this mid-range Tesla do arrive as expected, that mindset may change in time.
As we said, big year for Tesla.
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