Tesla’s Third-Party App API Documentation Is Now Available
Tesla has now officially made its API documentation available for third-party developers, a move that brings an end to years of unofficial API use.
Electrek reports that the new API documentation is aimed squarely at fleet management, but it’s thought that it could be the beginning of a new suite of options that will make it possible for developers to officially build apps for use in Teslas.
The automaker has talked on and off about releasing a software development kit (SDK) to create a full third-party app ecosystem operating with its vehicles, which have giant touchscreens and connectivity.
Tesla has since made an unofficial API that enables some very basic third-party apps, but it is mostly used for mobile and browser-based apps rather than being a full documented API.
With the new documentation available developers are closer than ever to having a new app ecosystem with which to work. So far the API documentation only details a command that can be sent to the car through the Tesla app while data can also be pulled from the car and back to that same app.
None of this means that we’re closer to what a lot of Tesla drivers still ask for – Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support. Instead, Tesla believes that its own in-car entertainment system is a better option for drivers, no matter which phone they might have.