Tesla’s Working On Its Own In-Car Voice Assistant

Whether you’re a fan of Siri, Google Assistant, or something else entirely, you won’t be using it in your Tesla any time soon. The chances of CarPlay or Android Auto support coming to Tesla EVs were never strong, but news that Tesla is working on its own in-car voice assistant makes it even less likely.

Tesla is yet to confirm the news itself but it is rolling out a new 2024.14.3 software update that reportedly includes code that suggests there is a new voice assistant in the offing.

Details are obviously pretty slim right now, and it’s hard to know when this new feature will arrive or what it will be capable of. However, we do know that the assistant will be activated via a wakeword, suggesting the vehicle will always be listening just like a phone or smart speaker.

As Electrek notes, this is perhaps not all that surprising when you remember that CEO Elon Musk continues to remove as many buttons and inputs from vehicles as possible.

He previously suggested he wanted to remove manual input options where possible as well, suggesting that the end-game for Musk is a voice-activated vehicle. If that’s the case, something like a digital assistant could be vital.

However, as Apple has previously discovered, making one that works well isn’t always as easy as you might think.

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