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Tesla Review

Tesla is an app that allows you to control your Tesla car. With the app, you can command the car to start and stop charging, access Summon mode (not available in some countries), set cabin temperature, and much more.

The Main Screen

What you'll see the moment you log in is the battery screen. There you'll see your car's charge amount with a slider for setting the maximum charge. You also get a readout of your hourly phantom drain and your estimated range based on your driving efficiency. The main screen is packed with information on the current state of your car.

Press on the bar chart icon, and you'll find even more information about your driving efficiency. You won't see information on specific days, but you'll see average miles, charging costs, savings over gasoline, and kWh added.

Functions and Alerts

You can use your Tesla app to lock and unlock your car without the key and remotely adjust the climate control. You can also check the charging status and get notified when the charging is complete. The car's security system can also be activated remotely. Once enabled, the app will keep an eye on the car through sensors and cameras.

If you activate "Valet Mode" in the app, you will be able to remotely lock the boot and the glovebox. In the US, you can use a Smart Summon feature. It activates the Autopilot system and summons your car from the place where it's parked.

Security

The gateway to a Tesla car is secured by a password. That's it, you just need a password, and you can get into the car. Or worse, you can use the app without the owner's knowledge. No form of multi-factor authentication is offered, not even as an option. Access to your account via the official website doesn't require any additional passwords, too. You just need the same password as you use for the app.

Verdict

The Tesla app is a remote control for Tesla car owners. You can check lots of information, such as vehicle location and battery level. It can honk the horn, unlock the car, and open the trunk. If you live in the US, you can also summon your car. In most other countries, this feature has been restricted due to traffic laws. It might seem that the app should be as secure as a fortress. Unfortunately, that's not the case.

Pros:

  • Remote climate adjustment
  • Convenient lock/unlock functionality
  • Location tracking feature
  • Notifications for car alerts

Cons:

  • Heavy battery use
  • Settings are buried in menus

Design and Usability 7

Key Functions 7

Security 9

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