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Tesla to support third party apps, official API released

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Tesla has made its API documentation available for third-party apps. The company’s cars’ had previously been limited to apps that had developed in-house.

Some third-party apps are currently operating in Tesla cars, however they rely on an unofficial API and have limited functionality. The majority of them are mobile or browser-based apps. Must have car apps such as Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto we not supported.

The new API documentation is geared toward enterprise entities with Tesla fleets, allowing businesses to manage their vehicles more efficiently. Smartwatch integration apps are also mentioned in the documentation.

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The documentation covers the command that you can send to your car using the Tesla app, as well as the ability to ping data from your car to the app. It also claims that beginning next year, all third-party apps will be required to use the new API:

According to sources, the carmaker is still contemplating whether to release a software development kit (SDK) to create a robust third-party app ecosystem running with its vehicles, but no official confirmation has been made.

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Dennis Mathu
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