Who needs a car remote control when you can just use your head? That’s what Tesla Motors Company (NASDAQ:TSLA) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) are thinking anyways, as their new technology allows Tesla Model S and Google Glass owners to use both their toys together, and control certain features of their car right from their headset.
While the two companies’ newest venture may lure in significant sales success and excitement from fuel efficient, technologically advanced drivers, it also could draw significant criticism as it attempts to straddle the line between safety and efficiency.
Released Tuesday, a new free downloadable app called Glass Tesla was unofficially developed by Sasha Katta. According to Gigaom, the app is purposed for the Tesla Model S and comes with many interesting out-of-car and in-car features that allow users to assess the charging status of the car, locate the car on a map and remotely sound its alarm, lock/unlock the car and open the sun roof, and view the car’s interior and exterior temperatures while also being able to work autoclimate controls. It’s a significant step in the right direction towards having a “heads-up display” where drivers can access their speed, gear, and navigation without looking down at their dashboard; however, Glass Tesla will likely have to combat many naysayers first to prove to them that the technology improves safety, rather than threatens it.
And while the Glass Tesla’s features are undoubtedly convenient, they aren’t groundbreaking. But with the current speed that technology is evolving, who knows where the app will go next? That’s the question that will likely be on lawmakers and safety regulators’ minds as they assess how the new Glass app affects road safety.