The world of wearable gadgets and electric cars has come together with the first Apple Watch app for the Tesla Model S, courtesy of Eleks Labs. The app allows users to access all the same features as the official Tesla iPhone app such as adjusting the climate control and checking the charge level, but there is a catch.
Because the current Apple Watch software development kit forces developers to pair the wrist-phone with the user’s iPhone, in order for the app to work users must have their phone on them. It kind of defeats the point of having an Apple Watch if you ask me, though it’s still less intrusive to glance at your watch than pull out your cellphone.
This obvious limitation aside, the Tesla app has been resized to fit the Apple Watch’s smaller screen, and judging from the video it works fast and looks good. It isn’t the first electric vehicle to be paired with the Apple Watch though, as the BMW i3 and i8 were the first out of the gate with an app just hours after its initial debut.
Given that the Apple Watch isn’t even for sale yet though, there’s still time for changes that would allow users to leave their phone at home and increased functionality through the app. So while you can see your GPS route via the watch, you still can’t start and drive the Tesla Model S through your smart watch like you can through your smartphone.
One day though, you’ll be able to park and recall your Tesla with a tap of the watch, fulfilling a long-held human desire to turn the watch into an all-encompassing window to the world.