Tesla’s iPhone app won our 2013 app of the year and the ability to start the car and drive it would continue down that same innovative road. Other systems for starting a car and driving it from a mobile phone already exist for 3rd parties like Viper and others.
The report says that Tesla might utilize the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint system for the new app, to help prevent crooks who steal your iPhone from stealing your Model S as well. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is planning to unveil the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, in September, and Weintraub reports that Tesla may be waiting for the latest iPhone software to unveil the new functionality.
Amidst the crowd of hackers this summer at Def Con, a security conference in Las Vegas, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and “hacker princess” Kristin Paget, who leads Tesla’s digital security efforts, were searching for 20 to 30 security researches to hire, according to The Wall Street Journal .
What would hackers do at Tesla?
“It’s a super-car that’s connected to the Internet,” Paget told the Journal . “Use your imagination.”
Tesla already glorifies security researches on its website, where it lists 20 names in its “Tesla Security Research Hall of Fame” that have helped identify bugs for the company. But now, apparently, Tesla wants to build its own internal team of paid hackers.