Please explain. Technology to do which of the several tasks we've discussed in this thread? An example would be nice, too.
There are car tracking devices available. I'm sure that is the technology of which tdelta refers. But that does not use the internal network connection. You'd have to install your own tracker and get a cellular network service contract for your device.
Anyone here know an IPhone programming hobbyist?
The iPhone part is easy. I'd do it myself if there was a way to talk to the car.
I already have an app on the store that lets you control a robot over WiFi. It's just a client for a bit of specialized hardware that lets FTC students control their VEX robot controller over WiFi. If we had the equivalent gizmo for our cars, using either WiFi or SMS, this problem would be solved.
If Tesla would create a secure web service that would allow us to communicate with our cars over the Internet, then I'll bet owners would write (or fund) apps for all the mobile platforms. It seems like Tesla shouldn't have to develop expertise on Mac, Windows, iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows mobile. Create a web platform and the developers will take care of the apps.
Can I request an Android based app at the same time which I suspect will be less arduous than an Apple based app?