The third-party solution to the lack of third-party apps for the giant screen in Tesla cars just got a whole lot smarter. EVE for Tesla (Evolved Vehicle Environments) is essentially a Tesla-specific website where users can build their own layouts of selected "apps" — including weather, news, Gmail, and stocks — and display them through the browser in the Model S or Model X. The new integration of IFTTT (If This Then That) into EVE means that your Tesla can now communicate through the internet with your smart home and more.
Through EVE and IFTTT your Tesla can now send commands to smart home devices like Nest Thermostats, WeMo switches, and SmartThings devices. It can also send automated emails and texts on Android. The communication works the other way too — the EVE screen in the car can display Android text messages, iOS reminders, Google Calendar notifications, and ESPN news alerts.
Because the Tesla browser provides GPS location data to websites, EVE can even automatically trigger IFTTT commands automatically when you arrive at or leave a location. Of course, you'll need to have EVE open in the car's browser, and it's worth noting that the car only delivers fresh location data every 30 seconds to the car. If you want to skip the location-based actions, you can still trigger them by setting up a button to activate a whole scene — say, arriving at home to unlock the doors and turn on the lights.
Tesla has long mulled having an SDK to enable native apps on the massive touch screens in their cars, but the latest indications from earlier this year pointed towards mirroring the displays of iPhone and Android devices. Whether that takes the form of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay or straight-up display mirroring remains to be seen, but it might be a while before we can use anything like that. In the meantime, web-based apps like EVE and TAPP are innovating with what they've got.