Google Glass Gets GlassTesla to Command Your Car

Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | 12:24 PM ET
Source: Glass Tesla

A new Google Glass app, GlassTesla, enables owners to control their high-tech car with the connected eye-wear.

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The unofficial Tesla app, built by entrepreneur and developer Sahas Katta, lets users perform tasks like turning the charge function on and off, locking and unlocking doors, and opening and closing the sunroof. Users can also locate their car, locate and get directions to the nearest charging station and remotely access the car's climate-control feature.

In addition, they can see which doors are unlocked and check the car's charge level.

The app, launched Monday, does not offer voice-activated commands, but Katta said he plans to add that feature soon.

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"Google does not offer easily accessible access to voice commands," he said. "In the near future, they will likely allow developers to add their own voice commands, and what that means you will be able to say 'OK, Glass, open my trunk,' and it will open."

Katta, founder of the start-up Pepperdeck, said he created the app because he wanted to prove the real-world application of devices like Google Glass.

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"I think a lot of people think wearable computing is far-fetched, but I wanted to show it could be something that could be used in our everyday lives," he said.

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Considering that a Tesla model starts at $62,000 and that Google Glass isn't even available to the mass market, it's somewhat unrealistic to assume that demand for this app will be widespread—at least right away.

Even though these items are available only to a few people right now, Katta said, it won't be long before prices drop and products such as Glass and Teslas become more reasonably priced for a broader consumer base.

"These aren't going to just be toys for the wealthy," he said. "Things like Glass will be available to the everyday person, and these are going to be things that every person should have."

By CNBC's Cadie Thompson. Follow her on Twitter @CadieThompson.

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