San Francisco: Tesla, the electric car company owned by Elon Musk, is reportedly working on integrating vehicle sharing into its app, which could be one more step towards launching the “Tesla Network”.
Tesla has long been talking about launching the Tesla Network, an Uber-like ridesharing app that also allows users to share their cars with friends and family, automotive technology website Electrek reported.
Musk said that one of the main design goals for the Model 3 (and the Model Y later) was to build the electric car around autonomous driving and the ability to carpool / carpooling.
Things like the center display, cabin-facing camera, and using your phone as a key were meant to make it easier to launch these abilities in the future.
The real value of the Tesla Network, according to the report, would come from having Tesla releasing the promised version of its full self-drive package, but there have been delays on that front.
The system has been in beta for over a year now, and there is no sign that Tesla is trying to get it approved as a fully self-sustaining commercial system anytime soon.
But Musk said Tesla could still release the Tesla Network without autonomous driving, according to the report.
Last year, the electric car maker allowed owners to “add drivers” through a new “car access” feature on its website.
It now looks like Tesla is integrating it into its mobile app, which is a more involved part of the Tesla ownership experience than the Tesla account on its website.