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  • DeVonte Graham

    Member
    September 29, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    I would love an Aptera app to sync my IPhone to my Aptera ???? being able to start the car from the app, and check on the health of the car or see the battery life. Or maybe you could chat with other owners in the app kinda like it’s own type of social media thing. Imagine all the owners linking up from across the world or with in country and sharing pictures and videos customizing their Aptera ❤️, taking group photos and videos of road trips.

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  • Michael May

    Member
    September 29, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    I haven’t seen any discussion about if there will be any kind of companion smart phone application available. This (non-Aptera) guy has come up with some ideas that I think are pretty decent. I’d also like to see this tied into the Aptera ‘Sentry Mode’ if they end up having the equivalent. https://youtu.be/RqV8-C3BN4g\

  • Jonah Jorgenson

    Member
    September 29, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks for this.

    This question was asked and answered in the previous forum. One is planned and at this point, since Aptera is at Beta stage, a prototype is probably being tested. Of course it is tightly coupled/integrated with the vehicle software and UI as it must support the features of the engineered vehicle. The engineers are pretty astute and creative and do a good of research to include desirable features from other EV implementations. At this point there is no information on “Sentry mode” for the Aptera. We will have to wait for future announcements for that information.

    If you are a reservation holder, I am sure you will be pleased with the result of their app development

    This submittal is probably a little late for this iteration of Aptera but maybe added to the list of potential enhancements considered for the next version of the vehicle.

  • Daniel Crotty

    Member
    October 22, 2021 at 9:04 am

    I was just watching the old Jason Hill webinar. He mentioned an app being used to open and close the door and there was not a mention of a FOB.

    I rarely use a cell phone and almost never have it with me in the car. Even if I do, what if the battery goes dead, or I lose it. Is carrying a smartphone a requirement to drive an Aptera!

    What does the app do? I can’t imagine that there is no FOB, but I searched for FOB and don’t find anything. Without one, the app is a good thing to have, assuming you can start the car and open the door with it. For some reason, I seem to recall that Aptera does not come with a navigation system, so it may not be capable of doing this even with a phone.

    Personally, I liked the way my Corvette did it. Walk up to the car and it opened automatically, away it locked. There is no worry about “did I remember to lock the car.”


    **** As an extra point. Not too long ago, the battery in my Hyundai went dead. I could not figure out how to open the door, much less start it.

    After some internet searching, it turns out that you can touch the fob to the start button and the car will start, even with a dead battery. I was fortunate in that I had not locked the car.

    Wish I had known that when it happened. Imagine being out in a local park when it happens.


    If you have not done so, you may want to look up what to do for your car. I would never have gotten in the car, much less get it started without a YouTube video. Or, a battery replacement.


    The FOB should have a low battery alert! Mine does not!

  • John Trotter

    Moderator
    October 22, 2021 at 9:11 am

    My FOB-less Tesla Y works fine for me with the app, although I always carry the key-card as well. FOB are available for $. All cars nowadays need a mechanical way to open the door as well. I’d like the same suite of options for Aptera.

  • Len Nowak

    Moderator
    October 22, 2021 at 10:36 am

    In the most recent Leno’s Garage video with Aptera… Chris mentioned a key FOB in your pocket? About 18 minutes into that video

  • Paul Evans

    Member
    October 22, 2021 at 11:43 am

    To answer your question about a navigation system, it’s included as a standard item. There is at least one discussion about nav features and a short piece on its range estimator in one of Steve’s updates.

    • Daniel Crotty

      Member
      October 22, 2021 at 12:49 pm

      I dont need a cell phone to play my own music. I have a small USB stick that holds 8+hrs of music that I stored on it. You want more, get a bigger stick. This is not a big one at all. I think I paid under $5 for it a few years ago. No commercials! No Static! And not one song that I dont like.

      I assume a USB port is available and that the system will handle it.

      Sorry I replied to the wrong response

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    October 22, 2021 at 11:50 am

    A cell phone will be mandatory equipment if you wish to play your own music through the audio system and not rely upon streaming services. It will also be required if you want to be able to make or receive hands-free phone calls using the Aptera’s audio system.

    Some EV fobs allow you to activate cabin preconditioning (heat or AC) while others do not, requiring the use of a smartphone app. Some EVs have Amazon Echo or Android Assistant integration for voice activation but they actually send a command to the smartphone app, which then completes the task.

  • Joshua Rosen

    Member
    October 22, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    I hope they do it like Tesla. Your phone is the primary key, when you walk up to the car with your phone in your pocket the car flashes it’s light as a hello and you can just get into the car or unplug the charging cable. As a backup Tesla provides an RFID card which you keep in your wallet so that you always have it with you. RFID cards are more reliable than key fobs because they don’t require a battery. Tesla also sells a key fob for those who want one. I don’t have a fob and feel no need for one but for people who don’t want a smartphone I can see the appeal.

  • Riley …

    Member
    October 22, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Your story about a dead battery got me thinking about what would happen if you drove the Aptera to 0% battery and the car dies at night. I imagine even with solar it won’t get any recharge the next day as the main computer would be dead. Probably a good use case for keeping a jackery solar charger on-board.

    • Joel Smith

      Member
      October 22, 2021 at 5:56 pm

      Pretty sure they have said that, just like most any other BEV on the market, the Aptera will have something like a standard 12 volt automotive battery to run the auxiliaries, including the vehicle’s computer. So just because you have completely drained the vehicle’s traction battery doesn’t mean you won’t be able to power up the BMS to recharge it.

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      October 22, 2021 at 10:04 pm

      You pretty much can’t drain an automotive traction battery to 0% – the battery management system won’t allow it. Every battery pack is designed to maintain an upper and lower “buffer” that drivers cannot access in order to protect the battery cells.

  • Lou Verner

    Member
    October 29, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    That would be an apt Aptera app to be sure????

    • OZ (It’s OZ, Just OZ)

      Member
      October 29, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      @Lou Verner , I picked this up a few days ago, in this short video (That includes Aptera) @ 2:06 the closed captioning gives the best name for an Aptera App. (Edit, Ooops I forgot the important part.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LdGfx63sqg

      • Lou Verner

        Member
        October 29, 2021 at 5:01 pm

        Oz Man, Sorry didn’t see what you were referring to. Can you send? Thx!

        • OZ (It’s OZ, Just OZ)

          Member
          October 29, 2021 at 8:42 pm

          @Lou Verner, Getting tired, forgot the linky, fixed above.

          • Lou Verner

            Member
            October 29, 2021 at 10:01 pm

            So the typo “App tera” becomes the App name…good snag Oz Man!

  • Peter Jorgensen

    Member
    October 29, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    An app was designed at one point recently. The plan is to also use it as a key if desired.

    • DeVonte Graham

      Member
      October 29, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Okk cool ????

    • Curtis Cibinel

      Member
      October 29, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      If the car has standard cellular for nav etc the app could control charge limit and do battery conditioning. Don’t know if the car will have cellular connectivity.

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    October 29, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Those abilities (cabin preconditioning, checking on charging and mileage) are pretty much part of every EV and PHEV app out there: It would be strange if Aptera DIDN’T offer them!

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    November 9, 2021 at 5:03 pm
  • Bernard Dubuc

    Member
    January 18, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    I am sure that most everyone here has some ideas of what they want to see in their smartphone app that accompany their Aptera, after seeing a link to this youtube channel on some other discussion, I figured it would be a good idea for it to have its own discussion. To get a complete idea of the whole concept watch the 3 of them.

    here are the links to the 3 videos posted so far

    1- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqV8-C3BN4g

    2- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GIXTSr6Sr0

    3- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx_Sg3bhcwg

    Companion app demo ver 1 https://www.figma.com/proto/zWcLgJvFORV9QZPjnMjBUv/Aptera-Companion-App?node-id=4%3A2

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  • Guy SKEER

    Member
    January 20, 2022 at 9:49 am

    For a Woman (At least the Women in My Circles) a Cell Phone makes Her QUEEN of All She Surveys.

    But For Men (Same caveat), a Cellphone is Merely a LEASH!

    So, I have No Cellphone. Don’t need No Steenkin’ Leash!

    But, I Am Gratified to hear (I Hope it is True) that the Software at the center of Our Apteras is LINUX! YAAAY!

  • Elzo Stubbe

    Member
    April 3, 2022 at 11:43 am

    the updates of sending a pre initiated route to the aptera looks mighty fine and adds great efficiency and functionality as far as I am concerned, leash or no leash…

  • Elzo Stubbe

    Member
    April 3, 2022 at 11:50 am

    For those of you who are not aware: Blazetech Studios four days ago presented the latest 2.0 Aptera companion app design( as the creator likes to call it) It is a mighty fine project in progress which looks extremely promising as it comes to user friendliness and intuitivity as far as I am concerned.

    https://www.figma.com/proto/zWcLgJvFORV9QZPjnMjBUv/Aptera-Companion-App?page-id=589%3A4765&node-id=589%3A8295&viewport=241%2C48%2C0.17&scaling=scale-down&starting-point-node-id=1529%3A13522&show-proto-sidebar=1

    on YouTube:

    https://youtu.be/__syPHSxLh0

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  • Markus Schmid

    Member
    April 3, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    That looks really good, and it is also kind of a relief to see every once in a while another bit of progress.

    Thank you for bringing this news to the forum, Elzo and @Bernard Dubuc

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    April 3, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    “designed for luxurious”?

  • David Marlow

    Member
    April 3, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Not very useful sense Aptera should be providing an app with most of these features. The most useful feature they could provide is a charging locations screen showing available charging locations and their cost.

  • Jonah Jorgenson

    Member
    April 4, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Aptera is building their own app. They know and understand all of the features of the Aptera and how to best incorporate them in an app as well as how to interface the app with the vehicle functionality most effectively. They understand the “Aptera ethos” and how best to incorporate it in an app. They have human factors engineers that can help them design the app to make it most usable to the target market.

    An out side developer knows none of this. Perhaps an exercise in personal learning but certainly not applicable to Aptera.

  • Curtis Cibinel

    Member
    April 4, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Amazing amount of time and effort into these designs; this seems like more of an elaborate job application.

    I expect the initial app which we get will be minimum viable product (MVP) and will improve over time. Don’t expect Tesla class software day-1; that takes years. Constant improvement is how you get good software.

  • Dean McManis

    Member
    April 5, 2022 at 9:24 am

    This is very nicely done, and has many thoughtful ideas. the linked version is a little sluggish on my phone, but I’m sure that a downloaded app would respond better. Looking at the app makes it easier to imagine driving my own Aptera! Thanks!

  • my_discord_number_is_0328 bloody stupid

    Member
    April 7, 2022 at 6:05 am

    i was ralking about a deisgn to replace infotainment screen with phone app too, and aftermakret HUD, but i hear it requires software updates for every times android and apple OS updates its software. maybe if people are willing to switch to a linux GUI OS like pureOS sort of thing itdd be ok.

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