Tesla, the proprietary app store on the way?

Tesla, the proprietary app store on the way?


2022 could be the right year for the launch of Tesla's new app store, according to some rumors; for several years now there have been rumors about the possibility that Tesla will create a proprietary store of applications to be integrated into its cars, so as to offer its customers a new form of pastime while - ideally - the cars drive to the desired destination without human intervention.

After months of silence, last December we returned to talk about the Tesla app store on the occasion of the software update that released version 11 of the car's graphical interface. This update has integrated a new feature, a customizable bar at the bottom of the screen where you can enter applications, making multi-tasking even more convenient.

Some were hoping that Musk would unveil Tesla's app store on January 26th. , when the company presented the financial data for 2021 and clarified what will happen in the coming months; among the topics touched on there was no mention of the app store, but Musk nevertheless hinted that 2022 will be the year of software, since we cannot expect the arrival of new models.

Rumor has it something similar is coming soon to something with four wheels that starts with a T https://t.co/qBGPzZpbdE

- Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) February 5, 2022

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On Twitter Sawyer Merritt, a Tesla investor, wanted to give new life to the rumors by publishing the video of Steve Jobs presenting the world's first iPhone, with a sentence that says: “There are rumors of something similar arriving very soon on a 4-wheeled vehicle starting with the T. ”, with the pages of Tesla enthusiasts immediately ready to retweet. According to one of these pages, Teslascope, the Californian company has been working hard on its app store since last May, and the new software should arrive on the cars before the release of the Cybertruck on the market, scheduled for 2023.

If Tesla truly succeeds in launching its own application store it will take a big step up from the competition, giving the brand further visibility and popularity, as well as being a new potential source of revenue.

Tesla receives subpoena from SEC over 2018 settlement

By Subrat Patnaik and Akash Sriram

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc said on Monday it received a subpoena from the U.S. securities regulator in November related to the SEC settlement that required top boss Elon Musk's tweets on material information to be vetted.

The disclosure in an annual filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission comes after Musk triggered a stock sell-off after asking his Twitter followers in November if he should sell 10% of his stake in the company.

As of last close, the electric-car maker's shares fell by nearly a quarter since the tweet. They were little changed in early trading on Monday.

The SEC's latest action, which the company did not elaborate on, adds to Tesla's pressure from federal auto safety regulators regarding vehicle recalls and investigations related to its driver assisting software.

The SEC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tesla in December was hit by a lawsuit over Musk's social media posts including his Twitter poll on stock sales that pulled down its stock prices. This was not the first lawsuit accusing Musk of violating his 2018 settlement.

In 2018, Musk settled a lawsuit by the SEC over his tweet on taking the company private, agreeing to have the company's lawyers pre-approve tweets with material information about the company.

As part of the same settlement, Musk also stepped down as chairman of the board, Tesla appointed two new independent directors and both parties paid $20 million penalty each.

Last week, Musk said in a court filing that a tweet he had posted in 2018 saying funding was secured to take Tesla private in a $72 billion transaction was 'entirely truthful https://reut.rs/3ourjok.'

Tesla and the White House have been at odds over the past few months, with the Biden administration focusing on legacy automakers including Ford Motor Co and General Motors in the electric vehicle race.

Last month, GM and Ford's CEOs attended a meeting of tech and auto companies hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden, however Musk was not part of the list of attendees.

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Musk has been using his Twitter account to attack the Biden administration for ignoring Tesla, and holding up Detroit automakers as leaders in the shift to electric vehicles. Musk called Biden a 'damp sock puppet' in a tweet last month.

Musk is also feuding with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, a key ally of Biden. The National Labor Relations board in March ordered Musk delete a tweet that said Tesla workers could lose stock options if they voted to join the UAW. Tesla is appealing that order.


Tesla said on Monday the fair market value of the electric-vehicle maker's bitcoin holdings as of Dec. 31 was $1.99 billion.

The company, which had invested $1.50 billion in bitcoin last year, said it registered about $101 million in impairment losses last year due to the value of bitcoin.

A drop in the value of bitcoin resulted in the company recording losses, as the value of its holdings fell.

Tesla had also briefly accepted the cryptocurrency as payment for sales of certain products. However, Musk stopped accepting the digital currency, citing environmental concerns around the mining of bitcoin.

The company said it gained $128 million after selling a portion of its holdings in March. Tesla has not disclosed any change to its bitcoin holdings since.

(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik and Akash Sriram in Bengaluru and Joseph White in Detroit; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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