Monitoring and control of Tesla vehicles using Amazon Echo devices using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).
In order to create your Alexa skill you must first download and install NodeJS.
An installable TeslaJS module for npm is now available. To download and install the library to a local project directory use the following:
npm install alexa-tesla
If you are building your own project that will depend upon this library then you will want to use the --save parameter in order to update the package.json file for your package as follows:
npm install alexa-tesla --save
You may also install directly from the Github source. Either download and unzip the source, or clone the repository.
Remember, whether you install via npm, ZIP source or Git clone you must install the dependencies before using alexa-tesla.
To install dependencies via npm, From the root level of the library directory type:
This library is under active development. New features and bug fixes are being added regularly. To ensure that you have the very latest version and it's dependencies be sure to update frequently.
To do so, from your project directory type:
Currently you must set this skill up by creating your own AWS Lambda function. Simply ZIP up the directory contents and upload to a new AWS Lambda function. While Alexa skills can also be served from other cloud services such as Microsoft Azure I have not yet personally tested these configurations and so cannot provide instructions.
While I do have account linking support working in the project and have an account linking website established it is unclear whether this would be OK with Tesla Motors. My strong preference would be for them to officially support account linking scenarios via their own website. So for now you must setup your AWS Lambda function to provide either:
- Two environment variables called
PASSwhich contain your Tesla.com credentials.
- OR one environment variable called
TOKENwhich contains a valid Tesla.com OAuth token [Recommended]
Note that environment variables are case sensitive! I was caught by this several times during development!
While using option #1 above works it is far less secure to use your login credentials. Unlike logon credentials an OAuth token will eventually expire, and can be revoked at any time by changing your account password.
Additionally using the username and password can require an extra call on each skill invocation to acquire a new OAuth token. These calls not only put undue load on the Tesla servers but they are also relatively slow.
In order to test this app locally you will first need to install the
git clone or
npm install alexa-tesla into the apps subfolder.
Additional instruction reference pending.
You may use this skill with the understanding that doing so is AT YOUR OWN RISK. No warranty, express or implied, is made with regards to the fitness or safety of this code for any purpose. If you use this library to query or change settings of your vehicle you understand that it is possible to make changes that could inadvertently lower the security of your vehicle, or cause damage, through actions including but not limited to:
- Unlocking the vehicle
- Remotely starting the vehicle
- Opening the sunroof
- Opening the frunk or trunk
- Lowering the battery charge level
- Impacting the long-term health of your battery
Here are some of the most recent features and fixes:
- In 0.0.10 added support for charge time remaining and listing vehicles
- In 0.0.12 added valet mode and reset valet pin intents and simplified utterances using Amazon custom types
- In 0.0.13 added climate settings intent
- In 1.0.0 added beginnings of mult-car support and fixed issue with intens failing without launch
Intents is just another name for functions or behaviors exposed by an Alexa skill.
This skill currently supports the following intents:
- Start/Stop charge
- Get/Set the charge limit
- Lock/Unlock doors
- Start/stop climate system
- Set climate temperature
- Beep the horn
- Flash the lights
- Get the odometer reading
- Get the current battery-level/range
- Check if vehicle is plugged in
- Check the charge time remaining
- List the vehicles attached to your account
- Enable/disable valet mode [NEW!]
- Reset the valet pin [NEW!]
- Get the climate settings
The goal is to eventually support all of the Tesla REST API capabilities that make sense.
If there is functionality that you would like to see exposed please let us know.
Additionally, some new behaviors may be created such as charge scheduling, reminders, etc.
The complete set of intents can be found in intents.json
Utterances represents the set of specific phrases that an Alexa skill can recognize.
All utterances are eventually mapped to
intents. Many utterances can, and very often do, map
to a single intent.
Some examples utterances are provided below:
"[Alexa] ask Tesla..."
- What is the battery level
- for the battery level of [car_name]
- What is the range
- to get the range of [car_name]
- If my car is plugged in
- if [car_name] is plugged in
- to start warming
- to set temperature to 67
- to beep the horn
- to flash the lights
- to lock the doors
- What is the mileage
- What is the charge level
- to set the charge limit to standard
- Where is my car
- How long until charging is done
- How many cars do I own
- Turn valet mode on|off 1234
- Reset the valet pin
- What are the climate settings