Tesla owners with an iPhone 11 and later are about to experience a keyless technology thanks to a recent software update. This update ushers in support for Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology, specifically for Phone Key functionality. This promises increased accuracy, responsiveness, and potentially paving the way for more advanced features.
While both UWB and Bluetooth utilize short-range radio waves, their differences are crucial. Operating on a distinct frequency spectrum, UWB boasts significantly higher precision location tracking. This translates to your Tesla pinpointing your phone’s exact location, even when nestled in your pocket or bag. Gone are the days of fumbling for your phone or facing frustrating recognition delays. UWB ensures a seamless unlocking experience, eliminating the occasional hiccups associated with Bluetooth’s limitations.
The integration of UWB goes beyond mere convenience. The enhanced accuracy opens doors to exciting possibilities:
- Unwavering Reliability: UWB’s precise location tracking practically eliminates instances where your Tesla fails to recognize your phone, guaranteeing a smooth and reliable unlocking experience every time.
- Instantaneous Response: UWB’s faster communication translates to near-instantaneous vehicle response to your phone’s presence, eliminating frustrating delays.
- Future-Proof Functionality: Beyond unlocking, UWB lays the groundwork for innovative features like automatic driver profile selection. By identifying the phone closest to the driver’s side, the car can seamlessly switch to the corresponding profile, offering a personalized driving experience.
Owners of compatible iPhone models and Tesla vehicles can unlock the power of UWB through the Tesla app. Upgrading your Phone Key and granting necessary permissions within the app unlocks this enhanced functionality. Remember, you’ll need an iPhone 11 or later and the Tesla app version 4.29.5 or higher.
Currently, the UWB Phone Key feature is available on select models:
- New 2024 Model 3
- 2023 Model X
- Refreshed 2021 Model S and Model X
Unfortunately, the first-generation Model 3 and current Model Y lack the necessary hardware for UWB support.
Tesla’s integration of UWB technology marks a significant advancement in Phone Key functionality. With enhanced accuracy, responsiveness, and the potential for exciting new features, UWB unlocks a more seamless and personalized driving experience.