Tesla has recently released a major update to its Phone Key feature for iPhone users, incorporating Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. The development is highlighted in the latest software update, version 2024.2.3. This update enables vehicles and iPhones to communicate with unprecedented accuracy, leading to more responsive locking, unlocking, and automatic door operations.
To access the update, Tesla advises users to upgrade their Phone Key via the Tesla app by switching from Bluetooth to UWB connectivity. The upgrade requires an iPhone 11 or later model with UWB, as well as the latest Tesla app version 4.29.5 or higher.
This feature is currently available for select models only, including the latest Model 3, 2023 Model X, and Cybertruck. These models are equipped with UWB technology that allows for faster and more secure communication between the vehicle and iPhone. However, despite being included in the certificates of conformity for all refreshed Model S and Model X vehicles, these models do not yet have access to the upgraded Phone Key feature due to technical limitations that require additional hardware modifications.
Tesla’s adoption of UWB technology reflects its commitment to leveraging advanced technologies to enhance user experience specifically catering to its significant number of iPhone users among its owners. Although this move does not extend to integrating Apple’s Car Key feature in Apple Wallet, it still represents a notable improvement in convenience and security for vehicle access on iPhones.
The integration of UWB into Phone Key opens up new possibilities for future collaborations between automotive and smartphone technologies that could improve functionality and user experiences further.
In conclusion, Tesla’s recent update of its Phone Key feature incorporating UWB technology represents a significant improvement in convenience and security for iPhone users among its owners while paving the way for future collaborations between automotive and smartphone technologies to enhance user experiences further.