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Model 3 Key User Manual

PoitNarf

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Winston posted this in another thread, but it's got some interesting info in it:

For anyone interested, the short-term confidentiality on Tesla's "B-pillar Endpoint" expired recently, so photos of the unit and an excerpt from the manual is now available from the FCC.

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It has a TI CC2640R2F which is a Bluetooth 5 capable chip. CC2640R2F SimpleLink™ Bluetooth® low energy Wireless MCU | TI.com

Looks like each Model 3 will come with two key cards. After you've authenticated with a key card you'll have 15 seconds to start the car or else you need to authenticate again. You will also be able to pair up to 3 smartphones via bluetooth.

The manual also states that "Tesla does not support the use of third party applications to contact Model 3", so that could be bad for those hoping to use the Remote S app instead of the official Tesla app.
 

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"does not support" could just mean "won't help", not "will prevent" third-party apps. My guess would be the same features as on the S will work via a similar REST API, but the features that replace the key fob will require the official app.

You're probably right, or at least I hope you are. I've checked out the Remote S app a few times and it's got some pretty nice features. It would be annoying if the developer can't get it to work with at least some of the functions on the Model 3.
 
Anyone else is nervous about the fact that the Tesla app has to run in background in order to auto lock/unlock feature work? For example iOS kill apps in background without warning. When the iOS detects low memory it kills background apps like flies. It would be super annoying to have to randomly re-launch Tesla app whenever iOS decides to kill the app in background :(
 
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Anyone else is nervous about the fact that the Tesla app has to run in background in order to auto lock/unlock feature work? For example iOS kill apps in background without warning. When the iOS detects low memory it kills background apps like flies. It would be super annoying to have to randomly re-launch Tesla app whenever iOS decides to kill the app in background :(

Who says the Tesla app needs to be running? I'm pretty sure the car will unlock once it pairs with your phone via BT, no app needed unless you want to open trunk or start AC.
 
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Who says the Tesla app needs to be running? I'm pretty sure the car will unlock once it pairs with your phone via BT, no app needed unless you want to open trunk or start AC.

Note: You must remain logged in to your MY TESLA account on the Model 3 mobile app to use your smart phone to access Model 3. The mobile app can be running in the background.

Why would they say this otherwise. To me it seems like they want to tell that you do not have to have the app running but it can be even running in background....but is must be either running or running in background.
 

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Who says the Tesla app needs to be running? I'm pretty sure the car will unlock once it pairs with your phone via BT, no app needed unless you want to open trunk or start AC.

Based on text from the manual it sounds like at least part of the app still needs to be running/active in the background for the unlocking to work. From the manual:

If you have access to your smart phone and you no longer want the smart phone to be used as a key to your Model 3, simply delete the Model 3 mobile app from the phone using the same method you use to delete any other app. Once the mobile app is removed, the phone can no longer be used to lock, unlock, or drive Model 3.

It doesn't mention any procedure that needs to be done on the Model 3 to remove a phone, just removing the app from the phone itself. We'll just have to wait for a non-employee to finally get theirs to confirm all of this.
 
Also according to the manual, if the first phone which gets in range will open Tesla, it would be quite annoying when going out shopping together with my wife only to see our phones brawl for "ownership" each time we approach the vehicle :(

Make her use a key card, keep her in her place.
 

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