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New key fob coming with Bluetooth LE?

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by Zaxxon, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. Zaxxon

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    As found by Dave Zatz via an FCC filing, and discussed on The Verge. Could include a 'find my key' function via the phone app. Pretty neat.
     
  2. Caligula

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    This would be win. Now if I can only do that with my TV remote...
     
  3. SabrToothSqrl

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    when the fob becomes the size of a grain of rice, can we just implant them in our hands?
     
  4. Kalud

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    My guess is they are adding Bluetooth to the new fobs and at the same time adding the capability for the car to recognize the paired phones so that no FOBs are actually needed.

    Owners would have the choice of FOB or paired phone.
     
  5. deonb

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    Put a Tile on it.

    I have a swarm of these, including for my Tesla keys - they work beautifully.
     
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    I would guess at least one reason for the new FOB + BT LE is to support the auto-open/close door on the MX.
     
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    I have a fairly new 90D and the key fob with with the rubber keychain but I have never seen it show up as a bluetooth device.
     
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    Picked up my new car this weekend and the key doesn't appear any different. No blue tooth that my phone detects.
     
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    What a crazy month to be waiting for a tesla. Seems like every week is a new rumor that might be released soon.

    Is it always like this? Are current rumors and new items more frequent lately ie 100d 2.0 key etc
     
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    I'm fairly sure a device can be programmed so it doesn't show up to be paired. I'm wondering if we will ever see that again, even though the article is all about it.
     
  13. HankLloydRight

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    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices won't show up in your phone's BT pairing area. The idea with BLE is that they are more like "instant connect" devices that don't need to be paired ahead of time. There will some sort of "sync" procedure so your fob doesn't connect to just any car, and you car doesn't connect to just any fob, but don't look to your phone to see these devices.

    If you're really curious, search for "BLE Utility" apps or Bluefruit LE to scan for local BLE devices.
     
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    Yeah my week old 90D's fob doesn't show up as discoverable either. With the article cited more info for how someone discovered this...

    Chris
     
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    Well I popped mine open and compared the fob model number to the one of the FCC website. Mine is a 1043xxx and the one the FCC website is a 1048xxx so I suspect my one week old Model S has the old fob.:(

    Chris
     
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    See my post above... Even if your fob has BLE, it won't show up as "discoverable".
     
  17. Ingineer

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    The X fob uses BLE, and has since day 1. The S so far still uses the Pektron 315mhz system.
     
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    But the advantage is? more security? ability to program for more car at once?
     
  19. Ingineer

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    Less complex system. Tesla took the design in-house over the original RF system that was outsourced to a British company called Pektron. In theory it could have better battery life. (In addition to the lower cost)

    And yes, if Tesla wants to write the software for it, a smartphone could stand in for a fob in the BLE system.
     
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  20. number12

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    Nothing quite like 4 day old dated technology.

    Quick someone respond about waiting for the best version of a $400 Iphone.
     

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