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Will Older Vehicles get the Smart Phone-Based Unlocking System?

Tesla releases new Model 3 pictures to show its key card and iPhone-based unlocking system

I've been wishing for this feature ever since I got my car. I would love not worrying about carrying my fob around. I can't rely on the app because my car doesn't get cell phone service inside the parking garage at work. It seems like it would just be a software upgrade. Does anyone know, or have an idea, if this could be implemented in older cars with just a software upgrade?
 

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No. The newer entry is based off of Bluetooth.
No. It's BLE (woops, added a T in the previous post) - Bluetooth Low Energy, which is different than vanilla Bluetooth (newer for one thing, but there are a lot of differences actually)

Tesla Model 3 ditches fob for keycard and Bluetooth smartphone access


BLE has been out for a while (circa 2011), but not everything on a Tesla is up-to-date and high tech.

And from this post, they started shipping keyfobs capable of BLE in 2015: New key fob coming with Bluetooth LE?

And then there's this post from Ingineer -- New key fob coming with Bluetooth LE?
As of end of 2016, the X uses BLE, the S still does not.


So my question still stands, does the Model S have BLE or not? If not, I don't think they can send an OTA update for this feature.
 

Qbenjamin

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Tesla releases new Model 3 pictures to show its key card and iPhone-based unlocking system

I've been wishing for this feature ever since I got my car. I would love not worrying about carrying my fob around. I can't rely on the app because my car doesn't get cell phone service inside the parking garage at work. It seems like it would just be a software upgrade. Does anyone know, or have an idea, if this could be implemented in older cars with just a software upgrade?
The Tesla app has let me down on two occasions where it was 95F+ outside, needless to say, I always carry my fob now.
 
Put your foot on the brake to activate it. It's explained in this video (jump forward to 6-minute mark):


Its *not* a phone-based entry system
Before you get too excited about the TSA lock making it safe to leave your laptop in this thing, all it takes is a ballpoint pen thrust into the zipper and thieves get access to your bag in 10 seconds, lock or no lock.
 

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