Tesla has recently introduced a major update to enhance the Phone Key feature for iPhone users by incorporating Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. This development is highlighted in Tesla’s latest software update, version 2024.2.3. The update enables vehicles and iPhones to communicate with unprecedented accuracy, allowing for more responsive locking, unlocking, and automatic door operations.
To access this update, Tesla advises users to upgrade their Phone Key via the Tesla app. This involves 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.
However, this feature is currently selective and only available for the latest Model 3, 2023 Model X, and Cybertruck models that are equipped with the necessary UWB technology. Despite the inclusion of UWB frequencies 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. Additionally, this update is exclusively beneficial to iPhone users as some Android devices equipped with UWB are not supported.
This move reflects Tesla’s commitment to leveraging advanced technology to enhance user experience specifically catering to the significant number of iPhone users among Tesla owners.
Although this move does not extend to the integration of Apple’s Car Key feature in Apple Wallet, it still represents a notable improvement in convenience and security for vehicle access.
Tesla’s adoption of UWB for Phone Key underscores the potential for further collaborations between automotive and smartphone technologies to improve functionality and user experiences.
In conclusion, this update represents a significant improvement in convenience and security for vehicle access among iPhone users and highlights Tesla’s commitment to leveraging advanced technology to enhance user experience.