Tesla has recently introduced a major update to its Phone Key feature for iPhone users, which now incorporates Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. This development is highlighted in the latest software update, version 2024.2.3, and promises to improve communication between vehicles and iPhones, 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 by switching from Bluetooth to UWB connectivity. This upgrade requires an iPhone 11 or later model with UWB technology, as well as the latest Tesla app version 4.29.5 or higher.
Currently, this feature is selectively available for the latest Model 3, 2023 Model X, and Cybertruck models that are equipped with the necessary UWB technology. However, 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 exclusive to iPhone users as some Android devices equipped with UWB are not supported.
Tesla’s commitment to leveraging advanced technology to enhance user experience has led them to introduce this feature 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.
The adoption of UWB for Phone Key underscores Tesla’s potential for further collaborations between automotive and smartphone technologies to improve functionality and user experiences.
In conclusion, Tesla’s latest software update introduces a significant improvement in vehicle access through its Phone Key feature that incorporates Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. The update is selectively available on certain models equipped with UWB technology and exclusively benefits iPhone users at present