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Tesla’s Model 3 borrows an important feature from Android

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 31, 2017, 9:36 pm IST
Updated Jul 31, 2017, 9:36 pm IST
The Model 3 requires a Bluetooth device to unlock and drive the car.
The Model 3 does not have a key slot like a traditional car. Instead, one can unlock and drive using the Tesla app on their smartphone.
 The Model 3 does not have a key slot like a traditional car. Instead, one can unlock and drive using the Tesla app on their smartphone.

Elon Musk’s ambition to provide low-cost electrical motoring to the masses is has been launched in the USA and it surely aims to revolutionise the industry. The Model 3 is not a horrid eco-box with seats and a steering wheel. In fact, this baby Tesla is feature-laden in comparison to the options from Mercedes, BMW and Audi. One standout feature in the Model 3 is how one unlocks the car, which has been taken from Android smartphones.

The Model 3 does not have a key slot like a traditional car. Instead, one can unlock and drive using the Tesla app on their smartphone. The app can be used to unlock the car and drive it away. The app authenticates the access through Bluetooth Low Energy, which negates the need to carry keys and instead use the phone to unlock it, which makes the whole system of starting a car smarter.

 

Although the idea is nice, it gives birth to one major doubt – what to do when your smartphone dies? Tesla has thought of this and therefore has included NFC-enabled plastic cards roughly the size and shape of red cards that can unlock and start the vehicle with a tap.

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