Tesla, the maker of electric cars has finally launched the production model of the Model 3 yesterday. In an event where the first 30 Model 3 were delivered to their customers, Tesla is slowly changing the future of cars. Tesla cars have been known to pack a lot of techs, the first obvious one being the large screen you get on the dash. Some akin it to a large iPad slapped onto the dash.
In the new Tesla Model 3, one of the more interesting features is that the car will have no key fob as well as a place to hold the ignition button, let alone a keyhole. So how does one actually start the car? The Tesla Model 3 basically communicates with your smartphone via the Tesla application. The app will communicate your identity, help you unlock your vehicle and start and turn off the car. Talk about reliance on tech!
Never leave your power bank at home especially if you drive a Tesla Model 3.
The technology behind it is plain and simple Bluetooth. Of course, the great engineers at Tesla has thought of multiple backup solutions especially in situations where you may need to hand over your car to the valet (you can’t expect the valet to take your smartphone). So to solve that, you also get a pair of NFC cards which you can also use to unlock and start the car.
Removing keys altogether sounds like what Apple would have done when they removed USB A ports as well as removing the 3.5mm headphone jacks from phones. This time it is Tesla who is removing the need for keys completely which is pretty huge. Considering that this is one less item to fish about in your pocket or your handbag. Still, as a contingency, you would now probably rely on a power bank in case your phone’s battery runs flat!