Tesla has recently introduced a major update to improve the Phone Key feature for iPhone users by incorporating Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. This development is outlined in Tesla’s latest software update, version 2024.2.3. The update highlights that vehicles and iPhones can now communicate with unprecedented accuracy, allowing for more responsive locking, unlocking, and automatic door operations.
To access the 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.
Currently, the deployment of this feature is selective, available for the latest Model 3, 2023 Model X, and the Cybertruck. These models 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 exclusively beneficial to iPhone users, as some Android devices equipped with UWB are not supported.
Tesla’s adoption of UWB for Phone Key underscores their 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 integrating Apple’s Car Key feature in Apple Wallet, it still represents a notable improvement in convenience and security for vehicle access.
Tesla’s use of UWB technology for Phone Key opens up possibilities for further collaborations between automotive and smartphone technologies to improve functionality and user experiences.
In conclusion, Tesla’s latest software update brings significant improvements to its Phone Key feature by incorporating Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. The update allows vehicles and iPhones to communicate with unprecedented accuracy and enhances locking