A Tesla Model S operating system (OS) update (Version 6) may enable you to unlock and start your Tesla Model S using your iPhone, according to an Electrek leak.
Is This Convenient? Do You Need To Unlock Your Tesla Model S With A Phone?
Is it really that difficult to take your conventional keys/remote out of your pocket and press the unlock button? Or is this technology just a cool feature to amuse people?
Whichever it is, it's good to know that they have more options now. What may be inconvenient to you, could be very helpful to another.
It is technically possible to use the iPhone's Touch ID feature to unlock the Tesla Model S. However, this could still take longer than using a conventional remote.
There Is One Major Convenience
If you travel without your car for extended periods of time, you won't need to beg someone to babysit your car. You could just start it from wherever you are to keep the battery charged, as long as this technology enables you to lock the doors while it's running.
If you spend a great deal of time away from home, and away from your Tesla Model S, this feature could be a godsend for you.
Security Concerns Associated With Remote Car Unlocking/Starting
I'm not referring to conventional remote unlocking, but the use of cellphones to do so. Cellphones are among the most stolen (and insecure) mobile electronic devices. It is too easy for people to hack into them and gain access to your car.
They could probably even start it and let the A/C cool it off so they can just hop in and drive off as soon as they get to it. I'm not trying to scare you, but there is a good and bad side to everything, and the bad side in this case may outweigh the good.
Technology is a double-edged sword, and every new technology opens up windows to both potentially harmful and helpful things. However, the usefulness of the technology is what will determine its value to society.
An Android version may be released in a month.