A US Tesla owner who grew tired of his phone not unlocking his Model 3 electric car decided to take action into his own hands, with an implant.
The owner of a US Tesla Model 3 has gone to great lengths to unlock his car, opting to have an electronic chip implanted in his hand instead of using the standard credit card-style sensor key.
In a video posted on the social media platform. TwitterTesla owner Brandon Dalaly showed how the chip can be used to lock and unlock the doors of his Model 3, as well as start the car.
The video also shows the process of implanting the chip in Dalaly’s right hand by a driller.
If you are apprehensive, it is better not to look.
The implant has a near-field communication (NFC) chip, used in hotel access cards and for contactless payments on smartphones, which is paired with Dalaly’s Tesla Model 3 via of a smartphone application.
Tesla owners have four main ways to access their cars: with a key card (supplied as standard), a key fob (a $235 option in Australia), via Bluetooth connections from a paired smartphone, or through the Tesla smartphone app.
Mr Dalaly claims his phone’s poor battery management system means the Bluetooth connection method for unlocking and locking his car “only works half the time”.
According to an American publication focused on Tesla teslaratiMr. Dalaly signed up for the electronic chip implant as part of a ‘beta’ testing program, with about 100 other people testing the chips before they are available to the general public.
In his interview with teslaratiMr. Dalaly said he was able to buy the chip at a reduced price of $300 (A$435) because it was a beta tester, while it cost him $100 (A$145) to drill into it.
About his Twitter post, Mr. Dalaly clarified that the chip can be used for more than just operating his Tesla Model 3, such as storing data and making credit card transactions.
If Mr. Dalaly decides to buy another car with the same sensor technology, the chip can be assigned to the new vehicle.