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    • One of my favorite things about the Tesla Model 3 is that it ditched the big bulky key fobs used by every other car.

      Instead, it offers two more modern alternatives: you can pair it with your phone, which allows you to get in the car and drive off without even needing to take your phone out of your pocket, or you can hold a credit card-sized RFID card up to the side pillar to unlock and then place it on the center console to start driving.

      I keep the card in my wallet as a backup, but I've never had to use it. I love that I don't have to carry a giant key fob in my pocket anymore. Now I just carry my house keys and my phone. I also love that this means the Model 3 isn't vulnerable to the signal amplification attacks that allow thieves to break into many cars by extending the range of the key fob.

      But apparently not everyone feels this way. After complaints from reviewers, Tesla is planning to offer a more traditional key fob for the Model 3. They'll include it with new cars, and existing owners can get one by request. I guess it's hard to convince people to give up their old ways.

      Are key fobs unnecessary relics of the past, or was Tesla too hasty in trying to kill them? Would you buy a car that didn't come with a key fob?

    • I will answer with a little story, well known to the modern era BMW motorcycle enthusiasts. When BMW first started introducing CAN bus technology in the 2000's models, a very nasty issue surfaced whereby someone could get randomly stranded with a perfectly functional motorcycle that won't start and would require towing to nearest authorized dealer! The issue was related to a failure in the ring antenna (a sensor near the steering column) that recognized the embedded chip in the ignition key. I never experienced this failure, but for as long as I owned that generation motorcycle I always carried a spare antenna with me, along with necessary stuff to jury rig a workaround. Alongside a trusty GS911 device & app which allowed me to diagnose pretty much what a dealer would, being anywhere on the roadside. Because that would have been a bit more than inconvenient, should it have happened in my 10,000 mile Alaska road trip.

      I guess what am trying to convey is that as technology evolves, some people never think twice about jumping in, but those used to having control over the moving bits and parts (be they electrical, software or both) may have a different approach. So, have you "hacked" your Tesla today ;-) ?

    You've been invited!