Tesla Model 3 owners get a chip implanted in their hand to unlock their car – Drive

Tesla Model 3 owners get a chip implanted in their hand to unlock their car – Drive

A US Tesla owner fed up with his phone not unlocking his Model 3 electric car has decided to take action into his own hands — with an implant.


A US Tesla Model 3 owner went to extraordinary lengths to unlock his car, choosing to implant an electronic chip in his hand rather than using the standard credit card-style sensor key.

In a video posted on a social media platform TwitterTesla owner Brandon Dalaly showed how the chip can be used to lock and unlock his model 3 Open doors and start the car.

The video also shows the chip being implanted in Dalaly’s right hand by a body piercer.



If you’re squeamish, it’s best not to watch.

The implant has a near-field communication (NFC) chip used in hotel key cards and for contactless payments in smartphones, which is paired with Mr. Dalaly’s Tesla model 3 via a smartphone app.

Tesla owners have four main ways of accessing 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 via 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”.

For those who don’t want to put a chip in their body, Tesla sells this keychain for $245.

According to Tesla-focused US publication TeslaratiMr. Dalaly signed up for the electronic chip implant as part of a “beta” testing program in which approximately 100 other people test the chips before they are released to the general public.

In his interview with TeslaratiMr Dalaly said he could buy the chip at a reduced price of US$300 (AU$435) because he was a beta tester, while it cost him US$100 (AU$145) to get pierced.



On his Twitter Post, Mr. Dalaly clarified that the chip can be used for more than powering his Tesla Model 3, such as storing data and conducting credit card transactions.

If Mr. Dalaly decides to buy another car with the same sensors, the chip can be assigned to the new vehicle.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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