Instead of a Tesla vehicle automatically connecting to a paired smartphone when one opens the door or goes near the car, the vehicle will only connect to the paired smartphone after one occupies the driver’s seat and all the doors are closed.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on March 9, 2020

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has delivered on a tip from a Tesla owner and installed a driver seat-activated Bluetooth feature. It is in Tesla’s new software update and should really be standard on all vehicles with Bluetooth.

Instead of a Tesla electric vehicle automatically connecting to a paired smartphone when one opens the door or goes near the car, the vehicle will only connect to the paired smartphone after one occupies the driver’s seat and all the doors are closed.

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The driver seat-activated Bluetooth software upgrade comes after an owner of an electric vehicle Rob Hoehn, a startup business CEO, shared the idea from a popular Reddit post to Elon Musk in January.

“When a Tesla is unlocked and you’re in the middle of a call, it’s pretty eager to switch the audio from the phone over to the car. This can be frustrating when you’re in the middle of a call and you are not even inside the car yet. Or when you’re near the car and someone else gets in the car a similar thing happens,” Hoehn wrote.

Musk promptly replied with “Thanks for mentioning! We should’ve done this ages ago”.

The Bluetooth improvement is a very practical update that would save Tesla owners from frustration when their mobile device automatically connects to the car via Bluetooth even when they don’t need to. The seamless pairing of mobile devices would also lower the risk of distractions.

Countless features have been added to Tesla vehicles following Musk’s interaction with owners via Twitter, Teslarati reported. Last January, he also confirmed that a never-before-seen in-cabin camera can be used with Sentry Mode to help protect Teslas from vehicle break-ins.