Sharing Tesla’s electric cars will soon be a lot more convenient, with the company set to roll out a feature that allows saved driver profiles to be tied to a specific phone key. With such a system in place, Tesla’s electric cars will be capable of adjusting its settings according to a user’s preferences, even before it is used by another driver.
The upcoming feature was confirmed by Elon Musk, who was responding to a request from a Model 3 owner who shares the electric sedan with his wife. According to the Tesla owner, he usually ends up cramped in the Model 3 if he forgets to swap driver profiles on the vehicle. Musk responded, noting that automatic tie-ins to driver profiles will definitely be coming in the future.
Tying in saved driver profiles to specific phone keys will make it far easier to share a vehicle among several people. Without the feature in place, every driver will have to change the vehicle’s settings to operate a Tesla according to their preferences. With the automatic driver profile tie-in, all the necessary setting adjustments are conducted automatically. This will make sharing a vehicle incredibly easy and convenient.
Tesla’s vehicles are designed to last for a very long time, with the Model 3’s drivetrain is expected to last for a million miles or more. Tesla has announced that it is working on a battery that will also last a million miles. This, together with the rollout of the company’s autonomous ride-sharing service, all but ensures that the company’s electric cars will become ubiquitous in the future.
The feature could be integrated with the Tesla Network’s autonomous Robotaxi service in the future, for example, with vehicles adopting passengers’ preferred settings such as cabin and seat temperature while en-route to the pick-up point. Such a system will give the Tesla Network an edge on the market, as it will allow the company to offer rides that are customized for the service’s users.
Elon Musk believes that the Tesla Network and its autonomous Robotaxis hold a lot of potential. In a call with investors last week, Musk remarked that Tesla could reach a market cap of up to $500 billion if its play on autonomous ride-sharing pans out.