Tesla Model 3: a chip under the skin to start the vehicle
Some Tesla owners wear their brand loyalty literally under their skin. This young Tesla Model 3 owner wears a chip implanted in her arm.
The Drive brings us the story of Aimee DD, a software engineer whose list of interests also includes body modifications. He then figured out a way to mix these two arguments after buying his Tesla Model 3. He already had a chip implanted in his arm, which he uses for tasks like opening the front door. So the car’s RFID key card got her thinking: Hey, why not put this chip in your arm too?
Aimee says she “talked to some doctors, and they were a little leery about doing it.”
In the video, Aimee explains how she extracted the chip from the board, sealed it in a biosafe polymer – which by the way seems much more cumbersome to implant than the naked chip itself – and then lets Pineapple do its best.
Epilogue: The chip works, but range is an issue. He must position the arm within an inch of Tesla’s center console for its sensors to detect it and start the car. In other words, don’t expect to see a new owner chip implantation clinic at Tesla stores anytime soon!