Tesla App Now Lets You Set a 'PIN to Drive' With the New 2023.20 Update

By Kevin Armstrong
With Tesla update 2023.20 you'll be able to set PIN to Drive from the Tesla app
With Tesla update 2023.20 you'll be able to set PIN to Drive from the Tesla app

Tesla has enabled another feature in its app, but it's only available with the latest vehicle update. Thanks to the 2023.20 update, the 'PIN to Drive' feature can now be set right from the Tesla app.

This is a great addition that helps keep your vehicle safer. By having the ability to set the PIN to Drive feature remotely, you can now choose to enable it only if you lose your key fob, key card, or phone. This gives you an additional level of security, knowing no one can start your vehicle, even if they have the key.

Tesla recently also added the ability to turn off 'Passive Authentication,' which disables the auto-locking/unlocking of your vehicle when your phone is nearby.

How to Turn on 'PIN to Drive' on Your App and Car

Before this update, you could only set up 'PIN to Drive' in your Tesla car. Now, you can do it from your phone too. When you turn on this feature, you must punch in a secure four-digit PIN before you can drive.

To set it up in your car, tap 'Controls,' then 'Safety & Security,' then 'PIN to Drive.' You'll then be asked to pick your four-digit PIN. To set it up from the Tesla app, tap on 'Security & Drivers' and scroll down to 'PIN to Drive.'

Why is 'PIN to Drive' So Important?

We live in a world where tech-savvy thieves are always trying to find a way to outsmart car security systems. This is where 'PIN to Drive' comes into play. By requiring a code to start the vehicle, it adds an extra layer of protection that is difficult to circumvent. PIN to Drive has always made your vehicle safer, but it came with the inconvenience of requiring you to enter the PIN every time you went for a drive. However, by being able to set PIN to Drive directly from the Tesla app, you can now use it in those rare cases when you lose your cell phone or keys.

How to Change Your PIN

Decided to change your 'PIN to Drive'? It's super easy. Just go back to where you set it up. You'll simply want to toggle PIN to Drive off, and when you toggle it back on, it'll ask you for a new PIN code.

Forgot PIN Code

So you've forgotten your 'PIN to Drive'? No worries! You can start the vehicle directly from the Tesla app. Simply navigate to Controls and tap on 'Start' at the bottom of the screen.

You can also reset PIN to Drive by tapping the link on the vehicle's PIN entry screen and entering your Tesla account credentials.

Creating a Secure PIN

When picking your PIN, make sure it's not something easily guessable like '1234' or your birthday. You want a secure PIN but also one that you can remember. If you have a hard time remembering numbers, try a memory trick. For example, link each digit to a particular date or event in your life. Just don't make it too obvious!

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh

Tesla recently fired the entire Supercharger team, including Tesla’s head of charging – Rebecca Tinucci, after she pushed back on the extreme layoffs that took place right before the cut.

The Supercharger team consisted of over 500 employees, at least after the initial layoffs. In the following days and weeks, Tesla began to rehire some of the employees that it had fired.

Some Damage Done

In the immediate aftermath of the firing of the Supercharger team, contractors and site planners were left bewildered, with no contact from the Supercharger team that was responsible for payment, planning, and decision-making.

As this has played out, new Supercharger deployments have been reduced – stations that were already being built are being completed, but no new announcements have been made since t

It was dire news at the time - but it isn’t all bad.

Returning Employees

Now, more and more of the employees that were fired are beginning to return to Tesla, some of whom are announcing that they were asked to return to Tesla in their previous capacities.

George Bahadue, Senior Manager of Site Acquisition and Business Development commented on LinkedIn:

“Two weeks ago, I was asked to return to Tesla in my previous capacity heading up the business development and site acquisition for Tesla charging – I accepted.”

His reasoning to accept the position was a quote from Rebecca Tinucci:

“You work at Tesla because you hope to have at least a small impact on our collective future – aspirationally, to leave the world better for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren – by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. And that mission is too important to allow any distractions.”

New Stations Could be Coming Soon

With the restaffing of the Supercharger team, especially with the return of George Bahadue, we can expect that new Supercharger sites may be announced in the coming weeks, as the ripple effect from the layoffs begins to settle.

The rehiring of experienced staff suggests that Tesla and Elon Musk are still committed to the vision of maintaining and expanding its Supercharger network – the largest and most reliable charging network in North America, which is crucial for the mission to move the world to renewable energy.

Tesla Cuts Model Y Output in China – Economic Slowdown and Anticipated Project Juniper Launch

By Karan Singh

Tesla recently cut Model Y output in China, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Tesla’s production of the Model Y in China experienced a decline of approximately 18% in March, and 33% in April, versus the same time last year.

Output Cuts

These output cuts can be attributed to Tesla’s recent decision to reduce production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai by at least 20% from March to June 2024. This was attributed to an unnamed Spokesperson by Reuters last week.

This decision could be multifaceted – the primary reason being an economic slowdown in China as price wars continue to be waged between EV manufacturers, including Tesla. On the flipside, Tesla has continued its production of the updated 2024 Model 3, colloquially referred to as the Highland, with an increase of 10%.

Project Juniper?

The second reason for this slowdown could be the incoming arrival of the Model Y refresh – also known as Project Juniper. Tesla China has already introduced an updated Model Y with a unique cloth dash with similar ambient lighting as the Model 3.

The Model 3 Highland was also introduced in China before its introduction to other markets, including North America and Europe.

Juniper Upgrade Speculation

Not much has been seen about Project Juniper at this time, but we can expect a similar suite of upgrades that match the updated 2024 Model 3 Highland – including a new front fascia design, updated doors and dynamics, steering updates, improved control arms, ambient lighting, new seats, and improved range.

There is a continued expectation that Tesla is pushing back its Model Y refresh – its best-selling vehicle – to make a bigger splash. This could include newer features – like the Cybertruck’s Steer-by-Wire, front camera, or other upgrades and changes – like the lack of stalks on the rest of the Tesla line-up.

Tesla previously confirmed we’re not seeing the Juniper Y this year, this could be the time needed to retool and upgrade lines to prepare for its introduction sometime next year.

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