Tesla Priority Device: Having Your Tesla Connect to the Correct Phone

By Kevin Armstrong
You can select a device that your Tesla will connect to first
You can select a device that your Tesla will connect to first
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Most Tesla owners have encountered the issue of entering their vehicle only to find it connected to the wrong Bluetooth device. This inconvenience can be particularly frustrating when you're in a hurry or when multiple passengers with paired devices are present. Fortunately, Tesla has developed a solution to this widespread problem — Tesla Priority Device.

Tesla's 'Priority Device' feature allows you to select a device for your car to connect to based on the chosen Tesla driver profile. You can assign a device to multiple profiles, ensuring a smoother connectivity process for all drivers.

How Tesla Priority Device Works

When you and your spouse or child enter the car simultaneously, the vehicle will first attempt to connect to the device associated with the active Tesla profile. The closest phone to the vehicle determines your driver profile when the doors are opened. Using Priority Device helps prevent issues like your Tesla connecting to someone else's phone inside the house.

Setting Up Your Priority Bluetooth Device

To set up your Priority Device, follow these simple steps:

  • Go to Controls by tapping the car icon in the lower-left corner of the vehicle.
  • Tap the Bluetooth icon at the top of your touchscreen.
  • Select your preferred device.
  • Tap "Priority Device."

The menu will display the Tesla profiles that have your device set as their priority device. You can set your phone as the priority device in multiple Tesla profiles, including profiles such as Easy Entry.

Your car will now attempt to connect to the priority device associated with the selected profile before trying to connect to other paired phones.

Shortcomings of Priority Device

Priority Device works great, as long as the vehicle selects the correct Tesla profile. Any issues in connecting to the incorrect device are usually caused by the vehicle determining the incorrect driver profile.

If the vehicle incorrectly determines the closest phone to the vehicle, then it will select the wrong Tesla Profile and consequently, the wrong Bluetooth device to connect to.

Troubleshooting Issues

It's important to realize how the process works. Your key fob or phone key is associated with a given Tesla Profile, which can then have a Bluetooth device that it will try to connect to first.

If your vehicle is consistently connecting to the wrong Tesla Profile or Bluetooth device, you should double-check your settings.

Start by going to Controls > Locks and check that your key fob, phone key, or key card is associated with the correct driver profile.

From there, confirm that you have a Priority Device associated with each Tesla Profile by going to Controls and tapping on the user icon and name at the top of the screen. To minimize connection issues, each Tesla Profile should be associated with a priority Bluetooth device.

The Future of Tesla Priority Device

As technology continues to advance, Tesla remains at the forefront of innovation. Tesla's Priority Device feature is just one example of its commitment to improving the driving experience. Future enhancements could include more advanced algorithms for identifying the correct driver profile or even connecting to multiple devices simultaneously.

Priority Device has improved Bluetooth connectivity in Tesla vehicles, allowing for more seamless connections instead of just connecting to the first Bluetooth device it finds.

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Tesla Introduces Most Affordable Car: Long Range RWD Model 3 with 363-Mile Range for $34,990

By Karan Singh
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Tesla has brought back the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive variant, which starts at $42,490. However, due to the batteries in the Long Range model, it qualifies for the $7,500 federal EV rebate. This makes this new model the cheapest model in Tesla’s lineup after the federal rebate that comes off at the point of sale.

After the federal rebate, this model is $34,990, exactly $4,000 less than the standard RWD model with the smaller LFP battery.

Improved Range

The Long Range RWD variant boasts a range of 363mi (vs 341mi for the AWD, and 272mi for the regular RWD), and a 0-60mph of 4.9sec (vs 4.2sec for the AWD). This makes the new Long Range RWD Model 3 Tesla’s longest-range economic vehicle (Model 3 / Model Y). The Model S AWD boasts an impressive 402-mile EPA estimate.

Other than the lack of a front motor for handling in rough or slippery terrain, or having a faster 0-60, the Long Range RWD is a fantastic option for most people.

It’s worth noting that only the Long Range AWD model can unlock Tesla’s Acceleration Boost, which increases power and reduces the vehicle’s 0-60 times by about half a second.

Model

Price

Price After Rebate

0-60 MPH

Range

Model 3 RWD

$38,990

-

5.8s

272mi

Model 3 LR RWD

$42,490

$34,990

4.9s

363mi

Model 3 LR AWD

$47,490

$39,990

4.2s

341mi

Model 3 Performance

$54,990

$47,490

2.9s

303mi

Availability

For now, the Model 3 Long Range RWD model is only available in the United States, with no availability in Canada.

Tesla FSD V12.5 to Combine City and Highway Stacks, Introduce Vehicle-to-Fleet Communication and More

By Karan Singh
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As FSD V12.4.3 continues to get released to more vehicles, Elon Musk has posted that FSD V12.5 is already in testing and will include several key features.

The improvements in v12.5 are supposed to focus on rarer, more complex situations and vehicle-to-fleet communication. Tesla’s Autopilot lead, Ashok Elluswamy, also mentioned that FSD would gain the ability to go in reverse around this time.

Merge City & Highway Stacks

FSD v12 has been a multi-stack setup so far, with a city-streets stack that is end-to-end, and an older highway stack that was carried over from v11. FSD v12.5 will once again merge the city/highway stacks according to Musk, who confirmed the feature yesterday. That means that there will no longer be an implicit highway stack.

This could cause some regressions during highway driving, similar to the ones we experienced when Tesla first merged highway and city stacks back in FSD v11. Ultimately, when the issues were ironed out, we ended up with a smoother and better Autopilot experience on the highway. When FSD v12.5 rolls around, we may see some similar issues but expect FSD v12.5 to do to highways what v12 did for city driving.

Vehicle-to-Fleet Communications

Tesla’s FSD relies heavily upon maps, with the mapping information designating routing and lane changes. When vehicles encounter difficulties, they are unable to communicate that back to the rest of the fleet. This results in every vehicle encountering the same problem. With FSD V12.5, vehicles will be able to communicate road closures or other obstacles back to the rest of the fleet in real-time. This will turn FSD into software that’s constantly improving as the fleet gathers more data, instead of having to wait for a software update.

Cybertruck Finally Gets FSD

In a recent post on X, Musk also confirmed that V12.5 will finally bring FSD to the Cybertruck. Currently, all Cybertrucks only have access to Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC). Autopilot and FSD capabilities should arrive alongside all the other features.

Actually Smart Summon

Musk has talked quite a bit about Actually Smart Summon. With FSD 12.5, the new vision-based summon may finally be released. This will introduce Smart Summon capabilities to vision-only cars for the first time. However, it’s expected to be a drastic improvement for all vehicles in similar ways to the new Autopark. The new summon has been tied to the ability to move the vehicle in reverse by Tesla’s Autopilot lead, so expect either both of them to arrive in FSD 12.5, or be held off for a later release.

Release Date

Musk originally mentioned that FSD V12.5 would be released in late June, however, there were several delays with FSD 12.4 and that time frame has now come and gone. FSD 12.4 was initially released in May 2024, but it went through several lengthy revisions before it was introduced to public testers. Going by that time frame, it appears that FSD 12.5 was expected to be released about 4-6 weeks after FSD 12.4. If FSD 12.4.3 is finally got a good spot, we could see FSD 12.5 become available in the next 4-6 weeks or about late August.

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