A Tesla owner named Brandon Dalaly has implanted a small contactless chip into his right hand to unlock his car. Taking to social media, Dalaly shared a video that shows him getting a tiny VivoKey Apex chip implanted in his right hand and using the device to unlock his vehicle.
In the clip, Dalaly is seen waving his right hand against his Tesla for a few moments before it unlocks. The video has gone viral since being shared.
Dalaly also addressed the misconceptions he heard from viewers of the video. While clearing up the misinformation, he said the chip could also store data, access control, OTP two-factor authentication, secure crypto wallet, and initiate credit card transactions. It is not just a Tesla key, he added.
According to the New York Post, the implant was made possible by a chip called VivoKey Apex, which uses the same technology, known as near-field communication (NFC) protocol, that makes Apple Pay and keyless entry at hotels work.
Dalaly told Teslarati that he had the chip implanted into his right hand by a professional piercer for $400. He also stated that he is part of a beta group of about 100 people testing the chips before being released to the public.
He said that the company that put this together has its own app store where one can wirelessly install apps into one’s body with these chips. One of the apps just happened to be a Tesla key card, and that was the first app he installed on it as he has a tesla.