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Tesla developed a key fob that looks like a mini Model 3

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Tesla likes to do things differently. 

So when Electrek reported last month that the electric car company was allegedly working on a new key fob for its Model 3, we should have known it wouldn’t be just your standard blob of a BLE device. Thanks to newly released documents filed to the FCC, we now know that’s exactly right. 

According to the filing, the as-of-yet-unreleased fob is actually shaped like a mini Model 3. Basically, it looks like the most expensive Hot Wheels car you never owned. 

Vroom.

Vroom.

A photo of the fob’s underside clearly shows that the design is an explicit call out to the Model 3. 

Belly up.

Belly up.

As Engadget notes, the Model 3 does not currently come with a fob at all. Instead, car owners rely on their smartphones or a keycard to unlock and start the ride. 

Interestingly, the Model S, unlike the Model 3, does have a key fob. Unfortunately though, that key fob was recently shown to be vulnerable to hackers. Thankfully, Tesla provided owners an easy fix — the ability to set a PIN code on the car — that we imagine could also be used to protect the Model 3 from any potential vulnerabilities in the fob.  

There’s no word yet on when the new key fob will be released, but when it does expect to see lots of annoying people pushing them across their desks while making “vroom” sound effects. 

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