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Thanks for sharing these videos!!! I thought the Advanced Parking was simply a beeping alarm when I got too close to an object. I didn't realize it was going to assist with the actual parking!

I thought I read somewhere there was lane assist but maybe it's on the Japanese version? I'll keep checking the YouTube channel for more.
 

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Did I understand correctly that you have to have your phone out with the Solterra app open to use your digital key? Seems like an unnecessary nuisance. 🤷‍♂️

maybe not though. I guess it’s better than having to carry around a key fob everywhere.
 

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Did I understand correctly that you have to have your phone out with the Solterra app open to use your digital key?
Did you read that somewhere or see it in a video? Someone else mentioned the same thing, but the woman in the video did not have her phone out when getting into the car.
 

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the last 30 seconds of the digital key video.

“with Bluetooth enabled and Solterra connect app open, you can simply walk up to the vehicle, grab the handle to unlock the door, then step in and start your vehicle.”
 

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the last 30 seconds of the digital key video.

“with Bluetooth enabled and Solterra connect app open, you can simply walk up to the vehicle, grab the handle to unlock the door, then step in and start your vehicle.”
If it also requires an Internet signal for the app, it could be redundant since you'll have your key FOB in your pocket as well.
 

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That's fine unless you have no Internet signal if the app requires that signal.
That was my point in another thread criticizing their implementation for not using local networking (Bluetooth/NFC/other) and cached credentials to facilitate the use without an Internet connection.

I won’t be using it because I don’t believe they can prevent infiltration that allows bad actors to compromise the vehicle and it requires carrying the key fob anyway so you don’t get stranded in areas with poor cell coverage. Also note that you need good coverage for both the car’s provider and your phone’s provider in order for the whole scheme to work.
 

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I've got to believe that just having the Subaru Solterra Connect app running in the background will be enough for it to work. (If not, I'm going to be really mad at that lady in the video for misleading me!) I installed the Toyota app while waiting for a RAV4 Prime and the only way to close it and stop it from searching for a car is to Force Stop (on Android). Subaru Solterra Connect seems to behave the same way.

I think the use case for the Digital Key is very limited, the way that it's been implemented. I suppose I could leave the fob at home when I'm going to work once I know that I have a good signal for both the car and my phone there. Then, I just have to hope that Toyota's servers don't crash!

It could be nice to disable the fob and throw it in the car and use the phone during outdoor activities where you don't want to have to carry both. At least then, you'd know that you have a good signal when you lock the car with your phone. Sharing the Digital Key with others sounds nice, but will there ever be a time when it's not just as easy to hand the fob to someone? And with the Toyota app as buggy as it is (it's getting better), do I really want to make someone install it just to use my car?
 

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I've got to believe that just having the Subaru Solterra Connect app running in the background will be enough for it to work. (If not, I'm going to be really mad at that lady in the video for misleading me!) I installed the Toyota app while waiting for a RAV4 Prime and the only way to close it and stop it from searching for a car is to Force Stop (on Android). Subaru Solterra Connect seems to behave the same way.

I think the use case for the Digital Key is very limited, the way that it's been implemented. I suppose I could leave the fob at home when I'm going to work once I know that I have a good signal for both the car and my phone there. Then, I just have to hope that Toyota's servers don't crash!

It could be nice to disable the fob and throw it in the car and use the phone during outdoor activities where you don't want to have to carry both. At least then, you'd know that you have a good signal when you lock the car with your phone. Sharing the Digital Key with others sounds nice, but will there ever be a time when it's not just as easy to hand the fob to someone? And with the Toyota app as buggy as it is (it's getting better), do I really want to make someone install it just to use my car?
I'm carrying that tiny little fob regardless, since it's always going to work, signal or not.
 

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I have a question about the "keyless" abilities of the Solterra. I'm trying to figure out how I can get in the car without the FOB being on my person.

Existing Subarus (I think from around 2017 onwards) have a little known feature that allows you to:

1. Disable the FOB, allowing you to leave it hidden in your vehicle without anyone being able to open the door by touching the handle (also great to have as an option in case you lose your keys).
2. Open the car by using a button next to the trunk latch that can be programmed to any code you want.

The above is a great solution for me. I surf regularly and can't take my FOB in the water. Other surfers typically hide their key somewhere and hope no one finds it. I can hide my disabled FOB in the car and then open the car with the code, re-activate the fob, and drive away.

The "phone as a key" isn't a good solution for a couple reasons: 1. the phone could still get stolen if I hid it somewhere; 2. I can't count on having cell reception.

Does anyone know if the Solterra will have either the "old school" keyless solution described above, or some other solution that doesn't depend a phone and cell signal?
 

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I have a question about the "keyless" abilities of the Solterra. I'm trying to figure out how I can get in the car without the FOB being on my person.

Existing Subarus (I think from around 2017 onwards) have a little known feature that allows you to:

1. Disable the FOB, allowing you to leave it hidden in your vehicle without anyone being able to open the door by touching the handle (also great to have as an option in case you lose your keys).
2. Open the car by using a button next to the trunk latch that can be programmed to any code you want.

The above is a great solution for me. I surf regularly and can't take my FOB in the water. Other surfers typically hide their key somewhere and hope no one finds it. I can hide my disabled FOB in the car and then open the car with the code, re-activate the fob, and drive away.

The "phone as a key" isn't a good solution for a couple reasons: 1. the phone could still get stolen if I hid it somewhere; 2. I can't count on having cell reception.

Does anyone know if the Solterra will have either the "old school" keyless solution described above, or some other solution that doesn't depend a phone and cell signal?
i don’t have an answer, but the key fob is likely produced by Toyota. Maybe see if that’s something they currently offer with existing key fobs?
 
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