Model S

WARNING: Car will drive without key at all if it is already on......

edited November -1 in Model S
Had the interesting experience today of seeing how my new model s drove 45 minutes away with my girlfriend without a key! She was dropping me back off at home and i got out of the car with the key in my pocket. I can only guess that because she was in the drivers seat and the car was still on....it never shut off and continued driving. Didn't realize until she got to her destination and I had to drive up to Topanga to bail her out! Not sure if this is a good feature or bad. Will definitely remember to always have the key from now on, but definitely an easy mistake to make.

Don't get stranded! anyone else have this problem?
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  • edited November -1
    Oh, that's not good. Hope TM sees this or you let them know
  • edited November -1
    Same has happened with my Prius, except passenger can exchange seat with the driver. Car runs till you shut it off, even unattended. So the Model s is better, but not completely goof proof.
  • edited November -1
    My 2012 Prius will start to beep when the key gets about 10 feet away from the car..but it doesn't shut off (I think that's for safety).

    The Tesla should at least beep at you when the key is outside the car, regardless if the driver gets out of the car or not.
  • edited November -1
    Believe that it does provide you a "Key not in car" warning on the dash. She was likely enjoying the ride too much to notice.
  • edited November -1
    It does warn that there's no key in the car. This is NOT a problem and no fix is required. Our Prius does the same thing, stays on until shut off. It has to work this way for safety reasons.
  • edited November -1
    My 2009 Prius did shut off after I failed to notice the beeps as I exited the car. Only problem was that I was at the car wash. Needless to say they were not too happy with me. They had to do an emergency shut down restart with cars both in front & behind mine.....

    Oops!
  • edited November -1
    This is not a Tesla specific item. My MB behaves the same. Many times I valet the car and forget to give the key. They park the car, but can't start it without they key. When I go to pick it up they ask for the key.
  • edited November -1
    No Prius will turn off on its own. I have owned 3, a 2004, a 2008, and currently have a 2011. If you start the car with the key inside, and leave the car running (on) it will go anywhere you want with no key in the car, although will beep and put a warning on the screen. However, if you turn it off by pushing the start button, it will not restart without the key in proximity. This is also how the Tesla Model S is designed and is perfectly fine and safe. In the car wash example, the car must have been turned off and then a restart attempted, requiring the fob to be inside the vehicle.
  • edited November -1
    Yep...same with the Infiniti...smart key, stupid owner. Had valet at airport chase me down in the terminal as I was leaving for a week and my car would have sat in front of the terminal until towed!!
  • edited November -1
    Definitely not a safety feature in ICE car. Read a story once where an elderly couple parked a Toyota in their attached garaged and exited the vehicle with the key fab and forgetting to turn the vehicle off. They succumb to CO2 and did not survive. In the Models S it is safety feature because once the driver leaves the Model S, the car shuts off preventing a juvenile or other from driving the car.
  • edited November -1
    CO
  • edited November -1
    All makes sense, but what you guys are missing is that there is no "turning off" the model s. you just exit the car. So definitely easier to forget.
  • edited November -1
    @ofertel, that's scary. May be, there should be a virtual keyhole or something so that we can remember to leave/take-out the key as necessary.

    ~ Prash.
  • edited November -1
    @ofertel <i>and I had to drive up to Topanga to bail her out!</i>

    Does that mean that car doors were locked and she couldn't get out of the car?
  • edited November -1
    @ofertel-
    You should be able to turn the car off if you go to settings. Otherwise there would be no way to keep it in neutral (i.e.--going through a car wash) since once you leave the seat the car automatically goes into park.
  • edited November -1
    My CLS now turns off when more than 20-30 feet away with the key. Hopefully this can be resolved with a software update with the Model S.
  • edited November -1
    @ofertel--
    Sorry, I meant "controls"> E-bRAKE/Power Off
  • edited November -1
    @Timo and ofertel, the issue was that when she got to Topanga and got out, she couldn't restart the car to drive back! Maybe the solution is to allow the app to remote authorize a car start...
  • drpdrp
    edited November -1
    I think tesla can do that if she had clled
  • drpdrp
    edited November -1
    If she had called...I meant
  • edited November -1
    @drp...unlock yes, but can they make the car "start"?
  • edited November -1
    An exclamation-mark-in-a-triangle warning on the dash <strong>[(!) Hey! Where's the key go?]</strong> would have been nice in this case. It might be difficult to keep the false alarm rate down, though. That's a puzzle for the engineers.
  • edited November -1
    As stated several times - there is a dash warning displayed. She missed it or ignored it.
  • edited November -1
    @Dave-LasVegas - there is already. It says something like "Warning: key not detected - the car will not restart".
  • edited November -1
    If I got out of my nissan and my girlfriend took it half an hour away... then turned the car off... then realized that I had taken the key with me, she wouldn't be able to restart the car either. I honestly don't see what the problem is here. This is the way every other keyless start vehicle operates.
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