Model S

Need for lojack?

edited November -1 in Model S
Theft prevention on the MS seems pretty good. One thing that is not considered is someone stealing car with original key being stolen. Car relocation should be possible, but apparently not straight forward. See
http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/10545-Model-S-Security-System

and
“If the car is stolen, currently the police cannot work with Tesla service support to locate the vehicle, only very high level executives can approve opening this capability in customer cars. But there is a possibility that the iPhone/Android apps may be able to locate the car for you. Those apps will be coming in a software update.”

Dated August 2, 2012, from
http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/model-s-deliveries-latest-actual-info-dates-and-vehicles-being-delivered?page=2

Any opinions/experiences on the built-in vehicle recovery, the smart-phone app, or getting lojack?

I sort of doubt that many tweens will want to take a MS for a joyride, but I don't fancy finding it out the hard way. I'm not terribly concerned about someone hacking the car through WiFi or Bluetooth.
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  • edited November -1
    The smart phone app shows you where the car is, at least until the thief figures out how to turn off access.
  • edited November -1
    @DTsea - never thought of that. One for R&Bs software enhancement list - passcode required to enable/disable remote app access.
  • edited November -1
    Anybody can locate it -- the mobile app can show you the detail, and with the streaming API you can get lat/long coordinates every 250ms.
  • irir
    edited November -1
    Not sure if police would allow you to ride in the cruiser while chasing down your car. First you'd have to wait for one to pick you up (if they even bother).

    With a LoJack, every equipped cruiser becomes a tracker. Much better chances in my opinion, assuming your car is ever stolen.

    More interesting is whether you'd get the insurance discount without a LoJack, or could you talk them into accepting the Tesla remote GPS tracking as a substitute.
  • edited November -1
    The answer is yes, an insurance discount equivalent to LoJack is obtainable. Use an exerpt from the MVPA with the clause referencing ongoing GPS tracking. Send this to the underwriter via email and cross your fingers. Do not mention the app tracker since tracking via owner is usually insufficient. It wasn't a matter of whether or not the car WOULD be tracked by the manufacturer, but whether it COULD be. Note: this exercise has a high social engineering factor. YMMV
  • edited November -1
    Needed: A remote code that changes the display mapping: shows the car going 80 when it's actually just doing 40, and won't exceed that, etc. (Ref. Kornbluth, <i>The Marching Morons, 1951</i>, a progressive Eugenics dystopia, in which the immense excess (stupid) population is eventually persuaded to emigrate to idyllic estates on an imaginary terraformed Venus, but whose rockets actually drop into the Sun. Followed by the cryogenically revived 20th C. marketing schmuck whose idea this was.)
  • edited November -1
    Thanks everybody. lr: interesting point re police cruiser tracking vs. me tracking.
    nick: the whole 3G connection of the car is still a bit of a mystery to me. Will have to sort that out down the road. I'm one of the permil of teslites without a smartphone; don't even use the $100/year on my prepaid [I'm plenty sci-techy, just not with phones]. Will have to see what sort of bundles are available for car and smartphone. I sure like the remote AC idea in SoCal the the remote charging functionality, so will have to get in on it.
  • edited November -1
    With LoJack, only the police can track your car. On the other hand, car thieves might want to avoid a Tesla, unless they have a death-wish!
  • irir
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  • edited November -1
    @ nick-

    You shouldn't need to buy a connectivity plan from Tesla to track your car. Just keep an old smartphone plugged into a USB port in the car tethered to the soon to be active wifi. An additional line is about 10 bucks a month. If the Tesla plan is ten bucks or less it probably makes more sense to go with it for simple convenience and added features.
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