On the Control page of the Tesla app, what is that "Start" button for?
I always thought Tesla cars do not need to start or stop.
It means “on” or “ready to drive.” You can drive or allow others to drive your car by the app alone, no fobs. Try it, you won’t break it.
OK, wow... that's actually kinda neat. When did that feature go in? I'm a software guy, so I usually look software and try to see/notice all the features... I missed that one. Is it a recently added feature? Time to re-read the manual, too, I guess... lots of changes over the past few months.
If you click on the button you certainly already have the phone with you, why do you need to click the button in the first place?
Sometimes the car doesn't recognize my iPhone as key.
I have to unlock with the app and start with the app to drive. After that the car recognized the phone as key again.
This feature can also bail you out if you lose your phone. You could actually borrow someone else's phone, download the app, log into your account, unlock and start your car, delete the app from the friendly person's phone, and drive home.
Or, same situation, call home and ask your spouse to unlock the car and start it from their phone.
@don: I believe the Start feature has been there all along.
@gllivyl: You can use Start to let someone else (without a key) drive the car.