Can I create a driver profile so my teenage son can't go over 65 MPH?

Can I create a driver profile so my teenage son can't go over 65 MPH?

He is in Driver's Ed at school, but he's concerned that the Model S will be "too fast" for him. (Not that I'd let him drive it! LOL!!!) But, I had a thought... the test car I drove had a governor on it so it wouldn't go faster than 80. So, is it possible to create a driver profile for him so it won't go over 65?

Mireille '&... | September 16, 2013

Not yet.
The capability isn't currently owner accessible.

AmpedRealtor | September 16, 2013

You want to take away your son's ability to accelerate away from a dangerous situation on the freeway? I understand your concern, but this is not an appropriate solution.

Tâm | September 16, 2013

The one who has password can, because they do that to loaners.

So for now, you can monitor his speed on your mobile app and call him up when he's over-speeding:

"Mommmmmmmm! It's kind of hard to talk when the speed is 130 MPH."

Tâm | September 16, 2013

"Mommmmmmmm! Stop watching me with your phone app! It's only 132 MPH. It's not like I am driving a BMW or something!"

SCCRENDO | September 16, 2013

Bigger question. Who would let their teenage kid drive a model S?

SCCRENDO | September 16, 2013

Sorry I meant their model S

earlyretirement | September 16, 2013

I imagine they will have this ability in the future. As others mentioned, in the loaner cars it's locked to 80 MPH which I understand why they do that.

But I agree with Amped that sometimes there are examples when you might need to go faster to avoid a dangerous situation.

soma | September 16, 2013

Let your kid drive this car out of your sight, and you will be setting yourself (and him) up for trouble.

2kids10horses | September 17, 2013

Thanks for the responses.

No worries about my son driving off in the Model S. He doesn't like driving. He'll be 18 next month, and still doesn't have his permit. He has a Learner's permit.

But he's shown no interest in driving. Kids are different today...

He taking Driver's Ed in school, and he's getting a little more confident. Today, they'll be practicing parallel parking.

When he does drive, he's a very slow driver. (He's getting better about that now that he been in Driver's Ed.) But he's still very cautious.

And, HE is the one who is worried about the "speed" of the Tesla!

An aside:

I can remember when I was learning to drive, (around 1969, '70)my father had just bought our first Mercedes. A 280SE sedan. It had 4 wheel disk brakes, and they were very "touchy". The slightest touch, they would slow the car, almost abruptly, until you learned how to use them. Very unlike the other family car: an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Very soft mushy brakes.

Come to think of it, the Mercedes 280SE drove "somewhat" like the Tesla. It had a straight 6 engine, and if you took your foot off the gas, it immediately felt like it "engine braked", and it slowed down. It didn't really coast. The Cutlass was a boat, once it got going, it just kept on going...

At first, I thought the Cutlass was easier to drive, then as my skills progressed, I came to enjoy the "responsiveness" of the Mercedes. (Seems like they've taken that "responsiveness" out of the Mercedes these days.)

Oh, yeah, I drove the Cutlass when I was in high school. My mom took over Dad's 280SE. He ended up getting another one. A MB 280SEL.

I suspect my wife will take over my Model S.

History repeats itself, you know!

lph | September 17, 2013

I would like to see an adjustable limit on total power allowed for each driver. So that a P85 is limited to say 250 hp not 416. That would take the fun / scare factor out of driving it for those that are not ready to use the extra performance. It should not be difficult to do since it just means a limit on how far down the input is accepted from the go pedal.

JPPTM | September 17, 2013

I suggested a 'young driver mode' as well as a similar 'valet mode' to TM months ago, with both speed/power limits as well as geofencing/range limits. Not high on their priority list.

PBEndo | September 17, 2013

I do let my 15 year old drive my Tesla, obviously with me in the passenger seat. I think it would be much safer if you could limit the acceleration rather than the top speed. An inexperienced driver taking a MS around a turn on a wet road at full acceleration is a guaranteed disaster. An inexperienced driver exceeding the speed limit on a straight highway, not so much.

DC@Tesla | September 17, 2013

If u have 21 inch wheels, do not let anyone drive your tesla.

PBEndo | September 17, 2013


I am afraid to drive it myself. Those rims reach out and grab curbs.

TeslaLandShark | September 17, 2013

Based on my driving habits when I was that age there is NO WAY I would let my kid drive this car. (I don't have kids).

nickjhowe | September 17, 2013

Not with the current software, but you can use one of the 3rd party REST apps such as Cliff Hannel's to log speed and other data in real time - acting as a 'spy in the car'. Means that you don't have to watch the ios app constantly.

GeirT | September 17, 2013

A sad question, really. The lack of trust in your son tells you have a much larger problem than his potential fast driving. The right thing to under this circumstance is not to let drive - anything.

Nu2Ecar | September 17, 2013

Amped, do you think insurance companies have it wrong when they require higher premiums and stricter age limits for high perfomance cars? There might be rare occasions when power gets a driver out of trouble, but frequently it's power that gets him or her there.

SCCRENDO | September 17, 2013

I have 3 grown kids, all responsible adults but trust me those driving years were traumatic. The 2 oldest each totalled a car. My eldest was a 16 vs 18 situation and who knows who was at fault. My second kid was totally at fault. Ultimately no harm no foul but I wouldn't have let any of them drive my model S.

frogblender | October 2, 2013

"You want to take away your son's ability to accelerate away from a dangerous situation on the freeway?"

I think this statement would cause any insurance company actuary to bust out laughing.

Handing a teenage male 300HP+ car keys is akin to handing him a boxful of hand grenades - fun, but stupidly dangerous. Give him firecrackers instead.

WhisperingCJ | October 2, 2013

The thing to be concerned about IMO is the acceleration.

It's true that high acceleration when you are experienced allows you to get out of trouble quicker.
But high acceleration when you are learning gets you into trouble quicker.

Also when he's got a little experience under his belt, he's more likely to want to drive it faster.

I would suggest getting him an old banger for his first car.
It will be his car (so doesn't have to ask to borrow yours, and feels it is his property, etc.) and will keep him out of trouble while he gathers the experience

Don Schmidt | October 2, 2013

Are you serious? You tell the youngster, NO SPEEDING! If the youngster speeds, no more driving the MS.

Vancouver, WA

2kids10horses | October 2, 2013

Actually, everyone has it wrong... He's afraid to drive it because he thinks its too fast. And since its so quiet, he won't realize how fast he's going.

soma | October 2, 2013

I think the thing you have to worry about is not just his driving when he is alone, even if you already say he's self-restrained about how fast the car can go, and is careful. At this age, peer pressure is hard to deal with, and he will inevitably encounter situations where other friends (or just other drivers on the road) lead him to think that he should tkae the car through its paces, or just feel like he wants to demo how cool it is. It's hard to resist that, especially when the circuits for judgement and self-restraint are not fully developed.

Keep temptation and risk out of his hands just by not letting him drive the car. Don't create problems for yourself.

AmpedRealtor | October 2, 2013

If you give your Model S to a teenager who is just learning how to drive, well all I can say is that actions have consequences. As a parent, I would not trust such an expensive and high performance vehicle with my child - and someone who is in driver's education class is a child. This person has no practical experience in defensive driving, collision avoidance, etc. Speed is the last thing I would be worried about, to be honest, as there are a thousand other things that could cause an accident and with little warning.

Buy him a used Honda Civic, make him work off the debt, and when he has paid you back for the Civic then maybe he can drive the Model S with you in the passenger seat. That's just my opinion, of course.

cmaso | October 2, 2013

KIDS DRIVE YOUR MS??? I don't let my wife drive my MS!!! haha just kidding. limiting the speed doesn't sound like the answer. the other day some aggressive driver didn't realize their lane was ending and rather than hitting the breaks (and getting rear-ended) i floored it and was able to get over in front of the car that was next to me. if i couldn't have exceeded 65 i would have had only had one option, and i like options.

however, it would be cool if the car could shoot you a text if it's speeding, then you could pick up the phone and call your son and say "hey, i'm giving you a family ticket, you have to mow the lawn at 6:00am tomorrow. now slow down before you have to wash all the windows too."

mrrjm | October 2, 2013

I hope I'm not your neighbor when the lawn is mowed at 6:00am!

Brian H | October 3, 2013

With a hand mower. No motor.