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4.5 broke my workflow! (changed unlock procedure)

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by PattyChuck, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. PattyChuck

    PattyChuck P6703 VIN4080

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    I used to be able to approach the back of the car, press the trunk release switch (the one right above the license plate) for about a second, and it would unlock the car (extending the handles) without opening the rear hatch. After upgrading to 4.5, the trunk now opens. Does anyone know of a "workaround" for this? I'm usually approaching my car with my toddler in one arm, and a school bag in the other, so digging in my pocket for a key is difficult.

    I know, I know, this is a really silly gripe, and the rear hatch now functions as it was probably intended to, but if anyone knows of a way to unlock the doors by approaching the rear of the car without having to press the button on the keyfob, I'd love to hear it.

    I've attached a relevant xkcd before anyone else does :biggrin:

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  2. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    That is indeed the xkcd that came to mind.

    ... only workaround I can think of is to take the few steps towards the front.
     
  3. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    Yes, you have to do the "two-step shimmy" toward the front of the car, then back to the rear again. :)
     
  4. ckessel

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    I don't understand, why hold the rear lift handle for a second to unlock it, but not want to raise it? What's the point?

    If the goal is to get the rear door handles to extend, why is pausing and using a hand to hold the rear handle for second better than just stepping 3 feet closer to the front door to get it to detect your key? Seems like that'd be faster anyway.
     
  5. GeekGirls

    GeekGirls Kid in Candy Store

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    In my case, the point is to get the car to unlock so I can remove the charging cable. I back into my garage, so the car doesn't unlock as I approach it from behind – and you can't remove the charge cable until you've unlocked the car. Fumbling in my purse for the fob is an inelegant solution, as is having to do the shimmy described above. I'm not thrilled about this change.
     
  6. dbfish

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    Foot switch attached to an arduino board to run an API call to unlock the car. Hah, I should sell that.
     
  7. CapitalistOppressor

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    Wasn't the button press method listed in the "cool features you probably don't know about" thread? I can see folks not being happy about changing that, lol.
     
  8. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Pressing the trunk release switch on the car (which I only found out about within the past couple of weeks) used to not operate the trunk? I've never heard of this...wow. Was this just your car or was this an actual feature that Tesla documented and others also experienced? I thought I'd read every thread on every obscure little feature here--I guess not!
     
  9. jomo25

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    Long pressing it when the car is locked would unlock/present the handles. Another press woudl then open the trunk. If the car was already unlocked, then a single press open the trunk
     
  10. ckessel

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    I can certainly understand having one's routine. To be honest, I'm still not sure how having to have a hand free and hold the button for a second is faster/easier than just walking 5 feet towards the front door, but we all have our preferences.
     
  11. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I would be happy with it simply unlatching the charge cable when the trunk opens. The handles could extend when I approached the driver door.
     
  12. MikeK

    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

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    I'm sorry about your workflow, but this change sure improved mine! :)
     
  13. PattyChuck

    PattyChuck P6703 VIN4080

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    Yes, this is also part of the reason why I don't like this change. It'd be really super nice if Tesla was able to update the software to where pressing the button on the charging cable would detect if the keyfob was in your possession thus unlocking at least the charging cable, if not the doors as well.
     
  14. defmonk

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    PattyChuck, I think that would be an excellent feature. It's annoying to have to try to get the car to see the key fob, when all I want to do is just remove the charging cable. Another benefit is by lowering the "friction" of removing the charging cable, the more likely that folks will extend the courtesy of timely removing the cable at public charging stations.
     
  15. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Great idea! I still forget this periodically at home, and try to remove it before going up (or tapping the fob button).
     
  16. strider

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    If you can get a hand into your pocket to long-click the trunk button, why not just double-click the top (unlock button) instead? Can't see how that's any more effort.
     
  17. teslasguy

    teslasguy MSP P#1117

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    I use the trunk unlock button method all the time to remove my charge cable. Instead of walking to the car door and then shaking my leg at the handle (not kidding!) I just touch the trunk unlock button and the car unlocks. Don't have to touch the key or shake my leg. :)


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  18. AnOutsider

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    This, I need to see.
     
  19. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    I'm with the OP: I like the way it used to work, before 4.5, and for the same reasons. The "Tesla Two-Step" is awkward and inefficient, at best; and double-clicking the top fob button through my pants is a PITA.

    I like PattyChuck's suggestion even better than the old behavior, though.
     
  20. derekt75

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    I often used the hatch button to unlock the car. Sometimes it really is more convenient than any other available method.

    What I don't understand, though, is why the car doesn't auto-unlock when I'm right next to it. I wish the auto-unlock range were several times larger than it is. and directly_in_front_of_the_car isn't as useful as right_next_to_the_rear_door.

    This is my #2 frustration with the car.
     

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