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Accidentally triggering Summon

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by jgs, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. jgs

    jgs Active Member

    Oct 28, 2014
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    I've gotten quite a few of these by now:


    The first one I didn't think much about, chalked it up to a bug in the app. After getting a few more I started to wonder if there was a pattern. Today I noticed I got two of them while I was doing dishes in my kitchen. My kitchen is in fob range of my garage, I keep my key in my front pocket, and when I lean over the sink I probably sometimes rest my weight against the fob. That's probably what was happening.

    A few lessons I've learned:

    - Since I don't use Summon for anything other than demoing it, I think I'll disable it, and enable it by hand when I want to demo it.
    - In addition to the other good reasons to plug in the car when possible, it has the helpful side effect of immobilizing it.
    - It would be good if the fob actions to initiate Summon were more difficult to perform by accident. Cell phones, even "dumb phones", have keylock sequences to prevent butt dialing, and after all, when you butt dial someone, the potential consequences are usually less serious than the potential consequences of having your 4,800 lb. car start to move by itself.

    Do any of you have any amusing (or less-than-amusing, I hope not) stories about butt-Summoning your car?

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    Oh by the way, shouldn't we have a forum for Tesla features that are common to S and X?

    S4WRXTTCS Active Member

    May 3, 2015
    Snohomish, WA
    My understanding is Tesla is releasing an update that removes activation of summon with the key.

    I'll miss it because i like being able to summon with the key, but I understand their reasoning to avoid unintentional activation.

    Personally I'm of the belief that the entire key has to be redesigned to be better suited for this function. Like the BMW key for the 7 series.
  3. meloccom

    meloccom Moderator Aus/NZ

    Feb 11, 2008
    Sydney Australia
    I think if they change the Summon to press and hold on both the front and rear fob buttons it would be very unlikely to cause any unintended Summon initiation as its unlikely that just those buttons will be pressed without the top button also being pressed in your pocket.
  4. garygid

    garygid Member

    Aug 11, 2014
    Laguna Hills, Orange County, CA
    Perhaps require three quick presses (one more that needed to unlock), and then the long press?

    Moving to activation by Android or iOS app only would make it useless in no-coverage areas.

    And, for safety, any FOB button press still needs to stop the car, right?
  5. Andyw2100

    Andyw2100 Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2014
    Ithaca, NY
    Probably not.

    If Tesla implements changes consistent with the advice provided by "Consumer Reports" they'd probably be changing things up, (assuming they even keep the option to summon via the fob) and require a constant button press to move the car, (frunk for forward, trunk for reverse) and a release of the button to stop (or emergency stop) the movement.

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