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Driving without a key card or phone

Terri m3

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Dec 26, 2019
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Santa Rosa
Hi. I had a very distressing experience and would like to hear if anyone else has had the issue or if there is a fix in the works.
My m3 was in my garage. I don’t lock it at home. I set my purse down next to my car which my phone in it. After taking items out of the back seat, I proceeded to get in the cat and drive off. My destination was about 10 miles away. I stopped looked for my purse and got out to look in the trunk. Remembered setting it down in garage. Tried to drive home to get it. Unfortunately my car then wanted key card to start. No key card no phone because both were in my purse at home. I was stranded.
maybe the Tesla should notify the driver when the car realizes the key or phone are not in the car and set off an alarm? Anyone experience something like this.
 

GtiMart

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Nov 13, 2019
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Quebec City, Canada
Since you can start the car with the keycard, and the keycard doesn't need to stay placed for you to drive, I'm unsure how they could alert you properly. They could probably have an alert for when the car was started with the cell phone and it'S not there anymore. Hwoever, for that to happen, you would need to have the cell phone with you in the car as you put it in Drive, then throw the cell phone outside without unbuckling or lifting your weight from the driver's seat otherwise the car goes back to Park. What you're saying is that you were able to set the car to Drive with your phone (purse) outside the car? It must have been damn close. It's probably hard to detect precise distances with bluetooth.

If you're stuck, you can borrow someone's cell phone, download the Tesla app, use your credentials, put the car to drive, and then delete that app :) Or you can call your spouse to have them use their phone to "start" the car remotely.
 
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Hmm that would actually be a good feature to add. My BMW warns me when it can’t detect the remote and the engine is running. Btw, if someone can access your phone or has an authorized phone they can remote start the car for you and you can drive back home.
 

Terri m3

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Dec 26, 2019
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Santa Rosa
Why is there no edit option? I drove my car, not my cat.
Since you can start the car with the keycard, and the keycard doesn't need to stay placed for you to drive, I'm unsure how they could alert you properly. They could probably have an alert for when the car was started with the cell phone and it'S not there anymore. Hwoever, for that to happen, you would need to have the cell phone with you in the car as you put it in Drive, then throw the cell phone outside without unbuckling or lifting your weight from the driver's seat otherwise the car goes back to Park. What you're saying is that you were able to set the car to Drive with your phone (purse) outside the car? It must have been damn close. It's probably hard to detect precise distances with bluetooth.

If you're stuck, you can borrow someone's cell phone, download the Tesla app, use your credentials, put the car to drive, and then delete that app :) Or you can call your spouse to have them use their phone to "start" the car remotely.
no spouse and I don’t keep phone numbers in my head. I got a ride from a stranger but it seems like an easy fix so you don’t have to find someone willing to download an app.
 
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bjrosen

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Apr 19, 2019
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There was just a theft in SF that had the same cause. The car was parked close enough to the building that it was in Bluetooth range so the thief was able to start the car. They only got about a mile because they stopped the car and then couldn't restart it.

It would make sense for them to put in a warning if the car fails to sense the phone or the card which is what would happen when you got about 30ft away from your purse.
 

TLLMRRJ

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Dec 19, 2019
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Houston
A creative option is to have a close friend or relative added to your car on their phone with the Tesla app. When you need it, you call them to remotely start the car from the Controls menu in the Tesla app.

When they activate that function, you have 2 minutes to get in the car and drive away without any type of key needed.
 

JohnnyEV

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Feb 16, 2021
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A creative option is to have a close friend or relative added to your car on their phone with the Tesla app. When you need it, you call them to remotely start the car from the Controls menu in the Tesla app.

When they activate that function, you have 2 minutes to get in the car and drive away without any type of key needed.
I had to this for my wife left her keycard and her phone died while in a store. Needless to say she always remembers to have the keycard now lol.
 

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