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No key and no internet

Discussion in 'Model S' started by grichard, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. grichard

    grichard Member De-Luxe

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    (This is just a hypothetical situation. I haven't lost my keys.)

    At work, I park my MS in an underground garage that has low ceilings and no wifi or cell coverage. I got to thinking today: what if I lost my keys? I can't unlock the car through the app, because the car can't connect to the internet. I'm pretty sure a flatbed tow truck couldn't operate with ceilings that low. It would be hard to tow the car out of the garage on its own wheels without putting it in tow mode. What could be done?

    Does the car have some sort of externally-accessible data port that a Tesla tech could connect to? Is it possible for them to make a key without access to the car or any current keys? Do they have (gasp) a master key? Any other ideas of how a car like this could be rescued?
     
  2. brkaus

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    Wifi extender teathered to a phone outside the garage.

    Or, just don't loose your keys. Just like any other car.
     
  3. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    My wife's Model S broke down (dead, can't start) in a garage. Result was Tesla sent two tow trucks.

    One small truck to get it out of the garage on something like this:

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    Then, once out, the car could be loaded on to the big flat bed truck.

    Pretty much the same as any standard car.
     
  4. grichard

    grichard Member De-Luxe

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    I've never seen wheel dollies with relatively big wheels like that. That'd probably work. Might be semi-nasty going up the ramps inside the garage, but those wheels look big enough that it seems plausible. Thanks.

    (Not planning on losing all three keys!)
     
  5. cynix

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    Three? I only got two :(
     
  6. FredTMC

    FredTMC Model S VIN #4925

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    I wonder if Bluetooth sync would work?

    OR

    Have the car's WIFI connect to the phone's hotspot (even though phone isn't on the Internet itself).
     
  7. ajay

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    See, this is why you should keep an extra key in a safe spot or perhaps in the care of a trusted spouse.
     
  8. whitex

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    This will probably not work as the app connects to Tesla servers rather than directly to the car. Deep in the garage without Internet access the app will just error out.
     
  9. FredTMC

    FredTMC Model S VIN #4925

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    Yeah. You're right.
     

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