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Valet mode

Discussion in 'Model X' started by cmc5dc, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. cmc5dc

    cmc5dc Member

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    I.wish that if in valet mode one can't open the fwd without disabling. On numerous occasions I've monitored via app. valet opening the fwd and each time I worry that it will hit an underground garage beam or obstacle. Any drawbacks and if not maybe it can be an ota update if enough requested it.
     
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    #2 Xponential, Jul 15, 2016
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    I think it's a good idea. No insurmountable drawbacks I can think of. Sure, there could be some corner cases related to emergency situations, but that could be addressed with a clear and prominent warning on the touchscreen (e.g. "the owner of this vehicle will be alerted on their mobile device - are you SURE you want to open this FWD?"). That will make most valet drivers think twice about playing with the doors.

    Probably not a high-priority feature request in the large scheme of things, though. I've let a valet park my X only once in the 4 months I've had it.
     
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  3. Chewy3

    Chewy3 If MacGvyer had a beard

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    Its a bit much - but I would love a programmable Valet Mode. User sets top speed, max power, what doors/locks work, access to apps/user data. A lot of possibilities if people want to lend their car to friends or their kids..
     
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    Nice ideas. I noticed my trunk was opened as well, wth.
     
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    I wrote to TM a while back on this to disable the FWD as well as auto present for the driver door. There's absolutely no need to auto present the driver door for the valet ..valet for a valet :confused:
    Also, another thing I had pointed out was the valet is able to see recent five places you visited and that can include home and work. There's no need for the valet to be able to see the last 5places I went to.
     
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    Did you know that Valet Mode can't be disabled while driving? So if you pick up your car at the valet and forget to disable Valet Mode before driving away, you're stuck with the slow acceleration and capped top speed until you can find a place to park.
     
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    #8 akira3d, Jan 3, 2017
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    Did my first road trip to San Francisco last week and had to valet park at the hotel (I usually try to avoid valet parking, but I didn't have a choice)...and I used the phone app to enable/disable valet mode, but forgot to do so initially.

    The first time I called ahead to request my car, I stepped outside only find the valet had opened the passenger-side FWD (and there were onlookers checking out the car). I was a little irked since he had no reason to open the FWD at all, but, being outside, it wasn't likely to hit anything...so I didn't raise a stink. Yes, it would have been nice to disable FWD in valet mode. But that still won't stop them from potentially not realizing how the front doors work...I'm constantly worrying that they will bump into things in my own garage that I catch them before the car stops them (and I don't even have self-presenting doors).

    It's also pretty annoying that valets want to open the door for you and/or passengers...since I'd rather do so myself or from the touchscreen.

    I also did once forget to disable valet mode as I drove off and had to quickly throw the car into park at a red light and back into drive as the light went green.

    BTW, the car's systems crashed on one of the nights and I temporarily lost the ability to check the car's charging status and location from the app. That was a bit disconcerting...as was the monitor being completely off when I headed out the next day. I had to reboot the screen to get everything working again.
     
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    You are correct it's difficult to control the valet's curiosity. I no longer valet my X. Even though they may claim they know how to handle Tesla, the doors in X are unique and if they break something you will be stuck not to say the trip will be ruined too.

    Recently I stayed at the Monterey Marriott that has a destination charger but only valet can take the car inside. I refused to hand over the key.
     
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    #10 akira3d, Jan 4, 2017
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    I must have been lucky that my wife used to know someone at the Monterey Marriott because I once got permission to self-park my NSX in their valet area (the valet escorted me to a perfect spot in their garage with no parking spaces around it). That was over 13 years ago!

    This trip, we stayed at the Palace Hotel (beautiful hotel), but could not get permission to self-park. On my last evening there, I forgot something in the Model X and got permission to retrieve the item from my car while it was parked in their garage. Their destination charger is located near the garage door and I was happy to find my X there charging. In that particular spot, there is plenty of space all around it to open all of the doors. The valets came up to me to mention how much they love Teslas.
     
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    I would never let anyone valet the Tesla, too many what ifs. If I was a valet driver and got a hold of your NSX-T, I would love done some spirited driving...teeheehee I'm a honda fan boy, I currently own a rhd ek9 type-r.
     
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    Yeah, I really did not want to valet my Model X, but didn't see any choice other than to NOT drive the Tesla.

    As for my NSX, I actually cannot recall if I ever let a valet drive her...and I've owned her for nearly 17 years!

    Wait...how did you acquire a rhd Civic Type R?
     
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    @akira3d I bought it from a guy in jersey, my friend drove it down from new jersey to new orleans for me. 18 hour drive. lol
     

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