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Valet Parker Wrecks $450,000 Ferrari After Mistaking Accelerator for Brake

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by notAmeenPerson, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. notAmeenPerson

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    That's one heck of a mistake. Not sure what it has to do with trusting Tesla's valet mode though. It won't stop mistakes from happening, but if they do happen, it may lessen the intensity of a situation like this since it reduces power. Again though, I'd more ask how it affects your trust in valets in general.
     
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    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    Why would I trust something that limits speed to 70mph/110kph? Valet mode should limit speed to 15mph/20kph.

    I can see an "Offspring mode", or an "In-laws Mode", or something equally snarky, for which 70mph might be fine. But TM has let me down with that 70mph limit.
     
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    valet-mode should park itself with no attendant necessary.
     
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    Totally agree. And limit acceleration to 20 kW.
     
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    If this incident had happened to a Tesla, we would be hearing how the brake pedal and accelerator are too close together, etc.
    I agree valet mode should be reduced to a much lower speed.
     
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    Yes. We should have David Nolan write an article about that.
     
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    Well, once the anti-collision system is in place (Real Soon Now), presumably the car would have stopped itself.
     
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    If you believe the interpretation the article put on it, the valet mostly got into trouble because there was so much power/torque available. A Valet mode that limited acceleration to 60 kW (or 20 like another post suggested) would quite effectively prevent that sort of problem. Collision avoidance braking might also help...
     
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    I can see why Tesla limited the speed to only 70mph, so that if they pick up the car they can drive at freeway speeds. I personally wouldn't set valet mode if Tesla picked my car up. This is a good reason to have the speed limit adjustable in valet mode. Maybe even have multiple settings as are available for driver profiles. I would then create a few profiles, Valet-Tesla, Valet-Parking, and Family Test Drive
     
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    I have never and will never use a valet. I would rather park 1/4 mile away and walk then let someone sit in and drive my car. I don't even want service techs touching it but that's inevitable :biggrin:
     
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    Sometimes, valet parking means driving your car on city streets over to a lot somewhere.
    - Really need three modes: private lot valet, city street valet, I do not trust my friend/relative valet
     

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