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What happens if key fob is separated from running car?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by olanmills, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. olanmills

    olanmills Member

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    .. I really want to know, what happens if, while driving the car, you throw the key fob out the window?

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  2. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I'd imagine you would keep driving but couldn't start your car back up again after turning it off? Good one. I'd recommend against doing it though:smile:
     
  3. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Basically. Our A6 has this and if the key is no longer with the car, it beeps a bit, but won't shut down. You won't be able to do anything with the car after you shut it off without the key though.
     
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    There sounds like there should be a story behind this. Are you planning on having a fight with your wife/girlfriend? Or, have a fight with your wife about your girlfriend wherein she lobs your fob out the window?
    :cursing:

    Back to reality. It's probably been mentioned before but how many fobs do you get with the car? If you want more, can you buy them ahead of time? And how much do they cost?
     
  6. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    *ahem*... Chris, is that you?
     
  7. Arnold Panz

    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    It's a good question, but perhaps the more realistic example, or at least the example that doesn't foretell domestic disputes, is when you go to the valet and leave the key in your pocket while the valet drives off with the car.

    I presume, like others, that the car can run once it's on, but once it is "off" and away from the key, won't go on again until near the key again.
     
  8. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    Maybe it'll just slow down and stop? At least that's what they could program it do when the Get Amped test drivers get too crazy, even with a new 75 mph speed limit. That way the co-pilot can just toss the key. A bit like the safety cord on a jetski. :)
     
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    that's pretty funny!!

    but my copilt was the younger kid and I think he would have taken it even faster than I did
     
  10. TEG

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    The Google Autonomous Vehicle software will take over as your Model S will think you are playing a game of "fetch".
    It will do a U-turn and start driving back to find the lost key!
    :cool:
     
  11. rlawson4

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    What if you lose the key? Is there an over ride?
     
  12. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    I'd use the backup key, I suppose
     
  13. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Once the security ECU has confirmed the fob, then it doesn't check again until the car is powered down. A question is: What happens if you lose both fobs? In the 2001 Prius you have to purchase a new security ECU (not even remotely cheap), in the 2004+ the dealer can reset the security ECU (for a price but far lower than a new ECU). So should you lose one, you really need to get another.

    So does anyone know what Tesla's policy is on this?

    (ECU = embedded computing unit)
     
  14. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    May not be the case. Like AO said about his Audi, my Mini beeps and immediately shows a 'no key' icon on the dash if the key flies away but, the car can continue to be operated normally till it's turned off; after that, you are SOL till the key comes back.
     
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    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    Same with the Bimmer. Also, if you lock the key in the trunk, it beeps three times and pops the trunk. Anyone have any idea if the key does this if you lock the key in the trunk or frunk??
     
  16. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    [mod note: changed thread title to be more descriptive for scanning purposes. b.]
     
  17. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Excellent question! I've tried to do it a couple of times at work (by putting the Mini's fob in the gym bag and that in the trunk with everything locked up) but, this facility helped me from getting locked out!
     
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    2 Keys.
     
  19. jomo25

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    I see the thread title was changed. "Separated" as in Tesla will "separate" me from about $75000 in the next 6 months. :)
     
  20. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Yes, I changed it (noted above) so that the thread title would be more descriptive for people browsing the forum.
     

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