Tesla has packed a plethora of conveniences and tech into the Model S. I feel spoiled every time I sit in it, much less drive it. Unfortunately, I often lose the battle over who gets to drive Tessy and have to use the "other car." I'm learning, though, that funny things can happen when you're repeatedly spoiled.
The proximity key is a great convenience. We've had our P85 for 2 months now and I still smile every time the door handles present themselves as you walk up to the car. It took some time to get used to tapping the selector for Park and then just walking away. Unfortunately, the other car still requires a manual key. Anyone else find themselves walking away from their "other car" with it still running in a parking lot? Or worse, has anyone else driven off in their Tesla from home on a quick errand only to find themselves parked away from home without proximity key or phone? We recently went to the gym for a swim with my wife and I each thinking the other had a key and their phone. Once parked, we realized the error of our ways. If this ever happens to you, once parked at your destination your Tesla will inform you that the car is locked and cannot be turned on without the key. If you did have the forethought to bring your phone along, no problem, call Tesla service and they'll unlock your car for you, no problem, but without a phone...SOL.
Doesn't it seem logical for the Tesla to sense that the key is not within 5' of the car and not allow you to engage a gear and drive off without it in or near the vehicle? This is a major safety issue if a child can enter the car in the garage and drive off without a key. My 6 year old is enamored with the car and how the door handles pop out.
I find the Tesla app on my smartphone to be another great piece of tech. I can control almost anything on the car with my phone. Why not extend this further and, with a passcode, allow my phone to act as a proximity key. One less thing to have to carry and I always (well almost... ) have my phone with me.
Tech is such a wonderful thing. Makes every day tasks and routines so much more convenient. So much so, that it's hard to go back.
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