I have no keys hence no key chain. I lost the fob inside the car on my first day becuase it squirted out of my pocket like a watermelon seed.
The app could have an optional PIN to protect access to door and hood lock/unlock.
-1 no phone here.
I just carry the FOB on a small camera strap for <$5 on Amazon; however, I wish there was also an app. Then we can choose what we want to carry.
I think it would be great to have it as an option. But I would not want to replace the key fob entirely. If I lost my phone I would be without access to the car for, potentially, an extended amount of time.
However if it were an option then I could place the key fob in a safe place at home and use the phone. I would then have the key fob in case of an emergency.
For me this is the best of both worlds.
Ah, but the Phone App CAN replace the Fob! ... Sort of ...
- Take the battery out of one FOB
- To drive the car, use the iPhone app to unlock, get in, ***put the FOB in a cupholder**, hit the brake, shift to Drive and go.
- To leave the car, shift to Park, ***MOVE the FOB to the glove compartment***, tap Lock Doors on the touchscreen page under Controls, shut the door and walk away.
Yes, not as easy as walking up with your phone, there is an extra step... and you HAVE to remember to not leave the FOB in the cupholder or the car will not lock (... I think). But you don't have to carry the FOB with you. And if the car/app malfunctions in some way, you might need to get the second FOB to unlock it, so don't do this too far from home.
I would like phone to work in addition to the FOB - But I'm uninterested in giving a valet my phone so he can park my car…
+1 would like phone in addition to fob
Would love the phone (+ PIN!!) in addition to the fob; not for everyday use, but if I know I'm not valet parking and I can't find my keys (again!!), it would sure be nice as an option.
+1. If the App can be secured with a PIN I'm all for it.
@ dbfish | APRIL 24, 2013: ***put the FOB in a cupholder**, hit the brake, shift to Drive and go.
I've tried this previously and my car does not recognize the fob in the cup holder, if the fob is without a battery. I read somewhere that putting the fob in the cup holder trick works if your battery is very low and not when there is not battery.
Phone won't help yo if your car is parked in a garage with no 3G signal. I'd prefer the ability to train the car to recognize the NFC capability of my phone just like yo train the HomeLink to work with yo garage. Yo might have to wave it near the fender or wherever that place is that you use when the fob battery is dead depending on the strength of the NFC reader.
Turns out you may not need to take out the battery, you can lock the key in the car by pressing Controls > Lock on the touch screen, getting out and shutting the door.
And I thought you could start the car with the key in the cupholder and no battery, but maybe not, the manual is not very clear. So maybe get a few spare batteries and keep in the glove box! On Page 30 it definitely mentions being able to open the car with no batteries in the FOB.
- Page 3 of the manual:
"If Model S can’t detect your key, the instrument panel displays the message “Key Not Inside.” Put the key in the center console cup holder (and away from other devices such as cell phones) where Model S can best detect it."
I have an older phone (with the antenna that you pull out).
Wonder if this would work :)
@hsadler - that IS a phone. The others are mobile communicators, micro computers, media displays, etc.
OT: I visited the Star Trek museum in the Experience Music center near the Space Needle in Seattle. Paul Allen purchased and has on display most of the original Star Trek TV series props. When I looked at the Communicator (beam me up Scottie) it was the original flip phone - sort of, except it was a plastic toy, cheap looking at that. Fun experience.
@dbfish | APRIL 25, 2013: - Page 3 of the manual: "If Model S can’t detect your key, the instrument panel displays the message “Key Not Inside.” Put the key in the center console cup holder (and away from other devices such as cell phones) where Model S can best detect it."
As I stated previously, I tried it and it doesn't work. Maybe you can try it on your car. Could be a problem with mine.
I think you have to place by the lower (outside) edge of the windshield passenger
typo: ... place it by ... passenger side.
Yes yes yes.