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Stop Car When Stolen



Offer a button to turn off the car from app, will make stealing of the car less likely. When the car moves without the owners cellphone closely the car sends an sms and the owner can shut it down remotely. If the car is moving faster than a certain speed a countdown could be started.


Moderator: There are some legal/safety concerns that may prevent this option. For example, if someone hacked your account or even partner you gave access to your account, they could stop you on the freeway and cause a major accident.  Of course if the thief steals your phone at the same time, this option becomes moot. There are likely ways to overcome these issues, so it’s a viable option.



Category: Tags: entered 31-Jan-2015


When the remote shutdown is ordered, the car should present a password prompt to the driver. If you are the owner and someone is messing with you, you just enter the password and continue to drive. After one minute, the car will start very gradually slowing down (1 km/h every few seconds) and activate the alarm or honk the horn. And hazard lights of course. This would give anyone more than enough time to pull over. Definitely no more dangerous than the low power mode that already exists.
Sounds like that would be a good addition to my preposition.. @michelcolman

Would be the only car you wouldn't wanna steal because you never know if you will be locked in and pulled over by the car itself:P
How about locking the car too ... like those "honeypot" cars that trap thieves for reality TV shows..?

My suggestions is this functionality is probably best handled by a service from Tesla customer service, on a request from the police for a stolen vehicle report.  Properly coordinated this could be done quickly and safely.  Taking the law into a citizen's hands is rarely the best approach, if it can be handled by a trained professional who is familiar with the issues.

And, the kicker: the truth is you probably only ever have to activate the solution a couple of times somewhere in the World, for the word to get out not to try to steal a Tesla.  It would make huge headlines the first time a thief was caught or even just stopped in mid-theft.  It's more a prevention than a cure, but as a preventive measure it's awesome.
I agree: Limit the car's power, honk the horn (alarm mode), and start flashing the lights.  None of these are safety-impacting, and draw attention and make the car unattractive to thieves.
@JanosB I agree letting Tesla handle this on request of the police is probably the best way to go about it.

  1. surely this is not needed now we have Pin to Drive?

  2. Cannot depend on network connection as many thieves first action is to remove the SIM card from the car.

Regardless of Pun to Drive, this could be a good feature.

I agree it should be done by Tesla support, only after getting a police report/incident.

Perhaps when the car next comes to a complete stop, it simply won’t move again?  Or the gradual slowdown, again on command, so it can be done once the cops are actually in close range.
Go to speed limit in your app, change it to 50 and then apply wish a password. If the stolen car is in a highway, it might be stop by a highway patrol, but I would call 911 and inform about the vehicle and position.
There have been several good suggestions here. If you as the owner determine that the car has been stolen or is being operated by an unauthorized person, you could use the app to state that the car has been stolen. At the very least, repeatedly flashing the lights, honking the horn turning on the internal lights, and limiting the speed. Simply shutting down the car the next time the car is stopped would be wayyy less of a safety issue. If you notify that the car is stolen, it would ensure the data stream remains enabled, the car cannot be powered down, thus you would know where it is.
All simple software revision,s it seems to me.