Tesla Owner Gets Stranded In The Desert After Car Fails To Start

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A Tesla owner set out to test the keyless feature of the Tesla S model, but things got out of hand when the car wouldn’t start using the phone app.

Drivers can’t really leave their car keys at home when going for a drive, unless, of course, you own a self-driving Tesla S.

However, forgetting the car keys didn’t go as planned for one Tesla owner, Ryan Negri, who went for a drive around the Red Rock Canyon, near Las Vegas, and got stranded in the desert.

The keyless smartphone features allow users to monitor and control their car without the key, by simply using an iPhone or Android mobile application.

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When Negri set out on the long venture, things seemed absolutely fine until he was around six miles away from home. He had just got out of the car to fix something, but when he wanted to get back in and continue his journey, he realized that the car wouldn’t unlock. Apparently, the smartphone app had stopped working since there were no cell phone signals, leaving him stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Negri posted a picture of his car on Instagram with a long briefing of what had just happened.

 

Stranded 6 miles from home, 2 miles from cell service; our Saturday morning. The thought was to go for a quick drive to take some photos of the freshly-fallen mountain snow. Having only my phone in my pocket, I unlocked and started the car with it, and we left. 6 miles down the road we decided to turn back, but before that, had to adjust Mozy & Millie's car bed, so I exited the vehicle...bad idea. Need to restart the car now, but, with no cell service, my phone can't connect to the car to unlock it. Even with cell service, the car would also need cell service to receive the signal to unlock. @amymnegri, the hero she is, started running to reach cell service height. After about 2 miles she reached signal and called a friend for a ride to the house to grab the key fob. The key that will always be with me (now) when I drive that car.

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“Stranded 6 miles from home, 2 miles from cell service; our Saturday morning. The thought was to go for a quick drive to take some photos of the freshly-fallen mountain snow. Having only my phone in my pocket, I unlocked and started the car with it, and we left. 6 miles down the road we decided to turn back, but before that, had to adjust Mozy & Millie's car bed, so I exited the vehicle...bad idea. Need to restart the car now, but, with no cell service, my phone can't connect to the car to unlock it. Even with cell service, the car would also need cell service to receive the signal to unlock. @amymnegri, the hero she is, started running to reach cell service height. After about 2 miles she reached signal and called a friend for a ride to the house to grab the key fob. The key that will always be with me (now) when I drive that car,” he wrote.

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Although the concept of self-driving cars and wireless technology is picking up in popularity, it is important that people still take necessary precautions, especially when traveling far off places.

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