Elon and Co. revealed Tesla Valet Mode to the world in 2015. After reading through this thread on the Tesla Motors Club forum, I have to say it does look a bit confusing

Valet. What exactly does this word mean? According to Wikipedia:

“A valet (or varlet) is a male servant who serves as personal attendant to his employer. In the Middle Ages and Ancien Régime, valet de chambre was a role for junior courtiers and specialists such as artists in a royal court, but the term “valet” by itself most often refers to a normal servant responsible for the clothes and personal belongings of an employer, and making minor arrangements. In the United States, the term most often refers to a parking valet.”

I think I would rather have the “outside the United States” definition attending to me than the “In the United States” definition but oh well.

What Tesla Valet Mode Does

Tesla’s Valet Mode is meant to mitigate risk when your car is being parked by a stranger. When turned on, valet mode places a governor on the car. This restriction sets a maximum top speed of 70 miles per hour and limits the car to 25 percent acceleration. In addition to restricting any personal information found in the car’s display screen, enabling valet mode will also restrict access to the glove box and the trunk.

Tesla isn’t the first car company to introduce a valet mode in its vehicles. In 2014, Chevrolet rolled out their own version of valet mode on certain models in its Corvette line. In addition to similar security features as the ones featured in Tesla Valet Mode, Chevy’s version will video and audio record everything that happens in the car when valet mode is turned on.

Back in 2014, Hanlan Charles, Corvette’s product manager, made the following statement on the company’s website:

“Think of it as a baby monitor for your car. Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.”

That’s a bit “1984” for my taste and I wonder how they get away with recording people in states with strict privacy laws, but that’s none of my business…

Turning Tesla Valet Mode On

Users can enable valet mode either by enabling it on the car’s touchscreen or via the Tesla app. Owners will then hand their key card to the person parking the car, and the valet will place the card in the center console. The car will then be operated like normal, but with the restrictions mentioned above.

I located an excellent pocket guide to share with your valet when you drop off your Tesla. If you would like to download and print, it can be found here.

Any of our readers care to chime in with their thoughts on Tesla Valet Mode? Do you find the feature useful or is it too confusing for all parties involved? Are there any additional restrictions or other features that you would like to see added to valet mode? Please leave us a comment below and share your thoughts.

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