Tesla’s Valet Mode is a security mode you use to limit access to functionality within your Tesla model 3, Model Y or other Tesla vehicle when giving it to a Valet service.
It was created after a valet driver at San Antonio’s La Cantera Resort notoriously took a Model S for a high-speed test drive. Unfortunately for him and the Model S owner, he crashed the car and it was recorded on the vehicle’s cameras.
After that, Tesla owners were obviously concerned and wanted more control over who could do what with their cars.
Some manufacturers have considered offering valet keys that automatically limit vehicle speed, lock storage areas, and other functions, but Tesla came up with another solution.
Which Functions Are Limited?
Tesla has limited a variety of functions and security features in this mode to protect the driver’s privacy and the safety and security of the vehicle.
The following is a list of the functions that are altered or disabled in Valet Mode:
- Top speed limit of 70 mph (112 km/h)
- Acceleration is limited to 25%
- Autopilot cannot be enabled
- The glovebox and frunk are locked
- HomeLink, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi settings are disabled
- Places is disabled (hiding home/work/favorite addresses)
- Mobile access cannot be disabled
How To Enable Valet Mode
In order to activate Valet Mode while sitting in the driver’s seat you must do the following:
- Place the vehicle in Park
- Click on the Driver Profile icon/name (Top of Screen)
- Choose Valet Mode from the drop-down
- Enter a PIN to enable (the first time you enter Valet mode only)
You can also activate Valet Mode remotely via the Tesla App if you have given someone access to your car but forgotten to
How To Turn Off Valet Mode
The process for disabling Valet Mode in a Tesla is quite simple.
- Tap the Driver Profile
- Choose Valet Mode from the drop down
- Enter the PIN you chose when it was first enabled
Note: If you have forgotten your Valet PIN you will have to do a reset via the My Tesla section of the Tesla (teslamotors.com)
Which Tesla Models Have Valet Mode?
All Tesla models currently have Valet Mode. This includes Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y.
As future models are added, like the Cybertruck, it is assumed that this feature will also be available too.