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-So Tuesday night my wife and I had an appt right after we got home from work, so as soon as she pulled up in the Bolt, she ran in for a pee break(as always...haha), leaving the Bolt "running", and I jumped into the drivers seat(my only chance to drive).

-She comes out and as we go to take off and the horn sounds twice, (like it does when we get out somewhere and I have my key in my pocket and she leaves hers in her purse in the car.) We don't quite understand, but we foolishly ignore it because we are in a hurry.

-When we get to our appt, and go to turn it off it, says it can't detect a remote, but I see my wifes purse behind her so I assume the remote is in there and the car isn't detecting it because she had thrown it in the back seat when she got in the pax seat. So she just grabs her purse and I hit the button again and the car turns off.

-Then my wife suddenly realizes what has happened. Her keys were in her laptop bag that she took in the house and dropped on the kitchen table when she went in the house!

-But no worries....We go into the appt thinking between the MyChevrolet App (which can unlock the doors and start the car) and maybe OnStar, if needed, we would be fine. WRONG.

-As I remembered too late, when you start with the app, it won't go in gear unless you have the remote. And OnStar? Their only offered option was a tow truck!

So we had to call our daughter for a ride home to get the remote. Not tragic, but not exactly the best use of our time(or self-esteem).

Anyone else experienced this?
 

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-So Tuesday night my wife and I had an appt right after we got home from work, so as soon as she pulled up in the Bolt, she ran in for a pee break(as always...haha), leaving the Bolt "running", and I jumped into the drivers seat(my only chance to drive).

-She comes out and as we go to take off and the horn sounds twice, (like it does when we get out somewhere and I have my key in my pocket and she leaves hers in her purse in the car.) We don't quite understand, but we foolishly ignore it because we are in a hurry.

-When we get to our appt, and go to turn it off it, says it can't detect a remote, but I see my wifes purse behind her so I assume the remote is in there and the car isn't detecting it because she had thrown it in the back seat when she got in the pax seat. So she just grabs her purse and I hit the button again and the car turns off.

-Then my wife suddenly realizes what has happened. Her keys were in her laptop bag that she took in the house and dropped on the kitchen table when she went in the house!

-But no worries....We go into the appt thinking between the MyChevrolet App (which can unlock the doors and start the car) and maybe OnStar, if needed, we would be fine. WRONG.

-As I remembered too late, when you start with the app, it won't go in gear unless you have the remote. And OnStar? Their only offered option was a tow truck!

So we had to call our daughter for a ride home to get the remote. Not tragic, but not exactly the best use of our time(or self-esteem).

Anyone else experienced this?
A comedy of errors. And a lesson learned! Glad you were able to resolve it with minimal pain.

Never done this myself. My keys are permanently in my pocket it seems.
 

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-So Tuesday night my wife and I had an appt right after we got home from work, so as soon as she pulled up in the Bolt, she ran in for a pee break(as always...haha), leaving the Bolt "running", and I jumped into the drivers seat(my only chance to drive).

-She comes out and as we go to take off and the horn sounds twice, (like it does when we get out somewhere and I have my key in my pocket and she leaves hers in her purse in the car.) We don't quite understand, but we foolishly ignore it because we are in a hurry.

-When we get to our appt, and go to turn it off it, says it can't detect a remote, but I see my wifes purse behind her so I assume the remote is in there and the car isn't detecting it because she had thrown it in the back seat when she got in the pax seat. So she just grabs her purse and I hit the button again and the car turns off.

-Then my wife suddenly realizes what has happened. Her keys were in her laptop bag that she took in the house and dropped on the kitchen table when she went in the house!

-But no worries....We go into the appt thinking between the MyChevrolet App (which can unlock the doors and start the car) and maybe OnStar, if needed, we would be fine. WRONG.

-As I remembered too late, when you start with the app, it won't go in gear unless you have the remote. And OnStar? Their only offered option was a tow truck!

So we had to call our daughter for a ride home to get the remote. Not tragic, but not exactly the best use of our time(or self-esteem).

Anyone else experienced this?
It should have also popped a warning on the display when you first started driving away that there was no longer a remote present.
 

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It should have also popped a warning on the display when you first started driving away that there was no longer a remote present.
I think it very likely popped up on the screen when I heard the horn honk...but then it must have gone away. What's interesting to me is that I didn't think it would LET me drive away with no remote; for theft protection and also to protect us from getting too far away from the needed remote. I drove it about 8 miles, then turned it off myself it ..it didn't turn itself off...I think I could have driven it across the country as long as I never turned it off!

I already admit I was dumb in this case...but....So much for thinking I can leave it on (with the heat or A/C) while I grab a drink at 7-11, and someone can't just jump in and take off in it.
 

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I think it very likely popped up on the screen when I heard the horn honk...but then it must have gone away. What's interesting to me is that I didn't think it would LET me drive away with no remote; for theft protection and also to protect us from getting too far away from the needed remote. I drove it about 8 miles, then turned it off myself it ..it didn't turn itself off...I think I could have driven it across the country as long as I never turned it off!

I already admit I was dumb in this case...but....So much for thinking I can leave it on (with the heat or A/C) while I grab a drink at 7-11, and someone can't just jump in and take off in it.
Sometimes, the best lessons in life are the ones we pay dearly for. You paid that price with having your kid come and rescue you, and then again exposing your mistake here. Glad we were able to leave an unforgettable mark in your memory! It's all good! It could have happened to anyone!
 

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I always wrap a third FOB in foil hidden in the car and have a key stuck outside the car for wonderful moments just like that.
 

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I think it very likely popped up on the screen when I heard the horn honk...but then it must have gone away. What's interesting to me is that I didn't think it would LET me drive away with no remote; for theft protection and also to protect us from getting too far away from the needed remote. I drove it about 8 miles, then turned it off myself it ..it didn't turn itself off...I think I could have driven it across the country as long as I never turned it off!

I already admit I was dumb in this case...but....So much for thinking I can leave it on (with the heat or A/C) while I grab a drink at 7-11, and someone can't just jump in and take off in it.
Yep, Part of the design of their security I don't agree with. The fob is only needed during key-on cycle. Once the Bolt is on, anyone can just break a window and drive away with it.
 

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-So Tuesday night my wife and I had an appt right after we got home from work, so as soon as she pulled up in the Bolt, she ran in for a pee break(as always...haha), leaving the Bolt "running", and I jumped into the drivers seat(my only chance to drive).

-She comes out and as we go to take off and the horn sounds twice, (like it does when we get out somewhere and I have my key in my pocket and she leaves hers in her purse in the car.) We don't quite understand, but we foolishly ignore it because we are in a hurry.

-When we get to our appt, and go to turn it off it, says it can't detect a remote, but I see my wifes purse behind her so I assume the remote is in there and the car isn't detecting it because she had thrown it in the back seat when she got in the pax seat. So she just grabs her purse and I hit the button again and the car turns off.

-Then my wife suddenly realizes what has happened. Her keys were in her laptop bag that she took in the house and dropped on the kitchen table when she went in the house!

-But no worries....We go into the appt thinking between the MyChevrolet App (which can unlock the doors and start the car) and maybe OnStar, if needed, we would be fine. WRONG.

-As I remembered too late, when you start with the app, it won't go in gear unless you have the remote. And OnStar? Their only offered option was a tow truck!

So we had to call our daughter for a ride home to get the remote. Not tragic, but not exactly the best use of our time(or self-esteem).

Anyone else experienced this?
Hope you weren't too far from home... anyway this is surely a "self" correcting problem you will not likely repeat... LOL
 

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I have been curious about key fob stuff exactly like this. I can definitely see my wife locking herself out with her purse and phone inside. If you temporarily remove the mechanical key from the fob can you have it duplicated as a hidden emergency key to open the door in case you get locked out with the driver's fob locked inside the car? Who does the necessary duplication (it looks like a pretty special high-security key)? Can you order one from Chevy? Also does anyone have suggestions re: how/where to hide an emergency key so it can be accessed if needed -- yet still be unobserved by bad guys? I see a fair number of magnetic key boxes for sale on Amazon that would do the job but I'm not sure where to hide them. BTW, I do not have my Bolt EUV yet ... I put a deposit down on a 2023 but I have not heard anything back yet.
 

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I have been curious about key fob stuff exactly like this. I can definitely see my wife locking herself out with her purse and phone inside. If you temporarily remove the mechanical key from the fob can you have it duplicated as a hidden emergency key to open the door in case you get locked out with the driver's fob locked inside the car? Who does the necessary duplication (it looks like a pretty special high-security key)? Can you order one from Chevy? Also does anyone have suggestions re: how/where to hide an emergency key so it can be accessed if needed -- yet still be unobserved by bad guys? I see a fair number of magnetic key boxes for sale on Amazon that would do the job but I'm not sure where to hide them. BTW, I do not have my Bolt EUV yet ... I put a deposit down on a 2023 but I have not heard anything back yet.
I keep my extra key in the car in a "faraday bag." As long as there is a cell signal, I can unlock the car through the app.

To the OP: If you want to leave the car "on" while you run in to 7-11, just remember to press the lock button on the remote. At least someone can't open the door and hop in. Yes, someone could smash a window, but that's always a possibility... they still make them out of glass these days.
 

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I think it very likely popped up on the screen when I heard the horn honk...but then it must have gone away. What's interesting to me is that I didn't think it would LET me drive away with no remote; for theft protection and also to protect us from getting too far away from the needed remote. I drove it about 8 miles, then turned it off myself it ..it didn't turn itself off...I think I could have driven it across the country as long as I never turned it off!

I already admit I was dumb in this case...but....So much for thinking I can leave it on (with the heat or A/C) while I grab a drink at 7-11, and someone can't just jump in and take off in it.
You can get out at 7/11 and leave it "running". Just lock it with the fob to avoid getting it stolen although who would know it was left on? I do have a "AC ON" sign when I leave the dog in the car though.
 

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That is a bad assumption. There have been posts where people have been locked out with the fob in the car.
If you have passive door lock feature turned off it won鈥檛 automatically lock the car with the fob inside. Also I think there is a lockout protection setting to keep the driver鈥檚 door from locking with the fob inside. You can also activate the remote left in vehicle alert to remind you to remove the key fob.
 

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This must be unique to the Bolt. I've done similar things in both my Mercedes and BMW and it wouldn't even let me shift out of park if the key is not in the car. Top Gear did a similar prank with Richard Hammond's Dodge Challenger. They unlocked, started the car and drove it away while the key was in range.
 

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I recall when I had a Bolt EV it was hard to figure out the logic of the car's behavior vs. the change of the location of the fob and the sequence of clicks on it .... too many permutations and some truly unpredictable reactions. Luckily, the frantic error messages and beeps would get clear after completely power-cycling the car (OFF, get out, LOCK, wait, UNLOCK, get into, START - with the fob in the hand or the pocket).

I think GM must have figured that out, because so far the EUV hasn't displayed any nonsensical behavior patterns. Keeping a spare fob in the car is one method of self-rescuing if you managed to drive off w/o the fob, as long as it in a hard-to-find place and wrapped in foil or inside a "Faraday pouch" or something to prevent it from chatting with the car.
 
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