I’ve never used valet parking in my life. But, do modern connected vehicles have the ability to “geo-fence” using the GPS function so that your vehicle would only operate in a smaller geographic footprint? I suppose you cannot let the vehicle completely shut down if it goes outside of the ‘boundaries’. But, it could be placed in a reduced propulsion mode. It would discourage the valet joy-riding concern. This may be an already established feature as I am completely naive with all things ‘valet’.
For a “valet mode” on the Aptera I suppose it could display a very obvious options screen: Park, forward, reverse, on/off… and not much more.
Add to “valet mode” 25MPH / 40 KPH speed limit and limited acceleration. With that restriction geofencing may not be necessary. Limited screen access is also a necessity. Those two should be easy to implement and maybe all that’s needed.
Michael M, Most established restaurants that do offer valet hire a service for the parking. These are well insured companies. Once you hand off your keys…it’s their responsibility and their insurance should cover you. My son worked for a valet company, he would cover many restaurant and banquet facilities throughout Chicago.
Wait, scratch that…he will not be driving my APTERA!
Most valets allow one to self-park if there is some reason (such as a never-before-seen car). I still ask to self-park my Tesla, although they are as common as Camrys in some neighborhoods. Aptera? No, I think not, unless I see several ahead of me. (Some day!)