Tesla Vehicles have been suffering from a spate a break ins in recent months. In an attempt to reduce the number of break in’s the company is rolling out a new software update which includes Tesla Sentry Mode.
All Tesla vehicles include the hardware necessary for Auto Pilot as standard, even if the owner hasn’t purchased the Auto Pilot package. This consists of multiple cameras, radars and sensors placed all around the vehicle. It is this hardware and technology that makes Tesla Sentry Mode possible via and over the air software update.
So what is Sentry Mode and what does it do to help prevent break ins and thefts of your Tesla vehicle, rather than us go into the details we have included the press release from the Tesla Blog.
“According to federal statistics, there was an estimated one motor vehicle theft or attempted theft every 40.8 seconds in the United States in 2017— and that doesn’t even include the vast number of car break-ins that happen nationwide. To further enhance the security of our vehicles and give our customers additional peace of mind, today we’re starting to roll out a new safeguard – Sentry Mode – to protect against break-ins and theft.
Tesla Sentry Mode adds a unique layer of protection to Tesla vehicles by continuously monitoring the environment around a car when it’s left unattended. When enabled, Sentry Mode enters a “Standby” state, like many home alarm systems, which uses the car’s external cameras to detect potential threats. If a minimal threat is detected, such as someone leaning on a car, Sentry Mode switches to an “Alert” state and displays a message on the touchscreen warning that its cameras are recording. If a more severe threat is detected, such as someone breaking a window, Sentry Mode switches to an “Alarm” state, which activates the car alarm, increases the brightness of the center display, and plays music at maximum volume from the car’s audio system.
If a car switches to “Alarm” state, owners will also receive an alert from their Tesla mobile app notifying them that an incident has occurred. They’ll be able to download a video recording of an incident (which begins 10 minutes prior to the time a threat was detected) by inserting a formatted USB drive into their car before they enable Sentry Mode.
Tesla Sentry Mode must be enabled each time a driver wants to use the feature by going to Controls > Safety & Security > Sentry Mode. The feature will begin rolling out today to U.S. Model 3 vehicles, followed by Model S and Model X vehicles that were built after August 2017.
While no alarm system can prevent against all vehicle thefts, break-ins and threats, we hope that with Sentry Mode and our other security features, your Tesla will be even more secure.”
The latest software update also includes Tesla Dog Mode, which is designed to keeps your pets safe whilst alone in the car and to let passers by know that you haven’t left them alone for long.