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Tesla rolls out Sentry Mode update for Model X and Model S

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Tesla’s Sentry Mode has finally arrived for Model X and Model S owners under variant 2019.8.3. The all-electric car maker’s latest security that has been released for Model 3 vehicles, and a picture posted by Model X owner u/frank_datank_ on Reddit affirms the feature has been expanded to the all-electric SUV.

Sentry Mode was recently launched by Tesla via over-the-air updates to improve and complement the existing security features and options for its vehicles like GPS tracking and the Enhanced Anti-Theft Device cabin movement sensor. When triggered, the owner is alerted via the Tesla mobile app, video footage is recorded, and in case of an intrusion, full-volume music is performed to attract attention to the car.

A picture of this Model X Sentry Mode display can be seen below. The only difference apparent between the it and the Model 3 variant is the driver’s display can also be turned on along with the center touchscreen, something likely to be corrected in future software updates.

Tesla Model X with Sentry Mode triggered. | Credit: u/frank_datank_/Reddit
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Sentry Mode is a robust security system using Tesla vehicles’ suite of sensors, lights, and speakers to not only provide improved vehicle safety, but to address the serious problem of targeted break-ins. A rise in theft reports by Tesla owners during the previous year led to the suspicion that the vehicles were being chosen as a result of the highly valuable content left inside, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. The California-manufactured electric cars had a particular weak spot enticing the action — the rear quarter window — which finally resulted in the launch of Sentry Mode.

The severe nature of Tesla’s latest security attribute was still significantly influenced by the company’s fun-loving CEO Elon Musk. As an avid science fiction and pop culture fan, Musk had a HAL-9000 Easter Egg included as a part of Sentry Mode’s performance in tribute to the villainous artificial intelligence system featured in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. When Sentry Mode is turned on, the Tesla center touchscreen displays the computer, complete with its ominous red “eye. ”

Additionally, the choice for Sentry Mode to perform Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor at full volume after detecting an intrusion is also keeping with Musk’s goal of making Tesla’s “the most fun thing (people) could possibly ever purchase. ” Both Sentry Mode and its alarm’s musical selection were declared by Musk via Twitter.

Sentry Mode’s coming in the Model X and Model S is a welcome one if its theft events aren’t as common as Tesla’s sedans. The feature additionally can help identify and mitigate other safety issues like hit and run incidents. Once a car enters the “Alarm” state after event detection, owners receive an alert from their Tesla mobile app and a video beginning 10 minutes prior to the event can be downloaded. Tesla also rolled out the capability to send Sentry Mode’s footage to business servers for temporary backup, making sure video capture even if thieves manage to remove the external USB utilized to save footage in a robbery.

Here’s a video of Sentry Mode for your Model S and Model X.

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