Tesla Sentry Mode catches deliberate attack against Model 3, vandal arrested



A Tesla Model 3 owner is devoting the movie recording capabilities of Sentry Mode after it captured a shocking act of vandalism against his electric car. As could be seen in footage from the security attribute, a girl stealthily yet aggressively keyed the Model 3 because she was ushering her children inside a Dodge Journey SUV, leading to deep scratches to the vehicle’s body panels.

A short clip of the incident was shared on YouTube by Rafael “Teslatino“ Santoni, who noted in a conversation with Teslarati that while the incident definitely appeared premeditated, the Model 3 owner could not determine the woman ’s motivation for the attack. The damage from the incident was quoted at $900 in repair costs by a third party body store.

Fortunately for the Model 3 proprietor, the footage from Sentry Mode managed to capture the entire incident, and it featured a very clear shot of the girl ’s face. With her individuality determined, the attack was promptly reported to the authorities, who later arrested the girl on vandalism charges. It remains to be seen if she will be required to pay for the damages she caused to the Model 3.

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Perhaps more remarkable was that the Tesla owner appeared to have had an inkling that his automobile was about to get vandalized. A day before the attack, the Model 3 owner found a small yet worrisome scrape his car, which resulted in him rushing to a store to purchase a 32 GB memory stick. When he parked his vehicle on a Friday, he made sure that Sentry Mode was active. As it turned out, the Tesla owner’s intuition was correct.

Tesla’s Sentry Mode uses the electric cars’ suite of cameras to record footage around the automobile. Once triggered, Sentry Mode enters its Standby state, where it monitors the electric car’s surroundings. Following this is the Alert state, where the vehicle displays a warning on its screen that says footage is being recorded. In the event of a break-in, Sentry Mode enters the Alarm state, where it blares music at maximum volume while engaging the vehicle’s lights in an attempt to draw attention.

While remarkable for their technology and performance, Tesla’s electric vehicles remain polarizing to some groups of people. Attacks on Teslas have been recorded before, such as a road rage incident against a Model 3 that resulted in an instant karma crash, in addition to an unfortunate incident involving vandals and a Supercharger. Some electric car owners have also found themselves becoming victim to acts colloquially called ICE-ing, which refers to gas-powered cars (intentionally or unintentionally) blocking access to charging channels.

Watch a vandal attack a Tesla Model 3 at the movie below.

The article Tesla Sentry Mode catches deliberate attack against Model 3, vandal arrested appeared initially on TESLARATI.

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