Tesla introduces Sentry Mode

By CRM Staff

Toronto, Ontario — February 14, 2019 — Tesla is further enhancing vehicle security with the introduction of its new safety system ‘Sentry Mode.’

Once enabled, Sentry Mode enters a standby state that utilizes the vehicle’s external cameras to detect potential threats. The system is then able to organize potential disturbances by categorizing them based on risk level. If a minimal threat is detected, as in the case of someone leaning on a vehicle, Sentry Mode will switch into an ‘Alert’ state, displaying a message on the car’s touch screen warning that its camera is recording. In the case of a more serious threat, such as someone breaking into a vehicle, Sentry Mode will switch into an ‘Alarm’ state, which activates the car alarm, increases the brightness of the centre display, and plays music at maximum volume from the vehicle’s audio system.

In the event that the vehicle switches into ‘Alarm’ state, the owner will receive an alert from their Tesla mobile app notifying them that an incident has occurred. Tesla owners will be able to download a video recording of the incident, which begins 10 minutes prior to the time the threat was detected, by inserting a formatted USB drive into their car before they enable Sentry Mode.

Drivers can enable Sentry Mode by going to Controls> Safety and Security> Sentry Mode. The feature is now available for U.S. Model 3 vehicles, followed by Model S and Model X vehicles that were built after August 2017.

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