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Audio messages from the passenger compartment: Don’t touch me, I’m a Tesla!

What would you do if you were looking at a nice car, maybe a Jaguar E-Type, and it told you not to come so close, please? Many people would certainly shrink back at first and wonder whether KITT has risen again. But it is not.




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Instead, it will probably be a Tesla whose driver uses the remote function and built-in cameras to guard the area around his car. Since last week, these can also be queried via mobile communications. This function called Sentry Mode Live Camera Access (roughly: surveillance mode with live camera access) is intended to increase the safety of the driver by enabling him to find out in advance about possible dangers when boarding the vehicle.

However, he can also use the opposite direction using the loudspeaker under the car. His voice is distorted so that it hardly allows any conclusions to be drawn about the owner. The function is only available for iPhones with the Tesla app and during live playback of the Tesla cameras; recorded videos cannot be called up via it.

Only the Tesla models built since 2019 have a loudspeaker because the American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had requested it as a warning system for pedestrians. Since last year, Tesla drivers have also been able to use their own horn signals and pedestrian warnings via the boombox feature. A Tesla user has the function shown in a short Twitter video.


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