Tesla has started rolling out Sentry Mode preferences to its vehicles, giving owners more control of their electric cars’ built-in security system. The new Sentry Mode options were reported by Tesla owners whose vehicles recently received the company’s 2019.16.2 firmware update.
Screenshots shared by the Tesla community show that Sentry Mode now has location-based activation options. Among these are “Exclude Home,” “Exclude Work,” and “Exclude Preferences.” These options will likely be appreciated by Tesla owners, as they could be assured that their vehicles will not trigger the security system while it is parked in places like their garage.
Tesla has been improving Sentry Mode since releasing the camera-based security system earlier this year. For example, initial iterations of Sentry Mode required Tesla owners to manually activate the security feature every time they leave their vehicle. Later versions of Sentry Mode improved this, by having the system enable when the car is put into Park.
Activating Sentry Mode has become easier as well, with a dedicated button being placed on the vehicles’ infotainment screens. New voice commands, including a Rick and Morty Easter Egg that involves users activating the security system with the phrase “Keep Summer Safe,” has also been introduced.
Tesla has used location-based data for its vehicles’ features in the past. Among these include Smart Air Suspension for the Model S and Model X, which allows the Model S and Model X to change their ride height depending on their location, as well as auto folding mirrors for the Model 3.
Sentry Mode was rolled out by the electric car maker partly as a response to a string of break-ins seemingly targeting Tesla’s electric vehicles. In true Elon Musk fashion, the security system includes several pop culture references, including the glowing red “eye” of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s AI villain, HAL 9000, which informs people that the vehicle is recording footage.
It has only been a few months since Sentry Mode was released, but the system had already proven itself to be incredibly useful for Tesla owners. Since its release, Sentry has helped identify individuals vandalizing or breaking into the company’s vehicles, including a person deliberately keying a Model 3 in broad daylight, as well as a politician who opted to drive away after scratching a Tesla in a parking lot, to name a few.
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Author: Simon Alvarez