A Tesla Model 3 owner thanks the video recording capability of Sentry Mode after it has taken a shocking act of vandalism against its electric car. As one could see in photographs from the safety feature, a woman unfortunately still hit the key to model 3 aggressively, as she held onto her children in a Dodge Journey SUV, resulting in deep scratches on the vehicle's body panels.
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Fortunately for the Model 3 owner, the recording from Sentry Mode was able to capture the whole event and it contained a clear shot of the woman's face. With its identity determined, the attack was immediately reported to the police, who later arrested the woman on vandalism charges. It remains to be seen whether she will be obliged to pay for the damages she caused to model 3.
Perhaps more remarkable was that the owner of Tesla seemed to have been blinking that his vehicle would be vandalized. One day before the attack, the Model 3 owner found a small but worrying scraper on his car, which resulted in him rushing to a store to buy a 32 GB memory stick. When he parked his vehicle on a Friday, he made sure Sentry Mode was active. As it turned out, the Tesla owner's intuition was right.
Teslas Sentry Mode uses the electric car's series of cameras to record images around the vehicle. When enabled, Sentry Mode is sent in its standby state where it monitors the environment of the electric car. After that, the Alert state is where the vehicle displays a warning on the screen indicating that image material is being recorded. In the event of a burglary, Sentry Mode enters the alarm state, where it blows music at maximum volume while plugging in the vehicle's light in an attempt to attract attention.
Tesla's electric vehicles remain polarizing for some groups of people, while being remarkable for their technology and performance. Attacks on Teslas have previously been recorded, including a racial accident against a model 3 that resulted in an immediate karma crash, as well as an unfortunate incident of vandals and a supercharger. Some electric car owners have also been found to be victims of acts known as iCE-ing, which refers to gas-powered cars (intentionally or unintentionally) blocking access to charging stations.
See a vandal attack a Tesla Model 3 in the video below.