A Tesla Model 3 owner thanks the video recording capabilities of Sentry Mode after taking a shocking act of vandalism against his electric car. As it could be seen in the movie from the security feature, a woman was still aggressively typed in Model 3 when she was ushering her children into a Dodge Journey SUV, resulting in deep scratches on the car's body panels.
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Fortunately for the Model 3 owner, the footage from Sentry Mode was able to capture the whole incident and it contained a clear shot of the woman's face. With their identity determined, the attack was immediately reported to the police, who later arrested the woman on vandalism costs. It remains to be seen whether she will be required to pay for the compensation she caused to model 3.
Perhaps more remarkable was that the Tesla owner seemed to have had a curl as his vehicle was about to be vandalized. One day before the attack, the Model 3 owner found a small but unlucky scraper on the car, which led him to go to a store to buy 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 car's series of cameras to capture images around the car. When enabled, Sentry Mode enters standby mode, monitoring the environment of the electric car. After this, the Alert state, where the vehicle displays a warning on the screen showing that recording is being recorded. At burglary, Sentry Mode enters the alarm state, where it flips music to maximum volume while driving the car's light in an attempt to attract attention.
While remarkable for their technology and performance, Tesla's electric vehicle remains polarizing to some groups of people. Attacks on Teslas have been registered earlier, including a racial incident against a model 3 that resulted in an immediate karma accident, as well as an unfortunate accident with vandals and a supercharger. Some electric car owners have also found themselves to be victims of acts that in many cases are known as ICE-ing, which refers to gasoline-powered cars (intentionally or unintentionally) blocking access to charging stations.
See a vandal attack a Tesla Model 3 in the video below.