Elon Musk thinks of everything.
If you want a new feature added to your Tesla, it appears the best course of action is to tweet company CEO Elon Musk. Musk has been criticized for sharing too many details on Twitter but many great additions to Tesla's lineup have come because of the CEO's connection to owners on social media.
One such addition includes a dash camera feature, which takes advantage of the car's previously installed Autopilot cameras. In the owner's manual, Tesla gives a description of this feature: "You can now record and store video footage captured by the car’s forward facing camera onto a USB flash drive. Note that you must manually add a base level folder in the flash drive called "TeslaCam” (without quotation marks) before it can be used for Dashcam. Refer to the owner’s manual for details on how to use Dashcam.”
Dashcams are incredibly useful devices, which can provide proof of a hit and run or other types of accidents. The only downside is the devices need to be installed into the car and are never truly integrated. By using the previously existing cameras in the car, Tesla has massively improved the ease of having a dashcam.
The Tesla boss has now gone on Twitter to announce a further improvement to Tesla's dashcam system. A Model 3 owner tweeted Musk the message, "Found this monster dent this morning, right in front of the rear-facing cameras. Really wish there was 360 dashcam feature while parked."
Musk replied by saying, "Sentry Mode coming soon for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot." The update will come over-the-air for all Tesla cars equipped with Autopilot 2.0+ hardware. Once enabled, owners will have access to a 360-degree dashcam capable of recording the last 10 minutes of activity. So the next time someone hits your car with a shopping cart and doesn't leave a note, the dashcam will record it giving you the chance to follow up on the accident.