If another person isn't watching, your Tesla probably is.
Having "eyes on the back of one's head" is an adage that now appropriately applies to the modern vehicle. The obligatory rearview camera was just the beginning; now, many vehicles have dashcams and multiple, 360-degree camera systems that allow us to capture reckless drivers and add credibility to insurance claims. The latest instance of a vehicle camera proving useful involved a stationary Tesla. In the short video below, a would-be thief decides to abandon his attempt to break into the car once he realizes he was being caught on camera. According to Teslarati, the vehicle involved was a Model 3.
In the short, eight-second clip, the maskless man bends down between the Tesla Model 3 and an SUV. After briefly trying to tug at the Tesla's door handle, he soon notices the camera that forms part of the car's Sentry Mode system, before fleeing the scene. The look of dismay on his face at the moment he realizes he's been caught on camera was amusing to many on social media, but for this Model 3 owner, it must be a relief to know that his vehicle wasn't broken into or stolen. Tesla's Sentry Mode functions much like a home alarm system, constantly monitoring the vehicle's surrounds via numerous cameras to pick up on potential threats.
Sentry Mode has both Alert and Alarm states. The first one, Alert, will respond to situations such as someone leaning on the vehicle. The Alarm state is for more obvious threats such as a broken window, in which case there will be an audible alarm. While the Tesla's tech impressively thwarted this recent break-in attempt, it's not the most humiliating experience a thief has had with a Tesla. Last year, an attempted carjacking went awry for the offender when a Tesla owner was able to trap him inside the stationary vehicle via his smartphone. As more automakers use technology in inventive ways, thieves will have a much tougher time making off with your vehicle than they have in the past.