Tesla’s Sentry Mode Now Gives Drivers Live View Of Their Cars
Tesla has a long time hidden suggests in its code that it gives owners live access to the autopilot cameras of its electric vehicles – now the automaker is finally rolling out the feature. Its latest software update understand a feature called Sentry Mode Live Camera Access, which will allow owners to remotely view the surroundings of their car when it is parked. Sentry mode is Tesla’s integrated surveillance system that uses a 360 dash camera to record damage and any attempted break-in. This has resulted in the arrest of people who have attempted to steal Teslas in the past, but owners have not been able to use it to view their car’s current environment until now.
In its patch notes, Tesla says the live camera feature is end-to-end encrypted and not accessible to the company. To turn it on or off, owners must go to Safety and Security in Controls. According to Electrek, however, owners must have a Premium connectivity subscription to activate live view. The subscription plan gives them access to satellite maps and live traffic visualizations, as well as media streaming and web data browsing. It costs $ 10 per month, but owners can sign up for a free trial before paying for the service.
At the moment, the live camera is only available to iOS users who can view the footage around their cars through the Tesla app. The automaker has unfortunately not yet announced when its Android app will benefit as well.