Tesla set to roll out awesome new Sentry Mode feature

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Tesla is set to roll out an awesome new feature with Sentry Mode, allowing owners to watch the video clip recorded by the car on their phone.

Sentry Mode is a security feature on Tesla vehicles that records instances and events that occur near the car. It has helped solve things as simple as petty vandalism, like keying, and even liability in accidents.

For years, it has been available on Tesla vehicles. Yet, people are still not aware of this capability and continue to commit crimes on the cars, not realizing they are being recorded.

For a while, though, the clips recorded by Sentry mode have not been available for viewing remotely. Instead, they are able to be watched in a car, or on a laptop or computer through the use of a USB device.

Now, it appears remote Sentry Mode clips are on the way, according to an app de-compile performed by Tesla App Updates:

It appears the feature will be available on iOS, Apple’s operating system. There is no word on whether the feature will be present on Android or other operating systems.

Sentry Mode has gone through numerous improvements through the years, including more refined incident detection to better detect vehicle break-ins.

Additionally, in February 2024, former SVP of Powertrain Drew Baglino said that Tesla was working to improve Sentry Mode battery consumption, which owners have complained about.

Although the security feature is handy and somewhat necessary, it takes a lot of battery life to operate, and some complained of excessive vampire drain.

“Sentry Mode power consumption needs improvement,” Baglino said. “The team is working to reduce by ~40% in a Q2 software update.

Tesla will roll out both remote Sentry Mode viewing and battery consumption improvements this quarter.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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