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Sentry Mode: Guarding your Tesla

Yesterday, Tesla started rolling out Sentry Mode to further enhance the security of its vehicles. M3 are going to be the ones getting it, followed by MS and MX vehicles that were built after August 2017.

The way it works is it continuously monitors the environment around a car when it’s left unattended and uses the external cameras to detect potential threats. The feature has different states ‘Standby’, ‘Alert’, and ‘Alarm’. ‘Alert’ shows a message in the screen telling the bad guys that cameras are recording and ‘Alarm’ activates the car alarm and notifies the owner that an incident has occurred.

Read more: Tesla


Introducing Dog Mode

Set a cabin temperature to keep your dog comfortable while letting passersby know they don’t need to worry. That dog animation on the screen is really cute!


New date: Select your awards by Feb. 28th

Remember when we said you need to select your awards by April 1st otherwise you’ll lose them? Never mind, do it as soon as possible, as the deadline has changed to February 28th, 2019.

Read more: Tesla support


New iOS Eastern Egg (for Back to the Future fans)

If you happen to be charging your battery when left with 121 miles, a dialog box appears in which you can select to turn «Time Circuits On». The app screen then changes to a whole bunch of Back to the Future references.

Read more: Reddit


Firmware 2019.4 includes blind spot warning chime and mirror auto fold based on location

Tesla released 2019.4 over the weekend to what it seems a small group of Model 3s. The new features are:

  • Blind spot warning chime: In addition to the red line the car, it would also have an audible chime if there is an obstacle in your target lane
  • Auto-Folding mirrors based on location: You can know remember when to fold an unfold your mirrors, perfect for narrow garages!

Read more: Twitter


Tesla is seriously working on service with auto issue detection, towing call/loaner, and stock parts

During the Q4 investors call Elon said that “service is his number one priority”.

“I want to note that one of our major priorities this quarter is improving service operations. Really, from my standpoint, when I think about what my priorities are this quarter, it’s improving service in North America.”

Read more: Electrek


Tesla Model 3 charging at 125-126kw on a 175kw charger

The new CCS superchargers are fast, look the graph of this Model 3 in FastNed (Netherlands).

Read more: Reddit


PSA: Enable «Smart Technology Discount» on Progressive Insurance Policy to save $$

u/pdobb2101 found out that his Progressive Auto Policy gets ~$90 cheaper over my 6-month by activating the «Smart Technology Discount» which basically seems to be a synonym for Automatic Emergency Breaking. This isn’t available in all states, so check the Reddit post to know if your state is in the list. Thanks u/pdobb2101 for sharing!

Read more: Reddit


Great comparison of Autopilot latest version vs. previous version


What the acronym?

As Tesla fan, I find myself sometimes having to remember what are all those acronyms, here is a list of the ones you can find in this issue.

  • M3 - Model 3
  • MS - Model S
  • MX - Model X
  • CCS - Combined Charging System
  • PSA - Public Service Announcement

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