In recent months, an increasing number of burglaries and thefts involving Tesla's electric cars have been reported in the California Bay Area. The Tesla Model 3 became a popular target for thieves due to the increasing numbers on the streets of the state, with offenders taking advantage of a weak point in the electric car.
During the incidents, thieves broke the rear side windows of the vehicles so they could lower the rear seats and overlook the Model 3 trunk. If something in the trunk is considered valuable, the entire rear passenger window could be destroyed to gain access to the vehicle. Elon Musk apparently announced in response to these incidents and reports that Tesla was being damaged unchecked, and announced that the company would introduce Sentry Mode, an upcoming safety feature for the company's electric cars.
Tesla community is waiting for the Internet With the release of Sentry Mode, a Model 3 owner has shared a simple and clever way to possibly ward off attacks on the electric sedan. In a short video posted on YouTube, Tesla community member and home improvement enthusiast Jon Osborne demonstrated how a simple 3D-printed locking mechanism could prevent thieves from gaining access to the trunk of the electric sedan. Osborne shared two designs for its DIY rear seat lock ̵
Both designs of Jon's DIY Rear Seat Lock can be downloaded for free from Thingiverse . The materials for the project, including the 3D printer settings required for the rear seat latch, were also provided by the owner of the Model 3. Overall, Osbourne's DIY design would serve the Tesla community well, at least until the electric car manufacturer can provide a more comprehensive solution to the growing number of vehicle burglaries.
Fortunately, Tesla's Sentry mode provides additional security within a few weeks for the company's beta testers. In a series of tweets, Musk noted that Sentry Mode would trigger Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach – a notable piece of classical music – as soon as the vehicle detects a robbery. Musk later realized that the Metal version of the piece and the Moonlight Sonata would occasionally be played.
Tesla Sentry Mode will play Bach's toccata and fugue during a robbery (and keep buzzer safe) https://t.co/wnS5qLeB2E
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2019
Due to the information provided by Elon Musk, Sentry Mode's main goal seems to attract as much attention as the vehicle detects a threat, such as someone trying to break a window. Musk has yet to announce which systems would be used for the feature, though its tweets suggest that the Sentry mode actually uses video feeds from the vehicle's eight cameras.
Ultimately, Sentry mode could be an extension of the built-in Dashcam feature that Tesla introduced with the introduction of software version 9. The built-in Dashcam function became possible after Tesla technology prepared to introduce the roll system. This feature was provided to Model 3 and S and X models equipped with updated autopilot hardware.
See Jon Osborn's DIY Model 3-Rear Seat Lock Mechanism in the following video.