A photo from a Model 3 owner gave a brief, first glance at the recently released Sentry mode. As it turns out, Tesla's newest protective function contains a very appropriate and cool Easter egg when activated – the dominant purple eye of HAL 9000 from the classic sci-fi film 2001: Cosmic Odyssey .
The Sentry Mode image, while activated, was posted to the u / Spamium r / TeslaMotors subroutine, which was lucky to get the security update today. As stated in the Tesla blog for the feature, Sentry Mode shows a clear warning on the Model 3 central display, with the words "Record," "Sentry Activated," and "Protected by Tesla."
A picture on the Sentry Mode display can be seen below.
The use of the HAL 9000 Easter egg as a headliner for the Sentry Mode display makes sense for the security feature, given the hero's fame in science fiction. 2001: A Space Odyssey The HAL 9000 is AI, which manages the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft. In the course of the film, HAL 9000 becomes more dangerous, resulting in the death of many crew members. AI is depicted in the Sci-Fi Classic as a camera lens containing a yellow or red dot that gives the impression that the computer has an all-seeing eye.
Given the Sentry Mode functions, the red eye of the HAL 9000 is an accurate representation of the security feature. With Sentry turned on, Tesla's electric cars will start recording videos from their camera set, allowing them (I hope) to capture potential thieves in action. Based on Tesla's blog for the recently published feature, it appears that the Tesla community member model was in Signal state when the picture was taken.
On activation, the Sentry mode enters standby by monitoring vehicle environments using the video channel from the external cameras of electric cars. If a minimal threat is detected, the Sentry mode will switch to Alert status, which will show a visible warning on the car's display that the cameras are recording. In the event of a real breakthrough, Sentry mode will enter the Alarm state, which will activate the vehicle's alarms, increase the brightness of the central display to provide glare, and play strong music at maximum volume, attracting as much attention to the electric car.
Once the Sentry Mode enters Alarm status, owners will get a warning about their Tesla mobile app for an incident. After that, the owners will be able to download video from the camera set of their vehicles 10 minutes before the threat is detected. It should be noted that, like the built-in dashcam function, Sentry mode requires a USB device plugged into the car to allow video recording.