Guard Your Cookies! Tesla Sentry Mode: Video

FEB 20 2019 BY MARK KANE 17

“Me want cookie! Me eat cookie!”

Tesla just released a new video explaining how the new Sentry Mode helps to guard your trunk… cookies from… Cookie Monster. It’s no joke.

The new software feature is available for Model 3, and soon also Model S and Model X vehicles that were built after August 2017. Anyone trying to break will be treated to a pretty loud concert.

About the Sentry Mode:

According to federal statistics, there was an estimated one motor vehicle theft or attempted theft every 40.8 seconds in the United States in 2017— and that doesn’t even include the vast number of car break-ins that happen nationwide. To further enhance the security of our vehicles and give our customers additional peace of mind, today we’re starting to roll out a new safeguard – Sentry Mode – to protect against break-ins and theft.

Sentry Mode adds a unique layer of protection to Tesla vehicles by continuously monitoring the environment around a car when it’s left unattended. When enabled, Sentry Mode enters a “Standby” state, like many home alarm systems, which uses the car’s external cameras to detect potential threats. If a minimal threat is detected, such as someone leaning on a car, Sentry Mode switches to an “Alert” state and displays a message on the touchscreen warning that its cameras are recording. If a more severe threat is detected, such as someone breaking a window, Sentry Mode switches to an “Alarm” state, which activates the car alarm, increases the brightness of the center display, and plays music at maximum volume from the car’s audio system.

If a car switches to “Alarm” state, owners will also receive an alert from their Tesla mobile app notifying them that an incident has occurred. They’ll be able to download a video recording of an incident (which begins 10 minutes prior to the time a threat was detected) by inserting a formatted USB drive into their car before they enable Sentry Mode.

Sentry Mode must be enabled each time a driver wants to use the feature by going to Controls > Safety & Security > Sentry Mode. The feature will begin rolling out today to U.S. Model 3 vehicles, followed by Model S and Model X vehicles that were built after August 2017.

While no alarm system can prevent against all vehicle thefts, break-ins and threats, we hope that with Sentry Mode and our other security features, your Tesla will be even more secure.

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This used to be called ‘a car alarm’. Now it has a sexy new name! Snark aside, the fact that it is a zero cost software update is what is really great about it. Can’t wait to see the data on how much battery it draws. Anyone care to guess how many watts the computers need to stay on? I’m going to guess 200 watts so you’ll lose 1KwH of charge every 5 hours, which would not be a big deal.

Between 150-400 Wh is my guess as well depending on how discharged your 12v is to start with.

150-400 for what time?

He said Wh, so that would be a hour 🙂

Tesla estimates that there will be a combined loss between Sentry Mode and normal battery discharge of about 3 to 4% per day. This is why a driver must select Sentry Mode when parking the car. Also, the car will not allow Sentry Mode if the state of charge is less than 20%.

You must have had one heck of a car alarm. because I can’t find any on Amazon that begin taking video of you from side and front cameras when you approach the car, and then set off the alarm when you bang on the glass. And I haven’t even bothered trying to find an alarm that blasts the stereo system inside the car so that the thief can’t handle the noise.

So snark aside, I’m pretty impressed by an alarm system that not only offers motion detection, sound detection, video recording from multiple cameras and sonic blasts, not to mention it is free.

In addition, it will notify the owner so that he can rush out to the car with the shotgun loaded and ready to fire.

200 watts for a computer to stay online?! An ultrabook laptop uses less than 45 watts, gaming laptops use less than 125 watts.

I think the intel atom e3800 series that is used is under 12 watts, not sure about other components energy usage.

Just another celebrity staging a crime for attention.

Be glad you have not met the Cookie Monster. I worked with the fiend a few times when I sold cookies at Mrs. Fields. What a prima donna! He/she/it would walk in all pretentious and demand “Cookie! Cookie! Cookie!” without the least bit of courtesy. Cookie Monster wouldn’t even say “Hi” or “How’s it goin’.”

Usually, only someone from his entourage would pay, because the “Cookie Monster doesn’t carry cash.” What a d*ck.

Are you calling the cookie monster trash?

Terrible car!

That alarm system isn’t even the beginning of the terribleness! I heard that it even stalls at gas stations. Most people don’t even know it’s coming up behind them. All of those cameras have to be cleaned with goat skin and saffron oil.

The real problem is that Teslas don’t sell and the entire brand is headed towards bankwuptcy.

LOL, I think your most excellent humor probably escapes the comprehension of the paid Russian troll!


Terrible post!

That is adorable!