Hacking Tesla App Gives Model 3 Owner Free Ride

Realizing His Mistake

Last week, unfortunate circumstances led to a Vancouver resident falling victim to an unwitting incident of car theft. Immigration Consultant Rajesh Randev, who lives with his spouse and young children in the city, spoke with Global News regarding his peculiar experience which has left both himself and the legitimate owner perplexed.

Randev mentioned he was in a rush the previous day as he had to retrieve his kids from school. As he walked up to his automobile, he discovered an equivalent Tesla with the identical trim and color parked next to it. He then utilized the Tesla app, entered his vehicle, and started driving away, soon enough realizing that somehow he had been able to get into somebody else’s car and ride off.

It’s no mystery that the keyless mobile application used by Tesla has not been dependable in allowing people access to their sedan. The said system, on paper, is supposed to be a more convenient way of entering one’s vehicle. Unfortunately, in reality, it’s caused drivers who count on its usage to be abandoned. Up til now, we have never heard an account of this app unintentionally unlocking someone else’s car.

“Apparently, I found some glitch,” Randev told the publication. “I was able to gain access to that person’s car, but when I began driving it, I noticed there was a crack on the windshield.”

Rajesh was driving down the road when he noticed something strange – his car charger was missing. This made him immediately reach for his phone to call his wife, but she had no idea what had happened. Puzzled, he continued on his journey, only to discover that other items in the car were not where they usually were. Suddenly, he received a text from an unknown number, asking “Rajesh, are you driving [my] Tesla?”

Randev was surprised to discover he was driving the incorrect car. Stopping to take a closer look, he noticed the wheels weren’t the same as those on his own car. Increasingly apprehensive, he phoned the registered owner and explained the situation; he then braved the commute back with his children in tow. When they arrived, the original driver had kindly waited there for them. Thankfully, all worked out without incident.

“We couldn’t help but laugh,” he continued. “I still called the police, though. They told me they have my account of events, but since nothing happened, they weren’t able to give me a file number. They said that if something did happen, I should contact them and they’d investigate.”

Apparently, the other owner managed to discern Randev’s identity and phone number from a slip of paper glimpsed through the window. Had he not been able to do so, who knows how much longer this episode might have endured; as Randev commented that it had already gone on for an hour and a half.

We are elated to know that the blunder did not bring about any prompt unfavorable repercussions. Yet, it is of great concern if the error in question truly began from the Tesla app.

Randev has claimed that he tried to contact Tesla about the problem and presented video evidence, with the words: “The corporate email in North America says the mailbox is full,” coming directly from him. However, he has been unable to get through as not all of his emails were delivered.

Potentially devastating; this is what you wouldn’t want to hear when your $50,000 car might be in danger. Previous incidents have demonstrated the easiness of stealings with regard to Teslas; utilizing the key fob and exploiting the phone’s closeness to the automobile.

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