A Tesla Cybertruck, parked with its Sentry Mode activated, has unveiled a distinct graphic for the Tesla surveillance system. This revelation isn’t entirely surprising, considering the Cybertruck’s unique user interface, as showcased in a previous leak.
Tesla’s Sentry Mode utilizes the car’s onboard cameras to continuously monitor its surroundings and notify the owner when necessary. It also records video streams from these cameras, which can be used as evidence by authorities in case of security incidents. This feature has proven to be highly effective in enhancing the security of Tesla vehicles and has been instrumental in catching thieves and vandals. Moreover, insurance companies find it valuable, particularly in hit-and-run cases.
Sentry Mode was introduced by Tesla in 2019 as a response to a series of incidents targeting its electric vehicles in the United States. Initially, activating Sentry Mode displayed an icon on the car’s center screen that was inspired by HAL 9000 from the science fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, has a playful side, and he often draws inspiration from iconic games and movies for his products. Over time, the icon was refined to resemble the central lights on the turrets from the Portal video game series.
In the case of the Cybertruck, Tesla has departed from the Portal-inspired graphic. Instead, a new Sentry Mode icon features an owl on the center screen, accompanied by the words “Sentry Activated.” This owl graphic is unique to the Cybertruck and has a design that incorporates the vehicle’s distinct polygonal styling.
This updated Sentry Mode icon has garnered positive feedback, with many appreciating the fresh design. The same owl graphic is available on the “Men’s Cybertruck Owl Tee” in Tesla’s official shop, making it a popular item among fans.
In a recent security incident, an employee of a Russian transport company gained access to a Cybertruck that was being transported on a trailer. The individual had the car’s key card and interacted with the screen, revealing a new infotainment interface with updated graphics and a unique battery icon featuring ten slanted lines. The interface also included a new app launcher located on the left side of the screen. This incident offered a glimpse of Tesla’s ongoing efforts to improve and enhance its products, even in terms of security and user interfaces.
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