Why is a Tesla so hard to steal?
London, November 3 – Tesla’s statistics never cease to amaze. In addition to breaking sales records worldwide, the American automaker also stands out as the manufacturer with the fewest number of cars stolen. Its latest models, the Model 3 and Model Y, are known for being virtually theft-proof. this is the reason.
The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are the two vehicles with the fewest theft claims in the United States, according to the latest statistics from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). These two models come ahead of the Volvo XC90, XC40 and
When it comes to stealing a car, there are two main challenges: getting into the car and then starting it. Tesla has developed tremendous security solutions for every conceivable scenario.
First of all, Tesla offers its customers Sentry Mode, designed to monitor any suspicious activity near their car. The car’s external cameras and sensors remain alert, recording any unexpected activity. If this happens, the car owner is immediately alerted via his smartphone, keeping in mind that the car alarm may also go off and the headlights may flash. In all cases, images of the event are recorded on a USB stick connected to the vehicle. Obviously, this type of system has everything it takes to discourage a thief from breaking in, by breaking a window or forcing the door open, for example. Moreover, it is also possible to communicate with thieves and scare them away remotely via the car’s speaker.
In all cases, an alarm will sound automatically if a locked door is opened without a valid key. It can be turned off by your key fob, key card or Tesla app. Finally, intrusion sensors can be added to the cabin as an option. It is also worth noting that every Tesla car produced since 2021 is equipped with an internal camera, which can record everything that happens inside the car. This means that any thief can be photographed without his knowledge, and then identified by the police.
In fact, to get into a Tesla normally, you need the key on your smartphone (which connects to the car via Bluetooth). This is the preferred solution for most of the brand’s customers. However, others can choose the contactless keycard option. If, despite everything, the thief gains access to the car, he should still be able to start it. Here again, Tesla provides additional security with a four-digit “PIN to Drive” code, making it necessary to enter the code before starting the car. Under these circumstances, even experienced thieves cannot hope to successfully steal this type of car.
If someone gains control of a Tesla that does not belong to them, its owner can locate and track the car from its dedicated mobile application. In fact, it is easy for law enforcement agencies to locate a stolen Tesla, as it can be tracked. However, once a vehicle has left its country of origin – as is the case in many cases of theft – it becomes difficult to involve local authorities and hopes of recovering it may be slim.
However, Tesla’s security systems are not infallible, and the automaker has already challenged (and, in some cases, paid) hackers to identify the slightest security flaw in its systems, which it later fixed. With the exception of a few computer geniuses, not many thieves will be able to get into the first Tesla they see. Note that the Model S and Model
Tesla may be at the forefront of security, but it’s not the only automaker combating theft by digitizing the traditional key. The digital key protocol has now been adopted by the majority of car manufacturers, from BMW and Volkswagen to Hyundai, Mercedes and Renault in their latest models. Thanks to non-contact communication (NFC) technology, you can unlock your car from your smartphone or smart watch. What’s more, this system can usually be shared with multiple people — family members, colleagues, or friends. — ETX Studio