Tesla owners can now remotely stream live images from their car’s cameras

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Tesla’s Sentry Mode, the feature that uses the car’s cameras as a surveillance system to catch potential thieves and vandals, has been upgraded to allow owners to view a live feed, Electrek reports. The “Sentry Mode Live Camera Access” feature is rolled out with Tesla’s software update 2021.36.8, but currently only appears to work with the manufacturer’s iOS app. An Android version has not yet been confirmed.

“You can now remotely view the surroundings of your car when it is parked to confirm the safety of your surroundings before returning to your car,” is how Tesla’s release notes describe the new feature. This is a significant upgrade for the vehicle’s Sentry Mode feature, which was originally released in 2019. Although there has been workarounds, Sentry mode has so far recorded footage locally, which is great for having an incident recording after the fact, but doesn’t give much clue as to what’s going on in your car right now. In a tweetCEO Elon Musk adds that the feature also allows owners to talk remotely through the car’s speakerphone when activated.

The functionality is included with Tesla’s premium connectivity subscription, which costs $ 10 per month after a first free trial (currently 30 days for Model 3 and Y purchases, and one year for Model S and X). Other features of the Premium Connectivity feature include access to video and music streaming services through the in-car infotainment center, as well as other features such as live traffic viewing.

According to Tesla’s release notes, images streamed from the car are end-to-end encrypted, meaning only you can see the footage. Just watch out for increased battery drain, which Tesla owners have reported. may increase when using Sentinel mode.

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