Tesla, the leading electric car manufacturer, is facing a serious cybersecurity problem. Recent reports suggest that a bug in the company’s app has enabled a Tesla owner to gain access to another vehicle without permission. In one incident in US, a Tesla owner realized that he could unlock another Tesla vehicle, because of a bug in the app. The driver, who could unlock any Tesla model he wanted was also able to start the engine of the vehicle.
In March, a driver named Rajesh Randev who was using his Tesla vehicle experienced an unusual glitch. Randev tried to use the Tesla app to gain access into what he believed was his Model 3 car. However, while on his way to collect his children from school, Randev noticed a crack in the windshield that he had no prior knowledge of. When he got out of the car and checked the license plate, he saw that it didn’t match his own car’s plate number.
The car is back at his rightful owner
Randev was successful in returning the Tesla model to its legitimate owner. Despite reporting the incident to the police without any immediate response, it gained attention on social media after the police report was publicized.
Currently, Tesla is working diligently to address this issue and find a solution to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future. This mistake could have caused serious legal issues for him if he had driven off in the wrong vehicle.
The Tesla application provides various features that include operating the climate control, monitoring the battery, and unlocking the vehicle. However, in order to access the app, one must be directly paired with their own car which raises uncertainty as to how Randev is able to operate a different vehicle.
Rajesh Randev contacted Tesla regarding this issue, but unfortunately, did not get any response.