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Sentry mode without lights

Sentry mode without lights

Is there any way to deactivate the lights coming on every time someone walks past the car?
Conscious that people might then notice it, think it's unlocked and try to break in.
Also quite annoying that the lights come on every time it thinks there's a event as I park it in an underground car park where some people walk past.

Sentry mode is a great feature, just wish there was some way to disable the lights coming on when recording.

TeslaTap.com | 23 septembre 2019

Nope - it's all or nothing.

EVRider | 23 septembre 2019

The headlights are just the car’s way of saying “hey, I’m keeping my eyes on you.” :-)

rajan900 | 24 septembre 2019

That's a shame....it means that more people then notice the car and want to have a look at/in the car which increases the likelihood of a break-in

rkalbiarEV | 24 septembre 2019

Agreed. I prefer this not happen... maybe someday.

EVRider | 24 septembre 2019

@rajan900: You worry too much.

rajan900 | 24 septembre 2019

@Evrider unfortunately previous experience tells me I don't worry enough! :(

calvin940 | 24 septembre 2019

I think the lights makes the likelihood of a breakin less. If they are aware that the car is actively aware, there is a better change that while being curious they won't action.

I personally like the lights and want to keep them behaving this way.

CharleyBC | 24 septembre 2019

Different people, different opinions. As a software designer, I’m hearing a request for a configuration option!

rajan900 | 24 septembre 2019

Yeh I think it would perhaps be best to give people the option in the settings....Tesla if you're listening one to add in pretty please :)

mem10123 | 24 septembre 2019

I agree, should be configurable. The other day I pulled the USB stick and scanned though, saw a few occurrences of the lights coming on and people stopping to look and figure out what just happened who otherwise would’ve just passed on by without notice. Personally I’d rather not draw attention. Maybe if someone get prolonged too close, then maybe... but just for a walk by, I would prefer it just sit there unnoticed.

court | 8 octobre 2019

I just got a Model 3 and I think it would be nice if parking lights flashed instead. A friend told me that a Tesla was parked outside his office window, and flashed its lights every couple minutes, distracting him and annoying him. Considering all one has to do is cover their face if they are aware of sentry mode, I'd think we don't want to annoy anyone who might take out their anger in the wrong way.

lowcarbon | 8 décembre 2019

It would be great to have user-configurable option to turn off super-bright headlamp flash or select indicators instead (same as when car locked). Unfortunately the bright flash draws too much attention and annoys neighbours!

pvisser | 15 février 2020

"I think the lights makes the likelihood of a breakin less. If they are aware that the car is actively aware, there is a better change that while being curious they won't action."

I think it draws too much attention, for people who are intended to break in, the message on the screen should say enough.

teslamazing | 15 février 2020

“ the message on the screen should say enough”

Exactly. Why would someone break in if the screen says recording?? Again worrying too much. Just relax.

DigiStat | 15 février 2020

Tesla, please add a customization for this? Maybe in the next update? I do not want someone throwing something at my windshield after my car flashes them as they walk by

EVRider | 15 février 2020

@DigiStat: Has anyone ever thrown something at your windshield because your car flashed at them? If not, why are you worried about that happening?

teslamazing | 15 février 2020

Excessive paranoia.

Resist | 15 février 2020

I'd rather my Model 3 didn't flash, it draws too much attention to the car. It's already happened to me numerous times where people would have just kept walking but instead after the lights flashed they came right back to my car to look inside, touching my car. It's hard not to have people walk close to the car in a parking lot, all that excessive flashing is ridiculous.

nvjx | 15 février 2020

Should be user configurable. If you want action go to Elon's Twitter page and suggest/ask/beg for the mod.

guydude | 15 février 2020

Agreed. I wish there was a way for me to disable headlight with sentry mode

dandan123696 | 9 mars 2020

I agree there should be some configurable options for different parking scenarios. My headlights are directly pointing at my neighbour opposite's living room. I'm dreading the day they knock on my door and tell me to stop flashing at him while he is watching TV. Lol.

soccerik | 12 mai 2020

"I'm dreading the day they knock on my door and tell me to stop flashing at him while he is watching TV. "

That is exactly what happened to us and after turning off sentry mode in order to be a good neighbor, we now have had our car vandalized twice in the past month with no video of the culprit. Would love the configurable option to turn off the headlights, especially for those of us without garages.

EVRider | 12 mai 2020

Until then, why don't you park facing the opposite way so you don't bother those neighbors?

Resist | 12 mai 2020

Apparently Elon responded to a tweet asking him for this feature and he said yes, it will be coming.

webkev | 25 mai 2020

@Resist, can you link to his tweet reply?