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Tesla’s Autopilot hacked by German students

Tesla Model 3 (Image source: Tesla)
Tesla Model 3 (Image source: Tesla)
It took three Berlin students 600 euros worth of tools, time, and specialized technical knowledge to activate Tesla's ultimate "Elon mode", a “godlike” function that allows users to take control of the car's autonomous driving features.

Three students from the Technical University of Berlin have reportedly managed to activate a hidden mode in Tesla's autopilot system called "Elon mode." This mode gives users more control over the car's features and allows them to access confidential information.

The students, who presented their findings at the Chaos Computer Club's 37C3 congress in Hamburg, Germany, said that they were able to activate the mode by inducing a short voltage drop of 560 millivolts on the autopilot's printed circuit board. This allowed them to gain root access to the system and extract arbitrary code and user data, including cryptographic keys.

The students also managed to access a video that had been deleted by the previous owner of the vehicle. They also learned what data Tesla collects to train its AI.

"Elon mode" is reportedly a “godlike” function that allows users to take control of the car's autonomous driving features. It can also be used to access confidential information, such as the car's logs and data from its sensors.

The Onlysay Head Up Display for Tesla Model 3 is available on Amazon for $299.99, offering a practical solution for drivers to access essential data within their line of sight instead of relying on the center console.

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Robert Gelo, 2023-12-30 (Update: 2023-12-30)