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Tesla Fights Performance Hacks for Its Electric Cars

Engadget reports:
You might not want to rush into installing an unofficial performance boost for your Tesla. Users on Reddit (via Electrek) have discovered that the latest software for Tesla’s Model 3 thwarts an Ingenext mod that unlocks features like an extra 50HP and Drive Mode…
These features typically cost thousands of dollars to unlock through Tesla (such as a $2,000 Acceleration Boost), so there’s a strong incentive for buyers willing to take the risk… [T]his suggests would-be performance hackers could be in for a challenge if they want to maximize the potential of Tesla’s EVs without the company’s blessing — they might not have more than a small window of time before Tesla clamps down again.

Electrek reports on the warnings their drivers receive:
Tesla says that it detected “incompatible vehicle modification” and that it could result in a “potential risk of damage or shutdown.” The notification apparently stays stuck on the screen like that, but the vehicle remains drivable…. That was kind of expected. It is basically a cat and mouse game between hacking the inverter and Tesla patching the hack…
I get why some people would want to do the hack since the capacity is already in the cars that they bought and Tesla claiming that it could result in damages is weird since they are basically using the same code as their own acceleration boost. But at the same time, you are also running third-party software.

Again, at your risk.


Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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