Remember The Time When A Tesla Owner Accidentally Drove Off In The Wrong Model 3 Car?

Earlier this year, in March, a Tesla Inc TSLA Model 3 owner from Vancouver, British Columbia, reportedly drove off in a Tesla car that did not belong to him after accidentally unlocking it.

What Happened: Tesla Model 3 owner Rajesh Randev, in a hurry to pick up his children from school, unlocked someone else’s car of the same color and make as his own using the Tesla app on his phone and drove off in it, a report in Global News had stated.

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However, soon, he realized something was wrong when he saw a crack in the windshield and noticed that the charger was not where he usually kept it in his car. He then received a message from the actual owner asking, “Rajesh, are you driving Tesla?"

Randev reportedly picked up his children and returned the car to its rightful owner.

He had said then, as quoted by the report, “We were both laughing and I called the police as well.”

Then, Randev contacted Tesla and submitted a video of the experience, the report added.

Why It’s Important: The Elon Musk-owned EV maker employs a feature called the sentry mode to protect against break-ins and theft, which monitors the environment around a car when left unattended.

This story was originally published on March 14, 2023.

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