• Someone Hacked the Tesla Model 3 To Run YouTube and Ubuntu Linux

Even the Model 3’s system isn’t impenetrable

Tesla’s "people’s car." the Model 3, was thought to be harder to crack into than the Model S and Model X that proved to be a field day for hackers. However, we’re now seeing a Model 3 owner on Reddit showcase his ability to run YouTube and Ubuntu on his car.

This is not the first instance of a Model 3 getting hacked into. Earlier this year, an owner, who goes by the name of ’Ingineerix’ online, was able to crack open Tesla’s ’Factory Mode’ to reveal interesting information about the car’s full battery pack capacity, information that Tesla only offered as a range figure.

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Every operating system, no matter how well protected, has proved to have flaws and shortcomings in its security shield. The same goes for the system on the Model 3 which, while harder to breach into compared to those on the Model S and Model X, is not unbeatable. In fact, ’Ingineerix’ hasn’t remained a sole figure in the world of Model 3 hackers.

Recently, another owner, Reddit user 'trsohmers' posted a number of videos where we can see that he's been able to run Ubuntu on his Tesla and even open up Youtube.

He claims in his posts that ’Ingineerix’ laid the groundwork for his success.

"Huge amount of the work is credit of ’Ingineerix’, who spent many months finding the initial exploit that gave temporary root access (reset on reboot), while I was able to work with him to find a way to get persistence and read/write ability on the roots," said user ’trsohmers’. "From when I started, it took about a month total time, probably on the order of 100 hours of direct work,” he added.

Someone Hacked the Tesla Model 3 To Run YouTube and Ubuntu Linux
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While he did manage to find out the complete specifications of the Model 3’s computer that operates the whole of the infotainment system through its microcontroller, he wasn’t able to get into the Autopilot functionality.

The specs are: "an Intel Atom E3950 processor (Quad-core 1.6GHz), 4GB of (DDR4 I think) RAM, and a 64GB eMMC for storage. The motherboard also has a Freescale/NXP QorIQ chip that acts as the gateway, and the Autopilot hardware (NVIDIA Tegra Parker + discrete Pascal GPU) is on a separate board attached by a fairly chunky cable bundle.”

As said, 'Ingineerix' was among the first to get an insider's look of the Model 3's computer brain.

He found information regarding the car’s ’Long Range’ battery pack which has a capacity of about 76 Kwh although there’s a buffer that can’t be used. He also uncovered the information that the car’s maximum discharge of energy rate is at 1,200 Amps.

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Source: Reddit

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Michael Fira
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Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read full bio
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