Two Teslas Stolen in Germany Have Yet To Be Located
Thieves appear to have hacked into the cars and disabled their GPS systemsby Kirby Garlitos, on
As if Tesla’s issues with its Autopilot system aren’t bad enough, the American electric car maker may have another crisis on its hands after multiple reports from Germany indicate that a pair of Tesla Model S P90Ds have been stolen and have seemingly disappeared without a trace. Such an occurrence may be considered normal for some cars, but not for Tesla models. These cars come with a GPS tracking software that’s supposedly on 24/7, and yet, the thieves behind the two stolen Model S P90Ds thefts appear to have been able to disable the GPS systems of both cars, making it more complicated to trace their whereabouts.
The first incident reportedly took place in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 11, 2016 while the second incident occurring 22 miles away in Essen on August 2, 2016. There have been no indications on whether the two thefts are connected to each other, but the method by which both models were pilfered came with some striking similarities.
According to reports, both Model S P90Ds were stolen without the use of any key, leading to speculation that the thieves may have hacked into the Tesla accounts of their owner to unlock the cars and drive them away through a smartphone application.
Such tactics would’ve been easy to get a hold off had the GPS systems of both cars not gone AWOL. But neither of the cars have been tracked since they were reported stolen, which points to the alarming possibility that the GPS systems of both units were disabled. In the event that the thieves were able to hack into the cars and disable the GPS system, Tesla’s going to have another security issue to deal with.
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Why it matters
I was tempted to make a joke about the safety and security issues being tied into Tesla these days, but I realized that these issues are no laughing matter. The reported thefts in Germany are particularly alarming because if the thieves were able to hack their way into stealing these cars, Tesla needs to do something really quick to prevent these incidents from happening again. Now I don’t know anything about the hacking circles, but unless there are digital footprints that can be recovered to trace where the hacks took place, I don’t know if there are other methods that can help in locating the cars and the perpetrators behind it.
Even if the thieves are tracked down, that doesn’t mean Tesla shouldn’t address this concern. If a hacker was able to get through to the owners accounts, there’s no stopping others from attempting to do the same thing. The last thing the company needs is a growing number of Tesla Models being reported stolen. That’s a headache the company can’t afford to have given that it’s already dealing with all the issues attributed to the Autopilot system.
Hopefully, Tesla finds a way to trace the stolen Model S units. I’m sure the company has the software and the technology to do it. From there, I’d like to see the automaker address the car’s security issues to prevent something like this from happening again. As bad as the issues with the Autopilot system are, I can’t imagine the kind of problem Tesla will have on its hands if this problem isn’t addressed.
Read our full review on the Tesla Model S here.