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Tesla App Can Control Other People’s Cars If Wrong Vehicle Is Linked, Report Says
Zhang Yushuo
DATE:  Sep 17 2020
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
Tesla App Can Control Other People’s Cars If Wrong Vehicle Is Linked, Report Says Tesla App Can Control Other People’s Cars If Wrong Vehicle Is Linked, Report Says

(Yicai Global) Sept. 17 -- The Tesla app, which allows car owners to directly communicate with their vehicles, has been found by some owners in China to have been linked to the wrong auto and that they are able to control these cars remotely, the China News Service reported today.

A Tesla car owner surnamed Jin, who is based in Changsha, central Hunan province, saw that his phone was linked to another vehicle situated 900 kilometers away in Chongqing, southwestern Sichuan province, after taking his auto in for maintenance on Sept. 13.

When he saw that the car was stationary he tried out basic remote-control functions such as the locking and unlocking of the doors, turning on and off the air conditioning and activating charging, and found that they all worked.

The wrong vehicle identification number was inputted by staff when replacing the onboard computer, the report said, citing the US electric vehicle maker's response on Sept. 15 to several such complaints on social media.

Another buyer could see five cars on his Tesla app, all of them in Europe, and he could access information about these vehicles and control them remotely, automotive blogger Yuan Qicong posted last month.

Such crossed wires on the Tesla app could result in the changing of data settings and is likely to raise the risk of accidents without the car owners knowing, an analyst said.

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