He unlocked a Tesla with his cell phone, went to pick up his kids at school and realized it wasn’t his car

A Tesla Inc. Model 3 electric vehicle parked in front of a residential building (Noriko Hayashi/)

No one can deny that using a smartphone to open and start a car is of great comfort and practicality. Well no one except Rajesh Randeva Canadian owner of a Tesla who lived a cumbersome moment with his vehicle.

Earlier this month, as usual, Randev used his smartphone to open his Tesla Model 3 whiteHe did the same to turn it on without even turning the key and went to pick up his children at school in the city of Vancouver.

Randev confessed to The Washington Postthat after 15 minutes driving he began to notice something strange in the car, things out of the ordinary, such as the absence of a charger in the place where he always has it or even some cracks in the windshield that he had not used before were.

The problem was that Randev wasn’t actually driving his car, but got into an identical one that was parked right next to his in a place where he usually leaves it.

All of this indicates that the Tesla app on your phone gave you access to someone else’s car.

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A driver rides hands-free in a Tesla Motors Inc. Model S vehicle. Photographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Bloomberg/)

But the story does not end there, minutes later Randev received a phone call from the owner of the Tesla he was driving to inform him of the confusion. What was interesting was the way the other person was able to access Randev’s number.

As it turns out, the other driver was able to unlock Randev’s car using his Tesla access card and when he realized that this was not his car, he began to search until he found some documents with the number of the real owner and called him to inform him of the unusual incident.

Randev’s story was reported by the Canadian outlet globalnews.

Finally, Randev was able to pick up his children in a stranger’s car and later return the vehicle, which he had been driving for about 90 minutes, without any problems, according to what he reported. The Washington Post.

This strange, and perhaps even humorous experience, left him wondering about the safety of your car.

Tesla’s technological sophistications, such as its touchscreens and the possibility of using the telephone as a key, are some of the most relevant points when it comes to selling this brand.

But advanced technology can also increase the risk of hackers or, as Randev’s story illustrates, weird software bugs, according to an article published by the outlet. insiders.

Cases like Randev’s are not the first time they have been reported, which has forced the company to take measures to strengthen its security systems and software.

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