Tesla, an automotive company known for pioneering itself into the electric vehicle market, is putting its focus toward hackers. In recent events, Tesla has discovered that hackers are affecting the upper hand and monetary benefit it has with the “Acceleration Boost” for the Model 3 Dual Motor. In attempts to save face, Tesla is fighting back.
It is not unknown that Tesla offers upgrades with their electric cars in the form of software-locked abilities. For the Model 3 Dual Motor, this an “Acceleration Boost”. Starting off at $2,000, this upgrade offers an additional 50 horsepower while also taking off an extra half second when going to 0 to 60 mph.
With such benefits, it’s no surprise that it is a sought-after feature. However, no one expected there to be another option in installing this upgrade other than Tesla. That was until third party companies, particularly Ingenext, offered the upgrade. Coined as Ingenext Boost 50 module, the company offers it at the lower price of $1,433. This Boost 50 module includes other features that are specific to the company, like a “Drift mode”.
A number of Tesla consumers flocked to the cheaper option until Tesla decided to take a stance against the third-party companies. Now, whenever a consumer installs the third-party option, a pop-up screen will appear. On this screen, the dialog warns the consumer that the vehicle detects an incompatible vehicle modification. This screen does not restrict the driver from their current driving capabilities, but it can not be removed from the display.
Despite this pop-up tactic, third party companies like Ingenext still advertise its product. The Ingenext founder, Guillaume Andre, told the electric vehicle news outlet Eletrek that their update was only hindered by the newest Tesla software update 2020.32.1 and that they sent out a notification to clients not to update. Andre went further in saying that if a client did update, they shouldn’t worry. According to Andre, Ingenext is working on their own patch to help consumers enable the update without any problems.
Since Ingenext is not backing down, it is logical to question and ask: what will this mean for the update, Tesla, and Ingenext? So far, the answer is unknown. Yet, speculation is that this will start a technological war between both companies as they try to succeed in creating updates that stop the other. In such a time only one thing can be clear: Tesla says no to hackers.