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Watch Car Thieves Steal a Tesla Model S in Under 30 Seconds Using a Relay Device

A duo of high-tech car thieves managed to steal a Tesla Model S with the help of a relay device and key jamming technology. According to The Daily Mail, the theft occurred in a quiet London neighborhood while the vehicle owners slept, and it amazingly took less than 30 seconds to complete the heist.

Surveillance footage captured by the homeowner’s doorbell camera, first spots an individual wearing a hoodie making his way into the driveway via an unlocked front gate. Shortly thereafter, a second individual follows suit and proceeds to open a larger set of gates directly behind the parked Tesla. Meanwhile, the first individual, who has a backpack strapped to his chest, raises his arms and walks closer to the house as if looking for something or “scanning” through the walls. According to the outlet, the thief is actually carrying the relay device inside his backpack and is holding sensors in his hands, which is why he slowly combs the exterior walls until they sense the wireless key’s signal and relay it to the car.

The footage can be seen here.

The relay device essential steals the key’s code and tricks the Model S into thinking the thieves have the actual key, even though the real key is still inside the house. The Model S’s headlights can be seen lighting up once the thieves successfully relay the signal, and at that point, the second individual hops into the car and reverses unto the street. The device-holding man casually walks out the front gate as his accomplice drives past him like nothing’s happened. All in all, the entire stunt took less than 30 seconds.

Due to the increasing popularity of these thefts and the proliferation of relay and key jamming technology, Tesla has put in place multiple technologies to prevent the theft of its vehicles—such as a password failsafe, which prompts the driver for a unique keyphrase before being able to drive away. However, the original report claims that this particular Tesla was actually a loaner provided by the automaker while the owner’s vehicle was being serviced, hence the extra layer of security wasn’t activated.

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TeslaCam Provides Crash Course On How Not To Pass To Exit Highway

This clip shows us how you shouldn’t drive.

TeslaCam videos often capture crashes and wrecks. There’s no collision here, but what we do see if a bad driver making a dangerous move on the highway. This might seem to be a safe move for the driver in the car ahead of the Tesla, but from the viewpoint of the driver behind, it’s clear this is reckless driving.

Interestingly, the Tesla was on Autopilot at the time (Navigate on Autopilot, to be precise). However, the driver of the Tesla doesn’t mention if Autopilot slowed the car down to avoid the reckless Honda Accord driver of if he took control of the car to reduce its speed.

The video description does a good job at explaining what you’ll see in the video, but we’ll add that the driver of the Honda Accord seems oblivious to the fact that he/she is making a dangerous maneuver. The use of the turn signal seems to indicate this is just normal driving for this individual, but as we can see from the view of the Tesla, it’s just way to close for comfort. 

Video description via Life Of WheEVee on YouTube:

I was driving from AZ to CA using Navigate on Autopilot at about 75mph. The Honda Accord decided that instead of slowing and changing lanes into the travel lane to get behind me to exit, that he’d keep his speed up, then dart in front and across the gore line to make his exit, flinging debris up onto my hood.

I guess I should be grateful that he used his turn signal?

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Video Shows Crashed Tesla Model 3 Violently Explode Multiple Times After Initial Impact

A Tesla Model 3 went up in flames following a violent collision involving a stationary tow truck on a Russian highway. A video taken by a passerby shows the Model 3 engulfed in flames on the side of the road sometime after the collision, when suddenly two loud explosions can be seen and heard.

Over the weekend, businessman Alexey Tretyakov was driving his electric sedan near Moscow when he claims he collided with a parked tow truck. The service vehicle was allegedly stopped on the left-most lane of the busy highway, where it was partially (and dangerously) obstructing the flow of traffic. CCTV footage of the accident shows the vehicle poking into the lane, however, it was not noticed by Tretyakov until the impact was imminent.

Following the accident (and after all three occupants had exited the vehicle), the Model 3 caught on fire.

Both the driver and his children passengers were brought to a local hospital where they were treated and released. Tretyakov reportedly suffered a broken leg while the extent of injuries sustained by the two children is most recently said to be limited to bruising.

Tretyakov reportedly spoke with Igor Antarov, a member of the Moscow Tesla Club and one of the country’s first Model 3 owners, following the accident. According to a blog post from Antarov, the driver confirmed that Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving software, Autopilot, was engaged at the time of the accident. This mirrors initial reports from police and local news.

Despite his claims, the driver does not blame Autopilot for the accident. He admits to being distracted at the time of the crash and, according to Antarov, notes that he did not engage the brakes; an indication that Tesla’s automatic emergency braking may have kicked on just before impact.

Tesla reminds drivers on its website that Autopilot is not intended to be fully self-driving in its current state. The automaker notes that the Autopilot suite is “intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time.” In recently published statistics
requested by The Drive, Tesla says that its vehicles are eight times less likely to catch fire during or after a crash than all other fossil-fuel-powered vehicles on the road.

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Shocking Video Captures A Wild Trailer-Towing Truck Crash Into A Parked Pickup

Imagine working in your yard when a pickup truck hauling a trailer catapults into the air at speed, nearly taking you, your car, and everything else out in a flurry of metal, rubber, and noise. That’s exactly what happened recently in the rural Texas town of Spicewood, just northeast of Austin, and it was all caught on video.

Captured from a Ring security camera on Aug. 6, the accident took place when a truck careened off the main road and sped through a drainage ditch before catching air and crashing into a parked truck in front of a local business. What makes it even more nerve-wracking is that a worker was reportedly lying on the ground just a few feet away from where the truck landed. Luckily, the man got up and bolted for safety when he heard the first impact.

Details are limited, but the driver did survive the incident. The now-totaled truck belonged to the Lower Colorado River Authority, a state government agency.

Jim Campbell, owner of the shop where the wreck took place, told reporters at KSAT that crashes on this stretch of Highway 71 aren’t uncommon, mentioning there have been several over the years.

The reason for the driver’s loss of control is still unknown and an investigation is ongoing.

As a result of the accident, Campbell has since embarked on a campaign to get the Texas Department of Transportation to update the road in front of his business with some sort of guardrail.

TxDOT apparently reduced the speed limits at that section of Highway 71, but Campbell insists more needs to be done to avoid future crashes.

“TxDOT employees review all crashes that occur on our state highway system in order to better understand the reason for the incident,” TxDOT said in a statement to WCBS Austin. “While we work to implement all of the engineering enhancements possible to build safer roads, drivers also help hold the key to preventing crashes by driving safely and making responsible decisions.”

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Ryan Newman talks 500 crash: ‘I was knocked out’

Ryan Newman joined the hosts of the TODAY Show on Wednesday for his first sit-down interview since his accident on the final lap of February’s Daytona 500.

Newman is still recovering from a head injury sustained in an airborne crash while leading on the final lap of the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 on February 17. 

He joined the TODAY Show early Wednesday morning to discuss the crash, telling the panel: “Still humbling to watch it (the crash) and know that I’m sitting here without a headache, which is amazing. Just a miracle on so many levels. Thankful to so many people for prayers, for all the things that went into me being safer in that situation.”

‘I don’t remember a part of the race’

Regarding the head injury, which has left him sidelined since the 500 with Ross Chastain filling in behind the wheel of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang, Newman explained that it will take time to heal. 

“Basically like a bruised brain. It just takes time for it to heal. I was knocked out. There was a point where I don’t remember a part of the race. Realistically, I just feel so lucky. On so many levels, I feel so lucky.”

Although the “cage was comprised” and the seat was impacted during the violent crash, Newman was thankful for all the things that went right. “All those welds held together, so the guys in the shop did an amazing job.”

He added: “You look at the crash, you think that’s spectacular in a bad way, right? But if you look at the car afterwards, you think about all the things for what happened right for me to be sitting here.”

Newman found the entire experience humbling and as he told media at Phoenix Raceway, he is grateful to be alive.

“It’s emotional no doubt. And I think about the fact that I was that close but really in the end I’m really humbled by the opportunity to continue my life, to be blessed by so many people’s prayers. To be sitting here and hopefully make something of it and enjoy life with my daughters.”

There remains no timetable for his return and Chastain will again pilot the No. 6 car this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But Newman, who has been racing at the top level of NASCAR full-time since 2002, has no intentions of calling it quits.

“Really, I love it. It’s been a little bit painful to be out of the race car and to not be doing what I’ve done for so many years. I started racing when I was four, four and a half years old. That’s just who I am.”

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