Vehicle renting services like Turo are a great way for vehicle owners to make some extra cash when they’re not using their cars, and premium cars like a
Teslacan rake in premium rates.
In an increasingly digitally-integrated world, however, this poses a privacy issue for some owners hoping to rent out their cars.
Tesla’s in-car technology has been lauded as being some of the
best in the industry, but some Telsa owners have concerns about how to manage the data stored by their car when they’re not the one driving it.
Read on with the car ownership experts at Jerry to learn more about why some Tesla owners want the company to create a “ride share more” to protect their privacy.
Renting out a Tesla poses a security risk
According to a story from
teslaoracle.com, some Tesla drivers have been taking to social media to share their privacy grievances with the brand.
One owner, Ethan Joseph, was renting out his vehicle on Turo when he was alerted by a renter about some concerning potential privacy issues.
Not only could the renter see the city in which the Tesla owner lived, but the vehicle also had more personal data including
Sentry Modefootage of the owner’s garage, pet, and other Teslas he owns.
Joseph took to Twitter to share the exchange with the renter, which opened up a discussion among other Tesla owners about the issue. He suggested that Tesla introduce an option for owners to hide or privatize their accounts while hosting on apps like Turo.
Without some form of “Ride Share Mode,” Tesla owners must be diligent before renting out their cars to delete all saved footage, navigation history, keys from other renters, and sign out of all connected media accounts such as Spotify.
While many other Tesla owners agreed that an option to hide their personal data would be helpful, they chalked it up to one of the risks you take on via hosting on Turo.
What would “Ride Share Mode” do?
Were a Ride Share Mode to be introduced, it would allow owners to lock all available information and footage associated with existing cloud-based profiles.
Because this would be a purely software-based update, it would theoretically be as easy for Tesla to implement and release as all of the brand’s other regular software updates.
Features like the in-cabin camera exist to help monitor any incidents of physical damage, inappropriate use, or vandalism by the renter and occupants, but there is no real option to protect the owner’s data privacy.
Tesla’s ongoing security issues
One of the caveats of cars becoming as high-tech and integrated as our other smart technology is that they pose a higher security risk.
Tesla isn’t the only brand to suffer from security issues due to utilizing so much cloud-based data, but the company has been consistently the subject of scrutiny for privacy and security issues for its customers.
Cybersecurity experts have also flagged Tesla vehicles as potential targets for hacking. One security consultant recently claimed that an
exploit in the vehicle’s Bluetooth technologycould allow a thief to not only unlock and enter a vehicle but to start it and drive it away.
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