Tesla is going one step ahead in terms of car security.
Tesla owners are already benefiting from Sentry Mode for car security. But for additional protection, they can also buy a $200 device from Amazon’s Ring.
Ring Car Connect sends car owners to alerts about suspicious activity or movement close to their vehicle. It also records footage from outside the vehicle and informs the owner that their car is locked.
Available for $199, Ring Car Connect is compatible with the Tesla Model 3, X, S, and Y, and needs to connect a small device into the car. Other car manufacturers can also add Ring Car Connect functionality in the future.
Tesla vehicles already come with Sentry Mode with no additional charges. It records footage of what’s happening nearby or outside the vehicle when it’s parked. It also triggers an alarm bell if anyone gets a little closer to the vehicle when it’s locked.
Usually, Tesla buyers can also view footage from their car’s eight cameras on the dashboard touchscreen. Ring Car connect offers them additional protection and they will be able to see the footage in the Ring app.
Amazon also launched the Ring Car Alarm available for $59.99, which connects into an OBD port (located near the driver’s seat) and sends a text alert if the vehicle starts moving, or hits, or if someone breaks in. It is compatible with all modern-day cars.
The Ring Car Cam available for $199.99 is a security camera plugged into your vehicle, consisting of many features similar to those in the Owl Cam dashcam. It functions like a Car Alarm but also features an HD camera to share live footage from inside your car if it’s sensor detects something unusual. It doesn’t require any monthly subscription.
It also has an Emergency Crash Assist, which automatically dials up first responders if it detects a major crash. In case if officers ask you to pull over, it can record the entire interaction and you only have to say, “Alexa, I’m being pulled over.”
The latest Ring car devices will be available in 2021.