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15 Mar, 2023
2 min time to read

A man from Vancouver is attempting to determine how he was able to access and drive away in a Tesla belonging to another person, utilizing the app on his personal phone.

On Tuesday, Rajesh Randev, an immigration consultant, had an unexpected experience while attempting to get into his Tesla. He thought he was getting into his own vehicle as it was the same make and color as his own. He used his Tesla app to unlock the car and got in, even driving off without realizing anything was wrong at first.

However, while driving, he began to notice certain details that didn't match his own car. He noticed a crack on the windshield and realized his charger was not where he usually had it. It wasn't until he received a text message asking if he was driving a Tesla that he realized he had made a mistake. The person who messaged him explained that he had mistakenly entered their Tesla instead of his own.

Randev was surprised that he had been able to get access to someone else's car so easily. He said, "I was able to get access, a hold of that person’s car but while I start driving it, I realized there was a crack on the windshield."

After parking the car, he noticed that the wheels were different from his car, which confirmed that he had entered the wrong vehicle. Randev immediately contacted the other Tesla driver to apologize and to set things right.

While he was able to drive the other person's car for over an hour, Randev said that he still does not know how he was able to make such a mistake. He found it surprising that he was able to drive someone else's car for so long without noticing anything was off.

After the incident, Randev tried to contact Tesla to report the issue and to provide video evidence of what had happened. Unfortunately, he did not receive any response from Tesla.

Overall, the incident highlights the potential risks associated with the use of digital technology to control access to vehicles. The Tesla app allows users to access their vehicle and manage various features, such as climate control and charging. However, it is important to exercise caution and make sure that the correct vehicle is being accessed.