Tesla drivers left unable to start their cars

Tesla drivers say they have been locked out of their cars after an outage struck the carmaker’s app. Dozens of owners posted on social media about seeing an error message on the mobile app that was preventing them from connecting to their vehicles. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk personally responded to one complaint from a driver in South Korea, saying on Twitter: “Checking.” Mr Musk later said the app was coming back online. The Tesla app is used as a key by drivers to unlock and start their cars… More here.

Phew! Electric vehicles are one thing, but I aim not so sure I want everything connected in this way. Maybe it’s my age, but sometimes it is nice to be unconnected and just be able to be normal. Whether that is reading a book on an unconnected Kindle, wearing a mechanical watch or driving a car that uses something very unusual called a key, the longer we can hold on to the ability to disconnect the better.

Categories: Tech News

2 replies

  1. The trend is toward everything being connected. Younger people are very surprised when something goes wrong. Older people aren’t surprised in the least. I wonder how many people are concerned about hackers hacking cars. We’re nowhere near having a totally secure and safe infrastructure. That doesn’t mean we can’t use it, but we have to be aware.

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