Hacker Discovers Model X ‘Party Mode.’ And Tesla Took It Away

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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Are you a bit jealous of your dog, because it has its very own ‘Dog Mode’ inside your Tesla? Well, be envious of Fido no more. Because Tesla is working on a ‘Party Mode.’

  • Tesla working on ‘Party Mode’ that would keep climate controls, infotainment screen, and ambient lights on until battery reached 20%.
  • Musk originally discussed the idea last summer, and again this winter, saying it was coming soon.
  • Party Mode is essentially an expansion of Dog Mode, which keeps the car’s cabin at a specific temperature.

Last summer, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to reveal that the brand was developing a ‘Party & Camper Mode’ for Model S, X, and 3. The idea behind Party Mode would be somewhat similar to Dog Mode, except it would include more features.

In addition to simply conditioning the vehicle’s cabin until the battery reached the 20% charge level, as with Dog Mode, Party Mode would also allow the center-dash screen to remain on as well as some ambient lighting. This would make it ideal for a car-side party or for folks out camping in their Tesla.

Fast forward 11 months later to today, and the brand has released no such feature. However, that might soon change.

When prodded on Twitter about the delayed deployment of Party Mode this winter, Musk explained that Sentry Mode had taken precedence. Though, Tesla would be pushing it out in “a month or so.” Four months later, and still nada.

However, in May Tesla owner and white-hat hacker @greentheonly found Party Mode while rummaging around in his Tesla’s infotainment system and posted a picture of the screen on Twitter.

Yesterday, though, green returned to Twitter to say that Tesla had taken away his Model X’s Party Mode. “Very uncool of Tesla taking away my party mode now that I am so dependent on it.” green tweeted. “They keep doing it with every piece of cool functionality discovered and reported almost as if they don’t want me to report anything… sigh.”

So, if you have some hacking skills and were hoping to activate Party Mode in your Tesla ahead of your next summer camping trip, you might want to do so quietly. Because it doesn’t seem Tesla is ready to reveal it yet. Nor does it take kindly when you broadcast that you’ve sneakily unlocked it yourself.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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