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Cracking the secrets of a Tesla's "brain box"—the good, the bad, and the ugly
DEF CON, a yearly tech and defense industry convention that focuses mostly on exploiting and reverse-engineering "secure" technologies in order to reveal weak links, has begun releasing batches of its presentations for 2020. Among these presentation is one by Patrick Kiley, who investigates how a Tesla's software can be modified to unlock features and performance potential that's normally restricted based on factors like the trim level of the vehicle or who owns it.
There's no need to hack a Tesla, they are already faster than anything else you can buy. Even the slowest Tesla is super fast and a lot faster than anything from the muscle car era and faster than most of today's muscle car repops. Plus, Tesla's are like riding on a magic carpet, so unbelievably smooth, no howling for air, no stinking exhaust, no shifting gears. If you want to hack something, Tesla-ize a non-Tesla. Now we're talking.