Say goodbye to Sentry Mode’s HAL 9000 icon. This is the replacement

Sentry Mode Activated

When Tesla released Sentry Mode via a free over-the-air (OTA) software update in early 2019, it came with red flashing icon on the screen to show the surveillance feature had been activated.

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That icon was the artificial intelligence character HAL 9000 from Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey series. HAL is a sentient computer that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with the ship’s astronaut crew.

Now a little over a year later, MGM, who licenses the content from the series, has decided Tesla can no longer use the icon, and must replace it in an upcoming software update.

Tesla hacker @greentheonly has discovered the new Sentry Mode icon that will be coming out in the 2020.12.5 software update.

New Tesla Sentry Mode icon

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The new icon maintains the “red eye” aspect of the original, and pulsates to signify the computer is always watching. The design also looks like a real eye, with lines to make it look like a real iris.

The new icon also bears a striking resemblance to the turrets from the video game series Portal. Hopefully Tesla doesn’t run into a similar licensing issue with this new icon as well.

What do you think of the new Sentry Mode icon? Let us know in the comments below.

Portal Turret

 

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