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Model S blinking Morse code with headlights when parked?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by whitex, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. whitex

    whitex Active Member

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    I happen to be walking in the garage last night and I noticed that our newest Tesla (2018 MS) was blinking its headlights. Noone was controlling via the app (late night) so I was a little worried the car was being hacked? So went in and checked out security camera footage, and apparently it is blinking in Morse Code, first the right headlight "A" and then left headlight "A". Any hacker groups out there with initials AA? Or is this a known regression of Tesla software (back in early days ~2012/2013 Teslas used to be "possessed" when parked, especially while applying updates (and no, the blinking MS was not applying updates at the time). Here is a video of this. Any ideas?

     
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  2. Wol747

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    Is this perhaps an undocumented walk-round lights test inadvertently activated?
     
  3. whitex

    whitex Active Member

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    How do you activate it on purpose?
     
  4. NoirMS

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    kinda creepy... you got creep mode on?;):D
     
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  5. pgkevet

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    It's sleeping with one eye open...just can't decide which eye..
     
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  6. E-Ryc

    E-Ryc Member

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    Werecar syndrome? ;)
     
  7. hoschilo

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    I recently discovered the same on my S75D 18/5 just once approx. 5min after the car was parked.. strange
     
  8. Dr. J

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    Autonomous robocars about to dethrone their overlords? Elon warned us about AI.....
     
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  9. trm2

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    AA. Have you been drinking?
     
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  10. BigBas

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    Have exactly the same since yesterday or so!
    Also made a video:

    Model S 2018 sw:2019.28.2
    (living in the Netherlands / Europe)
     
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  11. aesculus

    aesculus Still Trying to Figure This All Out

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    I think it's right headlight "M" and then left headlight "A" but still creepy.
     
  12. willow_hiller

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    Any more details you can give @whitex and @BigBas ?

    For both of you it seems like it happened in the middle of the night? (even though your timezones are approximately 9 hours different, so this could be a clue that the car is waiting until nighttime regardless of timezone)

    Any updates happen around when you noticed the blinking? Maybe this is some sort of easter egg where the car gets woken up in the middle of the night (by a software update downloading, or another command from the mothership), and it gets "sleepy eyes" or something like that.
     
  13. BigBas

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    I can reproduce this precisely.
    Every time I open the Tesla App in my phone, the car wakes up (when you hear the clicking sounds), that is the time the light start blinking once. When the car sleeps again, and you wake it up (by opening the app for example, but also by unlocking with the Fob), the blinking sequence starts (once).

    Software 2019.28.2
    Model S Mid-2018
     
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  14. Gwgan

    Gwgan Almost a wagon

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    Are you sure it is not I A M backwards?
    When my X wakes the accent lights illuminate. What are your light and range mode settings?
    28.2
     
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  15. BigBas

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    Light = AUTO
    Range mode = OFF
     
  16. MorrisonHiker

    MorrisonHiker S 100D 2019.28.3.1

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    Perhaps the first sign of sentience?

    I noticed similar flashing with 24.4 when exiting the Arcade. I'll have to see if the flashing is the same.
     
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  17. ucmndd

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    I noticed this as well a couple nights ago with 28.2. Opening the app flashes the headlights (same as if you tap the "flash lights" button in the app).
     
  18. Chopr147

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    My car hops up and down in the garage. Makes a HUGE racket! I open the app, yell at it and it quiets down.
     
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  19. Oldschool496

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    Mine the passenger side headlight stayed on once when I parked the car. I unlocked the car and relocked it went away. Never seen anything like it since.
     
  20. Hugh Mannity

    Hugh Mannity Mediocre Member

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    our MS's are jealous of the MX Xmas show ? Want to join in on that action ?
     
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