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Sentry Mode and Saving just the last 10 minutes?!


New Member
Jan 11, 2020
Silicon Valley
So I have a sentry mode event I am interested in because my car was dented and I wanted footage as evidence.

It captured 10 minutes of the car next to me and cuts off right as the person whose car dented mine walks up to their car. Why does it save the last 10 minutes and not something actually useful like the last 5 minutes and the next 5 minutes? I even tried some recovery software, specifically this branch: GitHub - mtrung/teslacam-recovery: Python script to help recover lost video from TeslaCam USB drives I couldn't recover footage of the person actually denting my car. I just know they did it because their car color matches the paint left on my car and it was recent. I noticed it a day later and the footage was lost from me driving for a day.

I'd argue that the things that happened after the sentry mode event are way more useful to preserve than the things that happened before. I've had a few dents on my car before sentry mode was a thing but now that I actually have it and want to use it, it's completely useless. This would be a very simple software change.


Mar 12, 2021
Long Island, NY
Sentry mode has ALWAYS been unreliable for me since we got our car back in June. I've made many posts about it and spoke with Tesla Service, etc. Nothing ever gets better.

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