U.S. automotive giant, Tesla, Inc. is reportedly sending warning notifications to customers that are installing cheaper third party services to boost their vehicle’s performance instead of purchasing similar features from the company.
According to reports, many Tesla Model 3 owners are opting for a new software update called ‘Boost50’ developed by Canadian firm Ingenext to increase their vehicle’s performance. When plugged into the vehicle, the device helps in lowering acceleration time (0 to 100 km/h) from 4.4 seconds to 3.8 seconds.
Boost50 also offers added features like drift mode that immobilizes traction control but maintains power steering and ABS.
Speculating increasing adoption of Boost50, Tesla has started to send a notification to owners, displaying them a message ‘incompatible vehicle modification detected’ warning, and ‘potential risk of damage or shutdown".
For the uninitiated, in 2019, Tesla had launched its official "Acceleration Boost" for the Model 3 Dual Motor, a software feature that costs around $2,000 and helps reduce a vehicle’s acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h to 3.9 seconds.
Ingenext’s Boost50 module however comes at a competitive price of around $1,433, a major factor that has attracted numerous Tesla owners. Although, the module is said to be installed at customer’s own risk.
Sources estimate that it is likely that Tesla will try to patch the hack and disable third-party features in its upcoming software updates, encouraging owners to opt for products and services made by the company.
Ingenext on the other hand has made a page specifically for customers to know if it is safe to install Boost50 on different Tesla updates. The page recommends owners to wait for confirmation to know that the update 2020.32 is compatible and safe for installing Boost50. Ingenext is also planning to counter the update with a solution that allows its mod to run without interruption.