Tennis Star Recovers His Stolen Model X Using Tesla App
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios was able to help lead police to his stolen Tesla Model X using the location data provided by its phone app, according to reports.
The star’s car was stolen at gunpoint with the thief who identified himself as Chris forcing her to hand over the SUV’s key card. Chris also needed a hand getting the vehicle started before making off with it.
The Guardian reports that Kyrgios was able to remotely limit the vehicle’s speed to just 80 km/h, or roughly 50 MPH and tell police where it was thanks to the Tesla app on his phone.
The tennis player then used his Tesla smartphone app to monitor the car’s movements, giving information about its whereabouts to police. He also limited the car to a speed of 80km/h.
This allowed police to find it about 16 minutes later. They allege they approached the Tesla on a suburban street, with their firearms drawn, but say the man sped off.
Teslas are of course far from the only cars with tracking technology but this being a situation involving a sports star it has obviously captured the attention of the public. It also shows that the thief hadn’t done his homework — the outcome was entirely predictable, after all.