Man hacks Tesla to play Pokemon GO – Tech Insider
In what could be the most 2016 move of the year, a hacker managed to get the “Pokémon GO” app on his Tesla’s 17-inch touchscreen.
Jeff, an editor for Pink Java Media, was able to complete the hacking using “some old-fashioned ingenuity, and an ethernet cable,” as Electrek first spotted. The touchscreen’s display cuts off part of the app, but that didn’t stop Jeff from going after a Rattata.
The hack lets Jeff drive his Tesla to locations where Pokémon have been spotted and easily catch them on his giant screen. Except there is one minor problem: he can only catch the Pokémon when the car is in reverse since the only camera is in the back bumper.
“It makes for quite a challenge,” Jeff told Pink Java Media. “I almost backed over a Rattata!”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to the idea of using Teslas to find Pokémon. When describing his plan to make a car-sharing service using autonomous Teslas at the Gigafactory grand opening, a member in the audience asked if it could be used to play “Pokémon GO.”