Tesla Model S hacked to play movies

by Todd Haselton | April 23, 2016

This is awesome – a hacker recently installed Gentoo Linux on the computer inside of his or her Tesla Model S,. all in the hopes of making the 17-inch screen the perfect media player. And perfect it is – the tinkerer recently published the project to Su-Tesla.Space with screenshots of the installation.

“Some details, this is running a Gentoo arm system, cross-compiled using a qemu-user chroot environment,” the Tesla owner explained. “Yes, that’s right, Gentoo, running on a Tesla. All those USE flags, CFLAGS, and optimizations are going to add speed to my car. My 5 second 0-60 will be faster than your 5 second 0-60!”

It seems that joke was actually partially serious: the goal was to make sure the Tesla’s software was running as fast as possible, complete with a full desktop environment (XFCE) and a full NetSurf browser.

Check out the full video above where you’ll see Gentoo Linux and even some movies playing right on the car’s main display.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...