The camera in Tesla electric cars will monitor drivers before an accidentOctober 6, 2020
Interior camera captures human behavior seconds before collision
Australian publication CarAdvice has studied the purpose of a cabin camera in the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, which records the driver’s actions before an accident. Journalists suggested that in the future the video could be used as a basis for refusing to pay insurance or, on the contrary, to prove the guilt of the autopilot.
The discussion was triggered by a Twitter user GreenTheOnly who regularly studies Tesla technologies. The publication lists the factors that are monitored by a salon camera mounted above the rear-view mirror. It records the position of the eyes seconds before the accident, the direction of the gaze, the brightness of the light in the cabin, and also monitors whether the driver was distracted from driving by a smartphone and whether he is wearing sunglasses.
Tesla says that, despite the presence of a camera in the cabin, it is turned off by default – the device is supposed to be activated when the autopilot in electric cars reaches a new level. According to the head of the company, Elon Musk, the camera is needed to “avoid cases of vandalism in robotic taxis in the future.” On the assumptions of the owners that the camera allows them to spy on them, Musk recalled that electric cars have “transparent windows” and the driver behind the wheel is already visible.
At the same time, with the latest update released this summer, owners of Tesla models have the opportunity to turn on the cabin camera and even share recordings with the automaker (for example, in case of controversial accidents). At the same time, the automaker assured that the photos and videos would not be attached to a specific VIN number in order to preserve the anonymity of the drivers.
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