Tesla begins using cabin cameras for driver monitoring

Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke at the unveiling of the new Tesla Model Y on March 1, 2019 in Hawthorne, California.

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Tesla According to a press release obtained by CNBC, cabin cameras have been used on some Model and Model Y vehicles to ensure that drivers are paying close attention to the road while using driver assistance.

Their Model and and Model Y cars already had driver-facing cabin cameras, but company owners said they weren’t used for driver monitoring. Instead, Tesla’s systems require drivers to “check in” by touching the stereo wheel, which is equipped with sensors.

According to Kevin Smith, a second-time Tesla buyer in Murfreesboro, Tesla has told drivers that their cabin cameras have been turned on to monitor drivers in new vehicles. Smith says he took the 2021 Tesla Model Y crossover Thursday.

The technical change comes amid Tesla’s vehicle safety regulatory scrutiny in the United States and abroad. The company is facing dozens of federal investigations into the underlying causes of the Tesla-linked crash in the United States, some of which may involve auto-pilots.

Elon Musk’s auto business sells driver assistance systems under the brand name autopilot and full-automatic drive ving, or FSD, under an optional 1,000 upgrade. Tesla also offers some drivers who have the option to pay FSD using the incomplete driver assistance features in its FSD beta program, effectively converting them into beta testers.

Tesla owners warn drivers that “active supervision” is required for the use of these systems. However, owners have repeatedly shown great confidence in the system, sharing videos while sleeping on the driver’s account, driving without hands, or even sitting in the back seat of a passenger or car while driving.

There is a federal vehicle safety watchdog, the National Transportation Safety Board Tesla has been called off the beta test To add strong driver monitoring to its vehicles using customers and customers on public roads.

It is not clear whether Tesla’s new camera-based driver surveillance system and cars without radar meet the standards set by NTSB or other safety standards.

An owner’s experience

Kevin Smith ordered his 2021 Model Y at the end of March 20 and will get a marketed vehicle with radar in front of the sensor suite Tesla.

But this week Tuesday, Tesla Announced This excludes radar and downgrades the functionality of the ride in a blog post. The Post also said that Tesla restores lost features when Tesla transitions its driver assistance and security features to “pure vision” or its camera-based version.

Before he could get his new Model Y, Smith was asked on the “Order Update” on the Tesla website to make sure he accepted the modified car at the same price as the original order.

The discount states that the company is switching to Tesla Vision, its camera-based autopilot system, and some new cars starting May 2021 will not have radar. It also warned that some features could be delivered with “temporarily limited or inactive” and Tesla said it would “restore” those features weeks in advance with an over-the-air software update.

Order update for Tesla customers taking delivery of Model or Model Y on 20 May 212.


When he took delivery of his all-wheel drive 2021 Model Y, Smith saw a “release note” on the car’s touchscreen display informing him of the cabin camera update:

“The cabin camera upstairs in your rearview mirror can now detect and alert driver dissatisfaction when the auto-pilot is busy. Camera data does not leave the car, which means the system cannot save or transmit information unless data sharing is enabled. Tap> Safety & Security> Data Sharing on your car’s touchscreen.

Adding a camera-based driver monitoring system will not restore driver assistance and security features Tesla said it was closed for now.

Insurance Corporation for Consumer Reports and Highway Safety Removed top-level security support Radar has been removed from these vehicles after the company announced for Model 3 in the US. The Consumer Report noted that the government’s top vehicle safety rating agency may lack some key advanced safety features, including front-facing collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB).


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