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Tesla Pushing ‘Cabin Camera Updates’

Tesla has reportedly enabled the interior camera in Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to monitor drivers when Autopilot is engaged.

Twitter user @WholeMarsBlog shared photos on Twitter of “Cabin Camera Updates” included in a new software release. The notes say the “cabin camera above the rearview mirror can now detect and alert driver inattentiveness while Autopilot is engaged.” 

Additionally, data collected from the camera is not saved or transmitted unless data sharing is enabled.

The feature comes after some criticism of the Autopilot self-driving feature being used irresponsibly. Several videos have been posted on social media of Tesla owners traveling in the backseat without a driver.

Tesla has previously monitored driver attentiveness through sensors in the steering wheel, however many owners have found ways around that safeguard.

The company has not offered any additional info about the cabin camera. It’s expected that the updated Model S and Model X will also receive interior cameras. However, it’s unclear if the cameras will be necessary for the company’s Full Self Driving package and how Tesla will handle FSD cars without cameras. 

travwill

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There’s speculation that the redesigned S/X will include an interior camera, but I don’t know if that has been confirmed.

Yeah the refresh S (and X) definitely seem to have an interior camera - can see it above the mirror on the website even (unless that is some ugly screw hole).
 

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Well, if that's the case, if the new S is getting a camera and it's needed for FSD updates, what are they going to do for the rest of us schmucks with pre-update Model S models who've paid for FSD?

Recent changes like eliminating use of radar and utilization of cabin cameras to detect driver attention just speak to how undeveloped FSD has been all this time. I only hope that Telsa provides needed hardware updates for all of us who drank the kool-aid and funded this fantasy-ware, to keep our cars updated with the newest production fleet.
 

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Well, if that's the case, if the new S is getting a camera and it's needed for FSD updates, what are they going to do for the rest of us schmucks with pre-update Model S models who've paid for FSD?

Where did you read that the interior camera would be needed for FSD updates? Tesla can use the camera for better driver monitoring, but that's not a requirement for using Autopilot or FSD.
 
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On the speculation side, turning on cameras for one set of cars and not being able to in another would seem to be a trial attorney's dream come true.

"So tell me Mr. Musk, you found it necessary to turn the camera on for most of your fleet to make FSD safe, did you not care about the people as driver or passenger for the S/X owners? Oh, you just wanted to better monitor drivers? So, when they are found to be asleep, do you wake them up or disable FSD? Of course you do... So would the camera have discovered there was no person in the driver's seat of my client's husband's car? And would that have disabled FSD and saved his life? Ah, ok. And $10k was not enough to pay for a $50 camera? And no one in 2018 had thought of driver monitoring cameras? Oh wait, you did for only some of your fleet.....

Oh you don't have the resources for that? Remind me sir what is the market cap of TSLA and how much stock do you own? And my client's dead husband who paid $10k for an option wasn't worth a $50 camera that you now admit is better since you turned it on....

And with that scenario posted, it is certainly possible that FSD updates will go to camera monitored drivers first. And maybe there will be divergence of features for the lifetime of the cars.
 

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On the speculation side, turning on cameras for one set of cars and not being able to in another would seem to be a trial attorney's dream come true.

"So tell me Mr. Musk, you found it necessary to turn the camera on for most of your fleet to make FSD safe, did you not care about the people as driver or passenger for the S/X owners? Oh, you just wanted to better monitor drivers? So, when they are found to be asleep, do you wake them up or disable FSD? Of course you do... So would the camera have discovered there was no person in the driver's seat of my client's husband's car? And would that have disabled FSD and saved his life? Ah, ok. And $10k was not enough to pay for a $50 camera? And no one in 2018 had thought of driver monitoring cameras? Oh wait, you did for only some of your fleet.....

Oh you don't have the resources for that? Remind me sir what is the market cap of TSLA and how much stock do you own? And my client's dead husband who paid $10k for an option wasn't worth a $50 camera that you now admit is better since you turned it on....

And with that scenario posted, it is certainly possible that FSD updates will go to camera monitored drivers first. And maybe there will be divergence of features for the lifetime of the cars.
Problem is they aren't really responsible to go back in time to upgrade a safety feature. Did Chevy add air bags to all cars pre air bag? What about seat belts? We know they save lives why didn't you add them in. With this type of thing it seems easy to say litigation would be successful but the car has to pass laws at the time it was produced. They do have measures in place at the time it was produced and if you skirt that the liability is on you. Now in America you can sue for whatever you want but winning is another question.
 

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My prediction: Later this year, in car cameras for Tesla will be like Caddy uses theirs: No hands on wheel needed if the camera verifies driver is attentive. (you know how Elon likes to rely solely on cameras with no other conflicting data)

For Teslas without interior camera, will still rely on steering wheel torque from driver hands.

In 2022, Tesla will offer (for $500 retrofit fee) interior cameras for older Teslas without cameras.
 

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One can not have level 3 driving assistance if this car can not see in fog, snow, rain or head on bright sun light. For example, you are driving down highway 5 in Calif. And you come around a corner and suddenly hit heavy Tully fog. No place to pull over. What does the car do, suddenly stop in the road. How about a sudden heavy rain storm in the Midwest? Or a sudden snow storm with heavy fog in the northeast. The car needs the radar to 'see' in these situations. At least till the driver has a chance to stop safely.
 

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One can not have level 3 driving assistance if this car can not see in fog, snow, rain or head on bright sun light. For example, you are driving down highway 5 in Calif. And you come around a corner and suddenly hit heavy Tully fog. No place to pull over. What does the car do, suddenly stop in the road. How about a sudden heavy rain storm in the Midwest? Or a sudden snow storm with heavy fog in the northeast. The car needs the radar to 'see' in these situations. At least till the driver has a chance to stop safely.
Don’t worry full self driving is 3 months away! ... 6 months at most!
 

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One can not have level 3 driving assistance if this car can not see in fog, snow, rain or head on bright sun light. For example, you are driving down highway 5 in Calif. And you come around a corner and suddenly hit heavy Tully fog. No place to pull over. What does the car do, suddenly stop in the road. How about a sudden heavy rain storm in the Midwest? Or a sudden snow storm with heavy fog in the northeast. The car needs the radar to 'see' in these situations. At least till the driver has a chance to stop safely.
Wrong thread but yes this is horrifying. Whenever I read stuff like this I just imagine a bunch of engineers somewhere in a back room ripping their hair out.
 
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Yeah the refresh S (and X) definitely seem to have an interior camera - can see it above the mirror on the website even (unless that is some ugly screw hole).
Great - now we'll have to bring one or 2 attachable manikin arms in order to stupidly defeat & over ride the system. what next!?! ..... the entire manikin?
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