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B pillar mounted side camera on the Model X mule(s)?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by AnxietyRanger, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. AnxietyRanger

    AnxietyRanger Active Member

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    In the transparent pillars thread (which turned out to be just removed A pillar panel cover) R o b pointed out that looks like a side camera not previously discussed in one of the photos.

    First it has to be noted that on previous mules there has been external wiring in this area as well, and many have pointed out the outward pushed front side windows on many mule sightings (like a Model S window that is frozen and closes over the window trim), which could mean this is merely testing equipment and not something slated for a production vehicle - if, indeed, it is anything at all.

    In any case, I decided to take a look at this area in other photos as well:

    model_x_mule_side_camera.jpg

    Picture 1 - Spied: 2016 Tesla Model X

    The potential "camera", which is reminiscent of the potential front corner cameras, also shows in the Palo Alto Model X mule video (on the right below) - which is, we assume, the same mule with different wheels:

    model_x_mule_cameras.jpg

    With the assumed front cameras, a side camera would of course be useful for a 360 degree around view. That said, competition mostly places these cameras in the side mirrors. This B pillar mounting would be unusual and would probably leave more of the immediate sides of the car "in the dark" from the camera view. It might be easier to keep clean, though, and offer better views in traffic.

    In any case, thank you, R o b for the new sighting.

     
  2. R o b

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    I was just surprised no one else had commented on it, so it finally got me to register here to point it out.

    The competition may usually put these sort of cameras in the side mirrors, but if there aren't any side mirrors, they'd have to be somewhere else...
     
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    Thank you R o b indeed for taking the time to register and post. For whatever reason, we had missed that one. The more people we have looking at the available data, the better (or wilder?) analysis and speculation we can create. So, more the merrier! :)

    Good point, possible.

    Though if there still are side-mounted stubs with backwards looking cameras, having downwards looking cameras in the same stubs would seem plausible, even probable?

    Then again, maybe Tesla could be looking to combine more cameras than competition to create higher-resolution images or make wider use of said cameras than just parking, like for various traffic-recognition situations.

    In any case, certainly possible Tesla would put side cameras in the B pillar locations, especially if there are other camera(s) to handle front corners. I mean, when I first heard of side cameras in cars (before they were widely introduced), the B pillar is where I assumed they might go due to its central location...

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    Looking at some of those images, I wonder if there could be both front and back looking cameras in that little assembly on the B pillar at a 45 degree angle. Maybe I'm just seeing things.
     
  4. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    A camera in that position could also be used to detect clearance for the falcon doors.
     
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    I thought that too, but it appears to be on the front door so wouldn't lift up with the rear falcon door.
     
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    Extremely good find! That also places some very good camera locations that would fit our finds in the mules perfectly in some ways... We know Tesla uses nVidia, right?

    Some exciting uses for those cameras there too!
     
  8. Earlian

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    Oh thanks for that. The more I know about, I love my wife from holding me back to order the D in November.

    MX is gonna be camera and sensor- paradise. Even if it doesn't use all with the start, if they put all these sensors and cams inside, they could implement massive autonomous features OTA!

    Can't wait until Q3, it's getting harder every day.
     
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    Didn't Elon say something to the effect of "I'm excited to show what we've been working on together work the X," at the Nvidia conference? This was also during a talk between the two about the Tegra X1 in automotive applications.
     

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