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We have a build in Dashcam??

Discussion in 'Model S' started by aus, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. aus

    aus Member

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    Maybe I searched the wrong section, but didn't see it here.

    How a hacker discovered that Tesla’s in-car camera retains accident footage


    Jason Hughes, a Tesla owner and a programmer by trade, became curious to find out how much data — if any — the Model S saves after his car’s automatic emergency braking system turned on to prevent a crash. Much to his surprise, he found that basic information was stored on-board. To dig deeper, he bought the center display unit from a wrecked Tesla Model S and began tearing it down.

    Hughes quickly learned the Model S that provided the center display unit was written off after its driver blasted through a yellow light at nearly 60 mph and hit a third-generation Acura TL that was making a left turn. He also found out that Autosteer wasn’t turned on at the time of the accident.

    Tesla has often enumerated the features of its Autopilot suite of electronic driving aids, but it has never talked about the recording function. Hughes points out accessing the footage isn’t a straight-forward task that the average owner can replicate.

    “I kind of knew what I was looking for, since I had messed with it on my own car. It’s not too terribly difficult. You have to basically gain root access to the Media Control Unit (MCU), and such. Tesla’s likely going to make that more difficult. I won’t say it’s simple, but it’s not impossible,” he explained in an interview with Inverse.

    The programmer believes that the camera’s footage is transferred to the MCU when the airbags deploy, and he adds that it’s not salvageable if the car is badly damaged. That means footage wasn’t sent from the camera to the MCU when a Model S hit a truck in Florida last May.

    Tesla hasn’t yet commented on Hughes’ findings.
     

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  2. No2DinosaurFuel

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    It would be great if tesla would give us the ability to extract the footage. This way I can save money on a data can as well as not having to mod my car to run the wires to the attached dashcam.
     
  3. swaltner

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    @aus, your attachment on the original post doesn't seem to contain anything of value. It's only 319 bytes in size.
     
  4. aus

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    No idea what that attachment is suppose to be. I just tried to post a link and copy/paste the article and an attachment showed up.
    I also don't know how to edit this title since it's obviously needs fixing.
     

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