When Tesla launched the Model 3, it equipped the vehicle with a standard camera aimed at the cabin located in the rear view mirror.
It has been almost three years since Tesla put the vehicle into production and this camera, which is included in each Model 3, has remained dormant.
Tesla has not yet implemented functionality using this camera, but a software update has made reference to the camera being linked to autopilot and the “Tesla network,” which is expected to be a next fleet of robotaxis. operated by Tesla.
There has been speculation that Tesla could use the camera to monitor the driver’s attention when using the autopilot – hence the reference to autopilot in the software – and monitor passengers in a shared fleet of cars autonomous in order to discourage vandalism of cars – hence the reference to “Tesla Network”.
Musk confirmed last month that it will be to prevent people from vandalizing cars when they are driven automatically as part of the robotaxi fleet.
However, the CEO remained open to the possibility of using the camera for other functions inside the car.
Things like using the camera to allow drivers and passengers to check in when they use the new Caraoke feature released in V10 and Tesla also apply for a patent called “Personalization System and Method for a Vehicle Based on the spatial location of the occupants “.
In short, they assessed the possibility of using a camera to recognize occupants and automatically apply specific personalized parameters to them.
Now Musk mentioned on Twitter Tesla will “definitely” offer indoor video conferencing as a “future feature”.
Video conferencing is becoming a big business, or at least a bigger business, amid the coronavirus pandemic resulting in more people working from home.
Tesla could take advantage of the camera inside the cabin and its large central screen to offer a native video conferencing system.
I’m in a bit of a conflict with these types of ads.
On the one hand, it’s nice to get more features through live software updates, but I think some of them are only released because Tesla can do it, not because they can create a better experience.
For example, it’s cool to have Netflix on your central screen, but it doesn’t work very well in my experience. Most of the time, you’d better use your laptop or iPad to watch Netflix while overeating.
Same thing with Spotify. Tesla has a native Spotify app in its cars, but most of the time it works best if I go through Bluetooth and the Spotify iOS app on my phone.
I think Facetime on your phone or Zoom on your laptop will probably be a better option to use in your car than a native Tesla app.
I hope Tesla can improve on this front, but in the meantime, that’s how I feel.
What do you think? Would you like to use a native video conferencing feature in your Tesla? Let us know in the comment section below.
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