It’s a feature the automaker has inexplicably taken its time to release.
Tesla’s cab-facing camera has been in vehicles for years now, but the automaker has barely used it.
Automakers typically implement cab-facing cameras for driver surveillance while using driver assistance features, like GM with Supercruise.
However, CEO Elon Musk has previously rejected the use of a camera-based driver surveillance system and said Tesla will use its cab-facing camera to prevent people from vandalizing cars when they are driven automatically on the road. Tesla’s next autonomous robotaxi network.
Last year, Tesla first enabled the camera in a software update asking people to allow the automaker to take videos and photos for ” develop security features and improvements in the future»On a voluntary basis.
Lately, the camera has been the subject of more frequent discussion after it was revealed that Tesla had removed some owners from its FSD beta program after determining that they were not paying enough attention when using the system.
This has prompted some to ask the question: If Tesla can determine that drivers are not paying attention, shouldn’t he be warning drivers at the time?
We knew Tesla had the ability since a hacker demonstrated exactly what the automaker’s cabin is looking for – pictured above.
Now, Tesla is finally rolling out its Driver Monitoring System in a new software update: 2021.4.15.11.
The automaker wrote in the new release notes:
“The cab camera above your rearview mirror can now detect and alert driver inattention when autopilot is engaged. The data from the camera does not leave the car itself, which means that the system cannot record or transmit information unless data sharing is enabled. ”
Tesla notes that owners can change the data sharing setting by going to “Controls> Safety and Security.”
The new update coincides with Tesla’s release of its new Tesla Vision system which relies solely on computer vision using cameras and no radar.
It’s important to note that Tesla doesn’t eliminate the need to keep your hands on the wheel and be ready to take control at all times.
Other automakers who have implemented driving systems have removed the requirement to keep your hands on the wheel as long as they can detect that you are paying attention to the road.
It looks like Tesla isn’t quite there yet, but it will be interesting to see where the company takes these features.
They could also use it to gradually reduce autopilot hum, but I doubt they’ll remove the steering wheel requirement, as Tesla seems determined to move from level 2 to level 5.
Let’s see how it goes.
If you have received the new update, please let us know how it behaves.
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