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A Tesla hacker reveals what the driver’s facing camera is looking for

A Tesla hacker revealed what Tesla’s driver-facing camera is looking for on the Model 3 and Model Y – in a hint at its driver monitoring feature.

When Tesla launched the Model 3, it equipped the car with A standard cockpit camera is located in the rearview mirror.

At the time, the automaker said the camera was not active and would be used in the future.

CEO Elon Musk said it will be used Prevent people from vandalizing cars When they are automatically driven on the network of autonomous robots coming from Tesla.

For nearly 3 years, the camera wasn’t used on the 3 and Y models until earlier this year when Tesla activated the camera for the first time.

The company began collecting images and clips for research purposes with the drivers’ approvals:

Help Tesla continue developing safer vehicles by sharing camera data from your vehicle. This update will allow you to enable the built-in cabin camera over the rearview mirror. If enabled, Tesla will automatically take photos and a short video clip just before a collision or safety event occurs to help Engineers are developing safety features and improvements in the future. As usual, you can adjust data sharing preferences by clicking Controls> Safety and Security> Data Sharing> Camera Analytics. “

Tesla does not actively use the camera to monitor the driver’s attention, instead, the automaker says it only uses data without being linked to specific drivers to improve current features and future features.

This led some to believe Tesla might eventually release Active Driver Monitoring features.

Now a Tesla pirategreenKnown for revealing several features in Tesla, find out what events the automaker is trying to discover with the driver-facing camera:

  • blind
  • dark
  • Eyes closed
  • EYES_DOWN
  • EYES_NOMINAL
  • EYES_UP
  • HEAD_DOWN
  • HEAD_TRUNC
  • LOOKING_LEFT
  • LOOKING_RIGHT
  • PHONE_USE
  • SUNGLASSES_EYES_LIKELY_NOMINAL
  • SUNGLASSES_LIKELY_EYES_DOWN
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Tesla’s only active driver monitoring feature remains when the autopilot is on, it only detects if torque is applied to the wheel.

Several other driver assistance systems, such as GM’s Supercruise, use cab-facing cameras to make sure drivers are looking at the road.

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In the past, Elon has talked about driver monitoring based on gaze tracking, but that seems to be what Tesla is working on.

However, this does not necessarily mean that Tesla will launch such a feature for driver monitoring.

They might just be looking to see if a useful one can be created with the current camera.

Either way, I am delighted that they are actively working towards better driver monitoring as it is currently one of the biggest weaknesses of Tesla autopilot in my opinion.

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